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Drexel Recognized as Top Green Power User in the CAA for 5th Year in a Row

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Drexel continues to be a national leader in its embrace of renewable energy and other sustainability initiatives, as the University has been named 2013-14 Individual Conference Champion of the EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge for the fifth year in a row, as well as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by the Princeton Review.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week recognized Drexel as the No. 1 green power purchaser among the Colonial Athletic Association, the No. 8 green power purchaser among colleges and universities nationwide, up from ninth place last year, and No. 57 among all EPA Green Power Partners.

“EPA applauds Drexel University as the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Champion for the fifth year in a row in the College and University Green Power Challenge,” said Mollie Lemon, Program Manager of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “By choosing to use renewable energy to power its campus, Drexel is reducing harmful carbon pollution and taking a leadership position on the environment.”

This year, Drexel University has used over 96 million kWh of green power, representing 100 percent of the University’s annual electricity usage. According to the EPA, 96 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of over 9,000 average American homes or the CO2 emissions of 14,000 passenger vehicles per year. For this commitment to renewable energy, Drexel has been named a member of the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, an elite group of organizations that meet purchasing requirements 10 times greater than those for the Green Power Partnership.

Drexel has demonstrated a proactive choice to continue and improve its switch away from traditional sources of electricity and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives by buying wind and solar renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Community Energy.

On April 4, the Drexel University Sustainability Council took a group of students, faculty and professional staff to Community Energy’s Keystone Solar Farm in Lancaster County, Pa., for an informative tour and presentation on wind, solar and other renewable energy technologies. As Pennsylvania moves toward a clean energy future, sponsorship of the Keystone Solar Project highlights Drexel University's continued commitment to environmental sustainability.

Drexel University is among the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Princeton Review, which published the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges," on April 17.

In the guide's profile on Drexel, the Princeton Review highlights the University’s commitment to use “independent environmental impact monitoring software for all new construction projects,” via the Green Globes system.