Austin Community College shifts two campuses to 100% renewable electricity
AUSTIN — Austin Community College (ACC) announced a plan yesterday to power two campuses, ACC Round Rock and ACC Elgin, with 100 percent renewable electricity beginning in June 2020.
With this announcement, ACC joins other higher education leaders in Texas such as Southwestern University and the University of North Texas in shifting to clean, renewable electricity. ACC is the first community college district in Texas to switch over some of its campuses entirely to wind and solar power.
The announcement comes after Environment Texas Research and Policy Center was joined by 100 faculty in a letter in March encouraging ACC to continue its leadership by committing to transition off of fossil fuel energy.
Luke Metzger, Executive Director of Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, made the following statement on the announcement:
“It’s nice to have some good news for a change. With solar energy systems installed on nine campuses, ACC was already a leader within Texas for renewable energy and sustainability. Now, by moving two of its campuses completely off of fossil fuels, ACC is significantly reducing its carbon footprint and helping ensure a safer, more livable climate for our community. Go Riverbats!”