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:
Name
Annual green power usage
Green power percent of total electrical use
Green power resources
Provider(s)

1. Austin Independent School District--Texas
65,640,000
39%
Biogas, Wind
Austin Energy

2. Round Rock Independent School District--Texas
16,996,468
25%
Biogas, Wind
Austin Energy

3. Rochester City School District--New York
9,900,000
18%
Wind
Rochester Gas & Elec
(Community Energy)

4. Bullis School--Maryland
3,400,000
100%
Wind
Clean Currents

5. The Dalton School--New York
2,530,000
100%
Wind
Good Energy

6. Greenwich Academy--Connecticut
2,336,589
87%
Biomass
Solar Carbon Solutions Group
Onsite Generation

7. Norwood School--Maryland
1,608,300
100%
Wind
Clean Currents

8. Hotchkiss School--Connecticut
1,550,000
22%
Wind
Community Energy

9. Spirit Lake Community Schools--Iowa
1,500,855
51%
Wind
On-site Generation

10. Kent Place School--New Jersey
1,100,000
69%
Wind
Community Energy

11. The Nightingale-Bamford School--New York
1,079,196
100%
Various
Good Energy

12. Pflugerville Independent School District--Texas
996,000
8%
Biogas, Wind
Austin Energy

13. The Hewitt School--New York
750,000
100%
Various
Good Energy

14. Green Acres School--Maryland
731,040
100%
Wind
Clean Currents

15. Sheridan School--Washington D.C.
687,000
100%
Wind
Clean Currents

16. Kentfield School District--California
579,000
95%
Solar
On-site Generation

17. Pine Crest Preparatory School / Boca Raton, Florida
462,903
77%
Biomass
Solar Carbon Solutions Group, Onsite
Generation

18. Sayreville Center for Lifelong Learning--New Jersey
387,528
100%
Various
Good Energy

19. Ensworth School--Tennessee
338,400
6%
Various
Tennessee Valley Authority

20. Evergreen School--Maryland
266,000
100%
Wind
Clean Currents


By Valerie Strauss  |  October 30, 2009; 6:30 AM ET
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Comments

Please note that several of the schools on this list are expensive private schools. Going green is expensive, and I wonder how many taxpayers would be willing to greatly increase spending on "green" schools. T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia has such necessities as urinals that do not use water, and it cost $98 MILLION DOLLARS.

Posted by: metrobus57 | October 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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