EPA Recognizes Duquesne for Leading Green Power Purchase
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Duquesne University to its Top 30 College and University list of the largest green power users. Duquesne, which was ranked at No. 30, is using more than 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 49 percent of the University's electricity use.
Duquesne University is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Direct Energy, which demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.
"The University is proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for purchase of Green Power," said Rod Dobish, executive director of facilities management. "We continue to be committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and the purchase of green power is one of our strategies to assist with protecting the environment."
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass and low-impact hydro. Purchases of green power help to accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
"We congratulate Duquesne University for using renewable energy and taking a leadership position on the environment," said Blaine Collison, director of EPA's Green Power Partnership. "Duquesne University's impressive green power commitment helps to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other colleges and universities."
According to the U.S. EPA, Duquesne University's green power purchase of more than 18 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 2,000 average American homes annually.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.