EPA Recognizes Higher Education’s Commitments to Renewable Energy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of the nation’s top 10 college and university green power purchasers. The combined green power purchases of these Top 10 Partners equals 216,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually.

Across the country, academic institutions are committing to renewable energy by purchasing green power to meet their electricity needs to offset harmful emissions and global warming. Actions of the ten schools listed below are helping to drive the development of new renewable electricity generation. The top 10 Green Power Partners in the higher education sector, as identified by the EPA, include the University of Pennsylvania (10% wind), Western Washington University (100% wind), University of Utah (10% wind), Syracuse University (20% small-hydro, wind), Duke University (11% wind), Pennsylvania State University (4% wind), Harvard University (6% solar, wind), Evergreen State College (100% wind), Oberlin College (56% biogas, small-hydro, solar), and the University at Buffalo (6% wind). EPA’s list will be updated quarterly, with the next one scheduled for April 2006, to reflect information received by Partners by March 27, 2006. The EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program to increase the use of green power in the U.S. Partners in the program switch to green power for all or a portion of their electricity needs in return for EPA technical assistance and recognition. The Partnership has more than 600 partners, including Fortune 500 companies, states, federal agencies, trade associations, and colleges and universities.

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