A Leader in Creating a Sustainable Future
Thomas College knows a thing or two about guaranteeing sustainable futures for our students. That’s why we’re committed to doing everything we can to ensure a more sustainable future for our campus community and our planet.
We’ve never been afraid to lead, and you’ll see leadership in our ambitious campus building plans. Our green buildings and sustainability initiatives don’t just conserve energy—they also save money and provide our students unique opportunities to research, engage, and discover.
Putting Energy to Work
Examples of our sustainable initiatives abound: from efficient heating, cooling, and lighting systems to geothermal wells and point-of-use water systems, or from Dining Services recycling cooking oil to our student-driven campus recycling program. Perhaps the most impressive example is our “Alfond Array,” one of the state’s largest solar photovoltaic arrays. Made up of almost 700 solar panels on the Alfond Athletic Center, this 175 kWh system produces almost 11% of the electricity used on campus. Here’s what we’ve gained from this system alone since 2012:
- Offset 1,247 gallons of gas
- Generated 14,117 kWh of electricity
- Saved 8 tons of CO2 emissions
- Produced enough energy to charge an electric car 588 times
- Generated enough power to charge 2,611,645 smartphones
To continue our diverse sustainability efforts, Thomas joined the United States Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge in June 2015. By taking part in the challenge, Thomas has committed to providing plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging stations to students, staff, and faculty. Thomas began offering PEV parking in 2013 with the installation of two Level I chargers at designated parking spots on campus. In the fall of 2015 Thomas College has added two level II chargers, which provide a charge in half the time.
Learn more about how Thomas College is working toward a sustainable future.