Armstrong World Industries has announced that it is using green power as part of its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership.
The Armstrong Corporate Headquarters building, also known as Building 701, is using 2.25 million kilowatt hours (KWh) of green power annually, which is enough to meet 100 percent of the building’s electricity use.
The green power supply is provided by the renewable energy certificates (RECs) Armstrong buys from regional clean energy supplier Community Energy, demonstrating a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner energy alternatives.
“This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” says Anita Snader, environmental sustainability manager for Armstrong Commercial Ceilings. “Using green power helps our organization become more sustainable and sends a message to others that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.”
The green power purchase also qualifies the Armstrong Headquarters building for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum purchase requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase 10 times the partnership’s minimum requirement organization-wide.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
Armstrong’s green power use of 2.25 million KWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 300 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of about 225 average American homes annually, according to the U.S. EPA.