The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked the University of Maryland No. 14 on the Top 30 College & University list of the largest green power users. UMD is using more than 96 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 86 percent of the university’s purchased electricity.
Facilities Management oversees university energy utilization and remains committed to finding alternative and renewable sources of energy to power the campus. In April 2014, President Wallace Loh announced the President’s Energy Initiatives, an ambitious set of goals aimed at propelling the university toward its next major Climate Action Plan benchmark: cutting carbon emissions in half by 2020. The initiatives highlighted the university’s plan to accomplish this through energy conservation, carbon-neutral new development, and the purchasing of electricity from renewable energy sources.