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UMD Recognized by EPA for Leading Green Power Use

October 26, 2015

Andrew Muir 301-405-7068

Campus use supports new development of clean renewable resources

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the University of Maryland ranked No. 12 on the Top 30 College & University list of the largest green power users.  The university moved up ten spots from last year.  UMD is using more than 65 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 24 percent of the university’s electricity use. 

UMD is using a combination of green power products from WGL Energy, Roth Rock North Wind Farm, Pinnacle Wind and Constellation.  In addition, the university is generating green power from an on-site solar energy system. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. 

“This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said MaryAnn Ibeziako, Director, Engineering and Energy at UMD. “Using green power helps our university become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the country that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.” 

In addition to its spot on the Top 30 College & University list, the university also appears at No. 80 on the National Top 100 list, which includes not only universities but also national companies and organizations.  This is the first year the university made the national list. UMD also appears on EPA’s Long-term Green Power Contracts list, recognizing the university’s 20-year contract to purchase green power.

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

“EPA applauds the University of Maryland for its commitment to using green power long-term and for taking a leadership position on the environment,” said James Critchfield, Manager of the Green Power Partnership. “UMD is helping to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other higher educational institutions to invest in environmental progress.”

According to the U.S. EPA, UMD's green power use of more than 65 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 6,000 average American homes annually.

Facilities Management oversees university energy utilization and remains committed to finding alternative and renewable sources of energy to power the campus.  In April 2014, President Wallace Loh announced the President’s Energy Initiatives, an ambitious set of goals aimed at propelling the university toward its next major Climate Action Plan benchmark: cutting carbon emissions in half by 2020.  The initiatives highlighted the university’s plan to accomplish this through energy conservation, carbon-neutral new development, and the purchasing of electricity from renewable energy sources. 

For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower