Georgian Court Recognized by EPA as Top Green Power Purchaser in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in 2010-2011

Nothing initiates school pride like finding out that GCU has been recognized as the EPA College & University Green Power Champion for our region! Read on to find out exactly what GCU has done in order to make our campus more eco-friendly!

Lakewood, NJ, April 18, 2011 — Georgian Court University announced today that it was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the 2010-2011 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the Central Atlantic Collegiate 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.

Georgian Court University beat its conference rivals by purchasing more than 6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 110% percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Georgian Court University purchases a utility green power product from NextEra Energy Resources, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ electricity use. 

According to the U.S. EPA, Georgian Court University’s green power use of more than 6 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than 500 average American homes annually, or the CO2 emissions of nearly 900 passenger vehicles per year. The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference’s collective green power purchase of more than 10 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 900 average American homes or the annual CO2 emissions of nearly 1,500 passenger vehicles. 

Thirty-one collegiate conferences and 69 schools competed in the 2010-2011 challenge, collectively purchasing more nearly 1.6 billion kWh of green power. EPA will extend the College & University Green Power Challenge for a sixth year, to conclude in spring of 2012. 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 purchase at least 10 million kWh of green power. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro.  Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. 

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations 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, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.

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

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