||E.ON. honors Centre's sustainability efforts with first-ever award
RELEASED: November 12, 2009
By Abby Malik
DANVILLE, KY—Centre College continues to receive recognition for its dedication to environmental sustainability.
On Nov. 10, E.ON., the parent company of Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric, presented Centre and its students with the company's favorite non-residential customer award for students' efforts with the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station. This was the first presentation of the award.
In 2007, more than three-fourths of Centre students voted for the creation of a Green Fund, an initiative that requires students to pay an annual $20 surcharge on their tuition to purchase renewable energy credits from the local Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station, located near Harrodsburg, Ky.
(These funds help subsidize the station's production of electricity which is much cleaner but more expensive to generate than that created at coal-powered plants.)
Laura Brach '10 of Perrysburg, Ohio, spoke at the ceremony as a representative of ECCO, Centre's Environmentally Conscious Centre Organization. In 2007, Brach helped garner support from the student body for the Green Fund, and ECCO was one of the original promoters of the initiative.
"Centre is at the forefront of sustainability efforts on college campuses, and it's exciting for students," Chase said. "The student voter turnout for this was astonishing."
For more information on Centre's sustainability efforts, click here.
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