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December 15, 2014
 

Adelphi University Earns National Leadership Award as a Green Power User by the EPA


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Adelphi University as No. 29 on its Top 30 College & University list of the largest green power users among higher education institutions in EPA’s Green Power Partnership for the second year in a row. Adelphi is also ranked second in the Northeast-10 Conference in the EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, which tracks the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation. Additionally, the University qualifies for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements.

Currently, Adelphi uses more than 21 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough green power to meet 100 percent of its electricity use. The green power resources that the University uses include biogas, biomass, solar and wind. The University buys renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy as well as generates green power from an on-site solar energy system. According to the EPA, Adelphi University’s green power purchase of more than 21 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 2,000 average American homes annually.

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 1,300 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 more details about Adelphi University’s history of commitment to sustainability, visit adelphi.edu/greenau.

 
 
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