Goshen College switches to 100 percent renewable energy

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Goshen College from now on will purchase all its electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, college leaders announced Monday.

The change will reduce the college’s carbon footprint by about 45 percent, Goshen College President Jim Brenneman said.

The college is the first major customer of NIPSCO to take this action and participate in the utility’s new Green Power Program, according to a Goshen College news release.

“What this means for Goshen College is that going forward from today, no more coal, gas or oil will be burned, no more carbon dioxide will be introduced into the atmosphere to provide electricity for our campus,” Brenneman said.

Before this step, the equivalent of 24 train cars of coal were needed (or about 12 tons per student) to provide electricity to campus each year. Coal is Indiana’s primary energy source.

In 2007, Brenneman became a charter signatory to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. He joined with leaders of 175 other higher education institutions that agreed to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions.

Goshen College was one of two higher education institutions in Indiana and the first Mennonite college or university to sign the climate commitment. There now are 664 signatories.

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