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EPA Recognizes Santa Clara University as Green Power Individual Conference Champion

Monday, Apr. 18, 2011

 SANTA CLARA, Calif. April 18, 2011—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.

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.

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 on-site renewable energy system,which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ electricity use.

According to the EPA, Santa Clara University’s green power use of more than 30 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of nearly 3,000 average American homes annually, or the CO2 emissions of more than 4,000 passenger vehicles per year.

Thirty-one collegiate conferences and 69 schools competed in the 2010-11 challenge, collectively purchasing nearly 1.6 billion kWh of green power. EPA will extend the College & University Green Power Challenge for a sixth year, to conclude in spring of 2012.
 
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
 
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating highereducation institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.
 
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.
 
Media Contact
Connie Kim Coutain | ccoutain@scu.edu | 408-554-5126 O | 408-829-4836 C
Melissa Donnelly | Donnelly.melissa@epa.gov | 202-343-9546

Tags: environmental protection agency, EPA, Green Power Challenge, individual conference champion, West Coast Conference

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