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Green Power Partnership Program Updates

Issue 2, November 26, 2012

By the Numbers

As of November 15, the Green Power Partnership has nearly 1,400 Partners. Below is a breakdown of Partners by state.
US map showing location of GPP Partners.

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Next Green Power Community Challenge Rankings Update Coming Soon!

The next update of the Green Power Community (GPC) Challenge rankings is scheduled for the beginning of December. This will mark the first update for this year’s Challenge. Currently, there are 35 GPCs in the Partnership. Most recently, in September 2012, College Park, Md. became a Green Power Community. Find out how your community can become the next to join!

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Upcoming Webinar

Global Warming’s Six Americas: Understanding and Communicating with a Diverse Public
Friday, December 7, 2012
1:00-2:00 pm (EST)
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On Friday, December 7, 2012, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm (EST), the Green Power Partnership will host a webinar on "Global Warming’s Six Americas: Understanding and Communicating with a Diverse Public." Americans differ in their beliefs and concern about climate change. Understanding the differences is vital to effective engagement and to bring about positive behavioral change. Insight into stakeholders’ views can help organizations communicate the importance of using green power and saving energy. The webinar will feature a presentation from Dr. Edward Maibach, Professor and Director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.

Dr. Maibach will provide a summary of recent findings from the "Climate Change in the American Mind" and "Global Warming’s Six Americas" audience research studies conducted by George Mason University and Yale University. He will address a range of topics including recent increases in public engagement in climate change, perceptions about extreme weather and its relationship to climate change, and public policy preferences.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Dr. Edward Maibach, University Professor & Director, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
  • Neil Stenhouse, PhD Student, Department of Communication, George Mason University

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Change to Partnership Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2013, organizations joining the Partnership must meet EPA’s green power usage requirements (see below) at the time of signing the Partnership Agreement. Previously, organizations were given six months to meet or exceed Partnership requirements for green power use. GPP staff has found that the vast majority of organizations already meet these requirements at the time of joining the Partnership. The GPP website and program documents will be updated to reflect this change.

Organizations may continue to join the Partnership once a signed green power contract is in place, but prior to the start of the contract.
Chart showing new Partnership Requirements.

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Next Top Partner Rankings Update – January 2013

The Top Partner Rankings are scheduled to be updated on January 28, 2013. Partners, please be sure to send any green power use updates to your account manager no later than January 9, 2013. Visit the Top Partner Rankings section of the GPP website to see the October 2012 updates.

Did You Know…?

As of October 4, 2012, the green power use of the Partners on GPP’s National Top 50 list amounts to more than 16 billion kilowatt-hours annually—that’s enough green power to avoid the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 1.7 million average American homes for one year.

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Past Issue

GPP Program Update, Issue 1, October 22, 2012

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