Joins Bank of America, the city of Dallas, Samsung and more as green leaders
Northampton Community College (NCC) announced it has received a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented NCC with an Excellence in Green Power Use award at the 2019 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Diego, CA on September 5, 2019.
NCC was one of only seven organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award. This year’s winners also include Bank of America, the city of Dallas, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Kohler Co., Samsung Electronics, and Switch. The program recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves by demonstrating leadership in procuring green power from a utility green power product, a power purchase agreement, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) product. NCC is currently purchasing almost 11 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet about 86 percent of the organization’s electricity use.
“As the largest community college consumer of green power in the nation, and with our Monroe Campus LEED Gold and net-zero energy building certified, Northampton Community College strives to demonstrate what it means to be sustainable to our community as well as teaching our students to be great stewards of our planet. We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” says Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally-preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of those sources in the United States and advance the American green power market.
According to the EPA, Northampton Community College current green power use of over 11 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes annually.
“Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the United States that supporting green power is a sound business decision that can help reduce air pollution and other emissions,” said Mark Culp, director of facilities.
NCC’s Monroe Campus is also a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, in recognition of NCC’s stewardship of the environment and leadership in environmental education.
The campus has a geothermal heating and cooling system, large solar panels over the parking lots, a wind turbine, and native vegetation that reduces the amount of storm water runoff generated by the site.
Organization wide, in 2018, NCC reached its ten-year goal of reducing energy consumption by 20%. The college is now embarking on its net ten-year plan, which would push the goal to 30% by 2028. Organic farming, farm to table cooking, composting, reducing/eliminating bottled water, and reducing and eliminating plastic ware in college dining areas, are all part of the college’s environmental focus.
About Northampton Community College
With an enduring commitment to the regional community it serves and a focus on student success, Northampton Community College has developed a reputation as an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements. It counts among its successful alumni a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as a host of CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry. Today, Northampton Community College has locations in Bethlehem, Southside Bethlehem, Easton, and Monroe County, serving 30,000 students each year from 53 counties, 42 countries and 25 states. For more information, or to apply, please visit www.northampton.edu. Follow NCC on Twitter and Snapchat @NorthamptonComm and on Instagram @NorthamptonCommCollege. Like NCC on Facebook at Northampton Community College.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,500 Partners voluntarily using more than 60 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. This program recognizes the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The ceremony takes place at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. This year’s 17 recipients are using more than 27.8 billion kWh of green power—enough to power nearly 2.6 million average American homes for a year. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.