Corporations and Cities Leading the Way in Renewable Energy

Brandon Baker

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lauded 24 companies, cities and universities in September as leaders in renewable energy.

Big-box retailers, utilities and automakers were among the winners of the 13th annual Green Power Leadership Awards.

“Our 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners are driving new renewable energy generation and providing clear examples of organizations thriving on innovation and sustainability,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said. “These winners are moving us closer to the vision President Obama outlined in his Climate Action Plan—cutting harmful pollution and promoting American leadership in renewable energy.”

Kohl's Oro Valley, AZ store is one of 140 locations with solar power. Photo credit: Kohl's Department Stores

Kohl’s Oro Valley, AZ store is one of 140 locations with solar power. Photo credit: Kohl’s Department Stores

Here are the categories and winners:

Sustained Excellence in Green Power

  • Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, Calif.)
  • Kohl’s Department Stores (Menomonee Falls, Wis.)
  • Staples (Framingham, Mass.)

Green Power Partners of the Year

  • Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)
  • Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, Wash.)
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) 

Green Power Communities of the Year

  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mercer Island, Wash.

Green Power Purchasing

  • Accredo Packaging, Inc. (Sugar Land, Texas)
  • Dell Inc. (Round Rock, Texas)
  • Pearson (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
  • Powdr (Park City, Utah)
  • The North Face (Alameda, Calif.)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.)
  • UW Credit Union (Madison, Wis.)
  • Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

On-site Generation

  • Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif.)
  • County of Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

Green Power Suppliers of the Year

  • 3Degrees (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Dominion Virginia Power (Richmond, Va.)
  • Sterling Planet (Atlanta, Ga.) 

The awards recognize the organizations, programs, suppliers and individuals that “significantly advance the development of green power sources,” according to the EPA. More than 1,500 organizations applied this year. The 2014 application process will begin in the spring.

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