EPA recognizes Penn State as top green power purchaser

May 12, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Penn State has once again made the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the top college and university Green Power Partners. The University is being recognized for its voluntary purchase of 83,600 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power.

In a continuing commitment to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels, Penn State purchases more than 20 percent of its electrical energy needs from renewable energy sources.   Under current contracts, the major sources of Penn State alternative electricity generation are wind, 8.1 percent; biomass, 3.9 percent; low-impact certified hydroelectric, 7.9 percent; new technologies (solar and bio-mass) 0.6 percent, for a total of 20.5 percent.

Since the spring of 2007, The EPA has recognized institutions of higher education within the Green Power Partnership that have completed the largest annual voluntary green power purchases.  The EPA's Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with traditional fossil fuel-based electricity use. The partnership includes a diverse set of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium businesses, government institutions as well as a growing number of colleges and universities.  "Green power" is defined by the Partnership as electricity that is partially or entirely generated from environmentally preferable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact biomass and hydro resources.

"Our "green power" purchase supports the University's environmental strategy to move toward sustainable practices and enables Penn State to play a role in helping the emerging renewable energy market," said Steve Maruszewski, deputy associate vice president for physical plant and manager of the finance and business environmental strategy. "We are proud to be on the EPA's listing of college and university purchasers."

The EPA's Green Power Partnership recognized the leading green power purchases of 17 schools as individual conference champions. In total, the colleges and universities represented in this year's challenge are buying more than 960 million kWh of green power annually. EPA estimates that this amount of green power is equal to the electricity needed to power nearly 97,000 average American homes each year.

The 18 individual conference champions for the 2007-2008 challenge are listed below, with Penn State placing as # 3; categories are Conference Champion, State, Conference Affiliation, Champion's Conference's Purchase, Total Purchase.

-- University of Pennsylvania, Pa.; Ivy League; 192,727,000; 221,583,000

-- New York University, N.Y.; University Athletic Association; 132,000,000; 147,000,000

-- Penn State, Pa.; Big Ten Conference 83,600,000; 133,600,000

-- Oregon State University, Ore.; Pacific-10 Conference; 66,680,400; 84,024,400

-- Colby College, Maine; New England Small College Athletics; 17,428,000; 61,890,000

-- University of California, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Association of Division III Independents; 57,000,000; 59,400,000

-- Western Washington University, Wash.; Great Northwest Athletic Conference; 40,000,000; 42,841,400

-- University of Utah, Utah; Mountain West Conference; 36,666,000; 40,103,466

-- Southern Oregon University, Ore.; Cascade Collegiate Conference; 17,622,000; 33,828,000

-- University of Central Oklahoma, Okla.; Lone Star Conference; 26,000,000; 26,000,000

-- Syracuse University, N.Y.; Big East Conference; 22,000,000; 22,000,000

-- Southern N.H. University, N.H. Northeast-10 Conference 12,000,000; 16,000,000

-- St. Mary's College of Maryland, Md.; Capital Athletic Conference; 15,000,000; 15,000,000

-- University at Buffalo, N.Y.; Mid-American Conference; 13,300,000; 13,300,000

-- Oberlin College, Ohio; North Coast Athletic Conference; 10,856,240; 12,806,240

-- Duquesne University, Pa.; Atlantic 10 Conference; 12,500,000; 12,500,000

-- Lewis & Clark College, Ore.; Northwest Conference 4,432,000; 10,518,400

-- Rowan University, N.J.; New Jersey Athletic Conference; 10,433,673; 10,433,673

For more information on EPA's Top 10 college and university Partners list, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top10ed.htm. For a full listing of the more than 600 EPA Green Power Partners and information about buying green power, see the Partnership's Web site
at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/  ; or


Penn State energy information is available at http://energy.opp.psu.edu/


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Last Updated March 19, 2009