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Green Power Partnership

College and University Challenge

College & University Green Power Challenge Logo - Jumping GraduateThroughout the 2017-18 academic year, EPA's Green Power Partnership tracked the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation. The College and University Green Power Challenge is open to any collegiate athletic conference in the United States.

On April 25, 2018, EPA concluded the Green Power Challenge and recognized the Champion Green Power Conference, as well as the largest single green power users within each participating conference. The Champion Green Power Conference for the 2017-18 Challenge is the Big Ten Conference and the individual school using the most green power is the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Interested in joining the 2018-19 Green Power Challenge? Check out our Steps to Join Green Power Partnership page for more information. To be listed, a conference must have at least two Green Power Partners and an aggregate green power purchase of at least 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) across the conference.

This list is current as of April 25, 2018. This is the final update to the 2017-18 College and University Green Power Challenge. Thank you and congratulations to all participating schools!

Individual Conference Champions

The following colleges and universities were recognized as conference champions for using the most green power among the schools in their conference. EPA applauds these schools for taking a leadership role in their conference and in supporting a better environmental future:

Individual Conference Champions
School Partner kWh Conference Conference kWh
The Ohio State University 105,651,613 Big Ten Conference 496,184,834
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 250,070,000 Southeastern Conference 347,962,973
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York 219,284,258 Mid-American Conference 279,906,930
Stanford University 157,734,220 Pac-12 Conference 250,931,724
University of Oklahoma 124,573,400 Big 12 Conference 242,902,229
University of Pennsylvania 200,000,000 Ivy League 222,725,258
Georgetown University 159,499,000 Big East Conference 171,541,074
University of South Florida 78,654,500 American Athletic Conference 134,207,000
University of New Hampshire 70,739,000 America East 134,022,000
Carnegie Mellon University 126,281,076 University Athletic Association 126,370,130
University of North Texas 107,250,000 Conference USA 112,875,000
George Washington University 79,501,035 Atlantic 10 108,886,817
Drexel University 87,766,000 Colonial Athletic Association 93,766,000
Gettysburg College 20,000,000 Centennial Conference 85,216,600
American University 56,554,441 Patriot League 65,650,196
Bentley University 25,000,000 Northeast-10 Conference 61,289,637
Union College 21,045,061 Liberty League 59,735,185
The Catholic University of America 39,090,882 Landmark Conference 50,090,882
Santa Clara University 20,170,551 West Coast Conference 47,049,139
Syracuse University 41,000,000 Atlantic Coast Conference 41,144,148
Colby College 14,336,320 New England Small College Athletic Conference 37,195,465
University of Colorado Colorado Springs 19,228,032 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 36,801,685
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 20,173,843 The Summit League 35,173,843
St. Mary's College of Maryland 22,003,088 Capital Athletic Conference 33,003,088
Southwestern University 18,048,158 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 31,602,015
Oberlin College 15,612,106 North Coast Athletic Conference 29,352,504
Whitman College 17,424,200 Northwest Conference 29,302,909
Cleveland State University 18,252,814 Horizon League 28,365,243
Emerson College 25,000,000 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference 27,305,181
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 25,749,090 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 27,299,090
Mercyhurst University 13,000,000 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 23,002,538
University of Texas Arlington 18,275,716 Sun Belt Conference 19,296,116
St. Olaf College 14,100,000 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 18,160,000
Lebanon Valley College 10,360,000 Middle Atlantic Conference 17,026,000
Rider University 13,500,000 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 16,485,458
Northern Arizona University 9,542,858 Big Sky Conference 15,053,439
Emory & Henry College 7,784,466 Old Dominion Athletic Conference 11,941,466
Gallaudet University 5,710,500 North Eastern Athletic Conference 10,097,340

* Schools ranked by amount of green power used by entire athletic conference.

Collective Conference Champions

At more than 496 million kWh, the Big Ten Conference topped the list with the largest total amount of green power used among all conferences and earned EPA’s recognition as the 2017-18 Collective Conference Champion. The contributing schools for this honor included:

Big Ten Conference
School Green Power (kWh) % Green Power
The Ohio State University 105,651,613 18
Northwestern University 100,370,800 39
University of Maryland 96,927,825 34
University of Wisconsin 72,168,457 16
University of Minnesota 57,800,000 16
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 32,871,183 8
Michigan State University 17,400,000 7
University of Iowa 12,994,956 4

Competing Conferences

The following athletic conferences are participating in the 2017-18 College & University Green Power Challenge:


Printable versions of final College & University Green Power Challenge rankings are also available.

Learn how your organization can join the Green Power Partnership and become a Top Partner.