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UMM recognized by EPA for green power production

MORRIS – The University of Minnesota, Morris is number 28 out of 30 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of partners who generate and consume the most green energy on-site.

Morris is using more than five million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 58 percent of the university’s electricity use. Morris is generating green power from several on-site renewable energy systems as well. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

“This is a huge honor, and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for finance and facilities. “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.”

Green power is defined as electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Generating on-site green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

“We congratulate the University of Minnesota, Morris for using renewable energy and taking a leadership position on the environment,” said Blaine Collison, director of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “The University of Minnesota, Morris'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, Morris's green power generation of more than 5 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 700 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 500 average American homes annually.