UCCS recognized for green power use

Solar tables  located throughout the campus are a green energy source.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized UCCS as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2016-17 College & University Green Power Challenge.

On April 24, the EPA recognized UCCS for its use of more green energy than other schools in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The conference includes 16 schools in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and South Dakota

UCCS beat its conference rivals by securing more than 19 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 79 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. UCCS procures renewable energy certificates from 3Degrees, has four power purchase agreements in solar gardens with Sunshare, Clean Energy Collective and Colorado Springs Utilities, and generates power from on-site campus solar installations.

“Renewable energy is a key strategy that helps UCCS to demonstrate leadership in sustainability, hedge our risks with regard to rising energy costs and meet campus goals within the UCCS Climate Action Plan,” Linda Kogan, director, Office of Sustainability, said.

Linda Kogan

Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use within the program. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that uses the most green power in a qualifying conference.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce carbon footprints.

See the EPA’s green power website for more information.

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 36,801,685 (kWh)
School Green Power (kWh) % Green Power
University of Colorado Colorado Springs 19,228,032 79
Regis University 11,000,000 91
Fort Lewis College 5,598,153 52
Westminster College 975,500 8
Adams State College
Black Hills State University
Chadron State College
Colorado Christian University
Colorado Mesa University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Metropolitan State University of Denver
New Mexico Highlands University
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Western New Mexico University
Western State Colorado University

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