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Green Power by the Numbers

University Business, June 2011
Clark Atlanta University President Carlton Brown signs the Presidents' Climate Commitment, as Felicia M. Davis, director of Facilities and Infrastructure Enhancement for The United Negro College Fund Institute for Capacity Building, looks on.

Signatories to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, as of mid-May. --ACUPCC annual report

Portion of current campus sustainability positions created in 2007 or later. --AASHE Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

Amount of carbon dioxide reduced by ACUPCC institutions. --2010 ACUPCC annual report

Campuses reporting a campus farm or garden (up from 9% in 2006) --College Sustainability Report Card 2011

Combined green power purchased annually by the Top 20 College & University list, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 103,000 average American homes annually. --Green Power Partnership

Campuses reporting a commitment to carbon emissions reduction (up from 23% in 2006) --College Sustainability Report Card 2011

Total weight of clothing collected by West Virginia University from 12 residence halls and donated to Goodwill during 2010 Sustainable Awareness Week. --WVU

Energy generated by solar panels at Butte College (Calif.), enough to cover campus needs and contribute energy to the public grid. --Butte

Reduction in energy costs realized in the University of Pennsylvania Hill Pavilion Vivarium after installing a system to optimize ventilation controls. --Aircuity

million Projected savings over 20 years at the University of North Texas from a new chilled water loop and other energy system improvements. --UNT

Annual revenue from a student-proposed $3 per-semester fee approved by Utah State University students to create an office of sustainability on its Logan campus. --USU

Estimated annual savings from the recovery and utilization of otherwise wasted heat from the 4.6mw solar turbine on campus at Fairfield University (Conn.) --Fairfield U

A community garden at Sacred Heart University (Conn.), which is tended by students and staff, helps feed people in need in the neighboring City of Bridgeport.

Savings realized this past heating season in the Bernard M. Johnson Student Recreation Center at the University of Kentucky after installation of a Big Ass Fan. --Big Ass Fans

Annual savings at Harvard after energy-efficient lighting was installed in 10 parking garages. --College Sustainability Report Card 2011

Annual energy savings, totaling $40,036.19, realized by The University of New Haven (Conn.) by building a new 400-bed residence hall to LEED Gold specifications. --UNH

Savings realized since 2002 by The Alamo Colleges (Texas) from reducing electricity use by 16.5% and natural gas consumption 41%. --2010 ACUPCC annual report

Number of trees (71 species) in the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University Community Arboretum --LIU