Special to The Sun
For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the University of Central Oklahoma Individual Conference Champion of the College and University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Central uses 26 million kilowatt-hours of wind power annually, making it one of the largest purchasers of green power by a college or university in the nation and the only institution of higher learning in Oklahoma using 100 percent green power.
“UCO again leads its conference in clean energy use with 100 percent of our power coming from wind energy. This recognition is a tribute to Central’s commitment to building a sustainable future for our community,” said Tim Tillman, sustainability coordinator at Central.
Thirty-three collegiate conferences and 78 schools competed in the EPA’s Green Power Challenge in 2013-14. Central ranked 23rd for green power usage among all colleges and universities in the U.S., a clear indication of the university’s continued sustainability efforts.
The EPA estimates that Central’s purchase of green power from Edmond Electric is equivalent to offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 2,000 average American homes or nearly 4,000 passenger vehicles.
Central’s relationship with the EPA began in 2006 when the university joined the Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impact associated with conventional electricity use.
In addition to its wind power initiatives, Central has on-site bio-diesel production, works with a performance contractor to increase energy performance and uses Energy Star-labeled products.
FOR MORE information about green power purchasing and other sustainability initiatives at Central, visit www.uco.edu/green.