On This Day in IUPUI History: June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015. 

On this day, IUPUI won the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) College and University Green Power Challenge for obtaining more of its electricity from renewal sources than other universities in the Summit League, the athletic conference in which the Jaguars participated at the time.

In 2014-2015, IUPUI topped the Summit League by purchasing over 21 million kilowatt hours of electricity from "green" or renewable sources such as wind, solar, and thermal power. This represented ten percent of the power used by IUPUI during the year. In second place was the University of Denver, which bought 15 million KWHs, which represented over a third of that school's electricity use. (In 2014-2015, neither Indiana University-Bloomington nor Purdue University-West Lafayette participated in the Green Power Challenge in the Big Ten conference, which was won by Ohio State University. the University of Notre Dame abstained from the Challenge as well.) 

In 2018-2019, IUPUI again won the Green Power Challenge, this time as a member of the Horizon League conference, by purchasing 20.3 million KWHs of electricity from renewable sources. Again, this represented ten percent of IUPUI's electricity usage. In second place was Cleveland State University with over 18 million KWHs. Again, neither IUB, Purdue, nor Notre Dame participated.

A number of major universities obtained all of their power from renewables. Some produced more than 100 percent of their electricity from green sources, meaning they have their own renewable power sources and sold off the extra power. For more information on the 2018-2019 Green Power Challenge, go to the EPA website. 

In recent years, IUPUI's Office of Sustainability has worked to teach students, faculty, and staff to improve sustainable practices on campus.  

IU Medical Center coal-fired power plant adjacent to Riley Hospital, ca. 1920s UA24-004093

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Updated Jun 16, 2019 by Editor Name Missing