West Long Branch, NJ - On January 16, 2009, Monmouth University was the first independent university in New Jersey to sign a comprehensive green operation agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement, a memorandum of understanding, has resulted in reducing energy, water and solid waste production across campus operations.
Due to the progressive green efforts, Monmouth University has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by 5072 MTC02e which is equivalent to anyone of the following statements:
- Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 970 vehicles
- Carbon dioxide emissions from 570,529 gallons of gasoline
- Carbon Dioxide emissions from 11,795 barrels of oil consumed
- Carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of 616 homes for one year
- Carbon dioxide emissions from 211,333 propane cylinders used for home barbeques
- Carbon dioxide emissions from 67.7 tanker truck’s worth gasoline
- Carbon dioxide emission from the energy use of 432 homes for one year
Monmouth University’s 454 kw solar powered system was installed in 2006. The system covers 33,000 sq. ft. atop four campus buildings and has to date reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 1186 tons. The system provides clean energy to campus and surrounding areas, and will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 3,000 tons over the next 30 years. The system helps the local community by lightening the load on the power grid which results in fewer power outages at peak times.
In addition, Monmouth University retrofitted lighting to slash energy consumption 30 percent in the gymnasium, added energy-efficient police vehicles, and replaced 1,000 light bulbs with bulbs that use one-third less energy.