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Green Power Partnership

College and University Challenge

College & University Green Power Challenge Logo - Jumping GraduateThroughout the 2018-19 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 22, 2019, EPA concluded the Green Power Challenge and recognized the Champion Green Power Conference, as well as the largest individual green power users within each participating conference. The Champion Green Power Conference for the 2018-19 Challenge is the Big Ten Conference and the individual school using the most green power is the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.

Interested in joining the 2019-20 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 using an aggregate of at least 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power across the conference.

This list is current as of April 22, 2019. This is the final update to the 2018-19 College and University Green Power Challenge. Thank you and congratulations to all participating schools!

Individual Conference Champions

The following colleges and universities were recognized as conference champions for using the most green power among the schools in their conference. EPA applauds these schools for taking a leadership role in their conference and in supporting a better environmental future:

School Partner kWh Conference Conference kWh
University of Maryland 146,567,825 Big Ten Conference 515,597,364
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York 224,325,000 Mid-American Conference 284,864,865
Stanford University 159,626,907 Pac-12 Conference 283,370,301
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 158,044,000 Southeastern Conference 262,045,209
University of Oklahoma 135,692,000 Big 12 Conference 249,048,867
University of Pennsylvania 200,000,000 Ivy League 222,267,057
Georgetown University 159,499,000 Big East Conference 173,541,074
University of Virginia 70,936,294 Atlantic Coast Conference 143,740,477
Carnegie Mellon University 132,396,967 University Athletic Association 132,486,021
George Washington University 78,393,980 Atlantic 10 113,870,994
University of North Texas 107,250,000 Conference USA 112,875,000
University of Vermont 57,716,250 America East 107,975,250
Drexel University 87,766,000 Colonial Athletic Association 105,766,000
American University 59,476,806 Patriot League 101,253,633
Gettysburg College 20,000,000 Centennial Conference 85,216,600
Union College 21,045,061 Liberty League 68,905,814
Bentley University 25,000,000 Northeast-10 Conference 58,013,063
Santa Clara University 25,002,551 West Coast Conference 54,657,906
The Catholic University of America 37,881,775 Landmark Conference 48,881,775
Temple University 44,000,000 American Athletic Conference 44,450,000
St. Mary's College of Maryland 22,012,968 Capital Athletic Conference 38,796,968
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 20,296,566 Horizon League 38,679,958
Colby College 14,499,262 New England Small College Athletic Conference 38,583,098
University of Colorado Colorado Springs 19,538,465 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 37,571,940
Mercyhurst University 13,000,000 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference 35,228,655
Southwestern University 18,153,095 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 31,706,952
Allegheny College 13,740,398 North Coast Athletic Conference 29,434,662
Whitman College 17,425,778 Northwest Conference 29,304,487
Emerson College 25,000,000 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference 27,325,399
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 25,749,090 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 27,299,090
St. Olaf College 17,454,544 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 23,189,544
Lebanon Valley College 10,000,000 Middle Atlantic Conference 16,666,000
Rider University 13,500,000 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 16,485,458
Northern Arizona University 9,542,858 Big Sky Conference 15,743,195
Emory & Henry College 7,817,310 Old Dominion Athletic Conference 11,974,310

* Schools ranked by amount of green power used by entire athletic conference.

Collective Conference Champions

At nearly 516 million kWh, the Big Ten Conference topped the list with the largest total amount of green power used among all conferences and earned EPA’s recognition as the 2018-19 Collective Conference Champion. The contributing schools for this honor included:

Big Ten Conference
School Green Power (kWh) % Green Power
University of Maryland 146,567,825 53
Northwestern University 100,370,800 39
The Ohio State University 85,505,575 14
University of Wisconsin 64,424,214 14
University of Minnesota 57,800,000 16
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 30,533,994 7
Michigan State University 17,400,000 7
University of Iowa 12,994,956 4

Competing Conferences

The following athletic conferences are participating in the 2018-19 College & University Green Power Challenge:


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

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