Green Power Partnership
2011-2012 Green Power Community Challenge
Green Power Communities
EPA hosts a national, year-long campaign to encourage communities coast-to-coast to use renewable energy and fight climate change. The goal of the 2011-2012 Green Power Community Challenge is to add 20 new Green Power Communities across the United States. As part of the campaign, Communities will compete to see which one can achieve the highest green power percentage of total electricity use and which one can use the most green power. The winning communities will be declared in September 2012.
Upon request, EPA can provide technical and outreach assistance to participants throughout the Challenge to help them increase their green power usage rates.
At the conclusion of the Challenge, the winning GPCs received special recognition from EPA, including being featured on the GPP website. The two winning GPCs will also receive an award from EPA.
Who Can Participate?
EPA invites communities nationwide to participate in the 2011- 2012 Green Power Community Challenge. To participate, a local city, town, village, county, or tribal government must join EPA’s Green Power Partnership and use green power in amounts that meet the program’s purchase requirements. The local government should also initiate and support a campaign to encourage local businesses and residents to collectively buy or produce green power on-site in amounts that meet EPA requirements. Once the community's collective green power purchase meets these requirements, the local government submits the GPC Partnership Agreement.
How Does the Challenge Work?
Over the span of a year, EPA GPCs will track and report their collective green power use and green power percentage of total electricity use. GPCs will be ranked according to these categories on EPA’s website on a quarterly schedule. At the conclusion of the Challenge, the community that has the highest green power percentage and the community that uses the most kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power will receive national recognition and special attention from EPA. Learn more about the GPC Challenge (PDF) (2 pp, 519K, About PDF).