BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has been named the 2009-2010 Individual Conference Champion by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for using more green power than any other school in the Mid-American Conference.
UB earned the honor by purchasing more than 16 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 8 percent of the university’s annual electricity usage for 2009-2010. The EPA estimates that UB’s purchase of green power is equivalent to carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes each year or has the equivalent impact of reducing the CO2 emissions of more than 2,000 passenger cars annually.
Since April 2006, the EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference.
The EPA award underscores UB’s commitment to green initiatives and campus sustainability, says Robert G. Shibley, professor of architecture and planning, UB campus architect and senior point person for the development of UB’s Comprehensive Physical Plan.