The Evergreen State College has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the 2011-12 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
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. The Evergreen State College beat its conference rivals by using more than 14 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 100 percent of the school's annual electricity usage. The Evergreen State College purchases utility green power products from Puget Sound Energy and Tacoma Power, helping to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus' electricity use.
According to the EPA, Evergreen State's green power use of more than 14 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes annually, or the CO2 emissions of nearly 2,000 passenger vehicles per year.
The Cascade Collegiate Conference's collective green power purchase of more than 25 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 2,000 average American homes, or the annual CO2 emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles.