EPA Awards Companies Helping to Fight Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Renewable energy production continues to rise in the U.S. As compared to 2008, today the country generates three times as much wind power and 20 times as much solar power. Since 2010, the average cost of a solar power system in the country has come down by half. The U.S. solar industry is creating jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy.

Some of the leading American companies have made crucial contributions to this progress. From using renewable power on-site to innovative buying, these companies are helping advance the green energy market. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the contribution of these companies through its annual Green Power Leadership Awards.

In 2015, the EPA has honored 22 Green Power Partners and three renewable energy suppliers across the country. The award winners include Apple, Microsoft, TD Bank, Intel, Kohl’s, Kaiser Permanente and Northwestern University. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that these organizations are leading the way in cutting global GHG emissions, acting on climate change, and protecting public health by using billions of kilowatt hours of green power every year.

From using enough green power to meet more than 100 percent of electricity needs to installing solar arrays on-site or entering long-term power purchase agreements, these organizations are demonstrating that green power is accessible, affordable, and makes good business sense. The 2015 awardees were selected based upon several criteria, including the size and scale of their green power commitment, leadership in purchasing and generating, internal and external communications efforts, as well as organizational strategy for investing in green power.

The coveted “Green Power Partner of the Year” award was conferred upon Apple Inc., Microsoft Corporation, National Hockey League, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Tucson Unified School District. Kaiser Permanente, H&M, Hypertherm Inc., and Ahold USA were among the winners in the Green Power Purchasing category. General Motors won the award for on-site generation, while Intel Corporation, Kohl’s Department Stores, and TD Bank were awarded for Sustained Excellence in Green Power.

Source: EPA.gov

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