EPA recognizes UI and Big Ten for green power use

The University of Iowa is one of five schools in the Big Ten Conference recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as 2010–2011 Collective Conference Champions for using green power. The award recognizes the conference and its participating schools, whose collective green power usage was the largest among all participating conferences.

The UI generated more than 8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power in 2010–2011 from biomass fuel used in its Combined Heat and Power Plant, equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 700 average American homes each year.

For more information about EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, see www.epa.gov/grnpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm. For more information about renewable energy at the UI, visit www.facilities.uiowa.edu/uem/renewable-energy.