Green Power Partnership
|The Evergreen State College|
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||100.0%|
|Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site)||99%|
|Environmental Web Page|
The Evergreen State College's commitment to sustainability and green power is clear with the college's exceptional commitment to 100 percent green power usage on campus. The campus Clean Energy Committee comprises a coalition of student groups who lead this effort and college staff for support. Evergreen students voted overwhelmingly in December of 2004 to go green -- establishing a student fee of one dollar per credit to purchase green power from renewable sources in the northwest region through the utility's Green Power program, putting theory into practice. The revenue collected from the student fee covers the cost of 100 percent of campus electricity being green. In a unique move, students also proposed that ten percent of the revenue collected from the student green energy fee be invested to fund campus projects advancing renewable energy. The student proposal was approved by Evergreen's Board of Trustees as a part of the college's biennial budget in June, 2005. In addition, the college has reduced energy consumption through conservation and capital initiatives. Without normalizing for growth in conditioned area and enrollment, which have both increased, the college has reduced energy consumption more than 18 percent in the past five years.