Shaklee Corporation announced today that it has received a 2009 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 Shaklee Corporation with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2009 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Shaklee Corporation was one of only ten 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. Shaklee Corporation is currently purchasing nearly 7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 108 percent of the organization's electricity use. Shaklee Corporation is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Green Mountain Energy.
"We are very proud to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," said Shaklee Chairman and CEO, Roger Barnett. "All companies have a choice about where they source their energy needs. Purchasing green power not only helps Shaklee become more sustainable, it also supports the generation of clean sources of electricity which can help reduce our nation's environmental footprint."
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.
"EPA's Green Power Leadership award winners are raising the bar for green power purchasing," said Kathleen Hogan, Director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division. "By using renewable energy, Shaklee Corporation is helping our environment by leading our national transition to clean energy; they are a model for others to follow."
According to the U.S. EPA, Shaklee's current green power purchase of nearly 7 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 900 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than more than 600 average American homes annually.
More about Shaklee's Environmental Stewardship
In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral(TM) certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. As part of Shaklee's active and continuous environmental mission, Shaklee has celebrated the following recent sustainable accomplishments for 2009;
-- 1 million trees planted. On Earth Day, April 22, 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai, Global Ambassador of the Shaklee A Million Trees. A Million Dreams.(TM) campaign, took part in a tree-planting ceremony with Shaklee CEO and Chairman Roger Barnett at Shaklee World Headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif., to commemorate the company's monumental achievement of planting 1 million trees in just 3 years.
-- Roger Barnett is honored with a 2009 Clean Air Award by Breathe California in recognition of Shaklee's contributions to reducing
global warming and improving air quality.
-- Shaklee is honored with the 2009 Business Environmental Award for Sustainability from Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet.
Shaklee's environmental history and milestones are listed in their entirety at http://www.shaklee.com/company_awards.shtml
About Shaklee Corporation
Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral(TM) certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 1.25 million Members and Distributors around the globe and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit Shaklee.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 more than 1,000 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, and Green Power Purchaser. 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/.