D.C. region leads U.S. list of top 'green power' schools
Today's list (Friday is list day on The Sheet) was just issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection and ranks the primary and secondary districts and schools within the Green Power Partnership that are using the most power from renewable energy sources.
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps organizations buy green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
It does seem a little odd that school districts were combined with schools, but that's what the EPA did. Not surprisingly, the first three on the list are school districts. The top listed single school is Bullis, a private school in Potomac, Md., and the greater Washington area has five of the top 20 spots. All of them are private schools.
According to the EPA, the combined amount of green power procured by these 20 organizations is nearly 113 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. Translation: The equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 11,000 American homes each year.
Following is the list. Each entry shows:
Annual green power usage
Green power percent of total electrical use
Green power resources
1. Austin Independent School District--Texas
2. Round Rock Independent School District--Texas
3. Rochester City School District--New York
Rochester Gas & Elec
4. Bullis School--Maryland
5. The Dalton School--New York
6. Greenwich Academy--Connecticut
Solar Carbon Solutions Group
7. Norwood School--Maryland
8. Hotchkiss School--Connecticut
9. Spirit Lake Community Schools--Iowa
10. Kent Place School--New Jersey
11. The Nightingale-Bamford School--New York
12. Pflugerville Independent School District--Texas
13. The Hewitt School--New York
14. Green Acres School--Maryland
15. Sheridan School--Washington D.C.
16. Kentfield School District--California
17. Pine Crest Preparatory School / Boca Raton, Florida
Solar Carbon Solutions Group, Onsite
18. Sayreville Center for Lifelong Learning--New Jersey
19. Ensworth School--Tennessee
Tennessee Valley Authority
20. Evergreen School--Maryland
October 30, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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