The Norman Transcript


September 27, 2012

OU news

NORMAN — EPA gives OU top green honor

EPA officials presented the Green Power Leadership Awards at an event Monday in conjunction with the 2012 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Washington, D.C., honoring the University of Oklahoma with Green Power Partner of the Year.

OU is one of four organizations nationwide to be selected as a Green Power Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers who distinguish themselves through their purchases, leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.

OU currently is purchasing more than 97 million kilowatt-hours of green power from Oklahoma Gas and Electric annually, which is enough green power to meet 56 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use.

OU currently ranks on EPA’s National Top 50 List, as well as in the top five on EPA’s Top 20 College and University List. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary purchases through July 5.


Dinner to discuss financial innovation

Richard Sandor, who is among America’s most innovative economists, will discuss his recently published book, “Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation,” at a dinner and lecture Monday at the University of Oklahoma.

In his talk, Sandor will take on the issues of financial innovation. Using his personal experience in the global markets, Sandor will provide insight into how financial innovation has been a positive force in the past four decades.

Sandor is the founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange, the first voluntary, legally binding greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system. In 2005, Sandor founded the European Climate Exchange, Europe’s leading exchange operating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and the benchmark for world carbon prices. 

He has had academic positions at many institutions, including the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and at schools of businesses at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Columbia University and currently at the law school at the University of Chicago.

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