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EPA Recognizes St. Lawrence’s Use of Green Power

St. Lawrence University has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership for its use of renewable, zero-emissions electricity.

Ryan Kmetz, assistant director of sustainability and energy management, said the EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) provides credibility to St. Lawrence University’s green power purchases from the King’s Fall Hydroelectric Facility.

“Acceptance into the GPP signifies that St. Lawrence’s green power use meets nationally accepted standards supported by the USEPA,” he said. “To become a member, St. Lawrence had to demonstrate that a minimum of 20 percent of our total electricity is derived from a third-party certified green power producer. Additionally, St. Lawrence has agreed to update the EPA on our green power use annually.

In 2015, St. Lawrence signed a long-term agreement with Gravity Renewables that allowed for the refurbishment and repair of a dam at the Kings Falls small hydro facility in Lewis County. That facility, which became operational in 2016, has the capacity to provide the campus with the equivalent of 4.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

St. Lawrence signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment in 2007 and developed its own Climate Action Plan. Between 2008 and 2013, St. Lawrence was able to reduce its carbon emissions by nearly 23 percent.

For more information about sustainability at St. Lawrence, visit www.stlawu.edu/green.