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EPA recognizes UC as a national “green power” leader

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named UC among the national leaders in the use of clean, renewable energy.

The EPA assessed participants in its Green Power Partnerships and found that UC ranked sixth for its on-site generation of renewable energy; ninth among the top 30 colleges and universities; and 67th on its list of top 100 national green power partners.

“Our 10 campuses are leading the way on sustainable operations and it’s wonderful to see that recognized by the EPA,” said Rachael Nava, UC’s chief operating officer. “We believe that UC can be a model for other universities by showing that you can responsibly supply energy to reduce your carbon footprint. The sustainable choice is the smart choice.”

President Napolitano in late 2013 announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which commits UC to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025, something no other major university system has done.

Through the initiative, UC has expanded its pioneering climate research and ramped up its leadership on sustainable business practices.

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