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SLU Recognized for Environmental Friendliness

10/29/2019

Saint Louis University ranks 11th on the EPA’s Green Power Partnership list of top 30 colleges and universities that use alternative power sources to reduce air pollution.

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Through the purchase of wind Renewable Energy Certificates, SLU is lowering its emissions footprint and advancing the development of green power sources.

Students helped drive SLU’s involvement in the Green Power Partnership and commitment to sustainability. They voted to tax themselves $20 a semester to reduce their carbon footprint to help defray the cost of purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates to replace all electricity used in residence halls with renewable energy produced through Midwest wind farms.

As a result, SLU is purchasing 125,000 Renewable Energy Certificates to offset 125 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electrical usage.

By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, SLU joins other members of the Green Power Partnership in helping to reduce the negative health impacts of ozone, fine particles, acid rain, and regional haze. Together, Green Power Partnership are collectively using more green power annually than the electricity consumed by Montana and Utah combined.

The top 30 colleges and universities on the Green Power Partnership list are using more than 3.3 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 280,000 average American homes annually.

In further recognition of its commitment to being environmentally responsible, SLU also was featured on The Princeton Review’s 2019 Guide to Green Schools list.