SNHU becomes EPA Green Power Partner

Thursday, August 30, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

Manchester, N.H. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Southern New Hampshire University, as an EPA Green Power Partner for its purchase of green power.  SNHU has become the first New Hampshire-based University in EPA’s Green Power Partnership to purchase green power for its operations. SNHU is purchasing more than 12,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power each year, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electrical usage over the next 15 years.

SNHU is buying Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from PPM Energy, Inc., a leader in wind power development. The RECs will come from PPM’s national portfolio of renewable energy projects, which could include wind, solar, geothermal or other renewable sources

By purchasing green power, SNHU qualifies for EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Additionally, SNHU is participating in the 2007-2008 EPA Green Power College & University Green Power Challenge, ranking first in the Northeast 10 conference. The Challenge tracks and recognizes the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation.

”SNHU is pleased to be recognized by the EPA for purchasing green power and being a leader among universities in both New Hampshire and the Northeast 10 Conference,” said President Paul LeBlanc. “The purchase of green power helps avoid the carbon dioxide emissions associated with our purchased electricity use for 15 years and further illustrates our university’s commitment to sustainable business practices.”

“Green power” is defined as electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro sources.  Such resources generate electricity with zero anthropogenic (caused by humans) carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and have a superior environmental profile to conventional power generation. Green power purchases help support the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide.

Based on national average utility sub region emissions rates, the U.S. EPA estimates that SNHU’s green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 1,300 passenger cars each year, or avoiding the equivalent CO2 emissions associated with over 844,000 gallons of gasoline annually.

"EPA applauds Southern New Hampshire University for doing their share to protect our environment by committing to use green power sources," said Robert Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. "Using 'green power' alternatives helps to reduce emissions of traditional air pollutants, which helps ensure cleaner air for everyone."

This is one of the university’s latest efforts to become a “green campus. Three years ago, students drove a campus-wide recycling initiative. The university also is planning two new green buildings, including a LEEDS-certified academic building. And, the president’s university vehicle is a hybrid. The university also hosted an educational seminar on hedges on July 19. In addition, LeBlanc recently signed the American

College & University Presidents Climate Change Commitment, an effort by leaders of higher education institutions to address global warming.

About SNHU

The university has approximately 1,900 traditional, full-time undergraduate day students and a total enrollment in all divisions of about 9,425. Programs are offered on campus, online and on location at our centers in New Hampshire and Maine. The university offers programs in business, community economic development, culinary arts, teacher education, hospitality management and liberal arts.

About the 2007-2008 EPA Green Power College & University Challenge

In the spring of 2008, EPA will conclude the Green Power Challenge and recognize a Champion Green Power Conference as well as the largest single purchasers within each participating conference as 2007-08 EPA Green Power Challenge conference champions. The Green Power Challenge is open to all U.S. colleges, universities, and conferences.  For additional information please visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/hi_ed_challenge.htm

About the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership

EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The Partnership currently has hundreds of Partners 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, trade associations, as well as colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

Please contact Michelle Dunn at me.dunn@snhu.edu or 603.629.4662 or Gregg Mazzola at g.mazzola@snhu.edu or 603.629.4649 for more information.

 

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