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The projects, which comprise the largest, single university solar installation in the country, now account for approximately 30 percent of the university's peak daytime power needs. ASU’s reliance on renewable energy reduces the university's costs and helps it build community ties with solar business partners.
The ACUPCC acknowledged ASU’s efforts as part of its Celebrating Sustainability series, which identifies signatories that exemplify the initiative’s mission to re-stabilize Earth's climate through education, research and community engagement. Celebrating Sustainability is formally recognizing a different institution every business day in April leading up to Earth Day on April 22. Among the other institutions of higher education being recognized are the University of California, Irvine, and SUNY Upstate Medical University.
"Arizona State University is located in one of the sunniest parts of the country, so its focus on solar power is practical and proving effective," said Anthony D. Cortese, president of Second Nature, the lead supporting organization of the ACUPCC.
"ASU is putting its vocal advocacy of sustainability on display for students and community members to see. It is extremely important for today's students to not only learn about sustainability in the classroom, but to also see it put into practice on their campuses. We applaud ASU for being responsible to its students and its community,” Cortese said.
"We are generating a sizeable portion of our power needs from renewable sources because in the long term, it helps keep energy costs down,” explained Ray Jensen, associate vice president of university business services and university sustainability operations officer at ASU. "We monitor our solar projects in real time to ensure they are functioning efficiently. As an environmentally conscious university, it is important that we lead by example."
More information about ACUPCC is at www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org.
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