The Boston Architectural College has reduced its carbon footprint by using green power as part of its partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The BAC is using nearly 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the College's electricity use. These efforts demonstrate the BAC's proactive choice to move away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner, renewable energy alternatives.
"The Boston Architectural College is committed to sustainability, so it is an honor to be recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a partner," said Art Byers, associate vice president of Facilities at the BAC. "Purchasing renewable energy certificates as a part of our energy purchasing scheme supports our institution's mission of being sustainable and highlights that supporting clean sources of electricity is an important choice in reducing climate risk. In addition to our energy purchasing, we have reduced consumption by retrofitting existing fluorescent lighting fixtures with LED and installed variable frequency drives on fan and pump motors. As a result, we have reduced costs and energy consumption while improving the quality of our lighting and mechanical systems."
For those who may not know, green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
According to the EPA, the BAC's green power use of nearly 2 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 300 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 200 average American homes annually.