Facilities Management News: Whole Foods tops retail green power purchasers; Kohl’s moves into 2nd

solar panels on top of Berkley's Whole Foods
Facilities Management News talks about a list created by the US Environmental Protection Agency of the top ten retail purchasers of green power. Whole Foods tops retail green power purchasers; Kohl’s moves into 2nd.

September 3, 2007—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated its list of the top 10 retail purchasers of green power (as of July 2007) in the US. This list represents the largest completed annual green power purchases of all retail partners within the Green Power Partnership.

EPA says these green power purchases help drive the development of new green power resources nationwide. The combined green power purchases of these organizations amounts to an estimated 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 140,000 average American homes each year, adds EPA.

The Top 10 Retail Partners are listed below, along with their respective green power usage (in kWh), and the percent of green power out of the company’s total electricity.

1. Whole Foods Market (509,104,786; 100%)
2. Kohl’s Department Stores (201,396,000; 20%)
3. Starbucks (185,000,000; 20%)
4. Staples (121,800,000; 20%)
5. Safeway, Inc. (87,000,000; 2%)
6. Lowe’s (86,000,000; 2%)
7. FedEx Kinko’s (76,312,000; 29%)
8. Office Depot (76,000,000; 12%)
9. REI (63,080,000; 100%)
10. Coldwater Creek, Inc. (60,000,000; 100%)