Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr named as top colleges for renewable energy use in U.S.

By District Energy posted 08-26-2020 09:17

  

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Summary

Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr are among the top colleges in the United States in embracing renewable energy, according to a report by PennEnvironment.

Both schools get all of their electricity through renewable sources, largely by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs), which allow institutions to purchase renewable power generated on their behalf. Swarthmore, in Delaware County, ranks seventh on the list; Bryn Mawr, in Montgomery County, ranks 42nd.”

“Campus communities are leading the charge,” said David Masur, director of PennEnvironment. “Campuses are making everyday decisions that reflect their values. They care about climate change and renewable energy.”

The report was compiled by Environment America and Frontier Group on behalf of PennEnvironment and relied on Environmental Protection Agency-supplied data.

Aurora Winslade, director of sustainability at Swarthmore, said the college has been buying the renewable energy credits since 1999. But the school is now looking at creating its own energy onsite by erecting solar panels on up to 20 buildings that could generate up to 2,000 megawatt hours per year of electricity.

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