Monthly Archives: May 2013

EPA’s 2012-2013 College and University Green Power Challenge Features Alliance Members

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently revealed the results of its seventh annual College and University Green Power Challenge, in which schools and conferences across the country compete to see which can utilize the highest amounts of sustainable energy in powering their campuses. This year, two Green Sports Alliance members — the Ohio State University and the University of Pennsylvania — finished among the top three universities in the 2012-13 Challenge.

Penn topped the list of all competing schools, utilizing over 200 million kilowatt-hours of green power to meet nearly half of the campus’ energy needs. Ohio State led the Big Ten, finishing third behind the University of Oklahoma with 141 million kWh of green energy use; this number correlates to a quarter of the total energy use on the Columbus campus.

The University of Washington, another Alliance member, finished second behind the University of Utah in the Pac-12 standings, with just under 15 million kWh of green energy meeting five percent of the university’s total energy needs. In total, the 76 colleges and universities competing in the Green Power Challenge used nearly 2.2 billion kWh of green energy to power their campuses during the 2012-13 academic year.

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EPA Commends Cardinals Efforts to Reduce Food Waste

The St. Louis Cardinals were commended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before their home game at Busch Stadium against the Cincinnati Reds for their efforts toward diverting food wastes from landfills. In the pre-game ceremony, EPA Region 7 administrator Karl Brooks offered high praise: “If every Major League Baseball club did what the Cardinals did, we would save hundreds of thousands of tons of food waste at every stadium across the country.”

Since 2008, when the Cardinals first started to track and work toward reducing waste, they have kept 2000 tons of food out of local landfills. This has accounted for an 85% reduction in food waste over the five-year period, part of a comprehensive waste management program that also includes plastic and aluminum recycling throughout the stadium.

“We’re looking to expand in the future to the concession areas and onto the concourses eventually.  Eventually we’d like to expand it to the stadium all throughout,” said Hosei Maruyama of the Cardinals stadium operations staff. “We just think it’s the right thing to do.”

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