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October 28, 2009

EPA Names the Top 20 Green-Powered Schools

For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the 20 primary and secondary schools nationwide using the most power from renewable energy sources. According to the EPA's October 26 announcement, the schools participating in its Green Power Partnership are buying nearly 113 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions that would be produced from the electricity used by 11,000 U.S. homes for one year. Green power is generated from renewable energy resources such as low-impact hydropower; biogas; and solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass power.

The five schools using the greenest power are the Austin Independent School District and the Round Rock Independent School District in Texas; the Rochester City School District in New York; the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland; and The Dalton School in New York City. EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Other Green Power Partner quarterly rankings, including the National Top 50 Partner List, remained virtually unchanged since the previous release on July 7. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners are buying more than 17 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity used by nearly 1.7 million U.S. homes annually. See the EPA press release, the list of top 20 K-12 schools, and the EPA's Green Power Partnership Web site.