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Green Power Partnership

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U.S. Department of Agriculture
Location Washington, DC
Organization Type Govt. (Federal)
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 57,206,339
Percentage Green Power 12%
Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site) 80%
Organization-wide Partner Yes
Partner's Reporting Period 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014
Latest Annual Report Received On 9/30/2015
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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The mission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development and nutrition. USDA is committed to fostering a clean energy economy; improving the environment by conducting operations in a sustainable and environmentally preferable manner; complying with applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders; and leading by example. One way USDA has reduced its environmental impact is by powering its facilities with solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal energy sources. In Fiscal Year 2013, USDA consumed 42 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. USDA has realized numerous benefits from using green power; specifically, USDA has been able to meet various regulatory and policy requirements, make the Department's operations more sustainable, and reduce its carbon footprint. USDA has learned that when deciding to use green power, agencies can start with a subset of their facilities and then expand once the benefits of green power become more readily apparent.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack states that “At the center of our vision is an effort to increase domestic production and use of renewable energy.”

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