Brown University to Offset On-Campus Emissions with Solar and Wind Power
University, a Council member, has finalized two agreements that will allow
it to offset the emissions from all on-campus electricity usage. Through a
combination of a solar project in Rhode Island and a wind project in Texas,
Brown hopes to lead by example in the sustainability field.
In 2007, Brown committed to reducing its on-campus gas
emissions by 42 percent by 2020. With these two agreements, Brown will more
than meet this goal. One of the projects will be a solar field in North
Kingstown that will provide 70 percent of Brown’s energy supply. The rest of
the emissions will be offset through a wind farm in Texas.
Christina Paxson, President of Brown University, commented,
“Basically, what this will do is decarbonize all of Brown’s purchased energy
sources – non on-campus combustion – but what we buy in the form of
electricity. We did so in a way that promises to be sustainable and also
advance Rhode Island’s clean energy agenda.”
The NEC applauds these efforts by Brown University to paving
the way toward a more sustainable energy future.