America’s over 5,000 universities, colleges and community colleges are big energy consumers, with large buildings, many of which are open 24/7. At the same time, college campuses are largely self-contained communities, and therefore better able to find ways to generate all the power they need from clean, renewable sources — especially given the expertise among their faculty and the enthusiasm among their students for going green.
Cornell University, Green Mountain College and Colorado State University are among the campuses that already have committed to going 100% renewable. Our goal is to expand that number to 10 campuses by June 2018, add 25 more by June 2019, and add another 35 by June 2020.
To achieve these goals, our network has organizers working with the campus communities at 50 campuses in 10 states including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California, University of Massachusetts and University of Washington. To date, over 350 faculty members from across the country have supported us in calling for commitments to 100% renewable energy.
To lay the foundation for this critical work, we have produced and distributed a series of reports and factsheets including Renewable Energy 101: Ten Tools to Move Your Campus to 100% Clean Energy, spoken at conferences to students, faculty and administrators, and partnered with Second Nature, the leaders of the President’s Climate Commitments.