MSU recognized for its use of green energy | MSUToday

Michigan State University is one of eight Big Ten conference schools recognized as the 2017-18 Collective Conference Champions for its use of green energy.

The prize is part of the annual College and University Green Power Challenge of the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. Together, Big Ten schools collectively use more green energy than any other conference participating in the challenge.

Since April 2006, the EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized collegiate athletic conferences with the nation’s highest combined use of green power.

MSU’s voluntary use of more than 17 million kilowatt hours, or kWh, of green energy, representing seven percent of the school’s annual electricity consumption, contributed to the conference’s winning effort.

MSU generates green energy from on-site renewable energy systems using solar and biomass resources. This commitment to green energy demonstrates a sustainable choice that helps reduce the negative health effects of air emissions, including those related to ozone, fine particulates, acid rain and regional fog.

According to the EPA, the state of Michigan’s green energy consumption of more than 17 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity consumption of nearly 2,000 average American homes per year. Additionally, the Big Ten Conference’s collective green energy consumption of 496 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity consumption of approximately 46,000 average US homes.

During the 2017-18 challenge, the 38 college conferences and 109 competing schools collectively consumed nearly 3.6 billion kWh of green energy.

The EPA Green Power Challenge is open to any college athletic conference in the United States. To qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least two schools that qualify as green energy partners and the conference must use at least 10 million kWh of combined green energy.

EPA will begin its 13th season of the College and University Green Power Challenge in fall 2018 and conclude in spring 2019.

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