Offsetting 100% of electric usage with renewable energy would have once been only a dream for a college or university, but now it’s a reality for four Pennsylvania colleges and universities.
Lehigh University, Lafayette College, Muhlenberg College and Dickinson College announced Monday, at Second Nature’s 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, a partnership to purchase renewable energy as a collective. Together, the four schools will purchase the largest amount of solar power of any group of independent higher education institutions in the nation. They also represent the first group of colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to enter into a power purchasing agreement.
“Climate issues are a critical global challenge,” Lehigh President John D. Simon said. “This project is one opportunity for Lehigh to demonstrate climate leadership and to energize the campus and broader community. We are proud to partner with other nearby institutions in a project that both advances our sustainability goals and shows the effectiveness of leveraging collaborative agreements.”