Green Power Partnership
Green Power Partnership Program Updates
Issue 2, November 26, 2012
- By the Numbers
- Next Green Power Community Challenge Rankings Update Coming Soon!
- Upcoming Webinar
- Change to Partnership Requirements
- Next Top Partner Rankings Update – January 2013
- Did You Know…?
- Past Issue
By the Numbers
As of November 15, the Green Power Partnership has nearly 1,400 Partners. Below is a breakdown of Partners by state.
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!
Global Warming’s Six Americas: Understanding and Communicating with a Diverse Public
Friday, December 7, 2012
1:00-2:00 pm (EST)
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.
- 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
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.
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.