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Santa Clara University Recognized As Energy Innovator

Monday, Jul. 6, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 29, 2009 — Santa Clara University and three Santa Clara businesses, who together saved over 8.57 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity last year, have won Silicon Valley Power (SVP) Energy Innovator Awards for their efforts in 2008. Two of the winners also purchased or generated another 11.3 million kWh of renewable energy.

Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley Microelectronics, Inc., Yahoo!, and Equinix Operating Co., were honored on June 29 at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) Energy Summit at Stanford University. The combined energy savings of the winners could power nearly 1,400 homes for a year and prevented release of over 6.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The Environmental Innovator award is given for comprehensive efforts to support energy efficiency and renewable energy. SCU was the winner in the large organization category (over 100 employees). The university completed its first comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory and identified buildings in which lighting and heating upgrades resulted in significant energy use reduction. Other energy-related strategies in 2008 included painting the Support Services building with highly-reflective exterior paint that is expected to reduce cooling costs by 20 percent. SCU also implemented a campus program to utilize smart power strips to save electricity.

SCU also received the overall Green Power Champion award, which is given to the company with the most innovative and successful approach to its commitment to green power purchases and other renewable energy programs. SCU last year bought renewable energy equivalent to the power generated by 3.5 wind turbines, or 11.25 million kWh of electricity. The renewable power purchase prevented the release of over 4,410 tons of CO² into the atmosphere. In addition, the university has a 50 kilowatt photovoltaic system providing power to one of its buildings.

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. For more information, see www.scu.edu.

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