Green Power Partnership
|University of California, Santa Cruz|
|Location||Santa Cruz, CA|
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||7.5%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Environmental Web Page|
The University of California, Santa Cruz, is a higher education institution located on the northern Monterey Peninsula. The University is committed to buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) equal to a portion of the campus' electrical load and is actively seeking ways to reduce its carbon footprint through energy efficiency retrofits, building commissioning, and onsite renewables. The University's purchasing of green power is the result of a student led ballot initiative that was approved in May 2006 by the student body developed a fund that was earmarked for REC purchases for the campus. "The commitment to purchase renewable energy credits at UCSC, offsetting 100 percent of the campus electrical load, provides a leading example of how students, faculty, and administration can work collaboratively to reduce the environmental impacts of our institution", said Patrick Testoni, Energy Manager of Physical Plant. "This effort has created a positive environment for future sustainability-related collaborative endeavors."