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Smith Students to Receive EPA Award

This year’s Rally Day Show, on Tuesday, February 21, at 8 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall, will include a different kind of award presentation as representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drop in to give a certificate to President Carol T. Christ and the student org Clean Energy for Smith.

Last fall, Clean Energy for Smith (CES) led the way in an energy-saving student campaign among Smith, Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges to activate a device on their computers to automatically power down monitors when not in use. The campaign was part of the nationwide Million Monitor Drive, a program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

For signing up the most students among the three colleges in that campaign, CES and President Christ will receive a Million Monitor Drive certificate from the EPA during the Rally Day Show.

CES signed up 1,852 students in the campaign (Mount Holyoke took second with 1,325 pledges, Amherst gathered 831), which will collectively save thousands of dollars a year and substantially reduce emissions from power plants.

In addition, Smith received 350,000 kilowatts worth of Renewable Energy Certificates, which can be exchanged for zero-emissions electricity, such as that generated by wind power. The certificates were awarded by Community Energy, a Pennsylvania company that promotes the use of wind-generated energy.

The certificates will be used to purchase enough wind-generated electricity to power all of Smith’s student computers for a year, saving 250 tons of carbon emissions.

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