UST in top 20 nationally for green power
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added St. Thomas to its Top 20 College and University list of the largest purchasers of green power. UST came in at number 20, in its first-ever appearance on the list. It is the only Minnesota school in the top 20. The university gets over 80 percent of its electrical power from renewable sources, primarily wind power. The list is based on the amount of green energy used, not the percentage of the total. As a percentage, St. Thomas outranks some of the higher schools on the list: for example, the University of Wisconsin bought more green power annually (69.8m kWh vs. UST’s 32.9m), but that’s only 15 percent of their total usage, while St. Thomas comes in at 82 percent. (See more in the Newsroom Story.)
UST receives five awards for sustainability
University of St. Thomas recently received five awards or other recognition for its sustainability efforts. (Read details about these in the Newsroom article.)
- Windsource, the green wind-energy program of Xcel Energy, announced that St. Thomas is the largest purchaser of Windsource energy in the company’s history.
- The 2013 Sustainable Saint Paul Award for Institutional Green Building Design in the construction of the Anderson Student Center was presented by the City of St. Paul to St. Thomas on April 17th.
- The Environmental Protection Agency recognized St. Thomas as the 2012-2013 conference champion for using more green power than any other college or university in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
- In the national Recyclemania Tournament, St. Thomas placed second overall in Minnesota with first place in four of seven recycling categories.
- The Princeton Review on Tuesday announced that St. Thomas is included in its fourth annual “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.”
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St. Thomas is a certified EPA Green Power partner
A voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
UST signs Presidents Climate Commitment
President Dease announced the signing of the Presidents Climate Commitment at his 2008 Convocation Speech