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EPA Announces Top Users of Green Power

February 5, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania tops the list of the 30 U.S. colleges and universities that use the most green power, according to the EPA's Green Power Partnership program. The rankings, which are updated quarterly, include campuses with their own on-site, direct renewable energy and/or those whose electricity is supplied by green-powered partners.

Combined, the top 30 campuses use more than 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. This is equal to avoiding carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity used annually by more than 182,000 average single-family homes.

Nearly half—14 of the 30 top campuses—derive their entire electrical consumption from green power. To achieve this usage, 29 campuses use wind, 14 use solar, four use biomass, and one uses water (hydro) power. The campuses are varied in terms of regional location, size, and Carnegie classification.

The full list is available from the EPA Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program intended to reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation by promoting renewable energy. To learn more about sustainable policies and practices, visit the NACUBO sustainability webpage.


Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy