The Pac-12 college athletic conference has claimed top spot among the 30 conferences in the EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, which rewards the conference that buys the most green power in a year.
Based in the western United States and home to colleges including UCLA and the University of Oregon, the Pac-12 won the challenge by using 228 million kWh of green power over the course of the year. This is the first time the Pac-12 has won the award.
The University of Utah led the Pac-12 conference in green power purchasing, narrowly beating Oregon State University, the conference said.
Last year’s challenge winner the Big Ten claimed second place, followed by 2010 winner the Ivy League. No up-to-date figures were available for these conferences’ green power usage by press time.
The University of Pennsylvania – part of the Ivy League – continues to be the top individual school in the challenge, beating out 72 other schools by buying over 200 million kWh of green power, or 48 percent of its power purchases.
In other inter-collegiate news, American University in Washington D.C. was this week named “Grand Champion” of the 2012 RecycleMania Tournament. American won the eight-week tourney, which aims to increase recycling rates at college campuses nationwide, for recycling a higher percentage of its total waste than any of the other 604 colleges involved in the challenge.
American was also named one of 16 colleges to gain the highest score in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Other universities named among the top 16 include Oregon State, Virginia Tech and Harvard. The Princeton Review does not release individual scores for the colleges in the guide – other than for those scoring top marks. For a full list of the 16 top schools, click here.