Big 10 Conference, UW–Madison lead in collegiate green energy use

June 9, 2014 | by Sarah Olson

The Big 10 Conference was the leading collegiate athletic conference in green energy usage in the 2013-2014 academic year, according to data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Schools in the Big 10 Conference, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison, were among schools in more than 30 collegiate athletic conferences that participated in the EPA Green Power Partnership, which tracked the collegiate conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation.

UW–Madison was the third largest Big 10 contributor, purchasing 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Northwestern University and the Ohio State University purchased the most green energy, with 38 percent and 24 percent of their total energy supply coming from green sources, respectively.

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