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EPA Recognizes Santa Clara University as a Leading Green Power Purchaser
Monday, Oct. 26, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 26, 2009 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Santa Clara University as one of the top universities to reduce its carbon footprint. SCU ranked No. 16 on the EPA’s Top 20 College & University List of green power purchasers.
“This recognition reflects our commitment to address climate change by supporting renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lindsey Cromwell, Santa Clara University’s sustainability coordinator.
The university committed to doubling its green power purchase to nearly 23 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), which represents 74 percent of the school’s electricity use. That’s enough to power 2,529 average American homes and equivalent to taking nearly 3,000 cars off the road for one year.
The purchase will be supplied from Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates sourced from wind farms around the country.
SCU adopted its Sustainability Policy in 2004, which devotes the university to sustainability through stewardship, education, and outreach.
“Santa Clara University has numerous opportunities to engage students in critical thinking about sustainability and climate neutrality - from the cup of fairly traded coffee they drink in the morning to their composition and rhetoric class discussion at noon, to the time they compost their food waste after dinner,” said Cromwell.
Other campus-wide initiatives include:
To learn more about SCU’s sustainability efforts, go to www.scu.edu/sustainability.
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