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University of Phoenix Stadium Goes Green

GLENDALE, AZ, November 6, 2008 — University of Phoenix has teamed up with energy provider Salt River Project (SRP) to promote the importance of investing in clean, renewable energy.

To celebrate the University’s leadership in sustainability, the Monday Night Football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers held at University of Phoenix Stadium on Nov. 10 will be powered with 100% renewable energy through SRP’s EarthWise program.

During the game, hosted in tandem with the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, and Global Spectrum, 95,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy purchased by the University will offset all of the electricity used in the stadium -- from the concession stands to the parking lot lighting to the scoreboards.

“University of Phoenix has a long-term commitment to sustainability and the environment. Offsetting the electricity use with renewable energy at the University of Phoenix Stadium during the game is just the beginning,” said Dr. William Pepicello, president of University of Phoenix.

Prior to the start of the game, guests will have the chance to learn about the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE) and its innovative solar-powered car -- the Drifter 2.0. The car, which will be on display on the Great Lawn on the west side of the stadium, competed in the American Solar Challenge this summer thanks to a grant from University of Phoenix and finished tenth among 24 teams.

“As millions of fans enjoy the football game, they can do so knowing that the energy used on the field will be offset by clean, renewable energy,” said Richard Hayslip, associate general manager of SRP. “The University of Phoenix is at the forefront of innovative companies committed to the environment, and I encourage other companies to follow suit.”

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of August 31, 2008, 362,100 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.

About SRP

Salt River Project (SRP) is the largest provider of power to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 930,000 electricity customers, and is also the nation's third-largest public power utility provider. To date, 6 percent of the energy generated for SRP customers comes from renewable and sustainable sources.
 
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Wendy Paul
wendy.paul@phoenix.edu
847.458.9773

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