SNHU Among Top 10 in EPA

Monday, May 05, 2008
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Southern New Hampshire University Makes EPA Top 10

Named National Winner in College & University
Green Power Challenge


Manchester, N.H. (May 5, 2008)   Southern New Hampshire University is a national winner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2007-2008 College & University Green Power Challenge.  This year, the challenge included 40 competing institutions representing 18 different collegiate athletic conferences nationwide.  New England was led by SNHU of the Northeast 10 Conference and Colby College led the New England Small College Athletic Conference. 

SNHU led the NE-10 by offsetting 100 percent of its energy use by investing in renewable sources such as hydro power and wind. 

“Southern New Hampshire University’s green power purchase is part of its renewable energy hedge,” said Roy Morrison, director of SNHU’s Office for Sustainability. “For 15 years we offset our carbon emissions, changed energy from a variable to a fixed annual cost and helped build the renewable resource infrastructure.”

"EPA applauds Colby College and Southern New Hampshire University for their commitment to using green power sources," said Robert Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. "These green power alternatives help to reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and our nation’s dependence on imported oil."

Over the course of the 2007-2008 academic year, the EPA ranked collegiate athletic conferences by the total amount of green power purchased by their member schools. To be eligible, each school had to qualify as an EPA Green Power Partner and each conference had to have a collective green power purchase of at least 10 million kwh.

Green power is produced from eligible renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Green power is considered to be cleaner than conventional sources of electricity, and contributes net zero carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere.

The EPA's Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel-based electricity use. The partnership includes a diverse set of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium businesses, government institutions as well as colleges and universities.

Colleges and universities across the country buy green power as a means to reduce the environmental impact of their purchased electricity use. Buying green power can be one of the easiest strategies to reduce an organization’s carbon footprint.

Combined, Colby College and Southern New Hampshire University purchased nearly 30 million kwh of green power this year.  EPA estimates that this amount of green power is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions avoided from the electricity used by 3,000 average American homes each year.  In total, the colleges and universities represented in this year's challenge are buying more than 960 million kWh of green power annually, the equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions avoided from the electricity used by 100,000 homes each year.

EPA also announced the kickoff of the 2008-2009 Green Power Challenge this week, which is scheduled to conclude in the spring of 2009.  The 18 conference champions for the 2007-2008 challenge are listed below, with the Ivy League taking top honors:

 Conference Champion  Conference Affiliation  Champion’s Annual Purchase (Kwl)  Conference’s Annual Total Purchase (Kwl)
 University of Pennsylvania  Ivy League  192,727,000  221,583,000
 New York University  University Athletic Association  132,000,000  147,000,000
 Pennsylvania State University  Big Ten Conference  83,600,000  133,600,000
 Oregon State University  Pacific-10 Conference  66,680,400  84,024,400
 Colby College  New England Small College Athletic Conference  17,428,000  61,890,000
 University of California, Santa Cruz  Association of Division III Independents  57,000,000  59,400,000
 Western Washington University  Great Northwest Athletic Conference  40,000,000  42,841,400
 University of Utah  Mountain West Conference  36,666,000  40,103,466
 Southern Oregon University  Cascade Collegiate Conference  17,622,000  33,828,000
 University of Central Oklahoma  Lone Star Conference  26,000,000  26,000,000
 Syracuse University  Big East Conference  22,000,000  22,000,000
 Southern New Hampshire University  Northeast-10 Conference  12,000,000  16,000,000
 St. Mary’s College of Maryland  Capital Athletic Conference  15,000,000  15,000,000
 University at Buffalo  Mid-American Conference  13,300,000  13,300,000
 Oberlin College  North Coast Athletic Conference  10,856,240  12,806,240
 Duquesne University  Atlantic 10 Conference  12,500,000  12,500,000

 Lewis & Clark College

 Northwest Conference  4,432,000  10,518,400
 Rowan University  New Jersey Athletic Conference  10,433,673  10,433,673

 

For more information on EPA's College & University Green Power Challenge, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm

About the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The 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, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

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