WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its 12th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 24 Green Power Partners and three suppliers for their achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable electricity market. For most municipalities, electricity usage is the single-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. By using green power, communities and businesses can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create local jobs, and improve public health.
In the Green Power Partner of the Year category, Hilton Worldwide was chosen along with the City of Austin, Texas, Microsoft Corp., and the University of Oklahoma.
“Our 2012 Green Power Leadership Award winners have not only demonstrated commendable civic leadership in their efforts to use renewable energy sources, they’ve also helped to reduce our carbon footprint and cut back on pollution—all while supporting America’s growing renewable energy industry,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Thanks to their commitment—and the commitment of all of our Green Power Partners—our country is one step closer to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.”
“Green power” is electricity generated from renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydro, and produces no net increase of greenhouse gas emissions. From purchasing 100 percent green power to installing large-scale solar panel arrays, the award winners help demonstrate that green power makes sense not only for Americans’ health and environment but for business’ bottom lines.
The 24 award-winning partners were chosen from more than 1,300 partner organizations. EPA, through the Green Power Partnership, works with partner organizations, over half of which are small businesses and nonprofit organizations, to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Partners are voluntarily using more than 23 billion kWh of green power annually. Through their use of green power, these organizations are avoiding carbon pollution equal to that created by the electricity use of more than two million average American homes each year.
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