The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Earth Day this year’s top 100 organizations in its popular Green Power Partnership program, which includes 15 colleges and universities.
Organizations meet EPA partnership requirements by using any combination of renewable energy options: on-site generation, renewable energy certificates, and utility green power purchasing. The higher education institutions recognized have been primarily using solar and wind but also have been diversifying with more biomass.
The University of California uses 273 million kWh of green power annually and was the highest-ranking higher education institution, with 25 percent green power coming from various sources. The higher education institutions on this year’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 list include:
- University of California (46/100)
- University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (52/100)
- University of Pennsylvania (58/100)
- Stanford University (64/100)
- Georgetown University (65/100)
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville (66/100)
- University of Maryland (70/100)
- University of Oklahoma (73/100)
- Carnegie Mellon University (75/100)
- University of North Texas (86/100)
- Arizona State University (89/100)
- University of Missouri (91/100)
- Northwestern University (94/100)
- Oklahoma State University (96/100)
- Drexel University (100/100)
The EPA also released a separate list of the 30 colleges and universities that use the most green power of all campuses. Some of these campuses generate 100 percent of their power from green, renewable resources.