For the fourth year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania emerged as the top individual school in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) College and University Green Power Challenge.
The university beat out 53 other universities by purchasing more than 192 million kilowatt hours (KWh) of green power, or 46% of their power purchases.
Collectively, the Ivy League is the overall college conference champion in the challenge, with an annual green power usage of more than 225 million kWh--the equivalent environmental impact of avoiding the annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 31,000 vehicles.
After the Ivy League, the Big Ten Conference followed by the University Athletic Association are in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
EPA ranks collegiate athletic conferences by the total amount of green power used by their member schools. To be eligible, each school in the conference has to qualify as an EPA Green Power Partner and each conference has to collectively use at least 10 million kWh of green power.
Spread across 26 athletic conferences nationwide, 54 universities competed in this year’s challenge. The challenge’s total annual green power usage of more than 1 billion kWh has the equivalent environmental impact of avoiding the CO2 emissions of nearly 160,000 vehicles.
The EPA kicks off the 2010-2011 Green Power Challenge this week.
Individual Conference Champions for 2009-2010 are:
- University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League)
- Pennsylvania State (Big Ten Conference)
- Carnegie Mellon (University Athletic Association)
- Oregon State University (Pacific-10 Conference)
- University of Utah (Mountain West Conference)
- University of California — Santa Cruz (Association of Division III Independents)
- Colby College (New England Small College Athletic Conference)
- Southern Oregon University (Cascade Collegiate Conference)
- Adelphi University (Northeast-10 Conference)
- Western Washington University (Great Northwest Athletic Conference)
- Dickinson College (Centennial Conference)
- Santa Clara University (West Coast Conference)
- University of Oklahoma (Lone Star Conference)
- University of Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
- Syracuse University (Big East Conference)
- St. Mary’s College of Maryland (Capital Athletic Conference)
- The Catholic University of America (Landmark Conference)
- University at Buffalo (Mid-American Conference)
- Pacific Lutheran University (Northwest Conference)
- American University (Patriot League)
- Rowan University (New Jersey Athletic Conference)
- Duquesne University (Atlantic 10 Conference)
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
- Drexel University (Colonial Conference)
- Oberlin College (North Coast Athletic Conference)
- University of Colorado at Boulder (Big Twelve Conference)