Top colleges for renewable energy in Pennsylvania

Marcus Schneck

A half-dozen Pennsylvania colleges and universities are among the national leaders in moving to 100% renewable energy on campus, according to a report by the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center.

The report, “America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy 2020: Who’s Leading the Transition to 100% Renewable Energy on Campus?” compares Pennsylvania institutions to similar institutions in three categories: shifting to renewable electricity, repowering buildings with clean energy and adopting electric vehicles.

Swarthmore College and Chatham University led the way.

Swarthmore ranked seventh for percentage of electricity from renewable sources, at 110%, behind Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., 130%; Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, 125%; Emerson College in Massachusetts, 123%; Whitman College in New Jersey, 119%; Unity College in Maine, 115%; and Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, 110%.

Chatham ranked second in the country for amount of non-electric renewable energy produced on campus per student, at 40.2 million British thermal units, behind Colby College in Maine, at 55.3 million, and ahead of the University of Idaho, at 36.2 million; Colgate University in New York, at 33.5 million; and the University of Iowa, at 22.3 million.

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