Wells College was recently named by a leading environmental publication as one of America’s top colleges for renewable energy, which listed the College among approximately 40 colleges and universities that obtain 100 percent or more of their electricity from renewable sources.
A report released last month by Environment America, “America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy 2020: Who Is Leading the Transition to 100% Renewable Energy on Campus?” catalogs the efforts of 127 colleges and universities that reported data through the Green Power Partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wells College has been an EPA Green Power Partner for several years, notable for obtaining all of its electricity from renewable sources.
Based upon data Wells shared with the EPA earlier this year about its annual purchase of wind-based electricity, Wells was cited among around 20 institutions that purchase 100 percent so-called “green power” — a group includes mostly much larger schools like Colgate University, Columbia University, University of New Hampshire and the University at Buffalo. Overall, the college was tied at #23 among the entire list of 127 institutions.
“The credit for this impressive achievement really belongs to Brian Brown, the College’s director of facilities and services, for his foresight and sharp negotiating skills that locked in favorable long-term energy utility contracts — agreements which convey 100% renewable energy credits at no additional cost,” said Marian Brown, director of the Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment.
The Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment was established in 2014 as the hub for sustainability education across disciplines and the catalyst for campus sustainability efforts at the College. The center supports faculty interested in incorporating sustainability content into their curriculum, invites outside experts to share their insights with the Wells campus community, and fosters collaborative relationships with a deep network of organizations, agencies, businesses and other partners in our community. Wells College is one of only a handful of colleges and universities to offer formal educational programs in sustainability, and the College has been recognized regularly by the Princeton Review, Sierra Club and others for its leadership in this area. Learn more at wells.edu/sustainability.