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Energy Initiatives at CUA

Sustainable energy powers Catholic University. With the largest solar installation in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and 100 percent of its electricity purchased with Green e-Certificates, CUA has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

Solar Initiatives


  • Rooftop solar panel installations on Aquinas Hall, Flather Hall, Gibbons Hall, Pangborn Hall, the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, and the Grounds and Maintenance Building.
  • Solar panel canopy installed of 70 parking spaces in O'Boyle Hall parking lot. The parking structure also allows for charging electric-powered vehicles.
  • Solar picnic table designed by CUA students and installed on the patio outside the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.
  • Washington, D.C.-based Team Capitol DC, which included CUA architecture students and faculty advisers, placed seventh out of 19 contenders in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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Power Management

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  • Comprehensive utilities sub-metering program.
  • The University purchases approximately 43 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually with Green e-Certificates through Hess Energy Marketing, representing 100 percent of the school’s yearly electricity usage.
  • CUA earned the honor of using the most green power among the schools in the Landmark Conference as part of EPA's 2014-2015 College & University Green Power Challenge.
  • Use of Energy Star appliances.