1/29/10

Green Power


Carnegie Mellon ranks No. 41 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Top 50 List of green power purchasers. The list includes an array of organizations from Fortune 500 companies, to local, state and federal governments, to colleges and universities.

As for how we stack up against our own kind, Carnegie Mellon ranks second on the EPA’s top 20 college and university list.

Each year, the university purchases nearly 87 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power. That’s comparable to the amount of electricity needed to power more than 8,000 average American homes per year. Or the equivalent of avoiding carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 12,000 passenger vehicles per year. It’s also enough green power to meet 75 certificates (RECs) from Community Energy.

This increased purchase also qualifies Carnegie Mellon for the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded the EPA’s minimum purchase requirements.

Find out more about Carnegie Mellon’s commitment to protecting our environment, and learn about some of our accomplishments in wind power, green buildings, and clean water.

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