Arlington Public Schools (APS) announced today that for the first time it appears as number 5 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Top 20 K-12 Schools
list of the largest green power purchasers. APS is purchasing more than 3,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet six percent of the organization's electricity use. The school division is buying a utility green power product from Dominion Virginia Power/3Degrees. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.
“This is an honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said APS Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “Utilizing green power helps us become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.” Murphy concluded, “Most importantly, this conveys to our students the important role and responsibility that all of us have in safeguarding our environment today and in the future.”
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
“EPA is excited to welcome Arlington Public Schools as a Green Power Partner and applauds the school’s commitment to using renewable energy,” said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA's Green Power Partnership. "APS is helping to reduce harmful air pollution and should serve as an example for other organizations seeking to invest in environmental progress.”
According to the U.S. EPA, Arlington Public Schools' green power purchase of more than 3,000,000 kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 400 passenger vehicles per year or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 300 average American homes annually.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 1,300 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, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower