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Green Power Partnership Program Updates

Issue 3, December 17, 2012

Welcome New Partners!

Welcome to the following 47 organizations that have joined the Green Power Partnership since October 1, 2012 (as of December 8, 2012).

Automotive: Truck & Trailer Services (N.Y.)
Construction & Engineering Services: The Espinosa Group, Inc. (N.J.), Interface Engineering (Ore.)
Consumer Products: CozyPure (Va.), Maraya Cigar (N.Y.)
Education (Higher): Gonzaga University (Wash.)
Education (K-12): Arlington County Public Schools (Va.), Thurgood Marshall Academy School (D.C.)
Education (Other): Washington School of Photography (Md.), Washington Research Library Consortium (Md.)
Govt. (Local, Municipal): City of Greenbelt (Md.)
Health Care: Friends Retirement Concepts, Inc. (N.J.), Orthovita, Inc. (Pa.), Varian Medical Systems / X-Ray Products (Utah)
Industrial Goods & Services: Norwood Marble & Granite (Md.), Distinctive Displays Inc. (N.Y.)
Legal Services: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP (D.C.), Brault Graham, LLC (Md.)
Media & Publishing: The Mill Group, Inc. / New York (N.Y.)
Non-Profit (NGO): World Wildlife Fund / Washington, DC Headquarters (D.C.), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Montgomery County (Md.), DC SCORES (D.C.)
Real Estate: Jair Lynch Development Partners (D.C.), Village Apartments Dallas, LP (Texas)
Recreation: The Moth (N.Y.), Ortega National Parks, LLC (N.M.)
Religious: Geneva Presbyterian Church (Md.), The Salvation Army, A New York Corporation / Duquesne (N.Y.)
Restaurants & Cafes: Brouwerij Lane (N.Y), The Cutting Room (N.Y.), Second Chance Saloon (N.Y.), Vinoteca (D.C.), Vin 909 Winecafe (Md.), Dudley's (N.Y.)
Retail: Pamela Love (N.Y.), Upper 90 (N.Y.), Patagonia / Headquarters and Santa Monica & Pasadena Retail (Calif.), About Glamour (N.Y.), Triangle Laundry (N.Y.), Annebeth's Limited (Md.), Esquire Clothing Shop (N.Y.), EN Furniture Corp (N.Y.), Eckford-Nassau Fruit Inc. (N.Y.), Gowanus Wine Merchants LLC (N.Y.)
Shipping: Quick Messenger Service (Md.), TEG Logistics (N.J.)
Transportation: The Environmental Commuter Options Co dba ecoShuttle (Ore.)

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By the Numbers

As of December 8, the Green Power Partnership has five industry sectors with over 100 Partners. Below is a breakdown of the top five industry sectors with the most Partners.
Pie chart of Green Power Partnership

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Partner Spotlight: Microsoft

The "Partner Spotlight" is a new addition to our monthly Program Updates and will feature innovative green power strategies, accomplishments and leadership demonstrated by our Partners. Microsoft Logo

As part of its broader initiatives to demonstrate environmental leadership, Microsoft instituted a company-wide commitment to achieve carbon neutrality beginning in fiscal year 2013 (July 2012–June 2013). The carbon neutrality commitment includes an internal carbon price, which will incentivize the purchase of more renewable energy. Microsoft believes that using green power is an excellent strategy to help the company achieve its carbon neutrality goal, as well as a sound business decision. Recognizing that climate change presents significant risks to society, the environment, and its business, Microsoft is investing in green power to reduce its carbon emissions.

Read more about Microsoft’s carbon neutrality commitment and internal carbon price.

Green Power Community Challenge Rankings

On December 12, GPP updated its Green Power Community (GPC) Challenge rankings, marking the first update for this year's Challenge. Recently, Mercer Island, Wash., joined the Challenge, bringing the number of GPCs to 36 communities from 13 different states and the District of Columbia. The Mercer Island, Washington Community currently uses more than 6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power.

Washington, DC, continues to use more green power than any other GPC in the country as of December 12, with District residents, businesses, non-profits, schools, federal agencies, and the District government using more than one billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power. Similarly, the Oak Park, Illinois Community, with nearly 92 percent of its local government, residential, and business electricity usage coming from green power, continues to have the highest percentage of green power use among all GPCs. Meanwhile, the Gresham, Oregon Community has furthered its commitment to green power by increasing its usage by nearly 30 million kWh, with green power now accounting for approximately 18 percent of its total electricity use.

Altogether, the 2012-2013 GPC Challenge is off to an exciting start as new and existing GPCs compete in this national, year-long campaign to help fight climate change through the use of green power.

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Upcoming Webinar

"Green Revolving Funds: Recent Trends and Notes from the Field"
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1:00-2:15 pm (EST)
Register Here Exit EPA Disclaimer

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:15 pm (EST), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar on "Green Revolving Funds: Recent Trends and Notes from the Field." Facing steep budget cuts and rising energy costs, many colleges and universities are grappling with how to finance urgently needed energy efficiency upgrades on campus when operating and capital funds are scarce. This webinar will explore innovative approaches, such as using return-oriented green revolving funds (GRFs) – a financing mechanism that colleges, universities, and nonprofits have increasingly adopted as a means to fund sustainability initiatives inside their buildings and operations. These initiatives reduce energy and resource use, resulting in significant financial and environmental benefits. While GRFs are increasing on college and university campuses across the county, the concept can also be adapted for other public and private sector organizations.

This webinar will examine the key findings and trends of the second annual Greening the Bottom Line report based on data from 79 active GRFs at 76 institutions and published in partnership with GPP and more than a dozen other organizations. The webinar will also feature presentations on successful GRFs at Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Mark Orlowski, Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Emily Flynn, Manager of Special Projects, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration, Middlebury College
  • Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate, University of Pennsylvania

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Did You Know…?

Combined, the green power use of the Partners on GPP's Top 30 College & University list amounts to nearly 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours annually—that's enough green power to avoid the annual carbon dioxide emissions from more than 215,000 passenger vehicles!

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Webinar Recap: Global Warming's Six Americas

On Friday, December 7, GPP hosted a webinar on "Global Warming's Six Americas: Understanding and Communicating with a Diverse Public." The webinar featured a presentation from Dr. Edward Maibach, Professor and Director of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication. Dr. Maibach provided a summary of recent findings from the "Climate Change in the American Mind" and "Global Warming's Six Americas" audience research studies conducted by George Mason and Yale University. He addressed a range of topics including recent increases in public engagement in climate change, perceptions about extreme weather and its relationship to climate change, and public policy preferences.

Close to 300 participants attended the webinar, which included an engaging Q&A session during which Dr. Maibach discussed the types of messages and programs that inspire people to take action on climate change and noted that there is strong support among Americans for accelerating the transition to renewable energy.

The webinar presentations can be accessed here. For a copy of the audio recording, please email Mollie Lemon at lemon.mollie@epa.gov.

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Reminder: Next Top Partner Rankings Update – January 2013

The Top Partner Rankings are scheduled to be updated on January 28, 2013. Partners, please be sure to send any green power use updates to your account manager no later than January 9, 2013. Visit the Top Partner Rankings section of the GPP website to see the October 2012 updates.

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Past Issue

GPP Program Update, Issue 2, November 26, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 1, October 22, 2012

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