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SNHU Recognized by EPA for Green Power Purchases

Published Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

Southern New Hampshire University was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the 2008-2009 Individual Conference Champion for purchasing more green power than any other school in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Since April 2006, EPA's Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference.

SNHU beat its conference rivals by purchasing 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school's annual electricity usage. SNHU is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from PPM, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus's purchased electricity use.

EPA estimates that SNHU's purchase of 12 million kWh of green power is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 1,200 average American homes each year or has the equivalent impact of reducing the CO2 emissions of nearly 1,600 passenger cars annually.

Northeast-10 Conference's collective green power purchase of nearly 17 million kWh of green power is equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 1,600 average American homes or the annual CO2 emissions of nearly 2,200 cars.

Fully, 22 colleges and 44 schools competed in the 2008-2009 challenge, collectively purchasing more than 1 billion kWh of green power. EPA will extend the College University Green Power Challenge for a fourth year, to conclude in spring of 2010. EPA's Green Power Challenge is open to all U.S. colleges, universities, and conferences. In order to qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least one school that qualifies as a Green Power Partner, and the conference must collectively meet EPA's minimum conference purchase requirement. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/grnpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Green power is considered cleaner than conventional sources of electricity and has lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas linked to global climate change. Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide.

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