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Carleton College
Location Northfield, MN
Organization Type Education (Higher)
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 4,355,374
Percentage Green Power 35%
Organization-wide Partner Yes
Partner's Reporting Period 1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013
Latest Annual Report Received On 5/23/2014
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a small, private liberal arts college in the historic town of Northfield, Minnesota. Carleton College is a recognized leader of higher education sustainability initiatives as evidenced by the College’s Environmental Statement of Principles and Carbon Neutrality Value Statement, environmental studies major, two commercial-sized wind turbines, investments in central plant and building energy efficiency projects, three LEED GOLD certified buildings, and numerous ongoing campus sustainability initiatives. Carleton students push the College to think greener every day.

Carleton College has two commercial sized wind turbines. The college’s second 1.68 Megawatt turbine, installed in 2011, is connected directly to the campus power grid. It supplies approximately 25 percent of Carleton's annual electricity needs and reduces our carbon footprint by approximately 10 percent. Carleton’s 1.65 Megawatt wind turbine was installed in 2004 and feeds the local electric grid. Carleton continues to invest in energy audits and conservation measures to reduce total energy use as part of a plan to become carbon neutral by 2050 as outlined in the Carleton Climate Action Plan.


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