The operation of Duquesne University has been green for years—but now, it’s as green as the Pennsylvania mountains.
The first campus in the state to be recognized with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award, Duquesne has provided about 80 percent of its own heating and cooling through the campus cogeneration plant, supplementing this energy generation with the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits as part of its commitment to sustainable energy use.
Starting in December, the campus has taken one more step toward encouraging a sustainable economy. Pennsylvania wind farms had supplied about one-third of that supplement power, but now will be providing all of that power.
“We have been buying renewable energy for years now,” said George Fecik, executive director of facilities management. “We wanted to go with all PA wind to support the development of wind power in Pennsylvania, which is better for our local economy.”
Between clean natural gas usage and the purchase of electricity from naturally generated, non-depleting sources, Duquesne has depended upon clean energy for years. The University is responsible for removing more than 11 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the air—the equivalent of the emissions produced by 1,096 passengers cars in one year.
Duquesne’s commitment to sustainable efforts is rooted in its strategic plan, which states that “respect for the environment will shape both academic and business decisions.”
The University has been recognized by the EPA for four consecutive years as the largest purchaser of green energy in the A-10 Conference and is regularly included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.