WASHINGTON, D.C.—Vail Resorts Inc. is among the Environmental Protection Agency’s top 25 green power purchasers. The company ranks ninth. Organizations that purchase electricity generated from clean, renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro make up the quarterly list.
“These organizations are demonstrating that environmental stewardship and profitable business operations can go hand in hand,” says Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Purchasing green power is good for the environment and supports our nation’s efforts to increase the diversity in our energy supplies with alternative and renewable energy sources.”
The top companies included Wells Fargo & Company, Whole Foods Market and the U.S. Air Force. The EPA ranks fourth, with Johnson & Johnson rounding out the top five. Newcomers to the list include Cisco
Systems Inc., New York University, Carbonfund.org, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Kohl’s Department Stores.
EPA’s Top 25 green power purchasers are buying more than 4 billion kilowatt-hours of green power on an annual basis. This is equivalent to the energy needed to power more than 350,000 average American homes each year.
The EPA Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the use of electricity from fossil fuels and to diversify America’s fuel supply. The partnership is comprised of a diverse set of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium businesses, government institutions as well as colleges and universities.
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