(From Nobel Intent - Ars Technica)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a list of what it considers some of the greenest organizations around. "Green" is an arbitrary metric but, for the purpose of this list and article, the greenest organizations are defined as those that use the most "on-site green power" in kilowatt-hours on an annual contract basis. While one can argue which power sources really are green, the list highlights biomass, biogas, hydroelectric, wind, and solar.
Eight of the top 20 organizations listed are civic municipalities, either US cities or counties. Geographically they range from San Diego, CA to Nassau County, NY. Of these eight municipalities, six are on the west coast (CA and OR), one in the Midwest and one on the East coast.
The number one in terms of magnitude of on-site green energy production and use is a company, the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, which makes, among other things, Scott toilet tissues, Huggies diapers, and Kleenex tissues. Headquartered in Dallas, TX they use 192.7 million kWh of green energy derived from biomass each year.
Dr. Gopal Rao
Web Science Editor
Materials Research Society (MRS)