Kinko's, City of Chicago Tops in Green Power Purchasing

Kinko's, City of Chicago Tops in Green Power Purchasing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the winners of the 2002 Green Power Leadership Awards for environmental leadership by purchasing green power, an alternative to conventional electricity. The awards were presented at the seventh National Green Power Marketing Conference being held in Washington, D.C.

The top two awards went to Kinko's and the city of Chicago. Kinko's is purchasing green power for stores in states across the country. The city of Chicago obtains one-fifth of its electricity from green power sources.

Other award winners included Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, Texas; state of New Jersey; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.; Johnson & Johnson (select facilities in Calif., Texas, and N.J.), and the county of Alameda, Calif. in Santa Rita Jail.

"These efforts to support clean, renewable energy show that environmental stewardship can also mean good business," said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. "This Administration believes that through partnerships with industry - such as the Green Power Partnership - we can harness the creativity and innovation of industry - and put it to work for the environment."

Green power is electricity generated by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water (hydro), geothermal, biomass (combustion of organic materials), and biogas (combustion of naturally-produced methane). Partners in the program must pledge a switch to Green Power for a portion of their electricity needs within the next year. In return, EPA provides technical assistance and public recognition.

The Green Power Leadership Awards are part of the recognition offered through the Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program working to standardize green power purchasing as part of best practice environmental management. The program now has over 80 Partners - including Fortune 500 companies, states, federal agencies, trade associations and universities.