Green-Power Champion

EPA Challenge

Dickinson recognized as the Centennial Conference’s largest green-power user 

by Christine Dugan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Dickinson the 2014-15 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 sixth-consecutive year that Dickinson has led the CC in the challenge.

Dickinson beat its conference rivals by using 18 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 90 percent of the college’s annual electricity usage. According to the EPA, that is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 2,000 average American homes annually.

Thirty-nine collegiate conferences and 90 schools competed in this year’s challenge, collectively using nearly 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of green power. Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green-power use in the nation.

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 hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.

Earlier this month, The Princeton Review named Dickinson one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation by placing it at No. 5 on its list of the Top 50 Green Colleges. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges profiles schools with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. Days later, the Dickinson College Farm represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Parade magazine’s special Earth Day Across America feature, which takes a state-by-state look at "50 cool eco-friendly things Americans are doing." The article highlighted the College Farm’s USDA organic certification, contributions as a food producer for the college’s Dining Hall, donations to the Project SHARE food bank and sustainable food-waste practices.

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Published April 29, 2015