Green Power Partnership
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||100.0%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||No|
|Environmental Web Page|
Southwestern University is a liberal arts university with the core purpose of “fostering a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity.” In 2010, Southwestern signed an agreement that will enable it to meet all its electric needs for the next 18 years with wind power. The initial contract is for five years and is renewable through 2028. The agreement will help Southwestern toward its long-term goal of being carbon-neutral. The university is committed to carbon neutrality through the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which formally commits campuses to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions and net contributions to climate change. The signing of the President’s Climate Commitment and the university’s commitment to green energy were both student-driven initiatives. Having the utility price locked in for the next 18 years will also help the university considerably in its strategic planning. “With this wind energy agreement, we have made a strong statement reflecting Southwestern’s commitment to conservation and sustainability, and our concern for the environment for the long term”, said Richard Anderson, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs.