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Issue 13, October 28, 2013




Partner Spotlight: Indianapolis Zoo

Pictured L to R: Hunter Leemon, Director of Sales, Richmond Kickers; Courtney Gilbert, Dominion Green Power Program Coordinator, Dominion Virginia Power; Santiago Lucio, Director of Community Outreach, Richmond Kickers

The mission of the Indianapolis Zoo is to empower people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation. The Zoo educates people about ways they can help preserve wild things and wild places. In support of its mission, the Zoo has been a Green Power Partner since 2010. Currently, the Indianapolis Zoo uses more than 12.6 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes. Zoo staff recently shared with GPP how their green power use fits into their conservation mission:

Q: What do you see as the benefits of using green power and what role does it play in your organization’s broader environmental strategy?
A: We want to lead the conservation charge by setting a positive example, and energy conservation is just one of many examples we use. Through our partnership with Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and our enrollment in their Green Power Option, we’re greatly reducing our carbon dioxide emissions. This has been an important step for us in reducing our impact on the environment.

Q: Is your organization currently striving to achieve a green power goal and is there a timeframe? What steps are being taken to reach it?
A: We're proud to say that, as of 2008, we are a 100 percent renewable energy consumer through IPL’s Green Power Option. What that means is that all of the electricity supplied to our 64-acre campus is provided from renewable sources, and we hold the distinction of being the first zoo in the country to make that commitment.

Describe any innovative energy strategies your organization has implemented or is planning.
A: Partnering with IPL through their Green Power Option was a significant step toward displaying our commitment to conservation, but we continue to look for ways to reduce our overall energy usage. Several years ago, we began converting our holiday lights from incandescent to LED. That process is nearly complete. Also, we recently began installing a new wireless control system that will help us to better manage our lighting systems throughout the Zoo campus. We also promote sustainability to our guests by offering electric car recharging stations in our parking lot.

What lessons have you learned in making the switch to green power or in increasing your green power use?
A: Implementing these and other green initiatives has been a real conversation starter and we've discovered opportunities to help the public "go green" in their lives. Offering our guests ways to make a big difference through small changes is just another part of environmental stewardship. We’ve also learned that with new research and new technology come new opportunities. So we always need to be looking for ways to improve our sustainability.

Read more about the Indianapolis Zoo's conservation efforts. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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GPP Collaborates with The Ocean Project

Like the Indianapolis Zoo, a large number of zoos and aquariums are now interested in using and, increasingly, promoting green power. The Ocean Project - a network of nearly 2,000 zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) across the U.S. and around the world - has been working in collaboration with the Green Power Partnership to help meet this need. The Ocean Project's communications research shows that zoo and aquarium visitors not only expect and trust, but also appreciate, guidance as to how they can help solve the problems facing animals in the wild. Switching to green power is a great way to do just that as it helps address the twin problems of climate change and ocean acidification. With support from The Ocean Project, and assistance from partners such as EPA and NOAA, a pilot set of ZAMs will soon begin championing green power possibilities, including Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) purchases, to their visitors. Find out more about The Ocean Project. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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GPP in the News

Here's what a few of our Partners are saying about being recognized for their efforts with a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award in recent press releases:

Georgetown University, Partner since February 2011, on receiving a Green Power Partner of the Year Award:
"Participating in this program is a way to advance the development of green power sources, both through our use of green power and also by serving as a leader in communicating to the marketplace about the value of sustainable energy." (Oct. 1 Full Article) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC, Partner since January 2013, on receiving an On-site Generation Award:
"We are honored that the EPA has recognized us with a Green Power Leadership award for the renewable energy generated by the Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park at our LEED Platinum certified factory in Tennessee… Generating green power onsite is an important part of Volkswagen's efforts to be responsible for our footprint in everything from powering our factory to powering our cars." (Sept. 23 Full Release) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Dell Inc., Partner since December 2007, on receiving a Green Power Purchasing Award: "The use of renewable energy has been an important part of Dell’s sustainability programs since 2003, and an integral part of our commitment to Powering the Possible. We are delighted to be recognized by EPA as a leader in green power purchasing." (Sept. 23 Full Release) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Kohl's Department Stores, Partner since July 2006, on receiving a Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award:
"This recognition from EPA comes at a time when we are furthering our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality through a continued investment in the use and support of green power, as well as our sustainable operations strategies companywide." (Sept. 23 Full Release) Exit EPA Disclaimer

Read more about all of our 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners here.

Recent Articles
Sept. 23: Oak Park Sun-Times, Oak Park receives USEPA Green Power Community Challenge award for second year in a row Exit EPA Disclaimer
Sept. 24: Energy Manager Today, Intel, Apple, Kohl's Win EPA Green Power Leadership Awards Exit EPA Disclaimer
Sept. 23: Mercer Island Reporter, Mercer Island is National 'Green Power Community of the Year' Exit EPA Disclaimer

For more, please visit the GPP Newsroom.

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Did you know?

Did you know that 26 percent of GPP Partners' combined U.S. electricity use is produced from green power sources? The combined green power use of all Green Power Partners amounts to more than 28.5 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 3 million average American households each year.

Spread the news! Post this fact to Twitter: Did you know that 26% of all #EPAGreenPower Partners' combined US electricity use is #greenpower? http://1.usa.gov/XwvugU

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New Top Partner and College & University Challenge Rankings: November 4

On November 4, the Green Power Partnership will release its expanded Top Partner Rankings, the final quarterly update of 2013. Please note that this date has changed due to delays associated with the federal government shutdown (the original release date was scheduled for October 21). Visit the Top Partner Rankings section of the GPP website to view the current rankings as of July 2013.

In addition, EPA will release the first update of the 2013-2014 College & University Green Power Challenge on November 4. Visit the College and University Green Power Challenge section of the GPP website to see the winners of last year's challenge.

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Resources & Aggregated Purchasing Opportunity for K-12 Schools

The GPP is collaborating with the Green Schools Alliance (GSA) Exit EPA Disclaimer to help accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by K-12 schools. This collaboration matches the GSA's sustainability experience and vast network with the GPP's technical and communications skills to provide schools with new, free tools and opportunities to procure renewable energy.

In addition, GSA, with GPP support, is leading an aggregated purchasing consortium for schools that will seek to lower the administrative barriers and costs of using renewable energy. The goals of the purchasing consortium are to:

  • Enable participating schools to purchase renewable energy in a simple and efficient manner
  • Ensure that participating schools are receiving competitively priced Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) through demand aggregation and administrative efficiencies
  • Provide participating schools with the resources and communications support they need to educate their stakeholders and community on renewable energy
  • Demonstrate leadership within the K-12 community and establish a standard that will influence and guide the use of renewable energy in schools across the country
The Green Schools Renewable Energy Purchasing Consortium will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) in order to facilitate an annual aggregated purchase of RECs by participating schools. Schools interested in joining the consortium should complete and return a non-binding Statement of Intent (available here) by November 8, 2013.

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Upcoming Webinar

Green Power Use and Opportunities for K-12 Schools
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (EST)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Register Here Exit EPA Disclaimer

On Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EST), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar entitled "Green Power Use and Opportunities for K-12 Schools." The webinar will examine how elementary, middle, and high schools can capture economic, environmental, and educational benefits by using renewable energy.

The webinar will feature presentations by Judy Asselin, Sustainability Coordinator at Westtown School, a pre-K-12 school in Pennsylvania, and Margaret Watson, President of the Green Schools Alliance (GSA). Ms. Asselin will discuss the benefits and lessons learned from Westtown's wide-ranging and evolving sustainability efforts, including the use of 100 percent green power, and the curricular tie-ins and campus-wide culture shift that have accompanied these efforts. Ms. Watson will present on the GSA's work to help accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by K-12 schools.

Webinar participants will also learn about an opportunity to join a green power purchasing consortium Exit EPA Disclaimer made up of K-12 schools, enabling participating schools to purchase renewable energy in a simple and efficient manner by aggregating demand and reducing administrative burdens.

Speakers include:
  • Blaine Collison, Director, EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Judy Asselin, Sustainability Coordinator, Westtown School (West Chester, PA)
  • Margaret Watson, President, Green Schools Alliance

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Upcoming Event: National Community Choice Aggregation Summit, Nov. 11-13

Registration is open for the second National Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Summit, taking place in Chicago, Illinois from November 11-13, 2013. Organized by LEAN Energy Exit EPA Disclaimer and supported by EPA's Green Power Partnership, the annual Summit brings together a range of professionals for an inclusive dialogue about sustainable business models and innovations in clean energy aggregation. Attendees include local government staff and elected officials, CCA advisors and energy brokers, CCA executives and staff, energy suppliers and developers, corporate innovators, academicians, clean energy advocates and related vendors.

For more information about the summit agenda, speakers, and registration, visit the summit website Exit EPA Disclaimer .

By the Numbers

There are currently more than 40 Green Power Partners in the K-12 Education sector, more than half of which use 100 percent green power. See the breakdown of K-12 Partners and their percentage of green power use below:

Green Power Partners graph

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Past Issues

GPP Program Update, Issue 12, September 9, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 11, August 12, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 10, July 15, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 9, June 17, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 8, May 13, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 7, April 8, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 6, March 11, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 5, February 20, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 4, January 14, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 3, December 17, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 2, November 26, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 1, October 22, 2012

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