Green Power Partnership
|University of Southern Maine|
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||5.7%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Environmental Web Page|
The University of Southern Maine (USM), established in 1878, is a comprehensive regional public university offering associate, baccalaureate, graduate and professional degrees within the University of Maine System. USM is working towards a goal of carbon neutrality by 2040 as outlined in our 2009 Climate Action Plan. The University's first green power purchase helped it achieve certification for campus buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Moving forward, the university is committeed to supporting the renewable energy market by purchasing locally available renewable energy certificates (RECs) whenever possible, and supporting wind and solar projects on a national and local scale. USM hopes to offset at least 20 percent of its yearly electricity use with green energy going forward.