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UCSD Aims to Join Top Tier of “Green” Universities

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Aired 4/19/09

UC San Diego aims to become one of the "greenest” universities in the country. The school is known for its global warming research. Now the campus is taking steps to practice what it preaches. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The La Jolla campus plans to install solar power panels and use wind energy to generate the electricity it needs. It’s part of UC San Diego's push toward environmental sustainability.

Gary Matthews is the school's Vice Chancellor of Resource Management and Planning .

Matthews : Within the next couple of years, UC San Diego will self-generate approximately 10-15 percent of our annual electrical needs through the use of renewables.

He says those renewables include using fuel cells powered by waste methane, installing rooftop solar arrays on campus buildings, and buying power produced by Southern California wind farms. Matthews says tapping into those natural sources makes UCSD the leader in renewable energy solutions among U.S. universities.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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