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August 18, 2010

Chicago Public Schools Top K-12 Districts in EPA's Green Power List

Students returning to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) this semester will be attending class as the top K-12 "green power partner" the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on August 11. CPS, the third largest school district in the United States, ranked 35 on EPA's list of top 50 green power partners, or institutions purchasing green power. CPS bought approximately 108 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually in the latest EPA tally, which is enough to meet 20% of its purchased electricity use.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power and reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. Green power electricity generates less pollution than conventional power and produces no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Together, the Green Power Partnership's top purchasers use more than 17 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, an amount equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 1.5 million average American homes. See the EPA press release and the Green Power Partnership Web site.