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Green Power Partnership

College and University Challenge

College & University Green Power Challenge Logo - Jumping GraduateThroughout the 2016-17 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 24, 2017, 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 as 2016-17 EPA Green Power Challenge conference champions, listed in the below tables. The Champion Green Power Conference for the 2016-2017 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 2017-18 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 5, 2017. This is the final update to the 2016-17 College & University Green Power Challenge. Thank you and congratulations to all participating schools!

Individual Conference Champions

The following colleges and universities were recognized for having the largest individual green power purchase among all 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
Northwestern University 122,014,800 Big Ten Conference 436,678,425
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 245,736,000 Southeastern Conference 336,370,231
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York 211,977,208 Mid-American Conference 272,122,053
University of Oklahoma 128,895,000 Big 12 Conference 242,655,750
Stanford University 154,190,253 Pac-12 Conference 232,900,339
University of Pennsylvania 200,000,000 Ivy League 207,300,000
Georgetown University 159,640,000 Big East Conference 171,682,074
University of South Florida 78,654,500 American Athletic Conference 134,207,000
Carnegie Mellon University 126,551,950 University Athletic Association 126,642,518
Drexel University 96,509,000 Colonial Athletic Association 103,316,135
Gettysburg College 20,000,000 Centennial Conference 84,441,150
American University 55,282,224 Patriot League 64,677,979
University of Vermont 59,533,000 America East 63,283,000
Union College 21,045,061 Liberty League 58,978,333
The Catholic University of America 39,090,882 Landmark Conference 50,090,882
Bentley University 25,000,000 Northeast-10 Conference 49,923,993
Santa Clara University 22,706,551 West Coast Conference 49,189,571
Duquesne University 25,251,152 Atlantic 10 43,001,077
Syracuse University 41,000,000 Atlantic Coast Conference 41,134,194
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 17,003,088 Capital Athletic Conference 33,798,088
Southwestern University 16,613,238 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 31,470,238
Whitman College 17,099,547 Northwest Conference 30,208,216
Colby College 14,420,470 New England Small College Athletic Conference 29,956,237
Oberlin College 15,612,106 North Coast Athletic Conference 29,467,796
Cleveland State University 18,000,000 Horizon League 28,112,429
Emerson College 25,000,000 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference 27,322,943
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 25,264,148 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 26,707,748
Mercyhurst University 13,000,000 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 20,502,538
University of Texas Arlington 18,275,716 Sun Belt Conference 20,129,762
St. Olaf College 14,100,000 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 18,689,612
Lebanon Valley College 10,360,000 Middle Atlantic Conference 17,026,000
Monmouth University 11,793,692 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 15,393,692
Northern Arizona University 8,092,263 Big Sky Conference 13,615,730
Emory & Henry College 7,784,466 Old Dominion Athletic Conference 10,410,666

Collective Conference Champions

At nearly 437 million kilowatt-hours, the Big 10 Conference topped the list with the largest total purchase among all conferences, and earned EPA recognition as the 2016-2017 Collective Conference Champion. The contributing schools for this honor included:

Big Ten Conference
School Green Power (kWh) % Green Power
Northwestern University 122,014,800 50
The Ohio State University 107,499,814 17
University of Maryland 87,172,825 32
University of Wisconsin 70,198,709 15
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 33,198,656 8
University of Iowa 16,593,621 5

The following athletic conferences participated in the 2016-2017 College & University Green Power Challenge:


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

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