The world’s self-proclaimed leader in natural and organic grocery sales has earned special recognition form the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has awarded Whole Foods Market its Green Power Partner of the Year award for the second consecutive year, recognizing the grocer’s leadership in accelerating the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide.
This is the fourth consecutive year Whole Foods Market has been recognized with a Green Power Leadership Award by EPA, after being recognized initially in 2004 for the company’s growing commitment to green power purchasing.
In 2007, Whole Foods Market is being recognized for increasing its green power purchasing to include more than 509 million kilowatt-hours of wind-based renewable energy credits. This is enough renewable energy to offset 100 percent of the electricity used in all of its stores, facilities, bake houses, distribution centers, regional offices and global headquarters in the U.S. and Canada. Whole Foods Market is the only FORTUNE 500 Company to offset 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy credits.
The release also mentions Whole Food’s committed effort to reduce its carbon footprint by fueling the grocer’s trucks with biodiesel at four of the company’s nine distribution centers.