28 Feb '12, 12pm

How EPA helps big corporations greenwash

How EPA helps big corporations greenwash

Walmart may have hybrid trucks, but its efforts at going green are a drop in the bucket considering the company's size. (Photo by Walmart Stores.) This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project . While I generally have nothing but praise for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), its Green Power Partnership program falls short of the agency’s usual standard. In particular, the program, by providing media recognition for participating companies who procure renewable energy, inflates the activities of large companies at the expense of businesses whose clean energy transformation is much more meaningful. Take Walmart, who appears at No. 3 in the EPA’s Green Power Partner rankings with an annual procurement of 872 million kilowatt-hours (enough to power approximately 87,000 homes per yea...

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