Learn about Green Power Partnerships

Mon, 2013-05-06 12:59

More and more, companies are developing plans to use more green power in their business efforts. There are companies like Intel who receive more than 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources, and even Whole Foods has offset 100 percent of its energy for four years running. Companies like these are all part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary program known as the Green Power Partnership.

The Green Power Partnership

The EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary driver of sustainability that helps companies increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. The GPP encourages organizations to purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. It works with more than a thousand leading organizations including many Fortune 500 companies; local, state, and federal government agencies; manufacturers and retailers; trade organizations; and a number of colleges and universities.

Currently, GPP has more than 1,400 partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. In being a partner with the EPA, companies receive expert advice, great publicity and recognition, tools and resources, and a boost in credibility. The partnership helps companies in so many ways and helps promote the use of green energy and sustainability in the business world. To join, each organization must procure green power at a level that meets or exceeds Partnership requirements. Each partner is required to use a percentage of green power based on the annual electricity use of the company. See the chart below.

The Partners

Those who are a part of the Green Power Partnership can be found on the EPA’s website. Some notable partners include Coca Cola, The North Face, Kohl’s Department Stores, Staples, The University of Pennsylvania, along with many other U.S. cities as well. Some of the top Green Power Communities are Portland, Ore., Santa Clara, Calif., and Park City, Utah, all of which have more than five percent of their energy coming from green power.

Many of the partners are as aggressive about renewable energy as they are sales. In 2012, Dell committed to reducing its facilities’ greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by the year 2015. Many of Dell’s U.S. facilities are powered by 100 percent green electricity. As far as full on-site generation, the partnership ranks Apple number three on their list. It generates more than 72 percent of its energy in green power.

Corporate Sustainability

Many outside sources other than the EPA’s Green Power Partnership have pushed businesses and other corporations to develop sustainability plans. These companies are now finding that developing a focus on sustainability helps drive profits and save money in overall energy consumption. With time, more and more of the top performers in the business world are ranking sustainability as extremely important to their business practices, and often they are finding that the higher the sustainability efforts within the company, the higher the profit.

If you are a CEO or working at a business that lacks a sustainability strategy, then Everblue’s ISSP Sustainability Associate course is for you. This course will help you and your company create and attain green goals that will help you in becoming your own driver of sustainability.

By Nick McAndrew

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