Green Power Partnership
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||27.0%|
|Environmental Web Page|
Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a small, private liberal arts college in the historic town of Northfield, Minnesota. Carleton College is a recognized leader of higher education sustainability initiatives as evidenced by the College’s Environmental Statement of Principles and Carbon Neutrality Value Statement, environmental studies major, two commercial-sized wind turbines, investments in central plant efficiency, LEED GOLD certified residence halls, and numerous ongoing campus sustainability initiatives. Carleton students push the College to think greener every day.
Carleton College has installed two wind turbines in order to reduce its carbon footprint. The college’s second 1.68 Megawatt turbine, installed in 2011 and connected directly to its campus power grid, will supply 25-30 percent of its electricity needs and reduce our carbon footprint by 10 percent. Carleton’s 1.65 Megawatt wind turbine installed in 2004 feeds the local electric grid. In addition, Carleton is trying to make its buildings more energy efficient through energy audits and energy efficiency projects. These projects are just the beginning for Carleton College’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2050 as outlined by its Climate Action Plan. “The Carleton community is enthusiastic about our Climate Action Plan”, said President Steven G. Poskanzer. “We aim to become wiser and better environmental stewards, and we are excited about opportunities it provides to educate ourselves about environmental issues.”