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EPA Announces Athletic Conferences With Most Green Power

June 29, 2015

Thanks to green power usage at six of its institutions, the Big Ten Conference has won the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2014-2015 College and University Green Power Challenge.

For the competition, the EPA's Green Power Partnership grouped institutions by athletic conference to see which one collectively consumed the largest amount of green power.

Together, institutions in the Big Ten used 375 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power, led by The Ohio State University, where 130 million kWh made up nearly one-quarter of its overall energy consumption. Northwestern University (which relies on green power for half its overall energy), the University of Wisconsin, the University of Maryland, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Iowa also helped lead the conference to victory.

The Big 12 Conference took second place, spurred by the University of Oklahoma, where 134 million kWh of green energy account for 76 percent of its total use. In third was the Ivy League, led by the University of Pennsylvania, the nation's current top user of green power with 200 million kWh (51 percent of its total).

The annual competition is open to all U.S. colleges and universities. Conferences "must have at least one Green Power Partner and an aggregate green power purchase of at least 10,000,000 kilowatt-hours across the conference," the EPA's website notes. For more information on green power usage, see the EPA's Green Power Partnership site.


Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy