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National Wildlife Federation report on higher education cites St. Olaf wind turbine

By David Gonnerman '90
January 15, 2008

"As Congress considers legislation that seeks to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by mid-century, colleges and universities may hold the key," says the National Wildlife Federation about its new publication, Higher Education in a Warming World: The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus (free download). The report notes that campuses nationwide have launched climate-driven projects that are "taking a significant bite out of emissions along with saving money" and notes how institutions are "reaping multiple rewards."

The report cites the utility-grade St. Olaf wind turbine numerous times, and the news release about the report includes mention of how the turbine "provides 33 percent of campus electricity, saving more than $250,000 in utility costs a year."

Eban Goodstein, founding director of Focus the Nation, adds that, "as educators we would be failing future generations if we did not prepare them to meet the challenge of reducing carbon emissions to protect the health of our world. This report will provide a foundation for meeting that challenge."

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