EPA recognizes Quinnipiac for largest green power purchase among NEC schools

Wind turbines on the York Hill Campus
Wind turbines generate electricity at Quinnipiac University's York Hill Campus as part of Quinnipiac's sustainability efforts.

April 17, 2013 - Quinnipiac University was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Northeast Conference.

Since April 2006, EPA's Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference.

Quinnipiac is currently purchasing nearly 38 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization's purchased electricity use. Quinnipiac is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy, which helps reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use.

"We are proud to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," said Keith Woodward, associate vice president for facilities administration at Quinnipiac. "Purchasing green power helps Quinnipiac to be more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice to fight climate change."

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro.  These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources.  Green power purchases also support the development of new renewable energy generation sources nationwide.

Quinnipiac's current green power purchase of nearly 38 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 6,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 4,000 average American homes annually, according to the EPA. Read more about the university's sustainability initiatives.

About EPA's Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower

For more information about EPA's College and University Green Power Challenge, visit the Challenge website at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.