September 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced the 2012 Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets 2012 conference in Washington D.C. The EPA recognizes exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power partners and green power suppliers, and differentiates award categories between green power purchaser and supplier awards.
The EPA handed out a total of twenty-eight Green Power Leadership Awards. On the purchaser side, The City of Austin, TX, Hilton Worldwide, Microsoft Corporation and the University of Oklahoma were named Green Power Partners of the Year, and Beaverton, Oregon and Oak Park, Illinois were named Green Power Communities of the Year. Additionally, Coca Cola Refreshments and Zotos international, Inc. each received awards for on-site generation, and Intel, Staples, Kohl's, and Whole Foods Market all received awards for sustained excellence in green power. On the supplier side, Renewable Choice Energy and Sterling Planet were named Green Power Suppliers of the year, and Wellesley Municipal Light Plant was named Innovative Green Power Program of the.
In addition to the EPA Green Power awards, CRS announced four award recipients: Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation was named Best Green Power Education Outreach Program; the National Football League was given an award for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser and Puget Sound Energy for the Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier; and Lisa Jackson of the EPA was given an award for the Green Power Leader of the Year.
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EPA Green Power Leadership Awards
CRS News Release -
Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2012 Green Power Leadership Award Winners
Additional Relevant Green Power Network Stories -
Microsoft and McDonald's Join EPA Green Power Partnership
Coca-Cola Earns Third on EPA Top 20 List of On-Site Green Power Generators
Intel, Kohl's Lead Corporate Renewable Energy Efforts
SunEdison and Staples Reach 30 million kWh of Solar Production
Wellesley (MA) Program Achieves 10% Participation
Wellesley Becomes First EPA Green Power Community in Massachusetts
June 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has welcomed Philadelphia as a new member of the Green Power Communities initiative, which includes towns and cities across the United States who buy green power generated by solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydropower resources. Currently, Green Power Communities collectively purchase a total of more than 4.2 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity each year.
In 2006, Philadelphia joined the EPA Green Power Partnership and has pledged that 20 percent of the electricity consumed by the city will come from renewable sources by the year 2015. The city's municipal operations have already met this goal, using more than 127 million kilowatt-hours of green power.
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EPA Welcomes Philadelphia as its Newest Green Power Community Partner
May 2007 - Philadelphia Mayor John Street announced a sustainability plan for the city which includes using renewable energy to meet 100% of the electricity needs of City Hall. The city will purchase 8.5 million kWh of wind energy through the PECO Wind program at a cost of 2.0¢/kWh. The city will also investigate the feasibility of installing solar electric and solar thermal systems at city-owned buildings.
News Release - Mayor John F. Street Announces City's Local Action Plan for Climate Change, Highlighting Philadelphia's Commitment to a Sustainable Environment
News Article - City Gets Greener with Wind Energy Purchase
Additional Information - Philadelphia Going Green