The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spread the love at its 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards, naming both Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C., the Green Power Community of the Year, and bestowing a wide range of awards on Green Power Partnership participants from around the country.
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program aimed at promoting the use of electricity from renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biogas. The partnership includes 1,300 partner organizations that voluntarily use more than 21 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. That’s enough electricity savings to power more than 1.8 million American homes.
Green Power Partner of the Year Awards were handed out to: Empire State Building, Google, Intel, Kohl’s Department Stores and Staples. Both the city of San Francisco and SC Johnson & Son were recognized with On-site Generation awards. A full list of award winners can be found here.
“EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award winners are at the forefront of our economy, driving the development of innovative renewable energy sources and demonstration that green power makes as much sense for our health and our environment as it does for our business’ bottom lines,” Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation said in a statement.