The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored organizations for their environmental leadership by purchasing green power, an alternative to conventional electricity…Washington, D.C. – October 11, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored organizations for their environmental leadership by purchasing green power, an alternative to conventional electricity. These organizations were recognized at two different events that co-coincided with the seventh National Green Power Marketing Conference held in Washington, D.C. “These efforts to support clean, Renewable Energy show that environmental stewardship can also mean good business,” said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. “This Administration believes that through partnerships with industry – such as the Green Power Partnership – we can harness the creativity and innovation of industry – and put it to work for the environment.” Partners in the program must pledge a switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs within the next year. In return, EPA provides technical assistance and public recognition. EPA honored the following Washington-area organizations for their commitment to green power: American Council for Renewable Energy; American Wind Energy Association; Arlington County, Virginia; Catholic University; Environmental Resources Trust; Montgomery County, Maryland; National Geographic Society Headquarters building; National Hydrogen Association; Solar Electric Power Association; State of Maryland; Technology Transition Corp.; The Nature Conservancy; U.S. Army — Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Adelphi Labs, Fort McNair; U.S. Department of Energy — Forrestal building, Germantown facility; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, headquarters building. Green Power Leadership Awards were also presented to eight organizations, with the top two awards going to Kinko’s and the city of Chicago. Kinko’s is purchasing green power for stores in states across the country. The city of Chicago decided to obtain one fifth of its electricity from green power sources. Partners in the Green Power Partnership have made a combined total commitment to procuring over 500 million kWh of green power annually. If generated by conventional means, the emissions associated with that much electricity would include over 800 million pounds of carbon dioxide. That is roughly the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed annually by 100,000 acres of forest – or the annual emissions of about 80,000 cars.