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Greening an Urban Campus

Duquesne University’s greening efforts have reached an exceptional level with the purchase of more than 8 million kilowatt hours of Renewable Energy Credits from Strategic Energy. With this agreement, the University, which already produces 85 percent of its power, now depends 100 percent on clean energy.

Through this purchase of electricity from naturally generated, non-depleting sources such as hydrogen, wind and solar power, Duquesne has become responsible for removing more than 11.16 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the air, the equivalent of emissions produced by 1,096 passenger cars during one year, according to Strategic Energy. As part of the larger picture, this new power buy addresses concerns of global warming, ozone layer depletion and reliance on fossil fuels.

“Duquesne has always been committed to environmental stewardship,” said George Fecik, DU executive director of Facilities Management. “Our University mission encompasses world affairs, and this is one way that we can contribute to easing global energy problems, starting here in Pittsburgh. While renewable energy sells at a premium, we believe this is the right thing to do for our campus and our community. Also, it sets an example for the next generation of leaders that we are educating.”

Ten years ago, the University made the energy-conscious decision to produce the bulk of its own electricity, using a clean-burning natural gas turbine as a co-generator to light, heat and cool the campus.

“By partnering with environmentally committed higher education institutions such as Duquesne University, Strategic Energy makes innovative products and services practical,” said Art Miller, market segment director for Renewable Energy at Strategic Energy.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.