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16 Campuses Recognized as Top Partners in Green Power

May 15, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced this year’s winners of its popular Green Power Partnership—100 organizations including 16 colleges and universities that use the most renewable energy.

Organizations meet EPA partnership requirements by using any combination of three product options: renewable energy certificates, on-site generation, and utility green power products. The higher education institutions recognized as leaders in green power use mostly solar and wind energy.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with 246 million kWh of green power annually and 95 percent green power coming from solar and wind, is the highest-ranking higher education institution. The previous incumbent, the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, ranked next with 97 percent of its annual power of 213 million kWh coming from solar and wind.

The higher education institutions on this year’s list include:

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (31/100)
  • University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (39/100)
  • University of Pennsylvania (42/100)
  • Georgetown University (49/100)
  • Stanford University (50/100)
  • University of Oklahoma (56/100)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (57/100)
  • Northwestern University (59/100)
  • University of California (67/100)
  • The Ohio State University (69/100)
  • Oklahoma State University (72/100)
  • Drexel University (73/100)
  • University of Missouri (79/100)
  • University of Maryland (82/100)
  • University of South Florida (88/100)
  • University of Wisconsin (95/100)

The EPA also released a separate list recognizing the 30 colleges and universities that use the most green power of all campuses. The institutions used a combined 2.8 billion kilowatt hours of green power annually—equivalent to the electrical use of more than 256,000 average American homes.


Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy