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EPA Recognizes Bentley University for Leading Green Power Purchase
Contact: Joanna Howarth, 781-891-2725, firstname.lastname@example.org
November 8, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Bentley University among the Top 30 College & University list of the largest green power users. Bentley University came in at number 23 and is using 25 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the university’s electricity use. Bentley is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy, which demonstrates a proactive choice to move away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.
“We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Director of Sustainability Amanda King. “Purchasing green power helps our university become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.”
In addition, this purchase also qualifies Bentley University for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase ten times the partnership’s minimum requirement organization-wide.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
“We congratulate Bentley University for using renewable energy and taking a leadership position on the environment,” said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “Bentley University's impressive green power commitment helps to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other colleges and universities.”
According to the U.S. EPA, Bentley University's green power purchase of 25 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 4,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 3,000 average American homes annually.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,500 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu.