Maplewood was recognized for meeting the Green Power Community challenge on September 19, 2015 by the EPA. The Maplewood Sustainability Commission was instrumental in moving this initiative forward.
Green Power Communities
are towns, villages, cities, or counties in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively buy green power in amounts that meet EPA purchase requirements for the Green Power Partnership program. These communities are supporting renewable energy and reducing their carbon footprints from electricity use.
• Maplewood joins 56 other communities across the country and is now the third Missouri community to become an EPA Green Power Community, joining the ranks of cities including Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.
• These homeowners, businesses and local organizations are now collectively using renewable energy in amounts that make a real difference for our environment and for the health of our citizens.
• When the Challenge began, the goal was to match three percent of the city’s energy use with green energy and the residents and businesses of Maplewood showed such overwhelming support of the Green Power Challenge that they doubled the original goal and are now matching SIX PERCENT of the city’s energy use with green energy. This success couldn’t have been achieved without local government’s efforts and the help of households and local businesses throughout the community. Maplewood can proudly boast that they’re supporting more than seven million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, the equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 700 average American homes. The environmental impact of this participation is similar to taking 1,278 cars off the road for one year.
• EPA applauds the leadership and support of the many residents and organizations who have contributed to the success of Maplewood’s Green Power initiative.
THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 200 HOMES SUPPORTING GREEN ENERGY EITHER BY INSTALLING SOLAR OR THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE PURE POWER PROGRAM.
AND THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS HAVE ALSO JOINED THE GREEN POWER CHALLENGE BY PURCHASING RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES.
Bridges-Community Support Services
Foundation Grounds Coffee House and Cafe
Gray Design Group
Great Harvest Bread Company
Hellmuth + Bicknese
Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios
The Book House
The City of Maplewood
The Crow’s Nest
The Post Sports Bar and Grill
The Side Project Cellar
Traveling Tea Company
Water Street Restaurant
Businesses who have installed solar
Saint Louis Closet Company
Sutton Design Studio
Businesses who have installed solar AND are purchasing RECs
• Solar and RECs
Architectural Design Guild
Maplewood/Richmond Heights School District
• The importance of leadership cannot be stressed enough. Notably, the support of Maplewood’s City Government has been instrumental to this initiative. Through its leadership and support, Maplewood is well on its way to making a significant environmental impact through the purchase of green power.
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More about the EPA's Green Power Challenge:
• President Obama’s Climate Action Plan calls on agencies and departments across the federal government to work together with states, cities, industries, the public, consumers and the international community to address climate change. The Green Power Communities program is a powerful example of how cities can meet this challenge.
• Conventional electricity generation is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and the single largest industrial source of air pollution in the U.S. -- responsible for 33 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, roughly two-thirds of the nation’s sulfur dioxide emissions; one quarter of the NOx emissions; one-third of the mercury; and about 40% of our carbon dioxide emissions.
• These emissions contribute to a number of serious environmental problems -- including acid rain, fine particulate pollution, haze, acidification of water bodies, and of course, global warming.
• Green power has become a readily-available resource that a growing number of organizations are voluntarily turning to as part of their overall electricity use and climate strategy. Using green power helps reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and supports the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide.
• In order to take advantage of the environmental opportunity of green power markets, EPA launched a voluntary program – the Green Power Partnership. The goal of EPA’s Green Power Partnership is to support the transformation of the green power market through the voluntary purchase of clean, renewable energy by leading organizations.
• Since the partnership started in 2001, thousands of organizations—including Fortune 500 companies, universities, schools, cities, states, and federal agencies—have committed to making the switch to green power. Altogether, our 1,300 Green Power Partnership members have made an annual commitment to purchase over 1.3 billion kilowatt hours of green power.
• The Green Power Community program is an EPA–designed platform within the partnership program to promote community-based support for green power. The program is intended to motivate collective action of a community’s local government, businesses, and citizens to reduce the community’s carbon footprint by procuring green power.
• Altogether, EPA’s Green Power Communities are using more than 6 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, cutting carbon emissions from the equivalent of the electricity use from more than 580,000 homes and helping to protect the health of their neighbors.
• Communities purchase or use of on-site green power is one of the easiest ways for a community to reduce its carbon footprint and support domestic energy supply. Many municipalities are on the forefront of this trend, leading the way on green power use and accounting for a large percentage of the green power industry’s growth.
• Green Power Communities like Maplewood are helping to drive additional new renewable energy generation that will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.