Green Power Partnership
|University of Colorado at Boulder|
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||15.6%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Awards/Recognition||Founding Green Power Partner, Green Power Leadership Award 2001|
|Environmental Web Page|
University of Colorado at Boulder is a founding EPA Green Power Partner. The CU Student Government (CSUG) and student body have a long history of advancing environmental protection through the creation of campus projects and programs. In April 2000, CU Boulder became the first university to increase student fees $1 per student to purchase green power, base on a student vote that passed by a 5 to 1 margin. in 2004 CUSG voted to increase wind power purchases to 8.8 million kWh, representing 100% of the electric load for the campus student union, health center and recreation center. That same year CUSG required that all new campus construction funded with student fees meet LEED standards. T In 2008 the campus installed a 7.5 kW solar photovoltaic system for the student union. In 2009/2010 an additional 129 kW were added to supply the Coors Event Center, Wolf Law, Mountain Research Station, and the Housing Maintenance Center. In 2010/2011 an two arrays was installed to provide an additional 200 kW. CU currently has 443 kW PV. In 2008 CU decreased its purchase of RECs and instead purchased carbon offset credits through the first state-sponsored carbon trading market, the Colorado Carbon Fund (CCF). For the fiscal year 2010/2011 CU purchased over half of the credits needed to offset the electric load of the thre CUSG owned buildings (University Memorial Center, Wardenburg Health Center and the Recreation Center).