by Co-op News staff
We might be small, but we are mighty! The Co-op is proud to announce that we are included in the EPA Green Power Partnership Top 30 Retail list. The list represents the largest green power users nationwide among retail partners within the Green Power Partnership.
We are happy to congratulate our fellow co-ops that also made the list—Frontier Natural Products Co-op and Outpost Natural Foods—and B Corp Certified New Seasons Market. Just for a little perspective, also on the list are businesses such as Kohl’s, Starbucks, and Wal-Mart. No big deal!
The combined green power usage of the top 30 organizations amounts to nearly 3.3 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 300,000 average American homes each year.
In 2016 the Co-op’s green power will come from a mix of PSE Green Power Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) and 3Degrees Inc., PSE’s Green Power program outreach partner. All our RECs from 3Degrees are Green-e certified and are generated in the Pacific Northwest. Along with the solar energy we expect to generate in 2016, our offsets are projected to cover 102 percent of our electricity use for the year.
Yep, just another way that our Co-op Rocks!