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Auraria Higher Education Center

October 2009 - Auraria Higher Education Center, which houses the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and University of Colorado at Denver, announced the campus increased its commitment to purchase renewable energy equivalent to 100 percent of its expected annual electricity use. Under a three-year contract, Renewable Choice Energy (RCE), a Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy marketer, is supplying the Auraria campus with 40 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind energy projects nationally. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, the student-lead initiative made Auraria Campus the top Colorado college campus green power purchaser and ranked it seventh nationally among colleges and universities.

Since fall 2004, students have paid an additional $1 to $4 fee per semester to fund a variety of sustainability programs. In April 2007, more than 90 percent of students at the campus voted to renew and expand the sustainable campus program, which included the 3-year renewable energy contract.

News Release - Auraria Leads Colorado Campuses as Top Buyer of Wind Energy, Ranks 7th in Nation

News Release - Student Leads Effort of Sustainability

Additional Information - BOT Approves Sustainable Campus fee

Contact: Jacque Montgomery, 303-724-1528

September 2006 - The Auraria Higher Education Center, which houses Metro State College, Community College of Denver, and the University of Colorado at Denver, recently entered into a contract with Sterling Planet, Inc. to purchase 17 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs), equivalent to nearly half of the electricity use on the Auraria campus. The contract went into effect on July 1, with an option to renew for the next two years. In 2004, Auraria students voted to assess themselves $1 per semester for three years to be used for clean-energy sources.

News Article - Auraria Leads Colorado Higher Ed in 'Green Power'


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