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Northwestern University
Location Evanston, IL
Organization Type Education (Higher)
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 122,014,800
Percentage Green Power 50%
Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
Organization-wide Partner Yes
Partner's Reporting Period 2/1/2015 - 1/31/2016
Latest Annual Report Received On 2/25/2015
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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Northwestern University purchases clean, renewable power to further its commitment to environmental sustainability. Northwestern joined the EPA Green Power Partnership in 2006 by purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) to cover a significant portion of the campus' power needs. Since then, the University has increased its REC purchase to equal 50 percent of the campus' energy use, and the purchase of more than 122 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) ranks among the largest college and university purchases in the nation. Northwestern's REC purchase is complimented by an on-site 16 kilowatt (kW) solar array which was the result of a project envisioned and led by students members of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) in collaboration with Northwestern's operations team. Northwestern is executing more than $40M in energy efficiency programs including a new approach to producing chilled water at our central utility plant. As a result, natural gas usage has decreased by almost 70,000 MMBtu a year resulting in a reduction of over 600 tons of CO2. The University is installing two closed-loop geothermal systems which will reduce emissions by more than 1300 metric tons.


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