Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 7 : Winter 2011 - Page 75

renewable energy # efforts shine spotlight on UMPI campus F rom its announcement in May , the University of Maine at Presque Isle wind turbine project has been a source of interest and pride for the campus. The project was well-documented in the Wind  film, which has been seen statewide on Maine Public Broadcasting Network, as well as regionally on WLBZ television. In October , the wind turbine project garnered national attention when the University of Maine at Presque Isle received the  Second Nature Leadership Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership. This inaugural award was presented at the  Annual Climate Leadership Summit of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) held in Denver, Colorado. UMPI was the sole recipient in the public baccalaureate category. Second Nature is a supporting organization of ACUPCC, which was launched in  in an effort to engage college and university leadership in addressing climate issues. ACUPCC is currently a network of  educational institutions, representing all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The organization includes a broad range of American universities and colleges such as Duke, George Washington, North Carolina, Brandeis, Ohio State, Colgate, Middlebury, Rice, and Smith. This Award recognized the University’s commitment, from among the  ACUPCC signatories, to environmentally responsible activities. UMPI shared the  awards platform with other category winners including Cornell, Penn, the University of California-San Diego, Ball State University, and Dickinson College. More information about the award and the turbine project - including UMPI’s live turbine data at www.umpi