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College Park Uses Wind Power to be Carbon Neutral

The City of College Park bought enough wind power renewable energy credits to offset emissions for all of its facilities and streetlights.

College Park wasn’t just blowing a bunch of hot air when it came to reaching its sustainability goal.

In fact, the city blew right past it.

College Park aimed at off setting 100 percent of the carbon emissions for all of its municipal facilities through wind power in the form of renewable energy credits. The city has been able to achieve that goal and offset all the carbon emissions from city streetlights in the effort as well.

In a show of its effort, the city displays “Powered by Clean Currents” decals in the doorways of each city facility.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, College Park’s purchase of renewable energy credits is equivalent to 222 passenger vehicles taken off the road, avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of the use of 140,000 gallons of gas, the electricity use for 155 homes in a year or removing 2.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmospheres, according to a College Park news release.

Renewable energy credits cost less than 50 cents each, according to College Park’s assistant to the city manager Chantal Cotton.

“It is money well spent because our council and the city is focused on sustainability,” Cotton said.

The city has committed to purchasing 100 percent renewable energy through the next fiscal year, according to the release.

“College Park’s commitment to sustainability is longstanding. It’s the smart thing to do. We know that going green, wisely managing our natural resources, and developing policies that reduce our carbon footprint improve the quality of our lives while making our future brighter,” College Park Mayor Andrew Fellows stated in the release.

The city, through a partnership with the University of Maryland, is pursuing an EPA Green Power Community designation. Officials are asking residents to help in that effort by participating in residential recycling and green initiatives.

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