Most Environmentally Friendly Businesses of 2017

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I was thinking the other day, what companies are both very successful – being in the Fortune 500 – and also environmentally friendly?

Many consultants claim that you must focus on profit maximization at all costs, while other more environmentally sensitive consultants convince us that being green is a competitive advantage.

So who’s actually putting their money where their mouth is?

We don’t want greenwashing.

We want real companies doing real things.

Thankfully there are lists from established organizations that can help us out.

The EPA’sGreen Power Partnership Fortune 500® Partners List

This has got to be the most definitive list.

According to the EPA, their Green Power Partnership is as defined:

To be eligible, organizations must use green power at a level that meets or exceeds the partnership benchmark requirements and agree to update EPA on their green power use annually. In exchange, Green Power Partners get valuable recognition and assistance in promoting their green power use.

Here’s the full table:

Partner Name Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) GP % of Total Electricity Use* Organization Type Providers (listed in descending order by kWh supplied to Partner) Green Power Resources
1. Intel Corporation 3,429,956,843 100% Technology & Telecom Renewable Choice Energy°, 3Degrees°, Silicon Valley Power°, On-site Generation, PNM° Biomass, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
2. Microsoft Corporation 3,344,727,000 100% Technology & Telecom Sterling Planet°, Enbridge LLC°, EDF Renewable Energy°, Renewable Choice Energy°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
3. Kohl’s Department Stores 1,430,381,349 109% Retail 3Degrees°, Carbon Solutions Group°, Renewable Choice Energy°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
4. Cisco Systems, Inc. 1,109,490,995 100% Technology & Telecom 3Degrees°, Renewable Choice Energy°, Duke Energy°, Austin Energy°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
5. Google Inc. 1,061,619,944 36% Technology & Telecom NextEra Energy Resources°, Grand River Dam Authority°, MidAmerican Energy°, On-site Generation Biogas, Solar, Wind
6. Starbucks (company-owned cafe retail stores) 970,920,339 100% Restaurants & Cafes 3Degrees° Wind
7. Apple Inc. 830,617,000 100% Technology & Telecom 3 Phases Renewables°, On-site Generation, NC GreenPower°, Iberdrola Renewables°, 3Degrees°, Salt River Project°, Austin Energy°, Origin Climate°, Silicon Valley Power°, Sacramento Municipal Utility District°, NV Energy°, Homefield Energy°, GDF Suez Energy Resources NA°, Sterling Planet°, Xcel Energy°, Community Energy°, Dominion Virginia Power°, Renewable Choice Energy°, Memphis Light, Gas and Water°, Sonoco Products Company°, City of Palo Alto Utilities°, Louisville Gas & Electric Company°, Arizona Public Service°, Central Electric Cooperative, Tampa Electric°, City of Naperville°, Avista Utilities°, PNM°, Huntsville Utilities°, Omaha Public Power District°, Indianapolis Power & Light°, Pacific Power°, NSTAR° Biogas, Biomass, Geothermal, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
8. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 826,343,726 4% Retail Pattern Energy°, On-site Generation, Bloom Energy°, Waste Management°, Cowetta Fayette EMC°, Habersham EMC°, Amicalola EMC° Biogas, Solar, Wind
9. BD 528,817,607 94% Health Care NextEra Energy Resources°, Nebraska Public Power District°, Bloom Energy°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
10. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. 316,494,812 100% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
11. Lockheed Martin 298,419,787 19% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. Renewable Choice Energy°, 3Degrees°, On-site Generation, City of Palo Alto Utilities°, Sterling Planet° Biomass, Solar, Wind
12. BNY Mellon 290,106,382 104% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. NextEra Energy Resources°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
13. Best Buy 273,566,000 24% Retail 3Degrees° Various
14. JPMorgan Chase & Co. 211,233,534 13% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. NRG Energy°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
15. State Street Corporation 202,250,000 111% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. Blue Delta Energy° Small-hydro, Wind
16. Colgate-Palmolive Company 175,000,000 80% Consumer Products 3Degrees° Wind
17. American Express 173,985,486 93% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. CarbonNeutral°, Arizona Public Service°, Carbon Solutions Group°, On-site Generation Biogas, Biomass, Solar, Wind
18. Johnson Controls, Inc. 166,589,091 15% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. Constellation°, Renewable Choice Energy°, Sterling Planet°, Diverse Power°, On-site Generation, Cirro Energy° Biomass, Solar, Wind
19. Boeing / South Carolina 126,423,413 100% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. South Carolina Electric & Gas°, On-site Generation Biomass, Solar, Wind
20. MetLife / Owner Occupied Office Facilities 119,902,000 115% Insurance Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
21. Citi 100,004,238 13% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. NextEra Energy Resources°, Constellation° Wind
22. Biogen 91,194,200 100% Health Care Bonneville Environmental Foundation°, 3Degrees°, Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
23. Baxter International Inc. 90,109,000 21% Health Care WGL Energy° Wind
24. 78,859,000 30% Technology & Telecom Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
25. Capital One 74,995,947 18% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. Direct Energy°, Green Mountain Energy, Renewable Choice Energy°, Constellation° Wind
26. Fifth Third Bank 65,000,000 31% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
27. Applied Materials, Inc. 64,488,888 27% Technology & Telecom Silicon Valley Power°, Austin Energy°, On-site Generation Biogas, Solar, Wind
28. SoftLayer, an IBM Company 63,686,679 100% Technology & Telecom MP2 Energy° Wind
29. The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. / Operations and Selected Retail Brands 55,469,785 84% Consumer Products WGL Energy°, Xcel Energy°, Native Energy°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
30. Motorola Solutions, Inc. 54,230,000 59% Technology & Telecom Greenlight Energy° Various
31. Coca-Cola Refreshments (The Coca-Cola Company) 51,527,856 6% Food & Beverage On-site Generation Biogas, Solar
32. Voya Financial 50,194,000 100% Banking & Fin. Srvcs. NextEra Energy Resources° Wind
33. General Motors / GMVM Ft. Wayne 45,611,249 30% Automotive On-site Generation Biogas
34. Boeing / Renton, WA 44,907,000 49% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. Puget Sound Energy Wind
35. General Motors / GMVM Orion 43,427,806 54% Automotive On-site Generation Biogas
36. EMC Corporation 40,000,000 7% Technology & Telecom Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
37. Raytheon Company 39,927,766 5% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. Renewable Choice Energy°, Indianapolis Power & Light°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
38. United Services Automobile Association (USAA) 35,578,377 23% Insurance CPS Energy, Arizona Public Service°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
39. United Natural Foods, Inc. 33,312,892 36% Food & Beverage Renewable Choice Energy°, On-site Generation, Direct Energy°, Liberty Power°, Champion Energy Services°, Constellation° Biomass, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
40. The North Face (VF Corporation) 21,778,186 115% Retail Bonneville Environmental Foundation°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
41. Hartford Fire Insurance Company (The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.) 21,037,760 16% Insurance 3Degrees°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
42. Southwest Airlines Co. / Dallas & Houston Operations 20,585,246 40% Transportation Renewable Choice Energy° Biomass, Small-hydro, Wind
43. Quest Diagnostics / Lab and Office Facilities 16,843,354 6% Health Care Constellation°, Direct Energy°, Engie°, Dynegy° Solar, Wind
44. The Dow Chemical Company / Corporate Headquarters 16,617,000 47% Chemical City of Midland Biogas
45. American Airlines Group / Texas 16,569,154 30% Transportation Champion Energy Services Wind
46. CH2M 16,000,000 25% Constr. & Eng. Srvcs. Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
47. Staples 15,064,852 3% Retail Renewable Choice Energy°, Avista Utilities, Pacific Power°, Tennessee Valley Authority°, Portland General Electric°, On-site Generation, Florida Power & Light° Biogas, Solar, Wind
48. The Dow Chemical Company / Adhesive and Function Materials 11,657,000 44% Chemical Element Markets° Wind
49. General Dynamics Land Systems / Central Office 10,763,000 100% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. Direct Energy° Wind
50. Ralph Lauren Corporation 10,580,026 10% Clothing & Textile Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
51. Shire 8,791,000 100% Health Care WGL Energy° Wind
52. Altria / Center for Research & Technology 8,269,920 60% Consumer Products Renewable Choice Energy°, Dominion Virgina Power° Wind
53. Unum 7,280,000 12% Insurance Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
54. Monsanto Company 7,058,000 13% Chemical 3Degrees° Various
55. Wyndham Worldwide / Parsippany, NJ Campus 5,979,744 98% Hotels & Lodging Renewable Choice Energy° Various
56. Oracle Corporation / Austin Facility 5,400,000 6% Technology & Telecom Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
57. Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P./Penske Logistics, LLC 4,600,000 4% Transportation 3Degrees° Wind
58. Xerox Corporation / Wilsonville Campus 4,471,560 17% Technology & Telecom Portland General Electric° Wind
59. AT&T Services, Inc. / Austin, Texas Facilities 4,080,000 19% Technology & Telecom Austin Energy° Wind
60. Anthem, Inc. / Worthington, OH Facility 3,671,636 100% Insurance Direct Energy° Wind
61. Zimmer Biomet / Headquarters 3,636,000 100% Health Care Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)° Wind
62. Sheraton Boston Hotel (Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.) 3,615,000 32% Hotels & Lodging 3Degrees° Wind
63. The Timberland Company (VF Corporation) 3,220,596 38% Clothing & Textile Iberdrola Renewables°, On-site Generation Solar, Wind
64. General Dynamics Land Systems / Scranton 3,122,400 50% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. Talen Energy° Various
65. GE Healthcare / Headquarters (General Electric) 3,083,340 7% Health Care We Energies°, On-site Generation Biogas, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind
66. 3M / Austin, TX Facilities 2,883,296 46% Consumer Products Austin Energy° Wind
67. Performance Foodservice / North Center 2,805,000 100% Food & Beverage WGL Energy° Wind
68. Johnson & Johnson / 4 California Facilities 2,748,166 6% Health Care On-site Generation Solar
69. Macy’s, Inc. / 11 California and Hawaii Stores 2,585,465 18% Retail On-site Generation Solar
70. Hertz Corporation / Selected U.S. Facilities (Hertz Global Holdings) 2,275,626 18% Automotive On-site Generation Solar
71. Time Warner Cable / Central Texas 1,800,000 32% Media & Publishing Austin Energy° Wind
72. UTC Aerospace Systems / Landing Systems (United Technologies Corporation) 1,575,000 8% Industrial Goods & Srvcs. Tennessee Valley Authority° Biomass, Solar, Wind
73. FedEx Express / Oakland Hub Facility 1,128,586 11% Shipping On-site Generation Solar
74. IBM Corporation / Foster City, CA Facilities 952,000 79% Technology & Telecom Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
75. Stryker Orthobiologics 597,604 10% Health Care Green Mountain Energy Wind
76. IBM Corporation / Costa Mesa, CA Facilities 385,000 100% Technology & Telecom Renewable Choice Energy° Wind
77. Dagoba Organic Chocolate (The Hershey Company) 257,206 100% Food & Beverage City of Ashland/BEF° Biomass, Solar, Wind
78. United Parcel Service (UPS) / 4 CA Facilities 158,254 42% Shipping On-site Generation Solar


And to be cynical, I must say this – it seems that those companies that consume the most power, even if a lot of it is green, are ranked first.

So this is just one way to sort it.

If you had a company that consumed almost no energy in the Fortune 500, they should certainly be listed first.

From The Motley Fool:The 3 Greenest Fortune 500 Companies

This post from Motley Fool provides nothing too substantial, but highlights some of the reasons why the top 3 are where they are.

I found this part interesting about Intel:

Chip manufacturing takes a load of electricity, and Intel Corporation sources 100% of its demand from renewable sources. At 3,100,850,000 kWh of annual usage, Intel Corporation’s consumption is enormous — but the company’s committed to keeping itself clean.

So yes…their energy usage is enormous. But it’s renewable!

What I actually think is way cooler is that Kohl’s – a discount clothier that I associate more with WalMart than Whole Foods – is pretty green:

Of Kohl’s Corp.’s stores, 148 currently sport solar panel systems, and 801 are Energy Star certified. And by 2015, the company expects to up its solar stores to 200.

That’s a real shocker for me. Not only do you get Kohl’s cash and 30% off, but you’re shopping at a green retailer!