Eastern University Awarded Membership in 2014 EPA Green Power Leadership Club
St. Davids, PA, February 28, 2014: Eastern University is pleased to announce that it has been awarded membership in the 2014 Green Power Leadership Club by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Eastern has been a Green Power Partner since 2004 when it began buying 100% wind energy for the St. Davids campus. Environmental stewardship is one way that Eastern University puts its commitment to faith, reason and justice into action, with the belief that caring for God's creation is an important form of social justice.
The more than 1,500 Green Energy Partners throughout the country are now collectively using more than 28 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from electricity use of more than three million average American homes. Green Power Leaders are those who exceed the required energy purchases for the Green Power Partners list. According to Anthony Amato, Green Power Partnership Account Manager, "Eastern University has joined an elite group of Green Power Partners who are demonstrating exemplary environmental leadership."
Eastern University is also recognized on the EPA Web site's Long-term Contracts list for those who pledge to purchase renewable energy for multiple years. In 2012, Eastern University partnered with Community Energy on the largest solar project in Pennsylvania through a 7-year commitment to 100% clean energy for the campus at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA. Community Energy is supplying a portion of the clean energy generation from the Keystone Solar Project that Community Energy built in Lancaster, PA. In January, 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)® and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced the Keystone Solar Project as a winner of one of three 2013 Photovoltaic (PV) Projects of Distinction Awards at PV America East 2013 in Philadelphia, PA.
“Eastern University has been a champion of renewable energy for many years. They have been purchasing wind power from Community Energy since 2006 and installed a solar system on campus with us in 2009. We are now expanding our partnership to support the development of large scale solar in Pennsylvania. We are proud to work with such a visionary and forward-thinking academic institution,” said Jay Carlis, Vice President of Community Energy, when this 7-year commitment was announced.
Eastern is a Philadelphia Christian university that transforms its students' lives. It prepares and inspires them to go out and make a difference in their communities and the world. All education at Eastern is rooted in its core values of faith, reason and justice. The main campus is located at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA. Eastern enrolls about 4,300 students in its undergraduate, graduate, Seminary, professional, urban, doctoral and international programs.