NCC re­ceives en­vi­ron­men­tal award

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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.

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