Big props goes out to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for receiving the Presidential Award from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)! Focus The Nation's own Focus Coordinators Nick Alderson and Maria Rosales, along with UT's Sustainability Manager, Gordie Bennet accepted the award last week on behalf of the University. The Presidential Award is given to the largest purchaser of green power from TVA. According to the Tennessee Today:
The university purchased nine megawatt hours of green power from TVA last year. That is the equivalent of eliminating the yearly greenhouse gas emissions from 1,535 passenger vehicles, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Green power purchases allow consumers to help ensure renewable energy from wind, solar, and landfill gas is added to TVA’s power supply.
TVA and local power companies, working in cooperation with the environmental community, developed Green Power Switch as a way to bring cleaner, greener power to the Tennessee Valley, explains Jenny Wright, product manager for TVA’s Green Power Switch.
Read more here
about the program and award. While you're at it, check out this recent blog
by Maria herself, talking about the next big push that students are making as they move Tennessee towards a cleaner and more energy efficient future. And if you're in the Knoxville area, check out their Gettin' Green, Savin' Green: Energy Efficiency at UT forum
on April 17th or follow what they are doing at their F2A page