April 2011 - The Big Ten conference surpassed the Ivy League conference as the top athletic conference in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) College and University Green Power Challenge. The Big Ten purchased more than 256 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.
The University of Pennsylvania continues to be the top individual school in the green power challenge, by purchasing approximately 200 million kWh, equivalent to nearly half of the university's electricity needs. The 69 institutions competing in the challenge collectively purchase more than 1.5 billion kWh of green power annually.
News Release – EPA Recognizes Leaders in College and University Green Power Challenge
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February 2008 - The University of Iowa announced that it is using biomass instead of coal for 18% of the fuel consumed at the university's power plant and its Oakdale heating plant. In 2007, the university used oat hulls to generate 10 million kWh of electricity, which represents 3% of the energy consumption on campus. The oat hulls were obtained from the Quaker Oats facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
News Release - UI Partners With EPA To Use And Produce Green Power
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