St. Mary’s College of Maryland ranked top in the Capital Athletic Conference for use of renewable energy in this years Green Power Challenge, run by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Schools are evaluated based on how much renewable energy they use, not the percentage of the overall power usage that comes from green energy sources. SMCM was ranked above Salisbury University in the challenge. Data for other schools in the conference were not listed on the EPA website. With 22 million kilowatt hours of green energy used, SMCM was honored as the leader of our conference. The highest ranked school nationally was University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with 250,070,000 kWh of Green Power used- however, 6 percent of their energy still comes from nonrenewable sources, while green power makes up 117 percent of the overall energy consumption at SMCM. The school with the highest percentage of green energy overall was Georgetown University, with 133 percent of their energy consumption coming from renewable power sources.
According to the Office of Sustainability, our green energy consumption is “equivalent to the annual energy usage of 2,000 American homes.” Sustainability intern Jeanette Warren sent an all-campus email on April 26 to announce the accomplishment, adding “Thanks to generous funding from our Green St. Mary’s Revolving Fund (GSMRF) and Renewable Energy Certificates (REC’s), St. Mary’s is continuously investing in sustainable building projects, like our LEED Gold-Certified Anne Arundel Hall.”