2 Universities’ Vast Green-Energy Deal Will Also Save Millions of Dollars

2 Universities’ Vast Green-Energy Deal Will Also Save Millions of Dollars 1

Jeff Watts, American U.

Chris O’Brien (left), American U.’s sustainability director, with colleagues: “Because this is a fairly novel approach, there was safety in numbers. It helps to have peers analyzing this together.”

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Jeff Watts, American U.

Chris O’Brien (left), American U.’s sustainability director, with colleagues: “Because this is a fairly novel approach, there was safety in numbers. It helps to have peers analyzing this together.”

Colleges and universities are accustomed to getting together to buy things in bulk to save money—library books, furniture, computers, and so on. But American University and George Washington University have formed a new kind of partnership that will not only save the institutions tens of millions of dollars but also take a small step toward saving the planet.

By the end of 2015, 450 acres of unused