Kohler Co.announced today that it has received a 2019 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Kohler Co. with an Excellence in Green Power Use award at the 2019 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Diego, CA on September 5, 2019.
Kohler Co. was one of only seven organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award. The program recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves by demonstrating leadership in procuring green power from a utility green power product, a power purchase agreement, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) product. Kohler Co. is currently purchasing 425 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to offset 100 percent of the organization’s electricity use in US and Canada. The purchase also has a significant impact on lowering greenhouse gas, with Kohler avoiding over 200,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.
“We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Rob Zimmerman, director of sustainability at Kohler Co. “Acquiring green power through a purchase power agreement helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the United States that investing in green power is a sound business decision that can help reduce environmental impacts.”
In addition, Kohler Co. ranks as No. 31 on EPA’s National Top 100 Partners list. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners using the most renewable energy annually as of July 2019. EPA updates its Top Partner Rankings quarterly at www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-partnership-top-partner-rankings.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of those sources in the United States and advance the American green power market. According to the EPA, Kohler’s green power purchase of 425 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 39,000 average American homes annually.
To learn more about Kohler’s efforts and innovation in the green power, please visit kohlercompany.com.