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Issue 26, December 11, 2014

2014 Green Power Leadership Award Winners

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On November 19, 2014 EPA announced 19 Green Power Partners and four Suppliers for their outstanding contributions and leadership in advancing the green power market. EPA's Green Power Partnership (GPP) formally recognized these winners in a luncheon ceremony on December 3 at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Sacramento, California.

These award winners are being recognized for their efforts in expanding the domestic renewable energy market. 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 both accessible and affordable.

Winners are listed below in the following categories:

Partner of the Year recognizes Partners that distinguish themselves through their purchase, leadership, overall strategy, and impact on the green power market.

  • Apple Inc.
  • BD
  • Google Inc.
  • Oklahoma State University

Green Power Purchasing recognizes Partners that distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier.

  • City of Beaverton, Oregon
  • City of Houston, Texas
  • Herman Miller, Inc.
  • June Key Delta Community Center
  • Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  • REI
  • Steelcase Inc.
  • Town of Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Trek Bicycle Corporation

On-Site Generation recognizes Partners that stand out by using on-site renewable energy applications.

  • City of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sustained Excellence in Green Power recognizes continual leadership in advancing green power development.

  • Intel Corporation
  • Kohl's Department Stores

Green Power Community of the Year recognizes GPCs that distinguish themselves through their green power usage, leadership, citizen engagement, renewable energy strategy, and impact on the green power market.

  • Medford, Oregon Community
  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee Community

Green Power Supplier of the Year recognizes green power suppliers (utilities, retail suppliers, REC marketers, renewable energy project developers) that are leaders in offering voluntary renewable energy to their customers.

  • 3DegreesGroup, Inc.
  • Portland General Electric
  • Renewable Choice Energy
  • Washington Gas Energy Services

Congratulations to all our Green Power Leadership Award Winners! To learn more about this year's winners, visit the 2014 Award Winners Web page.

Photo of Green Power Leadership Award winners and EPA staff (far right)
Photo of Green Power Leadership Award winners and EPA staff (far right)

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Highlights from the 2014 Renewable Energy Markets Conference

Renewable Energy Markets is the industry's annual gathering attended by leading renewable energy and green power stakeholders. The 2014 REM Conference was held in Sacramento, California from December 2-4, and featured numerous informative sessions as well as the 2014 Green Power Leadership Awards Banquet.

EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld delivering remarks during the Green Power Leadership Awards Ceremony
EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld delivering remarks during the Green Power Leadership Awards Ceremony

Discussing the landscape for renewable energy markets, organizational sustainability goals, and market growth opportunities. Left to right:  Karl Rábago, Pace Energy and Climate Center; Ed Hamzawi, SMUD;  Erin Decker, Salesforce; David Hochschild, California Energy Commission; Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Region 9 (Pacific Southwest); Blair Swezey, SunPower
Discussing the landscape for renewable energy markets, organizational sustainability goals, and market growth opportunities. Left to right: Karl Rábago, Pace Energy and Climate Center; Ed Hamzawi, SMUD; Erin Decker, Salesforce; David Hochschild, California Energy Commission; Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Region 9 (Pacific Southwest); Blair Swezey, SunPower

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GPP in the News

Here's what a few of our partners are saying about being recognized for their green power efforts:

Evanston, IL Community, a Green Power Community since October 2014, on joining the Green Power Partnership:
"Earning the EPA's Green Power Community designation is truly a testament to the collective efforts of our residents, businesses and staff, and is another step forward in achieving the City's emissions-reduction goals." (November 20 Article)

Kohl's Department Stores, Partner since January 2012, on receiving the 2014 EPA Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award:
"As a national retailer, it is important for Kohl's to be a good corporate citizen. We aim to be a corporate sustainability leader, which is demonstrated in our commitment to on-site generation through our solar program and a continued investment in support of green power." (November 19 Article)

Oklahoma State University, Partner since November 2012, on receiving the 2014 EPA Green Power Partner of the Year Award:
"We are nurturing a culture of respect for, and commitment to, sustainable practices and environmental stewardship with our students that will extend beyond our campuses. We are honored to receive this distinction and will continue to expand the use of green power to improve our campuses and our world." (November 19 Article)

Recent Articles:
MLive, November 24: Green Power Partnership Offers Eco-Friendly Electricity Options to Businesses Nationwide
North American Wind Power, November 20: U.S. EPA Crowns 2014 Green Power Leaders
Green Retail Decision, October 30: Four Retailers Dominate EPA Top 10 Green Power Partner List
The Daily Orange, September 29: SU Buys Wind Energy to Help Renewable Energy Initiative
Hillsboro Tribune, September 26: City is Green Power Champ

For more news on the Partnership, please visit the GPP Newsroom.

GPP on Social Media:
Green Power Partners are taking to social media to promote their green power use and partnership with EPA. See below for some highlights:

Acer America: We've been recognized as a Top Partner using green power in the #EPAGreenPower Partnership Top 30 Tech & Telecom list http://1.usa.gov/MDy11U

City of Beaverton, OR: We're honored to receive a 2014 #EPAGreenPower Leadership Award. Purchasing green power helps us reduce our carbon footprint.

City of Boston, MA: Boston's been recognized as a Top Partner using green power in the #EPAGreenPower Partnership Top 30 Local Gov. list! http://1.usa.gov/drNS9m

City of Las Vegas, NV: #EPAGreenPower Leadership Awards announced; we're a winner! Learn more @EPA - http://bit.ly/11C9Mhp

Town of Peterborough, NH: We're a leader in green power; find out what we're doing. @EPA Green Power Leadership Awards #EPAGreenPower http://1.usa.gov/KcY4B4

Visit GPP's home page and check out our Twitter feed to see more.

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Congratulations to Partners Celebrating Their Ten-Year Anniversary with GPP!

More than 20 organizations are celebrating at least ten years of partnering with GPP in the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. (N.Y.)
  • Construction & Engineering Services: Hooper Construction (Wis.)
  • Consulting Services: Ed Holt & Associates (Maine)
  • Education (Higher): Colby College (Maine), Lewis & Clark College (Ore.), Unity College (Maine), University at Buffalo (N.Y.), Western Washington University (Wash.)
  • Education (K-12): Austin (TX) Independent School District (Texas), Hotchkiss School (Conn.), Spirit Lake Community Schools (Iowa)
  • Food & Beverage: Ecofish, Inc. (N.H.)
  • Museums, Parks & Zoos: Urban Ecology Center/Riverside Park (Wis.)
  • Real Estate: The Brick Companies (Md.)
  • Recreation: Deer Valley Resort Company (Utah)
  • Religious: Milwaukee Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) (Wis.)
  • Restaurants & Cafes: Starbucks Company-Owned Stores (Wash.)
  • Retail: Earthlight Bookstore (Wash.), Mother Fool's Coffeehouse (Wis.)
  • Sports Teams & Venues: Philadelphia Eagles (Pa.)
  • Technology & Telecom: AMD (Texas), Epson Portland Inc. (Ore.), Pitney Bowes (Conn.)
  • Transportation: Port of Portland (Ore.)
  • Wineries & Breweries: Frog's Leap Winery (Calif.)

View the full list of Green Power Partners.

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Reminder: Top Partner Rankings and College & University Challenge Data Deadlines - January 6, 2015

The Green Power Partnership will release updated Top Partner and College & University Challenge Rankings on January 26—the first update for 2015. If your organization's green power use has recently changed, please submit any updates to your account manager no later than COB Tuesday, January 6 in order for the updated data to be reflected in the Top Partner Rankings and College & University Challenge updates. If your organization's green power use has not changed, there is no need to submit an update. Review the most current Top Partner and College & University Challenge rankings.

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Shop Green this Holiday Season

When looking for gifts this holiday season, remember to keep sustainability in mind. Look for retailers that are using green power and helping advance the renewable energy market. Take a look at GPP's Top 30 Retail Partners for ideas.

Get Social! Post this fact to Twitter: .@EPA has 100+ retailers in #EPAGreenPower Partnership. Consider stores using #greenpower this holiday season - 1.usa.gov/1cB41y3

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Happy Holidays from GPP

The Green Power Partnership staff would like to wish you a happy holiday season, and thank you for all you do to support the green power market. We invite you to make a New Year's resolution to increase your green power use in 2015!

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Past Issues

GPP Program Update, Issue 25, October 20, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 24, September 22, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 23, August 11, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 22, July 14, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 21, June 17, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 20, May 5, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 19, April 7, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 18, March 10, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 17, February 10, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 16, January 13, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 15, December 19, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 14, November 28, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 13, October 28, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 12, September 9, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 11, August 12, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 10, July 15, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 9, June 17, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 8, May 13, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 7, April 8, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 6, March 11, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 5, February 20, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 4, January 14, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 3, December 17, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 2, November 26, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 1, October 22, 2012

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