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University of Minnesota Morris recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for its clean energy investments

Campus efforts featured in second of DOE’s “Clean Energy in Our Community” video series

August 16, 2012

Clean energy investments by the University of Minnesota Morris are featured in the second video of the “Clean Energy in Our Community” series, released today by the U.S. Department of Energy. The series aims to connect and feature small communities nationwide that are investing in clean energy and playing a role in making sure the United States leads the world in the global race for the green jobs of the future.

Nationally recognized for its sustainability efforts, UMN-Morris is working to reduce its energy waste and deploy clean, renewable energy projects throughout the campus and community. The UMN-Morris Office of Sustainability helps the university prioritize projects to meet its goals.

“Being first has not always been easy; but taking risks, discovering new knowledge – that’s part of the mission of higher education,” said UMN-Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson. “Morris’s commitment to sustainability is a product of our culture and values. It is rooted in the campus’s history and its relationship to the land. Morris students – and alumni, too – care about ideas and knowledge, but that’s not enough for them. They want to take their ideas and ideals and make something happen.”

UMN-Morris is committed to using renewable energy technologies to power its institution, highlighted by a pair of 1.65 megawatt wind turbines. These turbines – one operated by the university’s West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) and one operated by UMN-Morris – produce enough power annually to provide about 60 percent of the campus’s electrical needs. The campus’s Welcome Center, certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold, is the first building in Minnesota and the first building listed on the National Register of Historic Places to use energy efficient chilled beam technology.

“The University of Minnesota Morris is a perfect example of how local institutions and communities can help lead the way in making sure that America wins the global clean energy race, while creating good local jobs and protecting the environment,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

For more examples of UMN-Morris’s clean energy investments, please read the official U.S. Department of Energy press release.

As the state’s only public research university, the University of Minnesota is guided by its ongoing land-grant mission of learning, discovery and engagement for the common good. By seeking to better its campus and community through renewable energy technologies, UMN-Morris demonstrates how the University of Minnesota system is driven to discover solutions to real and significant challenges facing Minnesota, the nation and the world.

The WCROC is one of nine Research and Outreach Centers strategically located throughout Minnesota. Supported by the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), and firmly rooted in their communities, the Research and Outreach Centers are well equipped to deliver the unbiased research and education initiatives to meet the complex issues facing the state and surrounding communities.

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