Rowan wins Governor's award for "Clean Air" initiatives

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Rowan earned yet another award for its environmental efforts, this time from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the area of "Clean Air."

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection awarded Rowan University a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award at a ceremony held at the governor's official residence on November 29.

Rowan, which won in the "Clean Air" category, was applauded for its steps to fight air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The State, which presented the awards at the ceremony, cited Rowan for a wide range of efforts, including purchasing wind power, implementing a landscaping plan that planted numerous trees and native plant species and constructing a co-generation facility to supplement energy use.

The DEP started the awards program in 2000; it was renamed in 2006 in honor of Gov. Corzine's commitment to environmental protection, according to the State. The New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities are co-sponsors of the awards, according to the State.

This is the second environmental award presented this fall to Rowan. In September, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Office of Clean Energy presented the institution with the New Jersey Clean Energy School of the Year award, recognizing Rowan for its efforts related to promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, including purchasing 25 percent of its electricity from wind power sources.

Earlier this year, Rowan received the United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality Award for placing third nationally in waste minimization in RecycleMania in 2006, the EPA Green Power Partnership Award for purchasing 25 percent of the electricity Rowan uses from wind-generated sources and the New Jersey Clean Energy Award for the clean energy the institution purchases. Rowan was the first signer in New Jersey of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, which committed the campus to developing a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible. Rowan also is active in promoting solar power and has participated in many other energy-related initiatives. The University was an early client of Community Energy Inc., which obtains part of its power from the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm in Atlantic City. Additionally, students and professors in the Colleges of Engineering and Liberals Arts & Sciences have been and/or are conducting research on topics such as wind power, alternative energy and photovoltaic systems.

For more information on Rowan University's comprehensive environmental efforts, go to www.rowan.edu/RUgreen.

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