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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.

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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.

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Flexible packaging converter Accredo Packaging Inc. has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA presented Accredo officials with the award Sept. 23 at the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas.

The annual awards recognize the country’s leading purchasers of “green” power, generated by wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and hydro-electric. Accredo Packaging in Sugar Land, Texas, buys its green power from TXU Energy.

Accredo was one of eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchases. According to EPA, Accredo is buying nearly 21 million kilowatt hours of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 3,000 passenger cars in a year. It is enough electricity to power 2,000 American homes annually, EPA said.

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.

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Accredo Packaging, Inc. announces that it has increased its ranking to No. 5 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Top 20 Printing & Packaging list of the largest Green Power purchasers. This increased ranking further demonstrates Accredo Packaging’s commitment to protecting the environment, and builds upon its existing partnership with EPA’s Green Power Partnership.

Accredo Packaging is purchasing nearly 13 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green Power annually from TXU Energy. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

Recently, EPA updated each of its National Top Partner lists, highlighting some of ‘s largest Green Power purchasers. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary purchases through April 5, 2012.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” says Rex Varn, Accredo’s executive vice president. “We have found that renewable energy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to minimize the impact of carbon emissions, and the increased cost of wind over fossil fuel-sourced power was minimal, considering the benefit achieved.”

This purchase also qualifies Accredo Packaging for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase ten times the partnership’s minimum requirement organization-wide.

Green Power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Purchases of Green Power are recognized as helping to accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

“The EPA congratulates Accredo Packaging for demonstrating environmental leadership through its use of clean, renewable energy,” says Blaine Collison, director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “By doing so, Accredo Packaging is reducing harmful air pollution and demonstrating that using Green Power is smart for the environment and for business.”

According to the U.S. EPA, Accredo Packaging’s Green Power purchase of nearly 13 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 2,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,000 average American homes annually.

Adds Varn, “We’ve sought to integrate sustainability into every aspect of Accredo’s business model. As one of our core values, sustainability is a critical consideration in the products we create, our worker safety initiatives and our environmental policies.”

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EPA’s Green Power Partnership
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EPA's Green Power PartnershipAccredo Packaging has registered with the EPA’s Green Power Partnership (www.epa.gov/greenpower) – a voluntary program that provides assistance and recognition to organizations that demonstrate environmental leadership by choosing green power. “We pursue sustainable processes when it comes to production of our products,” says Accredo’s General Manager, Kevin McCarthy. “By powering our business using 100% wind-generated power we reduce our non-renewable energy consumption and lessen our impact on the environment.”

Accredo Packaging joins a select group of leading organizations within the United States who help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and support the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. Buying green power is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve an organization’s environmental performance.

imageThe Organic Trade Association is the membership-based business association for the organic industry whose mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.

Says Malcolm Cohn, Director of Sustainability, “From a holistic point of view, it makes sense if you have an organic or natural product to be packaged, to align the product with the package made in a ‘sustainable’ way, whether that be from packaging made from renewable resources, or from production processes that facilitate minimal impact of carbon emissions by using renewable energy. Accredo Packaging is built on the premise of sustainability and we associate ourselves with the OTA’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.”