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‘DU is moving to generate all electricity from solar power’

April 25, 2024 | by The Jeuns

The University of Denver is taking a major step towards sustainability by committing to using 100% renewable energy to power its electricity within the next three years. This initiative will result in a 40% reduction of the university’s current carbon footprint. Having already reduced their carbon footprint by 27% since 2008 when they joined the American Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment, this latest effort marks a significant leap forward in their sustainability goals.

To achieve this ambitious target, the University of Denver has partnered with Pivot Energy, a leading national solar power provider. Through this partnership, DU will construct additional on-campus solar arrays and develop six off-site solar projects in Colorado, generating 23 megawatts of clean energy for the campus.

In addition to addressing their electricity consumption, DU is also focusing on reducing carbon emissions from travel and natural gas. They plan to implement a carbon offset program to offset emissions generated by travel for athletic competitions, study abroad programs, and other university activities. The university also aims to eliminate natural gas emissions through conservation measures, efficiency upgrades, and the electrification of heating systems by 2030.

Chancellor Jeremy Haefner expressed pride in the university’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change. By taking these proactive steps, the University of Denver is not only benefiting its immediate community but also making a positive impact on the global environment.

The university is on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, joining a select group of institutions dedicated to sustainability. With these efforts, DU is setting an example for other universities and organizations to follow in the fight against climate change.

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