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Climate Leadership Provides Inspiration – and a Cleaner Environment 

2013 September 4
Intel, a 2013 Climate Leadership Winner, has multiple solar arrays on its corporate campuses in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Oregon. This photo shows a solar support structure at the company’s parking lot in Arizona.

Intel, a 2013 Climate Leadership Winner, has multiple solar arrays on its corporate campuses in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Oregon. This photo shows a solar support structure at the company’s parking lot in Arizona.

By Melissa Klein

Part of my job is helping organize EPA’s annual Climate Leadership Awards. Through this work, I’ve been greatly inspired to learn about and highlight the steps companies are taking voluntarily to manage and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Earlier this year, we honored 23 corporations, public agencies, and individuals for their exemplary leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change. The winners demonstrated their commitment to conducting operations in a more sustainable way – diversifying their energy supply, mitigating fuel cost risk, and cutting their energy-related emissions.

Their forward-thinking actions to reduce GHG emissions can have exciting ripple effects. For instance, when a business takes action on climate, the whole supply chain often improves, encompassing efficiency related to operations – from purchased goods and transportation – to distribution and product use. The ripple effects result not only in cleaner air and water and improved public health, but also in money savings on energy costs and economic growth.

It’s encouraging and inspirational that four of the five top winners were local governments, who often face budget and staffing constraints, but still made incredible progress. Sonoma County Water Agency in California, The Port of San Diego, City of Austin, Texas, and Boulder County, Colorado, have all taken impressive and meaningful steps toward carbon-neutral operations and have mobilized large networks of partners to enable change. Check out the full list of award winners here to see if your hometown made the list.

Planning for the third annual awards in 2014 is underway and the application period is open until September 13, 2013. We, in collaboration with our co-sponsors – the Association of Climate Change Officers, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry – are challenging organizations to think creatively and comprehensively to cut GHG emissions. For more information on the awards, please visit

About the Author: Melissa Klein, MPH, is the communications director for the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership within the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at the U.S. EPA.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Arman.- permalink
    September 4, 2013

    Carbon Market : Is It Important ?

    Ya, it’s difficult and pro-contra to implement that idea. Hopefully, the people should solve to reduce GHG emissions peacefully and calmly..!

  2. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    September 5, 2013

    The Good Force be with you!

    Excellent, Melissa! Keep it up!

    Live forever & prosper!

  3. Intgera Global Solutions permalink
    September 5, 2013

    Really feel a betterment in finding the numbers to be improved a bit higher for receiving the honor. It’s quite unfair to see a few people around speaking about greenness rather spending a minute from their usual work in nature.

    Perhaps if we could try doing this, we’ll be able to cut down the carbon pollution. Hoping for more in number over the months to come.

  4. Bernard Derrick permalink
    September 9, 2013

    I think honoring those who had great efforts to save the environment is a good idea so that they will feel motivated to continue their good work. Deeds like this should not be left unacknowledged because they are the true heroes that are unselfish enough to give their time for the safety and survival of all.

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