This landmark accomplishment was made possible by the We Mean Green Fund (WMGF), which provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to make their campus more sustainable. Through a proposal to the WMGF, UNT has enrolled in Denton Municipal Electric’s GreenSense Renewable Electricity Program, which will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to cover the electricity use at the UNT main campus and UNT’s Discovery Park campus.
RECs are the currency of renewable energy. When a megawatt of electricity from a renewable source (like wind or solar farms) is delivered into the grid, a REC is generated. RECs can be sold to those that are interested in supporting renewable energy or reducing their carbon footprint. By purchasing a REC, the purchaser claims ownership of the renewable energy that was delivered to the grid. REC ownership allows people and institutions to claim that the electricity used is from a renewable source with zero or low emissions.
The University of North Texas has enrolled in the US EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a leaderboard of institutions committed to renewable energy purchasing. UNT ranks #1 for universities in Texas, #11 for universities nationally, and #72 of all public or private institutions!
UNT’s GreenSense enrollment prevents carbon emissions equivalent to:
How many trees would it take to sequester this much carbon?
No, our renewable energy is not produced on-site. The energy delivered to the grid is produced by off-site turbines and solar arrays. UNT purchases certified renewable energy credits which give UNT ownership of the green energy.
On-site green energy production would indeed be ideal. However, the capital investment and logistical constraints of producing the electricity to power UNT is not feasible in the short term. REC purchase allows for 100% renewable electricity immediately.
The RECs and on-site production complement one another. Renewable energy from UNT’s turbines and solar panels continues to provide electricity on campus and reduce the need for energy from the grid. The REC purchase ensures that the energy from the grid is from renewable resources.