The Environmental Protection Agency said it is asking Fortune 500 companies to double their current level of green power purchasing. The goal of the EPA’s green power challenge is to surpass 5 billion kWh of green power purchased among participating companies.
That 5 billion kWh can power over 400,000 homes or prevent the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions from over 680,000 passenger cars annually.
“Through the Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge, we are encouraging the largest companies in the country to purchase more green power,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for Air and Radiation. “Purchasing green power is good for the environment, good for the economy and good for our energy independence.”
More than 40 Fortune 500 companies are participating in the program, and the EPA’s top five are Wells Fargo Co., Whole Foods Markets, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks and DuPont