Green Power Partnership
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Annual Green Power Usage (kWh)||152,250,000|
|Percentage Green Power||115%|
|Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site)||100%|
|Partner's Reporting Period||7/3/2014 - 7/2/2015|
|Latest Annual Report Received On||2/1/2016|
|Awards/Recognition||Partner of the Year 2013|
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Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. As one of the largest users of green power among the colleges and universities in the EPA's Green Power Partnership program, Georgetown demonstrates that even the most historic institutions can be forward-looking on energy. Georgetown is committed to cutting its carbon footprint in half by 2020 from 2006 levels, and has already reduced emissions over 20 percent through a combination of demand reduction, efficiency, and use of cleaner fuels.
Georgetown purchases more than 150 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually, equal to more than 100 percent of its electricity use on its Main, Medical, East, and Law campuses. This purchase of renewable power and the University's ongoing sustainable energy programs led to Georgetown's recognition as an EPA Green Power Partner of the Year in 2013.
The University demonstrates its sustainable energy leadership in a number of ways on campus and in our local, national and global communities. In the spring of 2014, the $5 million Georgetown Energy Prize was launched to tap the imagination, creativity, and spirit of competition between communities across the country toward development of sustainable, energy-saving innovations. In 2013, Georgetown launched a new on-site renewable energy project through a collaborative student-staff initiative, installing 18 kW of solar panels on a block of historic university-owned row houses—the first campus project of its kind in DC. In total, the project is expected to provide 19,711 kWh each year and reduce more than 600,000 pounds of carbon pollution over the 20-year life of the project. Under the framework of the District of Columbia's College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP), Georgetown is also collaborating with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to roll out new energy efficiency retrofits in our buildings and Central Plant that are projected to save about 580,000 kWh annually, enough energy to power about 52 typical US homes.