RACINE, Wis., Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson announced today that it has received a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These annual awards recognize the country's leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation's voluntary green power market. The EPA presented SC Johnson with an Excellence in Green Power Use award at the 2016 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Francisco.
SC Johnson was one of only seven organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves by demonstrating leadership in procuring green power from a utility green power product, a power purchase agreement, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) product. SC Johnson is generating 23 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from on-site landfill gas and wind energy systems. The company also purchases an additional 55 million kWh of green power annually, which is enough to meet 44 percent of the organization's electricity use. To learn more about SC Johnson's sustainability efforts, click here.
"Being honored this way for the second time motivates the people that work at this company to continue to do more and more," said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. "From making our own green energy to cutting the amount of manufacturing waste, we fulfill our commitment to doing what's right for the planet, and more importantly, the next generation. We are proud to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."
In 2011, the EPA honored SC Johnson with a Green Power Leadership Award for On-Site Generation. Additionally, SC Johnson ranks as No. 75 on EPA's National Top 100 list and No. 16 on the Top 30 On-site list. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners using the most renewable energy annually as of July 6, 2016. EPA updates its Top Partner Rankings quarterly at www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-partnership-top-partner-rankings.
Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.
According to the EPA, SC Johnson's current green power use of more than 78 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 7,200 average American homes annually.
About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 130-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com.
About EPA's Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. EPA's Green Power Partner awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The Awards are held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.
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