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National awards honor leading green power purchasers

Accredo Packaging announces it has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Accredo Packaging with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas on September 23.

Accredo Packaging was one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchase. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. Accredo Packaging is currently purchasing nearly 21 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. Accredo Packaging is buying a utility green power product from TXU Energy.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” says Rex Varn, Accredo’s executive vice president. “Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change.”

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 accelerates the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

“EPA is pleased to recognize Accredo Packaging, Inc. with a Green Power Purchasing award for its exceptional commitment to buying green power and reducing carbon pollution associated with its electricity use,” says EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. “In doing so, Accredo Packaging has demonstrated leadership in innovation, sustainability, and taking action on climate change.”

According to the EPA, Accredo Packaging’s current green power purchase of nearly 21 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly more than 2,000 average American homes annually.

Accredo focuses on sustainability in manufacture practices to embrace the company’s twin goals of lowering the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded film production, while producing competitively priced offerings. Accredo is the largest purchaser of Green Power in the U.S. flexible packaging market.

Plastics in Packaging

Accredo awarded for its green powerTexas-based converter Accredo Packaging has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which recognizes the US’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.

Accredo Packaging was one of eight organizations to receive an award. The company currently purchases nearly 21 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from TXU Energy, which is enough green power to meet 100 per cent of the organization’s purchased electricity use.

“Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the US that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change,” said Rex Varn, Accredo’s executive vice president.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. According to the EPA, Accredo Packaging’s current green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly more than 2,000 average American homes annually.

EPA Press Release

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its 13th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 21 Green Power Partners and three suppliers for their achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable electricity market. Close to one-third of America’s carbon pollution – a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change – comes from power plants. By using green power, communities, businesses and organizations can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support America’s growing renewable energy industry, improve public health, and help transition the United States to cleaner energy sources.

“Our 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners are driving new renewable energy generation and providing clear examples of organizations thriving on innovation and sustainability,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These winners are moving us closer to the vision President Obama outlined in his Climate Action Plan—cutting harmful pollution and promoting American leadership in renewable energy.”

EPA defines green power as electricity that is generated from renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydroelectric sources and produces no fossil fuel-based carbon pollution. The winning organizations are recognized for dramatically increasing their green power purchases, installing large-scale solar panel arrays, and leading innovative renewable energy procurement efforts, among other actions.

The 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners are listed below in the following categories:

  • Sustained Excellence in Green Power: Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, Calif.); Kohl’s Department Stores (Menomonee Falls, Wis.); Staples (Framingham, Mass.)
  • Green Power Partners of the Year: Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.); Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.); Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, Wash.); The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Green Power Communities of the Year: Cincinnati, Ohio; Mercer Island, Wash.
  • Green Power Purchasing: Accredo Packaging, Inc. (Sugar Land, Texas); Dell Inc. (Round Rock, Texas); Pearson (Upper Saddle River, N.J.); Powdr (Park City, Utah), The North Face (Alameda, Calif.); U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.); UW Credit Union (Madison, Wis.); Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • On-site Generation: Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif.); County of Santa Clara, Calif.; Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.); Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  • Green Power Suppliers of the Year: 3Degrees (San Francisco, Calif.); Dominion Virginia Power (Richmond, Va.); Sterling Planet (Atlanta, Ga.)

The 21 award-winning partners were chosen for their exemplary use of green power from more than 1,500 partner organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state and federal governments, and colleges and universities. Utilities, renewable energy project developers, and other green power suppliers were eligible to apply for the Supplier of the Year Award, which recognizes leadership in voluntary renewable energy offerings.

EPA also announced the winners of the third annual Green Power Community Challenge, a national competition between communities to use renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the collective participation of local governments, businesses, and residents. Out of 48 competing communities, Washington, D.C., won the challenge for a third year in a row for using the most green power annually with more than one billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). Oak Park, Ill., also won the challenge for a second consecutive year for achieving the highest green power percentage of total electricity use at 92 percent.

EPA, through the Green Power Partnership, works with partner organizations to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Nearly two-thirds of partners use 100 percent green power. All together, the partners are voluntarily using more than 28 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding carbon pollution created by the electricity use of more than three million average American homes each year.

More on the Green Power Leadership Awards
More on the Green Power Community Challenge
More on the Green Power Partnership

EPA headquarters press release.

EHS Direct (a FTA Publication)

EHS Direct (a FTA Publication) – At the recent Packaging Association (PAC) Leadership Awards Gala, FTA Member Accredo Packaging of Sugar Land, TX received the Silver Award in the Sustainable Packaging category. The company’s proprietary ink delivery system, exclusive use of expanded color gamut process printing, and state-of-the-art machinery enables it to produce flexible packaging in a more sustainable production process, even when manufactured to the same specifications as at conventional plants. Accredo reduced greenhouse gas emissions, along with reducing its waste and minimizing its carbon footprint. Congratulations!

On April 22nd, 2013, the Packaging Association of Canada’s Leadership Awards Gala held its biennial Gala Awards Ceremony and brought over 400 packaging professionals together to celebrate the winners of the PAC Leadership Awards. Accredo Packaging won Sustainable Packaging Silver Award, recognizing our sustainability in manufacture. The Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts pack was entered in the Branded Product category.

The recycled aluminum tree with the reclaimed wood base was custom designed and sustainably produced for the Sustainable Packaging Competition.