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Four Maryland schools using the greenest power

Release Date: 10/27/2009
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543, smith.bonnie@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (October 27, 2009) -- Four Maryland schools are in the nation’s top 20 primary and secondary schools using the most power from renewable energy sources. The Bullis School in Potomac, Norwood School in Bethesda, Green Acres School in Rockville, and Evergreen School in Wheaton, were recognized today for using green power by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership.

The top 20 K–12 Green Power Partner schools are buying nearly 113 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. This is equivalent to carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) that would be produced from the electricity use of 11,000 American homes for a year.

”Our green powered schools are giving kids a brighter future in more ways than one. They’re leading the way in protecting our health and environment, and moving the country into the clean energy economy of the 21st century,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “This is a great lesson on how we reduce harmful pollution in our skies and get America running on clean energy.”

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. Green power electricity generates less pollution than conventional power and produces no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners are buying more than 17 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from electricity use of nearly 1.7 million American homes annually.

More information on these four Maryland schools and the entire top 20 list of K-12 schools: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top20k-12schools.htm

Information on EPA’s Green Power Partnership: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower