EPA Recognizes Penn as Top Green Power User in the Ivy League in 2016-2017
Penn has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized it as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2016-17 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Ivy League.
Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use within the program. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that uses the most green power in a qualifying conference. Each year since 2006, Penn has taken the top spot in this conference.
Penn beat its conference rivals by using 200 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 52 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. The university is procuring renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.
According to the U.S. EPA, Penn's green power use of 200 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 18,300 average American homes annually.
In the 2016-17 challenge, the 36 collegiate conferences and 98 schools competing collectively used nearly 3.2 billion kWh of green power. EPA’s Green Power Challenge is open to any collegiate athletic conference in the United States. In order to qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least two schools that qualifies as Green Power Partners, and the conference must collectively use at least 10 million kWh of green power. EPA will restart the 12th season of the College & University Green Power Challenge in the fall of 2017 and conclude in the spring of 2018. For more information, visit: https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/college-and-university-challenge.