IUPUI recognized by EPA for green power purchase
INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for meeting 10 percent of its electricity needs with green power.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
The purchase of nearly 22 million kilowatt-hours of green power from Indianapolis Power & Light is part of IUPUI's partnership with EPA's Green Power partnership program.
"We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," said John Kamman, an energy engineer with Campus Facility Services. "Purchasing green power helps our university become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk."
According to the EPA, IUPUI's green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 2,000 average American homes annually.
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The partnership has more than 1,500 partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium-sized businesses, local, state and federal governments, and colleges and universities.
Other IUPUI sustainability initiatives include converting to single-stream recycling and an expanded use of water bottle filling stations to reduce the number of plastic water bottles entering the waste stream. IUPUI recently earned a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements.