NCC receives environmental award
Northampton Community College announced that it has received a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The annual awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.
NCC was one of seven organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award. The program recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves by demonstrating leadership in procuring green power from a utility green power product, a power purchase agreement, or a renewable energy certificate product.
NCC purchases almost 11 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet about 86% of the organization’s electricity use.
According to the EPA, Northampton Community College green power use of over 11 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes annually.
NCC’s Monroe Campus is also a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, in recognition of NCC’s stewardship of the environment and leadership in environmental education.
The campus has a geothermal heating and cooling system, large solar panels over the parking lots, a wind turbine, and native vegetation that reduces the amount of stormwater runoff generated by the site.