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Santa Clara University Recognized as Individual Conference Winner
Monday, Apr. 20, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 20, 2009 -- Santa Clara University was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the 2008-09 Individual Conference Champion for purchasing more green power than any other school in the West Coast Conference.
SCU beat its conference rivals by purchasing more than 11 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power, representing 37 percent of the school's annual electricity usage. That's enough to power more than 1,100 average American homes each year. It's also the equivalent impact of reducing the CO2 emissions of nearly 1,500 passenger cars annually.
"We have made great strides to reduce our energy demand via conservation and retrofits, and supporting renewable energy generation is a great way to help us reach climate neutrality," said Lindsey Cromwell, SCU's sustainability coordinator.
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.
"Our college and university Green Power Partners raise the bar every year for clean, renewable-energy use," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "By taking action on their campus, Santa Clara University is helping to move our nation into a clean energy future."
SCU adopted a sustainability policy in 2004, which devotes the university to sustainability through stewardship, education, and outreach. Some of the recent initiatives include:
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 8,758 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, 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 higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.
About the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
EPA's Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The Green Power Partnership currently has more than 1,000 partners 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, trade associations, as well as colleges and universities.
EPA’s Green Power Challenge