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Universities Use RECs for LEED Program

May 2004 - EAD Environmental, a New York-based green power marketer, announced that it will supply Harvard University and the University of Southern Maine (USM) with renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset the electricity consumption of newly constructed, energy efficient buildings. The purchases will help the universities achieve certification for their new buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. The LEED System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard developed by the USGBC to certify high-performance, sustainable buildings.

Under a two-year contract, Harvard will purchase 3.99 million kWh of Green-e certified RECs from landfill gas generating projects, which is equivalent to 150% of the electricity needed to power the new Graduate Student Housing building. Under a separate two-year contract, USM will purchase 1.5 million kWh of Green-e certified RECs from wind energy facilities to offset the electricity needs of a new campus building for which it is seeking LEED certification.

Harvard Contact: Margot Rabinowitz, 617-496-2599

EAD Environmental Contact:
Samantha Unger, 212-806-0207;
Micah Cogen, 866-323-4733

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