Renewable Choice Energy Announces Partnership with Syracuse University

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Campus increases its commitment to clean energy with wind power purchase

“Partnering with RCE allows Syracuse University to further decrease its carbon emissions while highlighting its commitment to sustainability and energy conservation in a fiscally responsible manner,” Nathan Prior, Associate Director, SU

Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has partnered with Syracuse University to provide green power to the school in order to further reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The University purchased a total of 123 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of wind power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) from the Boulder-based firm for the years of 2014-2016, which will offset 35% of the campus’ total electricity consumption and is a 15% increase over previous years. This will decrease the university’s annual GHG emissions by 45 million pounds – the equivalent of avoiding the consumption of more than 2 million gallons of gasoline each year.

Syracuse University has voluntarily purchased green power since 2005, but this is just one component of the University’s integrated Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP consists of five overlapping sustainable components focused on: energy conservation through existing technologies: energy efficiency through emerging technologies; creation of energy from renewable sources; enhancing sustainability practices among students, faculty and staff; and limited use of energy offsets, as needed, that benefit local residents and businesses. Additionally, the University’s Department of Energy Systems and Sustainability Management manages and tracks energy use, emissions, conservation efforts, and energy procurement.

“Partnering with Renewable Choice Energy allows Syracuse University to further decrease its carbon emissions while highlighting its commitment to sustainability and energy conservation in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Nathan Prior, Associate Director for Energy Conservation at Syracuse University.

RECs are the way that green power is tracked and traded in North America and are used by thousands of U.S. and Canadian organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to decrease environmental impact. The 100% wind power RECs purchased by SU are sourced entirely from wind farms located in the U.S. and certified by Green-e® Energy, the nation’s leading certification program for renewable energy.

“We are pleased to partner with Syracuse University in their ongoing efforts to mitigate climate impact,” said Aran Rice, VP of Sales for Renewable Choice. “As a leader among universities in their proactive position on climate management and sustainability, SU’s increased commitment to green power demonstrates continued progress toward their emission reduction goals.”

About Renewable Choice Energy
Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy is a leading global provider of green power, carbon offsets, sustainability consulting, and renewable energy advisory services and is recognized as a trusted partner to numerous major brands. Recipient of the Green Power Supplier of the Year award in 2012 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Renewable Choice is a certified B Corporation. To learn more, visit http://www.renewablechoice.com.

About Syracuse University
Chartered in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, co-educational, urban university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through rigorous scholarship and transformative research. SU has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts and professional disciplines that prepares students to achieve personal and professional success and make a difference in the world. SU offers a rich mix of academic programs, alumni activities, and immersion opportunities in numerous centers in the U.S. and around the globe, including major hubs in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. For more information visit syr.edu.

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