November 2008 - The University of Phoenix has entered into an agreement to purchase of 46.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs). Under the agreement with the Salt River Project (SRP), the purchase will provide enough wind RECs to supply 100% of the university’s anticipated demand for its Phoenix, Arizona facilities, which equates to about 27% of the electricity demand of the University’s more than 200 campuses nationwide.
As a result of its renewable energy purchase, the University is ranked seventh on the EPA’s Top 20 College & University Partner list, making it the only higher education institution in Arizona to earn this recognition. The University and SRP drew attention to the importance of renewable energy by powering a recent professional football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers through wind RECs.
Among the University’s other green initiatives are an internal employee education program, Go Green, which includes an online sustainability tutorial for almost 50,000 employees and faculty members at the University, recycling initiatives, and community partnerships that support the use of solar power and other alternative energy sources.
News Release - University of Phoenix Teams Up With SRP on Arizona’s Largest Renewable Energy Certificate Purchase