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America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy

A report by Environment America Research & Policy Center
Environment America News Release

America’s colleges and universities are leading the transition to a 100 percent renewable energy system. Small liberal arts colleges, large public universities and community colleges  alike, from every corner of the U.S., are taking the lead in reducing energy consumption,  deploying renewable energy technologies, and switching to electric vehicles.

The nation’s leading campuses for clean energy — from the University of Minnesota, Morris to  Southwestern University in Texas — are setting a strong example for other colleges and the  nation as a whole to follow. More than 40 colleges and universities now obtain 100 percent or more of their electricity from renewable energy sources.  And, of the 180 schools that  have reported their renewable energy data to The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), 91 percent are using some amount of renewable energy.

Campuses are also leading in cleaning up our transportation system. Each of the top 10 schools for electric vehicles (EVs) in this ranking have switched over 60 percent of their campus-owned vehicles to EVs. Of the 261 campuses reporting their campus fleet details to STARS, 88 percent have at least one EV. Continue reading here.

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Learn about Environment America’s 100% Renewable campaign.

MCC solar project wins sustainability award

A solar energy project at Metropolitan Community College earned recognition last week from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Metro earned the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award for its solar power, horticulture and culinary arts integration project at the Fort Omaha campus, the college announced. To continue reading, click here and scroll down: www.omaha.com/article/2013131019380

The complete list of 2013 winners and finalists is posted here:
http://www.aashe.org/highlights/press-releases/campus-sustainability-leaders-take-center-stage-aashe-2013

MCC’s solar greenhouse and lab are on the itinerary of the October 26th Free Solar Tour – Plus A Bonus event sponsored by twelve renewable energy advocacy groups. The tour is free and open to the public. Click here for more information:
http://www.nebraskansforsolar.org/ai1ec_event/free-solar-tour-plus-a-bonus/?instance_id=194