Santa Clara University (SCU) received a 2011 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These prestigious awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. Santa Clara University was one of only ten organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchase.
How did SCU do it? SCU purchases more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Santa Clara Green Power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 4,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 3,000 average American homes annually.
“Purchasing green power helps our university become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice to fight climate change,” said Joe Sugg, Assistant Vice President of University Operations at SCU.
SCU is on track to becoming climate neutral by the end of 2015, as promised by SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. You can learn more about SCU’s sustainability initiatives at www.scu.edu/sustainability.