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Top 20 College & University


The Top 20 College & University list represents the largest purchasers among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power purchases of these organizations amounts to nearly 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 103,000 average American homes annually.

As of January 5, 2011

Top 20 College & University icon.The Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities. The following Top Partner Rankings highlight the annual green power purchases of leading organizations within the United States and across individual industry sectors.

These green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Purchase amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources. Organizations can meet EPA purchase requirements using any combination of three different product options (1) Renewable Energy Certificates, (2) On-site generation, and (3) Utility green power products.

Purchase figures are based on annualized Partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals. These rankings are updated on a quarterly schedule. Find out how your organization can partner with EPA today! To view a top partner list, select from the chart below:

National Top 50 100% Purchasers
Top 20 Retail Fortune 500
Top 10 Federal Government Top 20 Local Government
Top 20 College & University Top 20 Printers
Top 20 On-site Generation Top 20 K-12 Schools

Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) GP % of Total Electricity Use* Green Power Resources Providers (listed in descending order by kWh supplied to Partner) Athletic Conference
1. University of Pennsylvania
201,841,600 48% Solar, Wind Community Energy°, On-site Generation Ivy League
2. Carnegie Mellon University
86,840,000 75% Solar, Wind Community Energy°, On-site Generation University Athletic Association (UAA)
3. Drexel University
84,268,000 100% Wind Community Energy° Colonial Athletic Association
4. Pennsylvania State University
83,600,000 20% Biomass, Small-hydro, Wind 3Degrees°, Sterling Planet, Community Energy° Big 10
5. Northwestern University
74,296,395 30% Wind 3Degrees° Big 10
6. University of Maryland
66,000,000 26% Wind Washington Gas Energy Services° Atlantic Coast Conference - ACC
7. University of Utah
62,879,992 23% Solar, Wind Sterling Planet°, On-site Generation Mountain West
8. University of California, Santa Cruz
55,000,000 100% Wind NextEra Energy Resources° Association of Division III Independents
9. American University
54,000,000 100% Wind Renewable Choice Energy° Patriot League
10. Oregon State University
51,595,400 56% Biogas, Biomass, Wind Bonneville Environmental Foundation° Pacific 10
11. University of Phoenix
47,000,000 30% Wind NextEra Energy Resources° Numerous
12. Texas A&M University System
43,350,000 15% Wind TXU Energy Numerous
13. The Catholic University of America
43,000,000 100% Biomass, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind Hess Energy Marketing Landmark Conference
14. Auraria Higher Education Center
40,367,932 100% Wind Renewable Choice Energy° Numerous
15. Western Washington University
40,000,000 100% Wind NextEra Energy Resources° Great Northwest Athletic Conference GNAC
16. The City University of New York
34,704,000 8% Biomass, Wind New York Power Authority Numerous
17. Southern Oregon University
33,300,047 287% Wind Bonneville Environmental Foundation° Cascade Collegiate Conference
18. Santa Clara University
30,024,959 100% Solar, Wind Silicon Valley Power/3Degrees°, On-site Generation West Coast Conference
19. University of Central Oklahoma
26,000,000 100% Wind Edmond Electric Lone Star Conference
20. Syracuse University
22,800,000 20% Small-hydro Constellation NewEnergy Big East

*Reflects the amount of green power as a percentage of total electricity use. Partners choosing to purchase green power in an amount exceeding 100 percent of their U.S. organization-wide electricity use are listed as such.

°Indicates Provider is selling Partner a third-party certified green power product. For more information on third-party certification, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/buygp/certified.htm.

Current and past Top College & University Partners lists are available here for you to view and print:

January 2011 list (PDF) (2 pp., 48K, About PDF)
October 2010 list (PDF) (2 pp., 48K)
July 2010 list (PDF) (2 pp., 48K)
April 2010 list (PDF) (2 pp., 48K)
January 2010 list (PDF) (2 pp., 48K)
2009 lists (PDF) (8 pp., 1.2M)
2008 lists (PDF) (5 pp., 147K)
2007 lists (PDF) (7 pp., 201K)
2006 lists (PDF) (6 pp., 365K)

For additional information on how your organization can join these Top Partners as Green Power Partners, please visit the Join Us page of this Web site.

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