|Title||University of San Diego Turns the Lights Off... And Begins "Running on Sunshine"|
|Contact E-mail||mwagoner, at sandiego.edu|
|Contact Phone||(619) 260-4659|
USD to run on 20% less energy; becomes one of the country’s largest university solar installations
On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, The University of San Diego is flipping the lights OFF on campus... and turning them back on with solar energy!
In partnership with AMSOLAR, the new solar system is expected to generate up to 15% of the university’s energy needs. The completion of this project will establish the University of San Diego as the second largest solar energy producers of any private U.S. college and the tenth-largest solar facility on a university campus in the nation.
At 10:30 a.m., USD vice president of Business Services and Administration, Len Hering, will lead a roof-top tour of the solar panel installation atop the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Immediately following, the campus will gather in Plaza Mayor for a press conference and celebration.
Two popular bands, Mayday Parade and Every Avenue will perform powered by solar energy. A special event will commence after Mary E. Lyons, USD President, has spoken.
USD is recognized as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” for 2010. USD also is ranked 103rd on list of the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” and received a B+ in the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) College Sustainability Report Card released last month. The nationally-known education services company selected USD for inclusion in the “Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” which is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
Media, please RSVP to (619) 260-4681 if you’d like to attend the event or for more information on USD’s sustainability efforts.