Augsburg is a Green Power Champion!

The Environmental Stewardship Committee got its hands dirty for Earth Day, as committee chair Tom Ruffaner and students sorted through a week’s worth of waste to audit the success of the organics collection and recycling programs. Renee Van Siclen (right), Kathy DeKrey, Mo Allen, and Andrew Orrison sifted through the bags, separating paper, organics, and recyclables from the trash.

Augsburg was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the 2010-11 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Green Power Champion, for being the largest purchaser of green power in the conference. “Green” power includes solar, geothermal, biomass, low impact hydro, and wind, for which Augsburg received the recognition. The College and University Green Power Challenge is an initiative for colleges and universities who participate in the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership is comprised of more than 1,300 corporations, retailers, educational institutions, government entities, restaurants, and other partners across the country who must qualify by purchasing a minimum percentage of green power proportionate to their power use. Collectively, the partner organizations buy the equivalent of the environmental impact of avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the annual electricity use of nearly 1.6 million average American homes. Continue reading “Augsburg is a Green Power Champion!”