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Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN scientific panel, issued a sobering report about the most likely profound effects of global climate change.

At Saint David’s, we feel compelled to do our part to address the situation.  This year, we joined 27 other schools as charter members of the Green Schools Purchasing Consortium, an initiative of the Green Schools Alliance.

Members of the Consortium have agreed to purchase an aggregated total of nearly 25 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy for 2014 through Sterling Planet, the nation’s leading retail renewable energy provider.  This energy will come from a blend of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind, biomass, and landfill-gas-to-energy projects nationwide. RECs help producers of renewable energy remain financially viable.

Sterling Planet’s news release about the Consortium included the following quote from Blaine Collison, Program Director for EPA’s Green Power Partnership:  “The EPA Green Power Partnership is pleased to see U.S. schools step forward and make the early commitment to procure renewable energy in an amount that meets the Partnership’s benchmarks for green power use. These charter members are providing an exceptional demonstration of the power of working together to expand our clean energy economy and protect our environment. We hope that their example will help inspire more schools to make the same green power choice.”

Joining the Green Schools Purchasing Consortium is a way for Saint David’s to do our part in support of lowering our carbon footprint. In addition, we have a very active Environmental Awareness and Action Committee that each year tackles an aspect of conservation and environmental protection.

For more information about the Consortium and how your school can join, see this release by Sterling Planet: RELEASE



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