November 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released its latest list of top green power purchasers. Retaining their places at the top of the list were Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, and Whole Foods Market. Entering the Top 5 were Starbucks (No. 4) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (No.5). Starbucks jumped 12 spots in the rankings after increasing its purchase from 237 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) to more than 537 million kWh, and it is now meeting 55% of its total purchased electricity use with green power. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania increased its purchase from 400 million kWh to 500 million kWh, and currently supplies 50% of its purchased electricity from green power.
Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12.5 billion kWh annually, or approximately 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.
EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,300 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy nearly 18 billion kWh of green power annually.
News Release - Starbucks recognized as one of the Top Green Power Purchasers in the nation
News Release - EPA Recognizes Top Green Power Purchasers
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Contact: Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906 or Cathy Milbourn, 202-564-7849
December 2006 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Eleventh National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.
Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to Aspen Skiing Company, HSBC-North America, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partner of the Year. Portland General Electric was named Green Power Program of the Year and Silicon Valley Power won for New Green Power Program. Jim Burke of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Brent Alderfer and Eric Blank of Community Energy Inc. received the Green Power Pioneer Award.
News Release - 2006 National Green Power Award Winners Announced
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June 2006 - Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) landed the No. 3 spot on Business Ethics Magazine's annual survey of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The magazine develops its numerical ratings based on a statistical analysis of eight measures of service: stockholders, community, governance, diversity, employees, environment, human rights, and product.
AMD scored high for its environmental efforts, with the magazine noting that the company appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's national list of the "Top 25" green power purchasers. The magazine mentions that three other companies among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens also made the EPA's list: Johnson & Johnson (No. 12), Starbucks (No. 17), and Whole Foods Market (No. 47).
News Release - Business Ethics Magazine Lists "100 Best Corporate Citizens" for 2006
News Article - Austin Company High on Ethics List
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January 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued an updated list of its "Top 25 Partners" for the end of 2005. The U.S. Air Force maintained its spot as the top purchaser of green power nationally—a rank it has held since the list was first published in September 2004—with current annual purchases of more than one billion kWh. Whole Foods Market is now second on the list with annual purchases of 458.4 million kWh, equivalent to 100% of its total corporate electricity needs. Other leading corporate purchasers include Johnson & Johnson (241.4 billion kWh annual purchase and fourth on the list); Starbucks (150 million kWh, sixth); Safeway Inc. (78 million kWh, eighth); and HSBC North America (68.2 million kWh, tenth).
Collectively, the Top 25 "Partners" purchase 3.3 billion kWh of green power annually, representing approximately 75% of the total purchases made by all 600 Partners.
Additional Information - Top 25 Partners
EPA Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004
July 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released an updated list of its "Top 25" green power purchasers. New to the list are HSBC, with annual renewable energy usage of 68,181 MWh, Mohawk Paper Mills (45,000 MWh), Starbucks (22,500 MWh), and Syracuse University (22,000 MWh). In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy increased its purchases from about 14,000 MWh to 37,000 MWh, representing 100% of the electricity needs of its Forrestal Building headquarters.
News Release - EPA Green Power Partnership "Top 25" Partners List
Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231
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April 2005 - Starbucks Coffee Company announced that it has committed to purchase wind energy certificates sufficient to match 5% of the electricity used to power its Company-operated stores in North America. The purchase is part of a multi-faceted environmental sustainability strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the company's business activities. According to the company, the purchase is equivalent to the output of 11 large wind turbines. Starbucks also recently joined the Green Power Market Development Group, a collaboration of 13 leading corporations and the World Resources Institute dedicated to building corporate markets for green power.
News Release - Starbucks Takes Action to Address Climate Change
News Article - Starbucks taps into wind energy to power its stores