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Santa Clara University Honored as Green Power Champion
Friday, Jun. 25, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. June 25, 2010 - Santa Clara University's efforts in sustainability and climate neutrality were recognized Friday with a Silicon Valley Power (SVP) Energy Innovator Award.
SVP, the City of Santa Clara's municipal electric utility, held its third annual Energy Innovator competition to recognize companies implementing extraordinary measures to reduce energy consumption and/or utilize "green" power and renewable energy resources. Winners in the categories of Environmental Innovator, Energy Efficiency Partner and Green Power Champion were honored at the 2010 Silicon Valley Energy Summit at Stanford University on Friday.
For a second consecutive year, SCU won the Green Power Champion award, which is given to the company with the most innovative and successful approach to its overall commitment to green power purchases and other renewable energy programs. SCU is the largest participant in the Santa Clara Green Power program and is committed to climate neutrality by the end of 2015, meaning the university intends to have net zero carbon emissions. SCU purchased 22,512 megawatt hours of Santa Clara Green Power. That’s enough to power 2,529 average American homes and equivalent to taking nearly 3,000 cars off the road for one year.
An energy savings strategy was also implemented in April 2009 and has shown remarkable results by reducing peak demand as well as electricity and natural gas consumption across the University. Some of the initiatives include:
Other campus-wide initiatives the University has implemented to become more sustainable and climate neutral are:
Agilent Technologies Inc., Bay Area Internet Solutions, and El Camino Self Storage were also recognized at the 2010 Silicon Valley Energy Summit with an SVP Energy Innovator Award. Read more.
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