Most Eco-Friendly College Campus in U.S.
What does it take to be “cool” in this day and age? Recycling bins, waste management, efficiency and transportation methods, of course. Sierra Magazine’s “cool college campuses” rank the best eco-friendly in a series of sectors, with grades to match.
1. University of Colorado at Boulder: they might be the alumna of Robert Redford, but this crisp campus earned the top spot for perfect “green” scores in transportation & waste, earning itself an overall A+ for its final grade in the “cool schools” list
2. University of Washington, Seattle: rain does a body good, especially when it comes to making Seattle’s university another “cool school,” ranking it second overall thanks to a ten in administration, and two bonus points
3. Middlebury College: one of the oldest liberal arts school in the US, this Vermont campus plans to get even higher on the list by 2016, vowing to become carbon neutral in five years’ time
4. University of Vermont: another A+, the Burlington campus was the first US university to earned a LEED Gold certification building, but is also ranked high among other college stats for its academics
5. College of the Atlantic: One of the only universities in the top five to receive ten points for its energy efforts, they are the only US university to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero
6. Evergreen State College: a state school in Olympia, Washington is an alternative methods university that is constantly on top green lists, and not just because of the high numbers of “green” that its students smoke
7. University of California, Santa Cruz: these banana slugs knows just how to waste not, with high marks in all areas and a perfect score in the transportation sector
8. University of California, Berkeley: these hippies epitomize the green movement – from Haight-Asbury to the hash smokers at the center of campus, Berkeley has ranked as one of the best in the west
9. University of California, Los Angeles: while it’s located in the city of smog, UCLA shows Hollywood starlets what can be done with a few recycling bins and campus energy with a high rank in waste and near perfect in transportation, purchasing & administration
10. Oberlin College: this Ohio college campus is the final A for Sierra’s list due to its perfect numbers with waste management, and rough numbers for efforts in efficiency & academics
HyNet North West and InterGen to build Zero Carbon plant
Expected to begin in the mid-2020s, the partnership could reduce the CO2 emissions from the Runcorn power station by over 150,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road every year.
Situated across one of the UK’s largest industrial areas which supports the highest number of manufacturing jobs of any UK region, HyNet North West will bring clean growth to safeguard jobs, and create thousands of new employment opportunities.
Following a commitment of £72 million in funding, HyNet North West will transform the North West into the world’s first low carbon industrial cluster, playing a critical role in the UK’s transition to ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the global fight against climate change.
HyNet North West will begin decarbonising the North West and North Wales region from 2025, replacing fossil fuels currently used for electricity generation, industry, heating homes and transportation with clean hydrogen. The project will also capture and lock up carbon which is currently emitted into the atmosphere.
It anticipates that by 2028, Rocksavage will have enough hydrogen produced by HyNet to move towards a 100% net zero power generation power station as the Gas Turbine technology becomes available.
InterGen’s Rocksavage Plant Manager Dan Fosberg said Rocksavage has been safely generating energy to power the north west for nearly 25 years, but in order to meet the UK’s net zero targets, traditional generation needs to adapt.
"HyNet North West will allow us to pivot our operations as we transition to a low-carbon world. The proximity of the Rocksavage Power Plant to the HyNet North West hydrogen network provides us with an exciting and unique opportunity," he said.
As soon as the first stage of the hydrogen network is available at Runcorn, InterGen intends to modify the existing generating plant to consume a blend of hydrogen with natural gas and start to reduce our emissions.
The HyNet North West project milestones mean that Rocksavage could be the first plant in the UK to blend Hydrogen with natural gas, a step forward for the industry in the target for net-zero. Once the gas turbine technology becomes available, it will explore options with HyNet North West to create a zero emissions power station using 100% hydrogen.
The project will play a big part in supporting Liverpool City Region in its commitment to reach zero carbon by 2040 and accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Putting the Liverpool City Region at the heart of the Green Industrial Revolution is one of my top priorities. With our existing strengths in green energy, we have the potential to become the UK’s renewable energy coast.
“I am committed to doubling the number of green jobs in our region and exciting projects like HyNet will be a key part of that. We’re going to lead the way, not only in doing our bit to tackle climate change, but in pioneering new and innovative technology that in turn attracts more jobs and investment to our region.”
David Parkin, HyNet North West Project Director, said HyNet North West will play a big part in tackling climate change regionally. "It will ensure the region remains an attractive location for investment and for companies to grow through the establishment of a clean economy, protection of skilled jobs and creation of thousands of new long-term employment opportunities.
“Our partnership with InterGen at Rocksavage shows just how great an impact HyNet will have on the region – decarbonising homes, workplaces, travel and industry.”
HyNet North West is a low carbon energy project at the forefront of the UK’s journey to a Net Zero future, being developed by a consortium comprising Progressive Energy, Cadent, Essar, Inovyn, Eni, University of Chester, CF Fertilisers and Hanson.