SNHU Captures EPA Green Power Challenge Award

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
SNHU Communications Office

For Immediate Release

Southern New Hampshire University                                        
Name: Gregg Mazzola                                                                  
Phone Number: 603.629.4649                                                      
Email: g.mazzola@snhu.edu 

U.S. EPA 
Name: Allison Bellins
Phone Number: 202-343-9526
Email: bellins.allison@epa.gov

EPA Recognizes SNHU as 2008-2009 Green Power
Individual Conference Champion

Manchester, NH (April 22, 2009) — Southern New Hampshire University was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the 2008-2009 Individual Conference Champion for purchasing more green power than any other school in the Northeast-10 Conference. 

Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference.

SNHU beat its conference rivals by purchasing 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. SNHU is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from PPM, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’s purchased electricity use.

EPA estimates that SNHU's purchase of 12 million kilowatt-hours of green power is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 1,200 average American homes each year or has the equivalent impact of reducing the CO2 emissions of nearly 1,600 passenger cars annually. 

Northeast-10 Conference’s collective green power purchase of nearly 17 million kWh of green power is equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 1,600 average American homes or the annual CO2 emissions of nearly 2,200 cars.

Twenty-two collegiate conferences and 44 schools competed in the 2008-2009 challenge, collectively purchasing more than 1 billion kWh of green power. EPA will extend the College & University Green Power Challenge for a fourth year, to conclude in spring of 2010.  EPA’s Green Power Challenge is open to all U.S. colleges, universities, and conferences. In order to qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least one school that qualifies as a Green Power Partner, and the conference must collectively meet EPA’s minimum conference purchase requirement.  For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/grnpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Green power is considered cleaner than conventional sources of electricity and has lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas linked to global climate change. Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide.

About Southern New Hampshire University
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 U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
EPA’s Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.  The Green Power Partnership currently has more than 1,000 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.

For more information about EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, visit the Challenge Web site at http://www.epa.gov/grnpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

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