Department of Energy recognizes SOU for sustainability efforts

There is a new video sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy highlighting Southern Oregon University’s clean energy investments. The video is the fourth in the series titled “Clean Energy in Our Community” which promotes sustainability efforts by campuses and communities around the country.

“Southern Oregon University is a leading example of how local institutions and communities can help lead the way in making sure that America wins the global clean energy race, while creating good local jobs and protecting the environment,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in a press release announcing the video.

This recognition in this video adds to other significant recognition for environmental sustainability, including being ranked 17 out of 20 for the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 list of the top 20 Green Schools in the nation and 45 out of 96 on Sierra Magazine’s list of “Cool Schools.”

“We were also one of the original signatories to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment,” said SOUs Director of Media Relations, Jim Beaver. The commitment has a target year for SOU to reach total carbon neutrality of 2050.

Beaver says that it is thanks to these that prompted the DOE to contact the university to create the video.

“SOU’s location in a beautiful mountain town surrounded by national forests and clear whitewater rivers and streams inspires our community and reminds us daily of the importance of preserving our natural resources,” says SOU President Mary Cullinan. “Our faculty teach sustainable practices. Our students are actively engaged in sustainable projects. And our staff and administration are dedicated to sustainable operations.”

For more information on the video series, visit the Department of Energy website here

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