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Union College
Location Schenectady, NY
Organization Type Education (Higher)
Percentage Green Power 93.2%
Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
Organization-wide Purchase Yes
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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Union College, in Schenectady, NY, began in the fall of 2004 purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) in the form of wind power to cover a portion of its campus' power needs. In 2012 the college committed to purchasing RECs to cover 100 percent of its electricity usage."Sustainability is not merely a strategy for reducing the long-term costs of operating the campus," said President Stephen C. Ainlay. "It will also turn the campus into a teaching tool. As we enhance our programs in environmental studies, environmental science and environmental engineering, it's an opportunity for students and faculty to monitor our progress and develop new efficiency measures. I know the entire Union community is devoted to create a more efficient campus." In addition to the renewable energy generated onsite that is included in this profile Union College also makes use of solar thermal and geothermal energy. Although the solar thermal and geothermal energy systems do not produce electricity, their use for reheats and domestic hot water allows for a considerable electricity usage avoidance. For example in June 2013 the Peter Irving Wold Building had 78,584,488 BTU or 23,030 kWh of energy available via the ten geothermal wells and 928,667 BTU or 15.44 kWh via the solar thermal system.


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