Allegheny College is a winner of the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for a 13-year program to achieve carbon neutrality, becoming only the eighth college in the U.S. to realize this goal.
The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards are presented annually by Dominion Energy and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) to local organizations that demonstrate leadership, effectiveness and results in making an impact on the environment. The college is among a total of five that were chosen by a group of independent judges, environmental experts and PEC staff in response to a call for entries earlier this year.
As part of its award, Allegheny will receive $5,000.
Allegheny has completed annual greenhouse gas inventories; developed a Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020; taken action to mitigate its environmental impact in daily operations and capital projects; and integrated environmental awareness and sustainability principles into the culture of campus life, the curriculum and its institutional identity, award organizers said in announcing the winner.