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Companies, Colleges and Cities Top EPA's Top 100 Renewable Energy User Rankings

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Companies, Colleges and Cities Top EPA's Top 100 Renewable Energy User Rankings

It's like a badge of honor to say that you power your building with renewable energy, but it's quite another feat to be recognized for it by the federal government.

Various businesses, organizations, universities, cities and more know what that's like now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed its top 100 Green Power Partnership rankings. Each entity on the list uses clean energy sources like wind and solar and is also member of the EPA's Green Power Partnership.

Here are the top 10, along with the kilowatt hours per year of green energy, the resources used, who provides and the percentage of total electricity it accounts for: 

Click the image for the EPA's full top-100 list of Green Power Partners. Graphic credit: EPA

“By using green power, these companies and organizations are showing that business can flourish while taking meaningful steps to reduce carbon pollution,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator.

The partners are ranked by kilowatt hours, which should make for some interesting discussion. Walmart, which has been criticized for its emissions, ranked sixth on the list despite green power only accounting for 3 percent of its operations. That's because it uses more than 650 million kilowatt hours of clean energy per year.

The City of Houston ranked No. 9, while Washington D.C., Austin and Dallas all made the top 20. Entire states made the list, too. Those include Illinois and Wisconsin.

The inclusion of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the park and public schools systems of Chicago, as well as Ohio State, Georgetown and American universities shows just how diverse this list is. The EPA also issued individual lists for the top retailers, universities and more.

At No. 28, the University of Pennsylvania is the top college listed in the EPA rankings for the seventh year in a row. Photo credit: neverbutterfly/Flickr Creative Commons

“Making cleaner choices to power our communities, institutions and businesses reduces the pollution that contributes to climate change, protects America's health and environment, and supports continued growth in the green power sector," McCarthy said.

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