U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes RIT for green power leadership
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Rochester Institute of Technology as one of the largest green power users among colleges and universities nationally.
RIT’s utilization of nearly 71 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually represents more than 92 percent of its total power needs, placing it No. 21 on the EPA’s Top 30 College & University List of the largest green power users among higher-education institutions in the agency’s Green Power Partnership (GPP).
Enid Cardinal, senior advisor to the president for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, attributed RIT’s decision—made by James Watters, senior vice president of Finance and Administration—to begin purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) for all the electricity the university purchases for the main campus as a key factor behind RIT’s ranking.