Santa Clara University Designated Conference Champion in EPA’s College & University Green Power Challenge

SCU purchases a utility green power product from Silicon Valley Power/3Degrees

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - April 19, 2010 - For a second straight year, Santa Clara University is using more green power than any other school in the West Coast Conference, making it 2009-2010 Individual Conference Champion in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s College & University Green Power Challenge.

SCU beat its conference rivals by using nearly 23 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 74 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. SCU purchases a utility green power product from Silicon Valley Power/3Degrees and generates on-site renewable electricity, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’s electricity use.

SCU’s use of nearly 23 million kilowatt-hours of green power is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 2,000 average American homes each year. It’s also equivalent to taking 3,000 passenger cars off the road.

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.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,600 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.

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 1,200 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 www.epa.gov/greenpower.

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