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Chatham University Recognized by EPA as TOP green power purchaser in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in 2012-13

This is the second consecutive year that Chatham has been recognized as the Individual Conference Champion of the College and University Green Power Challenge

PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2013) … Chatham University was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. This is the second consecutive year in which Chatham earned this distinction.

Also, for the second consecutive year, Chatham University is one of just 21 colleges to be named to The Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll and was included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference.

Chatham University beat its conference rivals by using 12 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Chatham University purchases renewable energy certificates from Renewable Choice Energy, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’ electricity use.

According to the U.S. EPA, Chatham University’s green power use of 12 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,000 American homes annually, or the CO2 emissions of nearly 2,000 vehicles per year.

“EPA applauds Chatham University as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Champion for the second year in a row in EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge,” said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “By choosing to use 100 percent renewable electricity to power its campus, Chatham is reducing carbon pollution and demonstrating exceptional environmental leadership.”

“Chatham University supports green power through many avenues, in an effort to reduce our own footprint and to support the renewable power industry,” says Chatham Sustainability Coordinator Mary Whitney. “We own and operate our own solar thermal water systems, and we purchase Green-e certified American renewable energy credits equivalent to the electricity we use annually.”

Thirty-two collegiate conferences and 76 schools competed in the 2012-13 challenge, collectively purchasing more than 2.2 billion kWh of green power. In order to qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least one school that qualifies as a Green Power Partner, and the conference must collectively use at least 10 million kWh of green power annually.

Sustainability-focused courses offered across disciplines represent Chatham’s belief that sustainability is a responsibility we all share. Chatham’s School of Sustainability and the Environment (SSE) offers a Master of Sustainability, a Master of Arts in Food Studies, an Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership, and beginning fall 2014, a Bachelor of Sustainability. . Chatham is constructing Eden Hall Campus, the future home of SSE and a zero-net energy campus being built as a living and learning laboratory for the study of sustainability.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

For more information about EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, visit the Challenge website at www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

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