Each year, the University at Buffalo uses nearly 213 million kilowatt-hours of “green” power – zero-emissions electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass. It’s enough electricity to power an estimated 19,000 American homes.
That green power accounts for all of the university’s total power needs, which means none of its electricity currently comes from less environmentally friendly, non-renewable sources like coal.
Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is applauding UB’s efforts.
UB ranked first among colleges and universities nationwide in the EPA’s latest quarterly “Green Power Partnership” ranking, released on Monday.
The university also ranked 29th in the country among all entities, including schools, companies, retail outlets and municipalities.
“UB is honored to be recognized by the EPA as a national leader in using clean, renewable energy. We are committed to making UB a more sustainable campus through a variety of green power initiatives,” said Laura Hubbard, vice president for finance and administration at UB.
James Critchfield, manager of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, said UB was “helping to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other higher educational institutions to invest in environmental progress.”