MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY TO GOCARBON NEUTRAL IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY
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Monmouth University will go
carbon neutral for Earth Day and help students and area residents to do the
same. On April 23, 2012, Hess Corporation's Energy Marketing division is
providing the University with Verified Emission Reductions (VERs). The carbon offsets
are the equivalent of taking seven passenger cars off the road for a full year.
On April 23, Monmouth
University will host an Earth Day celebration on the patio of the Student
Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with NJPIRG Energy Service Corps and the Monmouth
University Environmental Club. The event will have live music, giveaways,
environmentally themed games, and information tables. Employees and students
are invited to stop by and get a free CFL bulb while supplies last. In addition
to participating in the Earth Day celebration Monmouth University’s Energy
Service Corps and Environmental Club are sponsoring sustainability projects in
our area including a new rain garden on Monmouth University’s campus and a tree
relocation project from the College Action Team for Sustainability’s (CATS)
Nursery to two campus locations for Brookdale Community College.
Also on April 21, Monmouth
University’s Community Garden will hold an “Earth Day Planting” event from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m.. Volunteers are needed to plant flowers, cherry trees, and
vegetables. For additional information, contact Dr. Robin Mama at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (732) 571-3607. The Garden is located on the corner of Beechwood and
Brookwillow Avenue in West Long Branch. Volunteers should bring garden gloves
and tools if they have them.
Monmouth University has
distinguished itself as a leader in demonstrating energy efficiency among
academic institutions. Monmouth University is the first independent university
in New Jersey to sign comprehensive green operation agreement with U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The University was named the New Jersey
Clean Energy School of the Year in 2006 by the New Jersey Board of Public
Utilities and received a 2007 Merit Award from the Monmouth County Planning
Board for its 2006 Solar Panel Installation Project. The University is
currently installing a 600 kw Solar Panel system on seven University buildings
under a Power Purchase Agreement with Torcon Energy Services.
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