2019 Green Power Leadership Awards

2019 Green Power Leadership Awards

The presentation from the 2019 GPLAs, given out at Renewable Energy Markets 2019 in San Diego, CA.

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Center for Resource Solutions

September 05, 2019
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    “In our role as a global financial institution, we have

    a responsibility to help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, more sustainable environment. We’re working to reduce our environmental impact across our global operations, including purchasing 100% renewable electricity by the end of 2020, and we continue to implement and partner on innovative renewable energy generation to support our communities.” — Andrew Plepler
 Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance
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    “With the adoption of our first official green energy policy

    earlier this year, Dallas’ commitment to green energy is expanding beyond renewable energy credits to on- and off-site renewable energy development projects and programs to encourage our residents to use more renewable energy as well.”
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    “DFW advances the use of green power among industry stakeholders

    by demonstrating that sustainable operations make business sense. Since 2010, DFW has achieved a 27% reduction in electricity costs as well as an 83% reduction in carbon emissions on a per passenger basis, even while total passengers at the airport increased by 22% over the same period. DFW is proud to be an industry leader in the use of green power”
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    “As the largest community college consumer of green power in

    the nation, and with our Monroe Campus LEED Gold and net-zero energy building certified, Northampton Community College strives to demonstrate what it means to be sustainable to our community as well as teaching our students to be great stewards of our planet.” — Dr. Mark Erickson, 
 President, Northampton Community College
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    “Last year, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced plans to source

    renewable energy for 100% of the energy used for all of its factories, office buildings, and operational facilities in the United States, Europe, and China by 2020. As a result, Samsung sourced 100% renewable energy at Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Semiconductor USA, and Samsung Austin Semiconductor using solar arrays and Renewable Energy Certificates from wind power.”
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    “Switch is proud to be a global sustainability leader. Built

    on the vision of our Founder and CEO Rob Roy, we power all of our data centers with 100%, locally sourced renewable energy and we remain committed to advocating for policies that advance the development and implementation of green power.” —Adam Kramer EVP of Strategy
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    “The Tribe has found green power to be as essential

    to economic health as it is to our general health. We will achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. We are ahead of schedule, and our community and economy are reaping the benefits.”
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    “As the leading global interconnection and data center company, Equinix

    is dedicated to powering, protecting and connecting the organizations and ecosystems that will shape this new era, and doing so in a sustainable and responsible way… We have joined forces with numerous partners and peers on a committed path to achieve 100% clean and renewable energy across our global operations. In 2018, we made substantial progress against this goal, covering over 90% of our footprint worldwide with net- zero carbon emission renewable energy products.”
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    “By making the choice to use green power, General Motors

    is not only advancing its vision of a future with zero emissions, but also helping set a benchmark for others that using green power is good for the environment and a smart business decision. We are grateful to be recognized by the U.S. EPA for our dedication to helping advance the development of the renewable energy market, and our ongoing progress in this space.”
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    “Johnson & Johnson has a longstanding commitment to the health

    of our environment because we believe environmental health and human health are inextricably linked. We have established science-based goals to decrease our carbon footprint and we aspire to source 100% of our electricity from renewable energy.”
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    “Kaiser Permanente is committed to using 100 percent renewable energy

    and to becoming carbon neutral because we see firsthand the negative effects climate change is having on our 12.3 million members, who live across the United States. The climate crisis is fast becoming a health crisis.”
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    “The County of Santa Clara consistently implements green measures such

    as water and energy efficiency projects and zero-waste programs to reduce vehicle emissions and landfill waste streams, and renewable power solar PV farms to preserve our environment. Our progressive actions to advance renewable energy and adopt green power projects reflect our commitment to the environment, our community and the next generations.” — Jeffrey V. Smith, M.D.,J.D.
 County Executive County of Santa Clara
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    “Under the leadership of Mayor R. Rex Parris, Lancaster transformed

    from an unknown community in Los Angeles County to the solar capital of the world by leveraging its abundance of sunshine and open space. The City has been proactive in promoting solar power alternatives, conservation and smart energy consumption for over a decade. ”
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    “To address climate change, we need to transition every grid

    on the planet to carbon-free energy as fast as possible. Adding more renewable energy sources is a cornerstone of that effort. That’s why Google is committed to purchasing renewable electricity at scale, and doing so in ways that open new markets and empower other organizations to make the same choice.” —Neha Palmer Director of Data Center 
 Energy Strategy Operations, Google
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    WORKING TOGETHER TO SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY AGGREGATING SMALL RENEWABLE ENERGY

    LOAD: HOW FIVE COMPANIES PARTNERED TO BUILD A NEW PROCUREMENT MODEL A RENEWABLE ENERGY BUYERS ALLIANCE CASE STUDY BY VIC ARRINGTON, MARK PORTER, AND JOSH KAPLAN
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    “This unprecedented, cross-industry collaboration resulted in the development of a

    massive new solar energy project. More importantly, it laid the groundwork for other companies to follow. Thanks to the vision and tenacity of each buyer, other corporations now have a blueprint for collective renewable energy procurement.” —Bryce Smith, CEO Level10
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    “VGS values safety, customers, culture—and climate. We are proud to

    lead the nation with clean energy innovations such as our RNG program. Our future is one where we help customers significantly reduce their carbon footprint through new renewable fuel sources, expanded energy efficiency, and a commitment to environmental leadership.” —Don Rendall, 
 President and CEO of Vermont Gas
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    “From our GreenChoice program, extensive solar options, including Community Solar,

    and our ambitious renewable energy goals, Austin Energy prides itself on decades of green energy leadership. We are honored to be recognized for this work with a Green Power Leadership Award.” —Debbie Kimberly, Austin Energy 
 Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions and Corporate Communications
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    “I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of

    Georgia’s 38 electric membership cooperatives. America’s leading businesses are making access to renewable energy a key factor in their location decisions, and our member cooperatives understand the critical role they play as economic development drivers across our state. We thank Center for Resource Solutions for recognizing this forward-thinking, customer-centric approach to serving our members, our communities, and our state.” —Jeff Pratt Green Power EMC President
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    “The Climate Group is delighted to accept this award for

    our RE100 initiative with CDP . Committed to 100% renewable electricity, our member companies are creating demand for clean energy in more than 140 markets and driving policy changes in Europe and Asia. It’s a smart business opportunity accelerating the clean economy.”
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    “The magnitude and speed of the world’s environmental changes have

    made it increasingly clear that we must do more to reduce our operational carbon emissions and increase our purchase of renewable energy. We appreciate this recognition of our mission, but we know that this is just the beginning and more work lies ahead.” —Lucas Joppa, 
 Microsoft Chief Environmental Officer
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    “It has been my pleasure to lead Lancaster’s charge to

    become Zero Net Energy. Now that Lancaster is regarded as a global sustainability leader, it is my privilege to exhort other government leaders to combat climate change at every level of government.” —R. Rex Parris, Mayor, City of Lancaster