The EPA's Green Power Partnership Fortune 500 Partners list includes 78 companies, led in total green power usage by Intel, Microsoft, Kohl's, Cisco Systems and Google.
The agency recently saluted leading organizations. Its Green Power Partner of the Year was IT networking systems company Cisco Systems. According to the EPA, "in 2015, the company more than doubled its green power use to more than 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours of green power globally, representing approximately 97 percent of its total US and 72 percent of its global electricity consumption."
Additionally, Cisco continues to implement energy-based projects throughout its 21-millio-sq.-ft. real estate portfolio, the agency said, including energy efficiency retrofits and on-site solar installations. But it doesn't stop with just the company itself.
"The company’s global presence enables it to play an important role in promoting green power and environmental sustainability within the IT industry," said the EPA citation. "Cisco reduces greenhouse gas emissions throughout its own operations and encourages its vendors, business partners, and supply chain to do the same. It publicly reports its carbon footprint and has succeeded in getting between 80 and 100 percent of its primary suppliers (depending on type) to do so. Cisco also asks suppliers to report their green power use in its Supplier Business Scorecard, which includes sustainability criteria to help Cisco better monitor supplier performance and to collaborate with supply chain partners to optimize environmental and labor improvements."
SC Johnson — manufacturer of such brands as Windex, Raid, Ziploc, Johnson Wax and Off! — announced it had received one of seven 2016 Green Power Leadership Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company is generating 23 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from on-site landfill gas and wind energy systems — enough to rank the company 16th nationally in that category. Walmart and Apple rank first and second for on-site annual green power usage. The other six organizations receiving Excellence in Green Power Use awards included Biogen; BNY Mellon; Forest County Potawatomi Community, Wisconsin; Goldman Sachs, the Government of the District of Columbia and Intel Corp.
In addition to its on-site generation, SC Johnson also purchases an additional 55 million kWh of green power annually, which is enough to meet 44 percent of the organization's electricity use. (To learn more about SC Johnson's sustainability efforts, click here.)
"Being honored this way for the second time motivates the people that work at this company to continue to do more and more," said Kelly M. Semrau, senior vice president – global corporate affairs, communication and sustainability at SC Johnson. "From making our own green energy to cutting the amount of manufacturing waste, we fulfill our commitment to doing what's right for the planet, and more importantly, the next generation."
The company followed up that award by receiving this month the 2016 Western Hemisphere Corporate Citizenship Award from the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America & the Caribbean (AACCLA). The award was earned for the company’s “SCJ Recycles” program in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.
Among the model efforts at other top-performing organizations recognized by the EPA:
EPA updates its Top Partner Rankings quarterly at www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-partnership-top-partner-rankings.
Adam Bruns has served as managing editor of Site Selection magazine since February 2002. In the course of reporting hundreds of stories for Site Selection, Adam has visited companies and communities around the globe. A St. Louis native who grew up in the Kansas City suburbs, Adam is a 1986 alumnus of Knox College, and resided in Chicago; Midcoast Maine; Savannah, Georgia; and Lexington, Kentucky, before settling in the Greater Atlanta community of Peachtree Corners, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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