May 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized three Washington universities for their combined purchases of nearly 64 million kWh of green power. The three recognized universities were Western Washington University, with a purchase of 40,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), Evergreen State College, with 16,206,000 kWh, and Pacific Lutheran University, with a purchase of 7,764,660 kWh of green power. The three schools were recognized as leaders in their respective U.S. collegiate athletic conferences.
The College & University Green Power Challenge Championship is one of the EPA Green Power Partnership’s recognition programs. The partnership also separately recognizes substantial green power purchases in other sectors, including government, local communities, and Fortune 500 companies.
News Release - Washington Universities Get National Recognition for Green Energy Push at Athletic Events
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February 2006 - Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is purchasing renewable energy for 100% of its electricity needs, making it one of the largest purchases among colleges and universities nationally according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. The college is purchasing more than 16 million kWh of wind energy annually for its Olympia and Tacoma campuses from Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power. The green power purchase is financed through a fee of $1 per credit-hour per student, which went into effect in October 2005.
News Release - EPA, Washington State Senate Honor Evergreen's Commitment
News Article - Evergreen's Energy Effort Gets National Attention