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Santa Clara University Receives Two Honors for Its Green Initiatives
For a third straight year, Santa Clara University (SCU) is using more green power than any other school in the West Coast Conference, making it the 2010–11 Individual Conference Champion in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) College & University Green Power Challenge.
SCU beat its conference rivals by using more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. SCU purchases a utility green power product from Silicon Valley Power/3Degrees and also generates green power from an onsite renewable energy system, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ electricity use. Read more.
For a second consecutive year, SCU is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company selected SCU for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”
The guide recognized SCU for offering sustainability-related courses in 22 departments, winning third place in both the 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon, and receiving a silver rating in the STARS program, the nation’s first comprehensive sustainability rating system for colleges and universities. Read more.