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Keene State Announces New Campus Sustainability Goals

The college will reduce greenhouse emissions, energy and water consumption, and waste

KEENE, N.H. (July 6, 2018)Keene State College has announced its new, ambitious sustainability goals. The goals include reducing greenhouse emissions, energy and water consumption, as well as waste.

In fall of 2016, Keene State was the first college in the nation to replace polluting heating oil with clean and renewable purified used vegetable oil heating fuel. For the first year the renewable fuel provided 35 percent of the College’s steam heat. Keene State has nearly doubled its use of the renewable fuel, and plans to have a fully renewable heat plant by 2020.

“These commitments are real. Through promoting and leading by example, Keene State is modeling our values, becoming more resilient, and making changes that benefit our planet. Sustainability is a strategic priority for Keene State–it is a value that is integrated into virtually every aspect of what we do as a College, including expectations for our students’ learning and practical demonstration experiences,” said Keene State College Interim President Melinda Treadwell.

The new goals include:

  • Achieving a fifty percent reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Reducing per capita electricity and heat load by 20 percent by 2020
  • Reducing per capita water use by 20 percent by 2020
  • Using 100 percent renewable electricity for Learning and Living Commons by 2030 to meet Architecture 2030 goal
  • Achieving 100 percent solar power in the TDS Center by 2030
  • Increasing power from renewable sources–50 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050
  • Running a 100 percent renewable fuel heat plant by 2020
  • Achieving a 50 percent waste diversion rate by 2020 and qualifying as a zero-waste campus by 2030

Keene State College is one of nine higher education institutions in the country to be named a Green Ribbon School by the US Department of Education in 2017.

The College also received national distinction with a silver rating as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists in 2017.

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