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EPA Recognizes California State University as One of Nation’s Top Green Power Purchasers

(February 13, 2007) — California State University (CSU) today announced that it appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of Top 10 college and university green power purchasers in EPA’s Green Power Partnership. CSUis being recognized for its voluntary purchase of over 78 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 11 percent of the university’s annual electricity usage.

The EPA released its updated Top 10 list ranking earlier this week, and the CSU was ranked fourth. The list highlights the EPA’s green power partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary green power purchases through December 31, 2006. The EPA’s top partner lists are available at

“Green power” includes electricity that is partially or entirely generated from clean resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These types of energy are considered cleaner than conventional sources of electricity and produce lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas linked to global climate change. Green power purchases are also especially valuable because they accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide.

“It is an honor to be on the EPA’s list of Top 10 college and university green power purchasers in EPA’s Green Power Partnership,” said Len Pettis, chief of plant, energy and utilities for the CSU system. “Purchasing green power is part of the CSU’s overall energy and sustainability policy and underscores our commitment to reduce the impact of global warming, to help achieve our energy independence goals, and to provide diversity in our energy supply.”

Based on national average utility sub region emissions rates, the US EPA estimates that CSU’s purchase is equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions of more than 6,191 cars per year, or avoiding the equivalent CO2 emissions associated with over 3.2 million gallons of gasoline annually.

About California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

About the EPA’s Green Power Partnership
 EPA’s Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.  The Green Power Partnership currently has hundreds of Partners 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, trade associations, as well as colleges and universities. 


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Last Updated: February 13, 2007

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