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Southern Oregon University: Committed to Sustainability

November 16, 2012 - 12:32pm

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Southern Oregon University, a small liberal arts school based in Ashland, Oregon, showcases its commitment to sustainability.

In the fourth edition of the Energy Department's “Clean Energy in Our Community” video series, energy.gov is highlighting Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon. This small school -- just under 7,000 students -- is committed to making its campus one of the most sustainable universities in the country.

Students have created a Climate Action Plan, which promises a carbon-neutral campus by 2050. This is supported by a student initiated "Green Energy Fee," which allows the University to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates. These certificates are used to offset 100 percent of its electricity consumption and carbon into natural gas consumption.

The University was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 when it received a Green Power Partnership award for its commitment to clean wind energy.

In addition, SOU has also signed the American College & University President's Climate Commitment to work to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SOU is among more than 650 colleges and universities committed to reducing carbon footprints by investing in clean renewable energy sources.

To learn more about Southern Oregon University’s sustainability efforts, watch the video above. Be sure to also check out our previous videos on Luther College, Allegheny College and the University of Minnesota, Morris

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