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Penn Ranks #1 Again in EPA Green Power Challenge

February 17, 2015
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The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has finished in first place in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s nationwide College and University Green Power Challenge in news released in January 2015.

EPA began its Green Power Challenge for higher education institutions in 2006, and University of Pennsylvania has been the winner every year for the Ivy League, and since 2009, the overall winner in the College and University category.   The University of Pennsylvania took top honors this year by purchasing more than 200 million kWh of wind power annually--more green power than any of the other competing schools.

EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. 

The Top 30 College & University list represents the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to more than 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 182,000 average American homes annually.

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