The Tennessee Valley Authority and its Green Power Switch (GPS) partners honored the University of the South this week for the university’s commitment to renewable energy and the GPS program. The Green Power Switch Leadership Awards were presented at an event in Memphis that honored regional businesses and local power distributors that are helping make the TVA’s Green Power Switch program a success .
Sewanee received the Innovator of the Year award for “outstanding combination of Green Power Switch support and onsite renewable energy generation.”
Students initiated the university’s support of the GPS program in 2005 by asking that some of the annual student fee go toward the purchase of electricity from renewable sources. The solar panels on Snowden Hall demonstrate Sewanee’s commitment to renewable energy, as does recent research into the viability of wind power and biomass as ways to help meet campus energy needs.
Marvin Pate, director of sustainability integration, accepted the award on behalf of the university. Duck River Electric Membership Corporation nominated the university for the prestigious award. “The University of the South is a leader in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency,” stated Brad Gibson, director of member services at Duck River. “It was an honor to recognize them alongside TVA. We will continue to support the University’s efforts as they find innovative ways to conserve in the future.”