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Colorado Mountain College moves toward carbon neutrality –

What’s the quickest route to a carbon-neutral future? That’s the question driving Colorado Mountain College’s employees and sustainability students, who are seeking ways to reduce the college’s energy footprint now and into the years to come.

One answer: by way of the electric vehicle charging stations installed recently at five of the college’s campuses and its central administrative building. The charging stations were a joint project with the Colorado Energy Office, in an effort to reduce fossil fuel emissions across the state.

Carbondale-based CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region) helped the college apply for a Colorado Energy Office grant, which covered up to 80 percent of the installation costs. Since last spring, the college has installed electric vehicle charging stations at its campuses in Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Leadville, Breckenridge and Carbondale, as well as at the Central Services offices in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Shelley Kaup, energy coach and technology support for CLEER, said that the beauty of electric vehicles is that they both reduce emissions now and help shift the economy toward sustainable sources of energy in the future. “As the grid gets cleaner,” she said, “moving toward solar arrays and other alternative forms of energy, electric cars will get cleaner, too.”
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