July 2008 - For the second year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership has identified the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), as the sixth-largest campus purchaser of green power in the country. UCSC purchased 57 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy during the 2007-08 academic year.
In May 2006, the students first voted to pay a tuition increase of $3 per quarter to fund the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), enough to offset 100% of the campus' electricity consumption. Supplied by Sterling Planet, the RECs are sourced from wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, and landfill gas facilities.
The student-funded green energy purchase aligns with a broader sustainability initiative, UCSC's Campus Sustainability. As part of the effort, the university is also working to reduce overall demand by retrofitting equipment, adopting energy-efficient building designs, and developing on-site sources of renewable power.
News Release - EPA names UC Santa Cruz sixth-largest campus purchaser of 'green power' for second year in a row
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