Thursday, December 21, 2006

Palo Alto Certified as a Green Power Community.

The city of Palo Alto is the first city in California, and the fourth city in the country, to be certified as a Green Power Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Palo Alto qualified for this certification with a two percent green power purchase collectively as a community.

To achieve EPA Green Community status, a combined effort of community member and City enrollments in the PaloAltoGreen Program was needed. To date, nearly 4,300 households and 130 businesses have enrolled in the program. Additionally, the City and the Regional Water Quality Control Plant operated by Palo Alto have committed to purchase renewable energy which results in a combined 912,000 kilowatt-hours annually of wind and solar energy for City facilities.

Palo Alto is First California Green Power Community Recognized by EPA [Yubanet]