For a second straight year, Santa Clara University is using more green power than any other school in the West Coast Conference, making it 2009-10 Individual Conference Champion in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s College & University Green Power Challenge.
SCU beat its conference rivals by using nearly 23 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 74 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. SCU purchases a utility green power product from Silicon Valley Power/3Degrees and generates on-site renewable electricity, which help to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’s electricity use.
SCU’s use of nearly 23 million kWh of green power is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 2,000 average American homes each year. It’s also equivalent to taking 3,000 passenger cars off the road.
Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference.