EPA Again Designates Duquesne as Green Power Champion
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Duquesne as the Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Since April 2006, EPA's Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use within the program. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that uses the most green power in a qualifying conference-and Duquesne has earned this title every year of the challenge since 2007-08.
Duquesne University beat its conference rivals by using more than 19 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 39 percent of the school's annual electricity usage. Duquesne University is procuring renewable energy certificates from Direct Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.
According to the U.S. EPA, Duquesne University's green power use of more than 19 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 1,800 average American homes annually.
"EPA applauds Duquesne University for its commitment to using green power and for taking a leadership position on the environment," said James Critchfield, manager of the Green Power Partnership. "Duquesne is helping to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other higher education institutions to invest in environmental progress."
The University's dedication to sustainability has driven the campus to rely 100 percent on clean energy, generating the bulk of its own electricity for heating and cooling, and supplementing with renewable energy purchases. The campus also houses LEED-rated buildings, encourages individual recycling efforts across campus and participates in regional sustainability initiatives.
Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints. Forty-one college conferences and 94 schools in this year's challenge collectively used nearly 2.5 billion kWh of green power.
EPA's Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has nearly 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily using 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 https://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.