New York, NY (PRWEB) October 20, 2010
Pearson, the world's leading education company, announced today that it has received a 2010 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 Pearson with the award today at an event held in conjunction with the 2010 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Portland, Ore.
Pearson was one of only ten organizations nationwide to receive a Green Power Purchaser Award. 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.
Pearson is currently purchasing more than 157 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization's purchased electricity use, and equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 22,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 14,000 average American homes annually. Pearson is buying a utility green power product and RECs from Austin Energy and Sterling Planet.
"We are honored to be recognized by the EPA for our continuing efforts to make the world a better place to live and work," said Rich Glicini, Pearson's senior vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, "Purchasing green power helps Pearson become more sustainable, while also sending a message to other organizations across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice to fight climate change."
"EPA congratulates our leadership award winners for demonstrating by example the importance of using clean, renewable energy," said Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at EPA. "By using green power, Pearson is leading the way toward cleaner air and a healthier environment while helping advance the market for renewable energy."
Pearson currently ranks No. 27 on EPA's National Top 50 list. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary purchases through July 6, 2010. EPA updates its Top Partner Lists quarterly at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources. Green power purchases also support the development of new renewable energy generation sources nationwide.
As part of its company-wide environmental initiative, Pearson is transforming its corporate fleet to include more fuel-efficient vehicles, expanding the use of online training and meeting tools, and upgrading its high-definition video conferencing technology. The resulting benefits from this video conferencing initiative alone include reduced carbon emissions and travel costs from less air, rail, and road travel; decreased meeting expenses; and increased employee productivity and work-life balance.
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education, teacher training, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. For more information, go to http://www.pearson.com.
About EPA's Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has nearly 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing 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 http://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 U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories; Green Power Partner of the Year; On-site Generation; Green Power Purchase, and Green Power Community of the Year. EPA's Purchaser 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 http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.