EPA Recognizes Regis University as 2015-2016 College & University Green Power Individual Conference Champion

April 25, 2016

DENVER — Regis University is being recognized as conference champion for using more green power than any other school in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Regis as an individual conference champion for the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.

Regis beat its 15 conference rivals by using 11 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 89 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Regis is procuring renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Community Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

According to the EPA, Regis green power use is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes annually. “The EPA applauds Regis University for its commitment to using green power and for taking a leadership position on the environment,” said James Critchfield, Manager of the Green Power Partnership. “Regis University is helping to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other higher educational institutions to invest in environmental progress.

In the 2015-16 challenge, the 41 collegiate conferences and 94 schools competing collectively used nearly 2.5 billion kWh of green power. EPA’s Green Power Challenge is open to any collegiate athletic conference in the United States. In order to qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least one school that qualifies as a Green Power Partner, and the conference must collectively use at least 10 million kWh of green power. EPA will restart the 11th season of the College & University Green Power Challenge in the fall of 2016 and conclude in the spring of 2017. For more information, visit: https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/college-and-university-challenge.

Regis has worked hard to reduce domestic water use by 22 million gallons, decreased water bottle use through the trust tap program that uses Elkay bottle water fountains throughout the campus, created a closed loop compost program with food services and interfaced with the community with a community garden. Regis was able to reduce utility power consumption by one third and established construction standards to where all products used will establish silver LEED standards and above when used. All new facilities will be constructed to a life cycle of 75 years at LEED silver or above with specified no adhesives for carpet install, zero spec VOC paint to assure no off-gassing in the educational environment.

About Regis University

Regis University will be a premier, globally-engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning, and service.

For more information about Regis University please contact Jennifer Oliver, Media Relations at joliver003@regis.edu or 303.964.5126 or visit www.regis.edu.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has nearly 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily using 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, please visit https://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

For more information about EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, visit the Challenge website at https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/college-and-university-challenge.