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Drexel Expands Renewable Energy Leadership With Wind and Solar Purchase

Drexel ranks among the top 10 college and university green power purchasers nationally

Wind Farm - Community Energy PA

Drexel University is expanding its position as one of the nation's leading higher-education purchasers of renewable energy through Community Energy. Drexel's new commitment includes 96,582MWh of PRAXIS Green Power (a combination of renewable energy certificates and an online learning platform), as well as solar renewable energy from the Keystone Solar Project located in Lancaster, Pa.

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked Drexel No. 9 nationally among colleges and universities using the most renewable energy. In addition to the Top 20 College & University list, the EPA's Green Power Partnership also updated the standings for the 2012-13 College & University Green Power Challenge, which tracks the green power use of colleges and universities both individually and by athletic conference. Drexel, through its association with the Colonial Athletic association, stands at No. 7 on this list.

"Drexel is proud to be honored by the EPA once again for our commitment to renewable energy," said Jim Tucker, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services. "The University's purchase of wind and solar energy has been a cornerstone of our efforts to achieve and maintain the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment goal of reducing our operations carbon footprint by 80%."

As part of its commitment to purchase wind and solar through Community Energy, Drexel will receive unique access to "Building Keystone Solar," a compilation of online learning modules that provide students and professors with behind-the-scenes education about the solar project development process, with in-depth access to videos, documents, designs and plans not otherwise available in the classroom. As Pennsylvania moves toward a clean energy future, sponsorship of the Keystone Solar Project highlights Drexel University's continued commitment to environmental sustainability.

Drexel initially committed to purchasing clean, renewable energy certificates equal to 100 percent of its electrical energy usage in October 2010, through a wind energy purchase agreement with Community Energy.

To learn more about Drexel University’s environmental sustainability efforts, visit the Drexel Green website.