Gordon’s energy consumption, including heating/cooling and electrical, is derived from renewable resources (including ‘green tags’ but not nuclear or large scale hydro power). This energy consumption is 0.025% on site.
The breakdown between on-site renewable versus off-site renewable energy is:
Gordon College supports the development and use of clean and renewable energy sources.
Please note, figures are converted into one million British thermal units (MMBtu) – a standard measure of energy) using the following equivalents:
|1 kWh = 0.003412 MMBtu||1 MWh = 3.412 MMBtu|
|1 therm = 0.1 MMBtu||1 kBtu = 0.001 MMBtu|
|1 ton-hour = 0.012 MMBtu||1 MJ = 0.000948 MMBTU|
Gordon’s biodiesel project is headed up by Leo Cleary, carpentry supervisor and locksmith, who has also been described as an inventor, a craftsman, an artist and a technician. Cleary has led the way in many environmental initiatives on campus, including Gordon’s biodiesel efforts—both making biodiesel and running the biodiesel car. Cleary's other contributions include lecturing on his custom-built biodiesel reactor both on campus and in the surrounding community, as well as exploring alternative energy possibilities—even the viabilities of wind power.