What is the Green Power Partnership and who are the leading retail organizations?

November 11th, 2009

Our blog focus this week is on retail environmental best practices and what retailers are doing to make their companies greener through their procurement practices and collaboration with partners and suppliers that do the same. Please read on to learn more about the Green Power Partnership or GPP.

From the GPP website, we learn that The Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments.
The Green Power Partnership works with a wide variety of leading organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities. The following Top Partner Rankings highlight the annual green power purchases of leading organizations within the United States and across individual industry sectors.

These green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Purchase amounts reflect U.S. operations only and are sourced from U.S.-based green power resources. Organizations can meet EPA purchase requirements using any combination of three different product options (1) Renewable Energy Certificates, (2) On-site generation, and (3) Utility green power products.

Purchase figures are based on annualized Partner contract amounts (kilowatt-hours), not calendar year totals. These rankings are updated on a quarterly schedule. Find out how your organization can partner with EPA today! To view a top partner list, select from the chart below:

The Top 20 Retail list represents the largest purchasers among retail partners within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power purchases of these organizations amounts to nearly 2.8 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 276,000 average American homes each year.
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh)

1. Kohl’s Department Stores
2. Whole Foods Market 3. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. / California and Texas Facilities
4. Starbucks
5. Staples
6. Lowe’s
7. Safeway Inc.
8. REI
9. H-E-B Grocery Company
10. The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. / Operations
11. FedEx Office
12. Gander Mountain
13. Giant Eagle, Inc.
14. The North Face
15. Aveda Corporation
16. Office Depot
17. prAna
18. Half Price Books / Texas Facilities
19. Macy’s, Inc. / California and Hawaii Stores
20. Origins

SafeSourcing offers it congratulations to these companies that help to create a better environment for coming generations through their green efforts.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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