Seven-Time Green-Power Champs

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Dickinson tops Centennial Conference in use of green power

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Dickinson the 2015-16 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Centennial Conference (CC). This is the seventh consecutive year Dickinson has led the CC in the challenge.

Dickinson beat its conference rivals by using 18 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 91 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. According to the EPA, that is equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 1,600 average American homes.

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. Forty-one collegiate conferences and 94 schools competed in this year’s challenge, collectively using nearly 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours of green power.

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 hydroelectric. According to the EPA, using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.

Dickinson procures renewable energy certificates from Green Mountain Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to support cleaner, renewable-energy alternatives. The college is committed to sustainability across academic programs and campus operations and has garnered numerous national awards for its efforts.

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Published April 27, 2016