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Ever-Green Energy Names Carbon Neutrality Winners
Minnesota Ag Connection - 03/14/2019

Ever-Green Energy today announced that the College of Saint Benedict, the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota Morris have been selected for the organization's Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality program. These institutions will receive free energy planning services as part of this pilot program.

"We are thrilled to begin working with these institutions that have committed to sustainability and carbon neutrality," said Ken Smith, president and CEO of Ever-Green Energy. "Our team of experts is ready to create tangible, financially viable plans to help each school achieve its goals."

Ever-Green Energy launched the Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality program to help campus leaders create actionable plans to make their sustainability and carbon neutrality goals a reality. Higher education institutions were invited to apply for the program in December 2018, outlining their goals and the work they have done to date on advancing their energy infrastructure and campus programming.

"The College of Saint Benedict provides a liberal arts education that prepares women to think critically, lead courageously and advocate passionately -- all of which are vital in taking action against climate change," said Elissa Brown, sustainability coordinator at the College of Saint Benedict. "By collaborating with Ever-Green Energy to create and implement a plan for carbon neutrality, we're leading by example for our students and our communities."

The three institutions will work with Ever-Green Energy over the next year to map out plans, evaluate feasibility and lay out next steps.

"We view sustainability as core to the University of St. Thomas' mission of advancing the common good," said Jim Brummer, associate vice president for facilities at the University of St. Thomas. "Our goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 and we are excited to partner with Ever-Green Energy to develop a roadmap to get there."

As the need for climate resilience grows, higher education continues to lead the way in commitments to carbon reductions, seeking more energy-efficient operations and a more ambitious integration of renewable energy.

"The University of Minnesota Morris is proud to be a clean energy leader in Minnesota and in the nation," said Bryan Herrmann, vice chancellor for finance and facilities at the University of Minnesota Morris. "We have a strong shared interest and urgency with Ever-Green Energy when it comes to integrating new technologies to achieve carbon neutrality, and we look forward to working with them on a detailed plan as we strive to be carbon neutral by 2020."

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