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Green power approved

Two more major universities in the Tennessee Valley have committed to purchasing renewable energy through Green Power Switch®. Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Tennessee Tech University (TTU) will join the list of Tennessee schools that have made a commitment to clean, renewable energy.

image of a campusThis summer, the Tennessee Board of Regents unanimously approved MTSU and TTU’s student-led initiatives to adopt a student fee to fund clean energy projects. A portion of each student’s fee will be used for on-campus energy efficiency and conservation projects, while another portion will be allocated to purchasing renewable energy.

With this new fee, MTSU will offset 10 percent of its total energy usage with renewable energy. MTSU is projected to become the largest Green Power Switch® customer in the state of Tennessee. From a regional perspective, Duke University is the only other college in the Southeast that uses more renewable energy.

As more and more universities across the Valley implement similar initiatives, students are clearly voicing what is important to them: a future with abundant, clean, renewable and responsible energy choices. From erecting on-campus solar panels to improving energy efficiency, from purchasing renewable energy to using biodiesel in campus buses, Tennessee Valley schools are setting a regional example for a sustainable energy future. Tennessee campuses that have made the switch include University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Sewanee: University of the South, Rhodes College in Memphis and Maryville College in Maryville.

For more information about student energy initiatives in Tennessee, contact Jon Paul Plumlee of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy at 865.637.6055, ext. 17.

Vol. 6, No. 2 — Autumn 2006



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