On September 24, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented 24 Green Power Partners and three suppliers with its 12th annual Green Power Leadership Awards for their achievements in moving the nation’s renewable electricity market forward.
In many communities, electricity usage is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. By focusing on green power, businesses can significantly reduce emissions, create jobs, and improve public health. The EPA defines “Green Power” as electricity generated from renewable resources, such as solar, wind, and low-impact hydro, and it does not contribute to emission of greenhouse gasses.
“Our 2012 Green Power Leadership Award winners have no only demonstrated commendable civic leadership in their efforts to use renewable energy resources, they’ve also helped to reduce our carbon footprint and cut back on pollution – all while supporting America’s growing renewable energy industry-,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson stated. “Thanks to their commitment –and the commitment of all our green power partners – our country is one step closer to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.”
The winners were chosen from more than 1,300 partner organizations that showed advances in their green initiatives, including purchasing 100% green power and installing large-scale solar panels. They help demonstrate that green power makes sense for Americans’ health, the environment, and their budget.
Green jobs provide many new opportunities for U.S. workers; these jobs also come with many of the same risks and hazards found in the construction industry. Protect workers from falls from heights, struck-by injuries, falling objects, and tool and machinery injuries by providing appropriate work gloves, hard hats, fall protection, and safety glasses.