West Long Branch, NJ - Monmouth University will go carbon neutral for Earth Day and help students and area residents to do the same. On April 23, 2012, Hess Corporation's Energy Marketing division is providing the University with Verified Emission Reductions (VERs). The carbon off-sets are the equivalent of taking seven passenger cars off the road for a full year.
On April 23, Monmouth University will host an Earth Day Celebration on the patio of the Student Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with NJPIRG Energy Service Corps and the Monmouth University Environmental Club. The event will have live music, giveaways, environmentally themed games, and information tables. Employees and students are invited to stop by and get a free CFL bulb while supplies last. In addition to participating in the Earth Day Celebration Monmouth University’s Energy Service Corps and Environmental Club are sponsoring sustainability projects in our area including a new rain garden on Monmouth University’s campus and a tree relocation project from the College Action Team for Sustainability’s (CATS) Nursery to two campus locations for Brookdale Community College.
Monmouth University has distinguished itself as a leader in demonstrating energy efficiency among academic institutions. Monmouth University is the first independent university in New Jersey to sign comprehensive green operation agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The University was named the New Jersey Clean Energy School of the Year in 2006 by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and received a 2007 Merit Award from the Monmouth County Planning Board for its 2006 Solar Panel Installation Project. The University is currently installing a 700 kw Solar Panel system on seven University buildings under a Power Purchase Agreement with Torcon Energy Services.