April 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Ivy League as the winner in the 2008-09 College & University Green Power Challenge, which tracks green power purchasing across collegiate athletic conferences. The Ivy League, led by the University of Pennsylvania, purchased an annual total of more than 225 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power.
The 2008-09 Challenge included 44 competing institutions representing 22 different conferences nationwide. The total cumulative annual purchasing through the 2008-09 Challenge exceeded 1 billion kWh. The University of Pennsylvania purchased nearly 193 million kWh of green power, followed by New York University with 132 million kWh, and Penn State with 83.6 million kWh. The Ivy League’s 2008-09 win marks the third in a row for the Conference.
To be eligible, each school in participating conferences must qualify as an EPA Green Power partner in the EPA Green Power Partnership, and each conference must collectively purchase at least 10 million kWh of green power.
Press Release - EPA Recognizes Colleges and Universities in the Green Power Challenge
EPA Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 x-7819
November 2007 - New York University (NYU) has entered into a new contract to purchase green power equivalent to 100% of its anticipated energy use for the 2008 fiscal year, maintaining its status as the leading university green power purchaser nationally, according to the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership. Under an agreement with FPL Energy, NYU will purchase 132 million kWh of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind energy projects. The purchase is nearly 12% larger than the university's wind power purchase last year.
News Release - EPA Recognizes NYU for Leading Purchase of Green Power
News Article - NYU buys more wind power credit
April 2007 - Led by the University of Pennsylvania, the Ivy League conference has emerged as the national champion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) College and University Green Power Challenge for 2006-2007. Altogether, the Ivy League schools purchased 143.7 million kWh of green power with Penn purchasing 112 million kWh, or more than three-fourths of the total. The other Ivy League purchasers were Harvard University (20.5 million kWh) and Yale University (11.2 million kWh). The nation's top individual college purchaser was New York University with a 118 million kWh annual purchase.
News Release - Ivy League Takes Top Spot in Green Power Purchasing
January 2007 - Wells Fargo & Company took the top spot in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the nation's "Top 25" green power purchasers with a commitment to 550 million kWh of annual renewable energy purchases, which represents 42% of the company's total electricity use. Newcomers to the list include Cisco Systems Inc. (at #11), New York University (#13), Carbonfund.org (#17), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (#18), and Kohl's Department Stores (#23).
The EPA Green Power Partnership is comprised of a diverse set of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium businesses, government institutions, and colleges and universities that had committed to a total of more than 7 billion kWh of annual renewable energy purchases at the end of 2006.
News Release - Private Sector Tops Green Power List
News Article - Wells Fargo tops U.S. buyers of green power: EPA
Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership Top 25 Partners
October 2006 - New York University (NYU) announced that it will purchase enough renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset the school's entire annual electricity use. With the purchase, which amounts to 118 million kWh, NYU becomes the largest purchaser of wind energy among the nation's colleges and universities. The RECs will be supplied by Community Energy, Inc. from both local and national wind power projects. The green power purchase is one element of a broader sustainability initiative that includes energy efficiency projects and an overhaul of the school's existing cogeneration plant.
News Release - NYU to Purchase Wind-generated Power as Part of New Sustainability Initiative
News Article - Going green: NYU buys wind energy