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Energy Sourcing

As a signatory member of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Emerson College commits to purchasing renewable energy certificates equal to more than 100 percent of its purchased electricity. This year we purchased a surplus of wind energy certificates to offset additional leased property in Boston, the new facility in Los Angeles and the upcoming 2 Boylston Place building. The College purchases its renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy.

Emerson continues to be one of the largest purchasers of Green Power among U.S. colleges and universities and is recognized as a leader by the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership. Emerson’s actions offset the carbon dioxide equivalent of more than 1,000 average American homes annually. 

  • Emerson ranks as the No. 24 largest green power user for 2015-16.
  • Emerson College has been recognized by the EPA for using more green power than any other school in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in the 2014–2015 academic year.

Energy Efficiency

  • Campus updated to energy-efficient lighting.
  • Campus-wide, motion detectors have been installed in offices so overhead lights shut off automatically when people leave the rooms.
  • The College participates in NStar’s energy equipment rebates and has been reimbursed over $200,000 in the last several years.
  • The College purchases Energy Star-rated computers and other appliances whenever possible.
  • The majority of campus buildings are heated using Veolia’s “green steam” system, reducing their carbon footprint.