Over the past couple of decades, many companies throughout the U.S. have made a strong effort to become more energy efficient in their everyday practices.
While most organizations don’t reveal their overall annual kWh consumption numbers, many companies proudly showcase how many green energy hours (energy generated from green energy sources) they are using each year along with other major programs and initiatives that put them at the forefront of a more energy efficient future.
Here is our list, ranked by overall company size, of the 100 most energy efficient companies in America and a look at some of the ways these organizations are reducing consumption costs and minimizing their environmental impact in the process.
Size: 2.2 million (world) 1.4 million (U.S)
Founded: 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 314,843,272
This major retailer utilizes alternative energy sources in order to make its operations greener and more energy efficient and focuses on using the least amount of energy possible in the construction of their new chain stores.
In addition to partnering with Bloom Energy to purchase green energy credits, the company also has their own on-site generation with the goal in mind to become 100 percent supplied by renewable energy.
What is perhaps most impressive about the retail-giant?s energy efficient efforts is that they have made efforts across the board. This means LED lighting, energy efficient appliances and solar panels directly on top of many stores. To date, the company has installed 105 megawatts of solar panels, or enough to power about 20,000 houses on the roofs of 327 stores and distribution centers. Plus, the company has plans in place to double that number by 2020.
How much energy is that in total? Enough to be the single biggest commercial solar generator in the country.
2. Samsung Electronics (SEA)
Size: 307,000 Employees
Founded: 1977 (US Branch) in Ridgefield Park, NJ
Green kWh Used Per Year: 86,998,829
Every year, Samsung Electronics purchases green energy credits for their US-based organizations. The EPA has awarded the organization for their efforts in their own offices and for their energy-efficient creations as well. In 2015, for the third year in a row the company won the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year- Sustained Excellence Award for their efforts and for their commitment to educating consumers about the positive impact of energy efficiency.
In addition to being one of the country?s top green energy users, the organization also makes an effort to utilize energy-efficient technology and devices throughout their organization. Many of these products are ENERGY STAR appliances and electronics that the company themselves have created. In fact, Samsung is one of the leading creators of ENERGY STAR appliances in the United States and have continued to offer the public with unique home appliances that use less energy and save customers more.
3. Albertson’s Inc.
Size: 265,000 Employees
Founded: 1939 in Boise, Idaho
Green kWh Used Per Year: 12,309,848
The California-based grocery company, Albertson?s is no stranger to energy efficiency. The organization has been implementing sustainable practices in years. In 2006, long before many companies had jumped on the energy efficiency bandwagon, Albertsons announced they had already saved 1 billion kW in energy with their upgrades.
A few years later in 2010 all of the Albertson?s supermarkets received complete upgrades with new, efficient walk-in coolers, energy-efficient appliances, variable-speed HVAC systems and more. The company has also made sure that their stores are completely outfitted with energy-efficient LED lighting in all different areas of their supermarkets, including their dairy and frozen food cases.
Major retrofits such as this has allowed several of the company?s stores to receive LEED certification. However, what was perhaps the most impressive accomplishment for the grocery store chain was their Clairemont location, which has a 400kW fuel cell that allows the store to generate 90 percent of its own energy.
Founded: 1915 in American Falls, Idaho
Green kWh Used Per Year: 7,903,591
Safeway Inc. is not only one of the largest supermarket chains in the United States, but it is also one of the most energy efficient. In the year 2008, the retailer was one of the largest purchasers of renewable power in the country. Thanks to their Power to Save program, the company not only uses tactical guidelines to save energy in their individual stores, but they have also been recognized by many of their efforts. Their first LEED certified stores opened in 2009 and since then the company has been making more and more of their stores meet these energy standards.
Thanks to a partnership with PG&E that resulted in millions of saved kWh, this massive grocery chain is changing the way many large-scale retailers approach energy consumption in today?s market.
5. Citi Bank
Size: 239,000 Employees
Founded: 1812 in New York City
Green kWh Used Per Year: 100,004,259
Citi Bank is not only one of the largest banking institutions in the United States but it is also one of the most efficient as well. In addition to launching new financial solutions to help fund energy efficiency and renewable energy products, the company has also taken their own steps towards improving their efficiency.
In addition to adding new fixtures and features to their own facilities, reducing energy use and investing in green kWh, the company has also partnered with Kilowatt Financial to help other homeowners do the same. The program helps homeowners save energy by financing energy efficient retrofits, boiler and window replacements, lighting solutions and insulating, ensuring their commitment to energy efficiency expands far beyond the improvements the make in their own buildings.
6. JP Morgan and Chase Co
Founded: 2000 in New York City
Industry: Banking and Financial Services
Green kWh Used Per Year: 211,207,809
According to JP Morgan and Chase?s Environmental Sustainability efforts, the company is attempting to create more opportunities to obtain a more sustainable global economy all while reducing environmental and social risks. The company has installed their own photovoltaic arrays that have over 1 megawatt of generating capacity and are consistent purchases of Renewable Energy Certificates.
The company?s green buildings have achieved LEED certifications and the company?s headquarters even received Platinum Certification with its new energy-efficient upgrades.
7. General Motors
Size: 202,000 Employees
Founded: 1908 in Detroit Michigan (headquarters)
Green kWh Used Per Year: 53,260,800
General Motors has long had a commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency. The organization has been rewarded as the 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. Eleven different General Motors facilities have earned ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency from the United States. The company?s Arlington-based assembly plant will soon build up to 125,000 trucks a year using solely wind power from turbines. This effort alone will save the company $2.8 million every year. The automotive giant also uses solar energy as part of their effort, which includes a new assembly of an 850 kW solar array.
Size: 191,000 Employees
Founded: 1971 Seattle, Washington
Industry: Restaurants and Cafes
Green kWh Used Per Year: 696,982,000
Starbucks may be one of the most recognizable names in the United States today, but it is also one of the most energy efficient as well. The company-owned café and retail stores, non-retail manufacturing plants and their offices not only use around 70 percent renewable energy, mostly from wind power, but they also have other energy efficient practices throughout their company as well.
The company also had a goal of reducing their energy consumption by 25 percent by the year 2015. They were able to reach this checkpoint by installing new Energy Management Systems in more than 4,000 stores to optimize heating and cooling costs.
9. Kaiser Permanente
Size: 177,445 employees
Founded: 1945 in Oakland California
Industry: Health Care
Green kWh Used Per Year: 99,701,595
Kaiser Permanente launched a plan to completely change their efficiency approach and in the process managed to start using a great deal of renewable energy. The company purchased 110 MW solar power and 43 MW Wind power from different plants and added a 70 MW Solar power capacity system to their array, which when complete will be just one of many systems in more than 170 hospitals under the Kaiser Permanente name.
What type of impact did this plan have? It resulted in more than 590 million kWh of energy produced each year, or enough to power 82,000 U.S. homes. The company has also launched a new project to deploy 15 megawatts of solar power on 15 different Kaiser Permanente facilities across California.
10. Johnson Controls, Inc.
Size: 170,000+ Employees
Founded: 1885 in Glendale, Wisconsin
Industry: Industrial Goods and Services
Green kWh Used Per Year: 171,800,567
Johnson Controls Inc. purchases an astonishingly large amount of green kWh each and every year and while one of the company?s primary goals is to provide energy efficiency services for their clients, they truly do practice what they preach. The organization, which provides HVAC controls, air systems and energy performance contracting for their clients offers customers lighting solutions and energy retrofits to help save them money. They use these same advanced systems, lighting and even demand response calculators to control their energy consumption and to drop kilowatt uses in their own buildings as well as the buildings of their clients.
11. Macy?s Inc.
Founded: 1958 in New York, New York
Green kWh Used Per Year: 3,505,635 (California and Hawaii Stores)
Macy?s has been making a number of strides in improving their energy efficiency, particularly in their 28 California stores. One of the biggest efforts for the company not only involved buying green kWh, but harnessing solar panel. The company recently installed over 45,000 solar panels across 28 stores in California. The company?s combined solar panels and energy efficient upgrades were able to reduce energy consumption for the company by 40 percent.
However, in addition to this big effort, Macy?s has made their overall sustainability efforts and their commitment to do ?better every day? a very public affair. Focused on reducing their energy use day-by-day and little-by-little, the company is making efforts to add more efficient upgrades, encourage employees to consume less electricity and over time reduce their energy. Their goal for 2015 was to reduce their energy use by another 10 percent after already bringing down their numbers by 25 percent over the past ten years.
12. FedEx Express
Size: 165,000+ Employees
Founded: 1971 in Little Rock, Arkansas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 1,003,741 (Oakland)
FedEX Express, the flight subsidiary of FedEx shipping maintains its own unique commitment to energy efficiency. While the company has FedEx locations all over the world, their Oakland Hub Facility alone uses more than 1,000,000 kW of energy and even has their own solar on-site generation system.
In addition to efficiency programs such as the company?s carbon-neutral shipping effort, FedEx express has launched several efforts to improve their energy use and reduce their carbon footprint. The company is slowly introducing electric vehicles into their fleet, and taking efforts to update and retrofit offices around the country to use less energy on a day-to-day basis.
13. Kohl?s Department Store
Size: 140,000+ Employees
Founded: 1962 in Milwaukee, WI
Green kWh Used Per Year: 1,429,749,630
Kohl?s is not only one of the biggest department stores in the United States, but it is also one of the biggest consumers of green energy in the country as well.
The company joined the EPA Green Power Partnership in 2006 and a year later started purchasing renewable energy credits. In 2007, Kohl?s also started installing solar systems in their stores. These systems generate enough energy for approximately 40 percent of each store?s power. As of June, 2015, the company has 162 solar power systems in 13 different states.
Between 2010 and 2015 the company purchased enough renewable energy credits to offset all of their energy use, and have extended that commitment to last through 2020.
In the year 2011, the company opened its first wind turbines, which together with their solar panels help generate a large amount of the energy used both in stores, corporate offices and in distribution centers. The distribution center in Findlay, Ohio has its own vertical turbines which generate 40,000 kWh per year, while one of the stores in Corpus Christi, Texas generates about 14,000 kWh per year on its own.
14. Xerox Corporation
Size: 140,800 Employees
Founded: 1906 in Rochester, New York
Green kWh Used Per Year: 34,138,000
The Xerox Corporation has long been a supporter of more energy-efficient practices, as one of the charter partners of the international ENERGY STAR program, an effort that has helped spearhead more than 500 ENERGY STAR qualified products from the organization. The Xerox Corporation not only focuses on creating new lines of ENERGY STAR certified office products for personal and corporate clients, but they also apply their own efficiency efforts into their day-to-day operations. According to the company, the amount of money that customers save from the company?s ENERGY STAR equipment is equivalent to lighting one million U.S. homes for a year.
The company is also in the middle of an effort to reduce their overall energy use by 20 percent by 2020. This effort began in 2012. Just two years into the effort, Xerox had already cut down on energy costs by 11 percent.
15. Oracle Corporation
Size: 135,070 Employees
Founded: 1977 in Santa Clara, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 5,400,000
At Oracle?s California headquarters, energy efficient practices have become part of everyday life. Since 2000, the company has reduced their electricity consumption across their massive 2 million square foot campus. This effort was recognized by the EPA in 2004 when Oracle was asked to join the US Environmental Protection Agency?s Climate Leaders Program. This recognition stemmed from their company?s work with Green Lights, an EPA program where companies voluntarily agree to install energy-efficient lighting for businesses around the country.
The company also spearheaded an effort design to encourage California company to adopt more sustainable facilities management practices. This effort assess the load placed on every outlet in a facility to provide insight that can help businesses reduce their consumption and make smart decisions about energy-efficient upgrades. Oracle then upgraded their HVAC System and controls for thermostats, added new lighting systems and was even one of the first commercial organizations to show that Electric Peak Demand can be curtailed without it impacting operations, an effort that encouraged other businesses to reduce their energy use during peak hours.
With efforts like this, and ongoing promotions that encourage employee behavior changes, it should come as no surprise that this tech company is one of the most recognized in the industry for their energy efficient efforts.
16. Sony Corporation of America
Size: 131,7000 Employees
Founded: 1960 in New York City
Green kWh Used Per Year: 34,800,000
Sony Corporation of America isn?t only committed to bringing new technologies to the market, but to improving their environmental impact with new energy-efficient practices as well. In addition to working on creating more energy-efficient products and technologies, the company has been working on deploying more sustainable business practices as part of their Road to Zero sustainability plan which aims to drastically reduce their environmental impact.
These more sustainable business practices include energy conservation efforts not only at the company?s American headquarters but at sites around the country. This is all part of the company?s Global Environmental Management Facility, which ensures that all major Sony facilities are ISO 14001 certified and continuously working towards their Green Management Targets. A massive effort such as this has earned the company spots on several EPA power lists.
Size: 129,2000 Employees
Founded: 1886 Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia
Industry: Food and Beverage
Green kWh Used Per Year: 53,986,572
The beverage giant, Coca-Cola has consistently included energy efficiency as part of their overall company goals. The company has been consistently ranked as one of the largest green energy users in the country. Coca-Cola has also been honored by the EPA for their efforts after developing their own energy management devices designed to reduce electricity use by up to 35 percent. These devices actually monitor usage patterns and adjust lights and temperature to maximize efficiency. They have also replaced thousands of pieces of equipment within their facilities with new ENERGY Star standard equipment.
Since 2010, the company has also had more than 30,000 coolers with energy management systems, LED lighting in more than 23,000 machines and specialty coolers with doors designed to conserve energy. Individual efforts such as this over the course of several years has helped the company make some major strides in their efforts to reduce their overall energy costs.
18. Lockheed Martin
Size: 126,000+ Employees
Founded: 1995 in Bethesda, Maryland
Industry: Industrial Goods and Services
Green kWh Used Per Year: 258,734,176
Security company Lockheed Martin not only provides energy management, smart grid engineering and cyber security solutions to customers around the company, they also take their own steps to ensure they are operating in an efficient manner.
The company is dedicated to optimizing the use of natural resources in their day-to-day operations. The company has efficiency programs that help optimize their energy use. The company operates 23 Leadership Designed LEED facilities and in 2014 alone launched 30 new efforts throughout their organization to improve energy efficiency. This included HVAC improvements and peak load reduction efforts that totaled approximately $3 million in upgrades.
19. Best Buy
Size: 125,000 Employees
Founded: 1966 in West Saint Paul, Minnesota
Green kWh Used Per Year: 108,874,000
In 2016, Best Buy once again received the EPA Climate Leadership Award for their work in improving their overall sustainability. The company as not only made great strides in reducing their carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020, but they have also started implementing new renewable energy sources to help offset their electricity usage, primarily focusing on wind and solar power.
While the organization may sell consumer electronics, they pride themselves on providing their customers with an array of ENERGY STAR certified products as well as Connected Home products that are designed to help customers save energy in their homes.
20. Microsoft Corporation
Size: 118,600+ Employees
Founded: 1975 in Albuquerque, NM
Green kWh Used Per Year: 2,699,210,000
In 2014, Microsoft made waves when they announced they would purchase 175 megawatts of wind energy from the Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois, as part of a 20-year agreement with the company. This move alone was one of the biggest purchases of wind power from a private company and in total, the purchase is as much electricity consumption as that of 70,000 homes in Illinois.
In addition to their wind power purchase, the company also annually uses biogas, biomass, hydro and solar power to keep the lights on. Approximately 50 percent of the energy generated on the company?s Redmond Campus is from hydroelectricity, and 83 percent of the power used in the company primary data center in Quincy, WA comes from hydroelectric power.
The company?s solar power system in Silicon Valley, offsets approximately 15 percent of the company?s energy needs and the company is currently building its first zero carbon data plant that is fueled entirely by biogas from a nearby water treatment plant. This multi-faceted approach to utilizing green energy solutions has helped make Microsoft one of the most environmentally responsible companies in the United States year after year.
Size: 115,00+ Employees
Founded: 1976 in Cupertine, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 1,021,607,000
Apple has made a large effort to stop climate age, and in that the company not only adheres to ENERGY STAR standards, but they make it a point to pass them. Currently, 100 percent of Apple?s U.S. operations run on renewable energy and 100 percent of their data centers do too. The company is also making major headway in making their global operations more energy efficient, with 87 percent of their international companies running entirely on renewable energy.
Apple doesn?t just practice energy efficient measures at their own headquarters, but they have also worked to make more and more energy efficient products. Their famous iMac desktop computer is now 97 percent more efficient than the original model.
22. Ahold USA
Size: 115,000 Employees
Founded: 1970s in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Green kWh Used Per Year: 157,567,165
Ahold USA makes an effort to purchase green, or renewable, energy credits each and every year. According to the grocery giant, the company has been working on improving their energy efficiency for over a decade. They have been outfitting their stores with new efficient LED lighting, refrigeration and HVCAC systems. In a single effort that improved 35 Long Island Stores in 2014, the company was able to save more than 10 million kWh and $2,000,000 in energy costs in a single year.
This project is just one of more than 5,000 efficiency projects implemented by Ahold USA. As for the company?s new constructions, all will be created with 100 percent LED lighting.
23. Dell Inc.
Size: 108,000 Employees +
Founded: 1984 in Rock Round, Texas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 259,300,000
Dell is not only one of the biggest technology companies in the country, but it is also one of the most energy efficient. The company has made energy efficient improvements not only in their headquarters but in the data centers as well. New heating and cooling systems ensure that it takes far less energy to power the company?s cooling systems, while the latest IT equipment configurations help control light use. The EPA has consistently named Dell as one of the Top 50 purchasers of renewable energy in the United States thanks to their ongoing commitment to reduce their carbon footprint and be more environmentally responsible.
24. Intel Corporation
Size: 107,000+ Employees
Founded: 1968 in Mountain View California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 3,107,050,000
In addition to creating new energy efficient products, such as greener processors and more eco-friendly computer chips, Intel itself is pioneering the way towards a more energy-efficient future. Since 2012, Intel Corp has been using more green energy than any other private, or public organization in the planet. The company primarily utilizes solar power and wind power, which partially comes from on-site generation. The company also has strong partnerships with outside green energy suppliers including PNM and Sterling Planet.
Each one of Intel Corporation?s campuses (with locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon) all utilize green energy, with approximately 88 percent of the company?s US operations being powered by green energy.
25. Philips Electronics
Size: 105,000+ Employees
Founded: 1891 in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Green kWh Used Per Year: 250,000,000
Philips Electronics is often hailed as one of the most socially responsible companies in the electronics world and has made energy efficiency a core corporate value for their organization. These efforts have also bled into the company?s research and development department; the energy giant created the first ever efficient LED lamp prototype that actually uses half of the energy as a standard LED lamp.
On December 15th, 2015, the company?s North American branch announced it will use 100 percent renewable energy for its North American operations by the end of 2016. Together with EDP Renewable, the technology giant has plans to purchase 250,000,000 kWh of renewable energy every year over the next 15 years.
26. Empire State Building
Size: 100,000+ (Varies Depending on Tenant )
Founded: 1931 in New York City
Industry: Real Estate
Green kWh Used Per Year: 53,247,600
The Empire State Building isn?t only one of the most iconic buildings in the entire world, but the team behind this massive structure has taken great steps to retrofit this building with new energy efficient upgrades. Their latest upgrade is designed to save the entire building 38 percent of energy costs or up to $4.4 million per year and three years into the upgrades, the company is estimating that they are already ahead of their efficiency targets.
This is a multi-faceted effort that includes several different upgrades. A radiative barrier along the perimeter of the building and new tenant daylighting that helps spaces use ambient, direct/indirect lighting have all helped drastically reduce the need for energy and lighting. The upgrades also include dimmable ballasts and photo-sensors along with occupancy sensors. New air-handling units and new building windows have also been added to the building, along with other upgrades to improve efficiency throughout the entire structure. Little upgrades such as this have come together to completely change the way the entire building utilizes energy.
27. H-E-B Grocery
Size: 86,000+ Employees
Founded: 1906 in San Antonio, Texas
Industry: Grocery Retail
Green kWh Used Per Year: 59,000,000
Whether its outfitting their existing facilities with new energy-efficient upgrades or building new ENERGY STAR certified buildings, H-E-B Grocery has an ongoing commitment to energy efficiency with their company. The company saves thousands of dollars per year on energy costs thanks to their special infrared diagnostic equipment that is used to test and repair air leaks on the seals of their doors, windows and coolers and freezers.
Six of the company?s stores have achieved LEED green building certification, while all stores have energy management systems that have reduced energy use by almost 8 percent per store, per year. All of these stores also have energy efficient lighting, and the organization is currently working on replacing the lighting in their frozen food door cases, an effort that will save 16 million kWh. The outdoor H-E-B signs on the other hand have also be replaced with LED lights, a move that saves the organization nearly 13 million kWh per year.
With so many efforts and ongoing attempt to improve their efficiency, it is easy to see how the company has already reduced their utility usage per square foot by 20 percent since 2000 and continues to reduce that usage even more each and every year.
Size: 79,075 Employees
Founded: 1986 in Brighton, MA
Green kWh Used Per Year: 16,975,741
For Staples, the company?s energy management program has proven to be one of their main focuses moving towards the future as the organization has dedicated a great deal of time and money into improving their efficiency across their stores and their headquarters. The office supply company?s overall goal is to advance energy reduction and the use of renewable and clean energy. This effort began in 1999 with the organization?s partnership with ENERGY STAR. This effort spearheaded upgrades throughout the company?s locations in an effort to create more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.
To date, the company has 34 facilities with 37 solar arrays in the United States, together, these solar arrays generate more than 14.6 million kWh of clean energy every year. From 2010 to the end of 2014, the company reduced their global electric intensity by 4.4% using energy efficient upgrades for their buildings. Now, they are working on a goal to reduce electricity intensity by 25% by the end of 2020.
By the end of 2014, Staples had 645 ENERGY STAR verified buildings as part of their company. For five years in a row, the organization also received the honor of being the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for their global energy reduction efforts.
29. Mars Inc.
Size: 75,000+ Employees
Founded: 1911 in Tacoma, Washington
Industry: Food and Beverage
Green kWh Used Per Year: 801,462,525
Mars Inc. not only buys wind-power from Mesquite Creek Wind, but they also have their own on-site generation systems in place. The company was recently ranked by Forbes as the 7th largest privately held company in the United States and they have the energy efficient practices to match.
The company focuses on improving their efficiency as a way to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the company has a long-term goal to eliminate fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions entirely by 2040. In addition to their renewable energy efforts, their current approach includes increasing operational efficiency by decreasing energy use, water use and waste in their offices, investing in more efficient equipment and processes and developing new technology that can help make all of their facilities use less energy.
30. Cisco Systems
Size: 71,800+ Employees
Founded: 1984 in San Francisco, CA
Green kWh Used Per Year: 1,085,086,742
Computer hardware manufacturing giant Cisco Systems have put a great deal of effort into improving their energy efficient practices. The company has reduced energy consumption in their supply chain and 100 percent of their contract manufacturers now report to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The company has also created new products for improved energy efficiency. As for their actual headquarters? They rely heavily on both solar and wind power in order to keep their facilities up and running.
Cisco also has plan for the future. Their 153-acre solar farm in Blyth, California is set to be completed at the end of 2016. When it is up and running, it will provide the tech giant with 20 megawatts of solar energy, or about the same amount of power it takes to run 14,000 American homes.
Size: 66,000 Employees
Founded: 1868 in New York City
Green kWh Used Per Year: 96,889,905
With their reliance on wind power, 100 percent of all of MetLife?s power comes from renewable energy, more pertinently from wind power. In total they use approximately 92.9 percent low or zero-carbon emitting sources and approximately 77 percent hydropower, wind, solar and biomass. The insurance giant also implements capital projects and facility upgrades that focus on energy savings, emissions reductions, water efficiency and waste diversion. This program?s efforts have included new LED lighting systems, lighting retrofits, chiller and boiler replacements and occupancy sensor installations.
32. Google Inc.
Size: 61,800+ Employees
Founded: 1998 in Melo Park, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 879,152,664
Google has made it a point to take a multi-faceted approach to introducing energy efficient practices and green energy into their everyday practices. According to the company, they purchase 24 percent of their renewable energy directly, obtain 37 percent of their energy from renewable sources and use 13 percent of renewable energy that is already on the grid. As for the rest of the company?s energy use, it is neutralized by the company?s carbon offset project.
The tech-giant relies on biogas, solar and wind power in order to keep their massive office park up-and-running in an energy efficient manner. What is perhaps most impressive, is the energy-saving data centers this company operates. Their data centers use approximately 50 percent of the energy of most other data centers, despite being some of the largest in the world.
33. Lenovo (US Office)
Founded: 1984 ? Morrisville, North Carolina (US Headquarters)
Green kWh Used Per Year: 15,000,000
For tech company Lenovo, their daily operations aren?t only about creating energy-efficient products for their customers, but by promoting sustainability and efficiency in their facilities as well. One of the main ways that the company does this is through their energy efficiency and conservation efforts. In addition to adding some of their own technologies into their facilities to reduce energy use, the company is one of the nation?s leading buyers of renewable energy.
Lenovo has also joined forces with ENERGY STAR to offer a full selection of notebooks, desktops, workstations, servers and monitors that meet ENERGY STAR certification. These creations have helped the organization earn several awards from the EPA for their contribution to energy efficiency. Other offerings include the company?s power manager, energy calculator and a series of solar-powered products that all fall in line with the organization?s efficiency efforts.
34. American Express
Founded: 1850 in Buffalo, New York
Green kWh Used Per Year: 114,117,486
American Express has been implanting a major effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and as part of this effort they have announced a plan to reduce carbon emissions by 2016. To do this, the company has added new on-site green power generation, implemented new energy efficiency initiatives in all of their buildings.
Approximately 30 percent of the company?s total square footage is green-building certified and 70 percent of the electricity from the company?s data centers comes from green power. American Express?s Information Processing Center in Arizona is also EPA Energy Star certified, consuming 35 percent less energy in general than buildings of similar size and function.
35. BNY Mellon
Size: 50,300 Employees
Founded: 2007 in New York City
Industry: Banking and Financial Services
Green kWh Used Per Year: 227,309,995
BNY Mellon?s commitment to the environment stretches far beyond their green energy use. The company incorporates sustainable designs into their new and retrofitting construction projects and works to ?make every watt count? with all of their efforts. In addition to company-wide educational programs designed to educate employees about green energy use, the company has 18 Energy Star certified facilities in eight different states. One of their biggest energy reduction efforts even earned the company $8.5 million in avoided costs.
36. EMC Corporation
Founded: 1979 in Hopkins, Massachusetts
Green kWh Used Per Year: 157,000,000
The data creation company consistently purchases green energy from a variety of clean sources including wind and solar power. The company not only helps other organizations implement energy efficient technologies but they also played a role in the next iteration of the EPA?s Energy Star Data Center Storage Requirements. Many of their efforts are spearheaded by the company?s volunteer group of employees E3 (Energy, Efficiency and Effectiveness), a group that shares information and ideas about the company?s efficiency efforts.
37. BD Medical (Becton Dickinson)
Founded: 1987 in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Industry: Health Care
Green kWh Used Per Year: 437,409,000
BD Medical has not only been utilizing green energy as part of their massive sustainability effort, but the company also announced some pretty big goals for the end of 2020. The company is aiming to launch a 40 percent energy reduction plan by the end of their deadline and to start using 50 percent total energy from renewable resources.
New technologies have already helped the company make headway on their goal, with facilities within the BD Medical system receiving complete rewiring, re-insulation and new monitored air units. One of the company?s newest buildings even received the ENERGY Star Challenge award for their lighting strategies, new efficient equipment and for offsetting 100 percent of their electricity use with renewable energy.
38. Southwest Airlines – Dallas/Houston Operations
Founded: 1967 in Dallas, Texas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 21,081,000
Reported Overall Energy Use: 72 million kWh (2010)
Southwest Airlines not only not only purchases millions of kWh green energy from a variety of resources in an effort to promote more responsible energy use. While many of Southwest?s employees spend most of their time in the sky, those that do work on the ground in their headquarters take their energy efficiency efforts very seriously. The company monitors their electricity use to a tee, and claims that their employees use on average just 2,000 kWh per person.
39. Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
Size: 44,000 Employees
Founded: 1946 in New York City
Industry: Consumer Products
Green kWh Used Per Year: 63,385,653
In their expansive report, aptly titled the Beauty of Responsibility, Estee Lauder lists all of the ways in which their company has been improving their sustainability efforts, including their approach to energy efficiency. The company uses a multi-faceted approach to decrease their energy use. In addition to using ENERGY STAR equipment in their manufacturing and distribution facilities, the organization also utilizes high-efficiency airflow and temperature management systems in these facilities and their retail hubs.
As part of the company?s ongoing efforts they are also implementing new LED lighting in stores around the country, as well as energy dashboards that allow the company to monitor energy demands in real-time and conserve energy while improving their facilities. The Estee Lauder corporate office has also taken a similar energy-centered approach making their own improvements and adding T8 light bulbs, electronic ballasts and occupancy sensors in their offices, along with a new HVAC system to bring their energy costs down.
40. Panera Bread
Size: 40, 100 Employees
Founded: 1987 in Kirkwood, Missouri
Green kWh Used Per Year: 14,379,738 (Maryland Locations)
Panera Bread retail locations and offices alike contain simple yet effective energy efficient upgrades that ensure these facilities are using the least amount of energy possible. Automated lighting controls, occupancy sensors and photocells come together to help make all of these buildings more efficient.
The company has taken a very hands-on approach to ensuring that they are cutting back on their energy use. This included energy-conscious efforts such as turning off ovens and disconnecting dish hoods when they weren?t in use. The company also started adding LED lights and LED menus to their locations and saw an immediate improvement in their energy costs. Ever since implementing these easy changes, the company saw a 17 percent reduction in their energy use in just four year?s time.
41. Pearson North America
Founded: 1998 (US location in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey)
Industry: Media and Publishing
Green kWh Used Per Year: 175,000,000
The educational publishing company not only uses all renewable energy, but they actually make more than they use. In addition to using 100 percent energy from solar or wind power, they actually generate up to 3 million kW of green power annually, or enough to power more than 200 average American homes.
In 2009, the company became the first global media company to commit to being climate neutral with their energy conserving and generating efforts. They have renewed that achievement every year since. They have also received LEED certification from the US Green Buildings Council on five buildings, with six other buildings currently up for the LEED status.
42. Colgate – Palmolive Company
Size: 37,900 Employees
Founded: 1806 in New York City
Industry: Consumer Products
Green kWh Used Per Year: 68,000,000
There are 31 different Colgate Palmolive sites that have earned the EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, meaning more than half of the company?s locations around the world are ENERGY STAR certified. The organization is also part of the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership that encourages voluntary use of green power to reduce environmental impacts.
In addition to outfitting many of their facilities with LEED lighting and ENERGY STAR certified products, the company also supports the development of green power in the United States, purchasing much of their energy from local facilities that create power from renewable resources.
43. Anthem, Inc. – Worthington, Ohio Facility
Founded: 1940s in Indianapolis
kWh Used Per Year: 3,671,636
Anthem Inc. is part of the BlueCross BlueShield family and a strong proponent of energy efficiency. As the company creates new facilities for their efforts, they have maintained a focus on creating green LEED certified structures. One of the most efficient is the company?s Worthington, Ohio facility where the insurance company uses 100 percent renewable energy, relying mostly their partnership with Direct Energy.
Size: 36,000 Employees
Founded: 1899 in Overland Park, Kansas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 176,004,679
Mobile giant Sprint is one of the nation?s top purchasers of green energy, but that isn?t their only effort when it comes to promoting efficiency. In 2013, the company announced plans for a new Energy Management System that is expected to save them more than $15 million over a period of ten years. The system is being installed in more than 1,000 Spring Stores and is designed to reduce the company?s energy costs by 15 percent, or $1.5 million per year. The system controls lighting, HVAC system, air, heating and ventilation in individual stores. The company hopes that with the program in full swing, it will be reducing its energy use by 11 million kWh per year.
Sprint has also partnered with several other organizations to ensure more efficient energy practices. The company partnered with the Better Buildings Challenge in 2013, an organization that has a goal of making industrial buildings 20 percent more efficient over the next 10 years and they are also a EPA Green Power Partner.
45. Giant Eagle Inc.
Size: 36,000 Employees
Founded: 1933 in O?Hara Township, Pennsylvania
Green kWh Used Per Year: 21,498,000
Gaint Eagle Inc. runs some of the biggest grocery stores in the country. However, the brand?s stores do more than just offer their customers with fresh food products, they have also developed a serious effort to lower their overall energy costs. The organization has taken several conservation steps which have included adding energy-efficient and LED lighting systems in stores throughout the country. This has helped seven of the organization?s locations receive the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification.
In addition to buying more than 21 million kW of green energy per year, the company also utilizes reflective, energy-efficient roofing in all of their new construction stores (after 2001). Other energy saving features included state-of-the-art energy management controls and power monitoring and occupancy sensors in offices and stores around the country to ensure no extra energy is going to waste.
46. State Street Corporation
Size: 29,970 Employees
Founded: 1792 in New York City
Green kWh Used Per Year: 211,020,000
The State Street Company may be one of the oldest financial companies in the United States, but they are ahead of the game when it comes to their energy efficient practices. In 2015, the company released a Corporate Responsibility Report that discussed some of their energy efficient efforts. In 2014, the company added two new energy efficient facilities while their new Channel Center in Boston boasted features like energy-efficient use of natural light and LED upgrades.
The financial company has a goal to recue 20 percent carbon emissions per person (based on their 2012 baseline) by the year 2020. Through new technology, high-tech facilities and an effort to improve the day-to-day energy use among its employees, the financial giant is already making giant strides towards this energy reduction effort.
47. TD Banking
Size: 26,000+ Employees
Founded: 2000 in Portland, Maine
Green kWh Used Per Year: 255,063,000
In 2010, TD Bank set records when it became the first bank in North America to become carbon neutral. In 2012 the company received the Green Power Partner Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company impressively uses 100 percent green energy utilizing both solar and wind power, this includes their ATM network.
The company operates more than 100 LEED Stores and corporate offices and were the first to open a net-zero energy bank location in the United States. With so many green energy accomplishments to their name and plans for the future to reduce energy costs even more, it is easy to see why this organization has been hailed as one of the leaders in the energy efficient movement.
48. Price Chopper Supermarkets
Size: 24,000 Employees
Founded: 1932 Schnectady, New York
Green kWh Used Per Year: 12,000,000
Thanks to a long-time relationship with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Price Choppers Supermarkets has received several awards for their energy efficiency. In 2013 they received an award by cutting their energy costs by $139,000 per year with some individual stores seeing as much as 29 percent energy reduction. Another single store was able to save 1.3 kW per year, or enough energy to power 189 homes for a year.
Simple approaches that include smarter practices, monitors and sensors, new technologies and LED lighting have all helped the company both on the store-by-store level and as a whole continuously slash their energy bill.
49. Ralph Lauren Corporation
Size: 23,000 Employees
Founded: 1967 in New York City
Green kWh Used Per Year: 3,174,008
Ralph Lauren Corporation isn?t just one of the biggest fashion brands in the world, it is also one of the most energy-efficient as well. Starting in 2002, Ralph Lauren made a dedicated effort to integrate energy management systems into more than 40 percent of its retail stores. These energy-management systems help control and remotely monitor lighting, heating, air conditioning and other systems in the stores to improve overall efficiency.
In 2011, the company received its first Silver LEED Certification for a new Factory Store in Leeds, Alabama, and followed this accolade up by receiving another LEED Certification for a new Livermore, California store. Small efforts like this not only in the company?s stores, but in their headquarters have helped Ralph Lauren become one of the more conscious and efficient clothing companies in the market today.
50. Monsanto Company
Size: 22,000+ Employees
Founded: 1901 in St. Louis, MO
Green kWh Used Per Year: 5,378,000
Monsanto has been consistently recognized for their LEED certifications and their commitment to sustainability. In addition to purchasing green energy and empowering farmers to produce more from their land while conserving resources, the company?s sustainability commitment has also expanded to their actual facilities.
As part of their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in 2015, the company performed their first all-LED retrofit. Two of their facilities in Grinnell, Iowa were retrofitted with new LED fixtures that not only made the facility safe but drastically cut down on energy costs as well. These new LED lighting features use 190 fewer watts per fixture compared to their predecessors.
In addition to new fixtures the company?s facilities also have occupancy sensors to ensure no lighting is wasted.
51. Fifth Third Bank
Size: 21,613+ Employees
Founded: 1858 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Green kWh Used Per Year: 65,000,000
Thanks to Fifth Third Bank?s strategic energy plan, this Ohio-based company has managed to surpass their energy reduction goals and implement a lasting, energy efficiency strategy. After launching a plan in 2005, the company was able to improve efficiency at more than 500 sites and cut energy use by 9.98 MM kilowatt hours.
This effort started with the company?s largest facilities and trickled down to their individual site locations. Fifth Third Bank used their local Duke Energy Smart $aver Program to upgrade their lighting systems and install programmable thermostats and occupancy sensors at their Cincinnati locations. With improvements made to 135 sites, Fifth Third Bank was able to reduce 6,741,213 kWh and save nearly $1,000,000 in energy costs.
52. Outpost Natural Foods
Founded: 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Green kWh Used Per Year: 1,451,520
Outpost Natural Foods doesn?t just focus on creating organic foods for their customers, they are committed to promoting sustainability as well. The company takes their commitment to environmental responsibility very seriously, beginning with their solar panels. The company owns their own 56kWh solar panel array that helps power their organization.
As for some of the company?s new constructions, they are all aiming towards LEED certification thanks to the use of skylights, energy efficient equipment and other technologies. In addition to outfitting their company with plenty of LED lights and efficient upgrades, Outpost also offset their energy with clean energy credits sourced by local Wisconsin rePowerNow.
Size: 19,000 Employees
Founded: 1999 in San Francisco, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 36,907,136
Total kWh Used in 2015: 140,278 MWh
Salesforce is actively working towards powering their entire global operation with 100 percent renewable energy. The company?s data centers use approximately 69 percent of their total energy. In 2015, the company operated 55 percent LEED buildings and the organization?s Salesforce Tower in San Francisco is on-track to be LEED Platinum certified.
In early 2016, Salesforce announced they would be doubling down on their renewable energy commitments. The company, which already had a strong commitment to buying renewable energy, announced that they would be buying 24 MW of additional green energy from a wind farm in Texas. The energy agreement came just after another big announcement from the company, in which they revealed they had entered a VPPA agreement for 40 MW of a new West Virginia wind farm that is expected to generated 125,000 MWh of energy every year. Both of these farms are expected to be operational in 2016, meaning Salesforce is on the precipice of an exciting new era of green energy commitment.
54. Freescale Semiconductor (NXP)
Founded: 2004 in Austin, Texas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 6,000,000
Freescale specializes in creation solutions that promote increased energy consumption awareness among today?s consumers. However, the company doesn?t just help others achieve more efficiency, they also have their own sustainability efforts as well that promote efficiency throughout their entire organization. When the company launched its own energy efficiency plan at their Oak Hill Plant, the organization was able to reduce their annual energy consumption by 28 million KWh through simple improvements.
Freescale is also an avid purchaser of green energy, and has a commitment to purchasing renewable energy sources each and every year. At the end of 2015, it was revealed that Freescale was going to be acquired by NPX Semicondoctors, an organization that has their own commitment to delivering energy efficient solutions, technology and even retrofit LED bulbs to the public.
55. Pitney Bowes
Size: 16,100 Employees
Founded: 1920 in Stamford, Connecticut
Green kWh Used Per Year: 15,789,474
Connecticut-based Pitney Bowes first made headlines with their energy efficient efforts when the company announced they were joining forces with Connecticut Light and Power Company to increase efficiency within their headquarters and facilities around the country. This effort began in 2002 and since then, the company has maintained a serious commitment to improving energy efficiency. Pitney Bowes is also a founding member of the Green Power Market Development Group, which promotes the development and purchase of alternative energy.
The company has also placed a great deal of focus in making all of their operations greener and more efficient. Thanks to their Energy Task Force, the organization has been teaching employees about energy conservations with an effort that has significantly reduced their overall energy costs. From 2007 to 2014, the company reduced their electricity consumption by more than 27 million kW hours, which saved the organization more than $3.83 million. This was done through the implementation of a number of energy-saving initiatives including improved lighting, heating systems, AC controls and more efficient HVAC systems, among other technological improvements.
56. Bloomberg LP
Size: 15,500 Employees
Founded: 1981 in New York City
Industry: Media and Publishing
Green kWh Used Per Year: 90,770,114
In addition to receiving several awards from the EPA for their energy efficiency, Bloomberg LP has also made a number of great strides to reduce their carbon footprint through their energy efficiency efforts. The company not only utilizes green power solutions but they have also re-evaluated their entire energy strategy as well. According to Chairman, Peter Grauer, the organization believes that purchasing green power helps their organization ?become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.?
With their green power efforts, new technologies and strategies to utilize less energy each and every day, Bloomberg LP has not only made an impact on their own business model but the green approach of other organizations as well.
57. Neiman Marcus Group
Size: 15,100 Employees
Founded: 1907 in Dallas, Texas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 4,449,712
Retail giant Neiman Marcus not only buys green energy, but it makes an effort to use less energy with each and every move they make. Their store locations and their corporate offices uses the latest technology and automation to control systems as a way to control their electrical and HVAC systems to use less energy and operate in a more efficient manner. Together with LED lighting and motion sensors, this massive organization works to ensure that energy efficiency is always in style.
58. Levi Strauss and Co.
Size: 15,000 Employees
Founded: 1853 in San Francisco, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 10,097,423
The popular denim company, Levi Strauss has a bold goal in mind: to be the world?s most sustainable apparel company. As part of that effort, the company has been making serious strides in purchasing more renewable energy and currently have a goal to rely entirely on renewable resources to power all of their facilities. The organization has also retrofitted their large-scale distribution centers with efficient upgrades, as these centers currently consume around 40 percent of the brand?s overall energy.
As for the Levi?s headquarters, the brand remodeled the building which went on to receive LEED Gold Certification for its energy efficiency.
59. Motorola Solutions Inc.
Size: 15,000 Employees
Founded: 2011 in Chicago, Illinois
Green kWh Used Per Year: 55,000,000
For Motorola Solutions, the relatively new addition to the Motorola Technology family, energy efficiency has always been part of their game plan. One of the company?s core environmental principles include improving energy efficiency and reducing product carbon footprints. In addition to purchasing green energy every year, the organization works to improve efficiency through their offices with a variety of human-centered and technology initiatives meant to conserve energy.
60. Applied Materials, Inc.
Size: 14,600 Employees
Founded: 1967 in Santa Clara, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 67,659,885
Applied Material?s Inc. is not only a former recipient of the Green Power Leadership award, but this organization both uses and helps manufacture energy efficient equipment. The Santa Clara company specializes in creating semiconductor equipment, software products, solar photovoltaic cells and energy efficient glass.
Energy efficiency is not only part of the company?s product mission but they have also made energy efficiency a major part of their sustainability program as well. The company has added energy efficient additions to their company and purchased a great deal of green power for their organization.
61. BMO Harris Bank
Size: 14,500 Employees
Founded: 1882 in Chicago, Illinois
Green kWh Used Per Year: 91,400,000
BMO Harris has implemented a detailed commitment to sustainability as part of their effort to become ?one of the leading financial institutions in the area of Environmental Sustainability.? The EPA has recognized the organization by inducting them into the Green Power Leadership Club, giving them the Green Power Leadership Award and naming the company as one of the Top 50 Green Power Partners on their national ranking.
These recognitions have come from the organizations efforts with energy efficiency. They have built four LEED registered new bank branches and are outfitting many of their existing buildings with new green products and systems. This includes high solar roof reflecting materials, new HVAC systems, high efficiency mechanical equipment and heating and cooling systems that monitor outdoor air circulation to maximize efficiency.
62. SAP America
Size: 12,500 Employees
Founded: 1972 in Newton Square, PA
Green kWh Used Per Year: 90,000,000
In addition to being one of the biggest purchasers of green energy for a company of their size, SAP America has also been hailed by the U.S. Green Building Council not only for their efforts as a whole, but for their new headquarters.
When it opened, the company?s Pennsylvania office received the highest LEED certification from the organization, with a Platinum title. The company?s building was built adjacent to their existing LEED certified office and is the largest LEED Platinum-certified facility in Pennsylvania. The company has already reduced their carbon emissions by 50 percent when compared to 2007 and their new construction is 1/3 more energy efficient than conventional buildings thanks to sensor systems that adjust lighting and temperatures and a hybrid air conditioning system that works overnight when energy demands and electric rates are lowest. The building also utilizes natural sunlight to reduce energy costs with their floor-to-ceiling glass exteriors.
These efforts came along with SAP America?s commitment to an annual purchase of 19 million kWh of wind-generated Renewable Energy Certificates.
63. Agilent Technologies
Size: 12,000 Employees
Founded: 1999 in Santa Clara, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 1,697,687
Agilent creates technologies to help other organizations become more energy efficient, all while implementing their own standards. Some of their key creations include technologies designed to improve compliance testing for energy efficient Ethernet standards.
Agilent Technologies not only creates innovative solutions for customers around the globe, but they do so in a way that can help drive productivity in a sustainable manner. In 2009, the company installed their own 1 megawatt on-site solar system to cover a portion of their annual energy needs and the company has been utilizing their own solar powered system ever since. The company also completed a new lighting retrofit that has helped the company save up to 100,000 kW per year.
64. SC Johnson & Son Inc.
Founded: 1886 in Racine, Wisconsin
Green kWh Used Per Year: 73,171,239
SC Johnson and Son has recently launched a revamped production process for their consumer products that makes the entire process greener and more efficient. In addition to retrofitting their organization to ensure the most efficiency possible, After an eight-year planning process the organization was able to introduce a new wind turbine for their organization that generates, on average, approximately 10 million kWh a year, or 52 percent of the factory?s power. This addition alone saved the organization around $688,800 a year on energy costs.
Size: 12,000 Employees
Founded: 1938 in Kent, Washington
Green kWh Used Per Year: 67,263,234
REI has taken their efforts to be more energy efficient to new heights with a bevy of programs designed to make the organization as a whole more efficient while reducing the company?s impact on their environment. REI has 26 locations that use solar technology and they also have contracts with different green power services, focusing almost entirely on purchasing energy from wind and solar power sources whenever possible.
In the REI data center, a new retrofit was added to improve the efficiencies of the equipment and to reduce cooling costs by 93 percent, saving 2.2 million kW every year. The company has also added new energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensors in nearly all of their stores across the country, along with new more efficient HVAC systems.
66. CA Technologies Bank
Size: 11,500 Employees
Founded: 1976 in New York City
Green kWh Used Per Year: 5,084,655
CA Technologies has adopted an ongoing program designed to promote more energy efficient practices across their organization. Approximately 470,000 square feet of office space across the company?s U.S. offices is LEED-certified or under Green lease. The company also started a major upgrade effort in 2014 to reduce energy costs when they upgraded all of the lighting in their Ne York office with high-efficiency T8 or LED bulbs. The company also moved to LED lighting in their data center, which typically runs around 24 hours per day, these lights increase brightness by about 25 percent but use about half of the energy. Both the company?s Framingham office and their New York Office were awarded EPA ENERGY STAR certifications for their efforts in promoting energy-efficient products and reducing consumption.
67. Steelcase Inc.
Size: 11,000 Employees
Founded: 1912 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Green kWh Used Per Year: 131,331,581
Retail company Steelcase Inc. isn?t just a leader in the office furniture industry, but they have also become a leader in the green energy movement as well. The company recently announced their renewable energy investment is equivalent to 100 percent of its global electricity consumption.
The company is one of the top 15 !00 renewable energy purchasers in the United States, an effort that started with their goal to drastically lower their overall energy use. Since first starting to track their energy consumption in 2001, the company has reduced energy use by 60 percent, even while growing.
68. Snyder?s-Lance Inc. Hanover
Size: 10,000+ Employees
Founded: 1909 in Hanover, Pennsylvania
Industry: Food and Beverage
Green kWh Used Per Year: 4,785,308
Synder?s-Lance has a commitment to using less energy in their plants. In addition to relying heavily on natural resources, particularly hydro-power for their plants, the company has also taken several steps to use less energy each and every day. In addition to low-wattage high-efficiency light bulbs, the company also uses meters in their ovens to lower fuel use.
Water meters and motion-sensing lights have also helped the company make sure they aren?t wasting any energy during their day-to-day operations.
69. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Founded: 1969 in Sunnyvale, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 32,303,000
AMD is currently in the midst of a major energy makeover. Their current goal is to deliver at least 25 times more energy efficiency by the year 2020. The company is working towards this effort with their Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) and working with their customers to reduce both power consumption and the environmental footprint of their technology. The effort is already paying off. The company has already improved the average energy of their mobile processors ten times from the year 2009 to the year 2014. The company has stated that their efforts to create differentiated low-powered products is a key part of this business strategy.
This effort, paired with the company?s ongoing efforts to utilize wind-powered and hydro-powered energy for their facilities, has helped the company earn several accolades from organizations such as the EPA.
70. Autodesk, Inc.
Size: 7,700 Employees
Founded: 1982 in Mill Valley, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 8,688,000
Autodesk Inc. offers its customers with the software they . The good news is, the company also practices what they preach, and has made several efforts to improve their efficiency and create more sustainable facilities for their organization. Autodesk not only purchases a significant amount of green energy every year, but they work to design efficient and sustainable buildings and workspaces for their organization, often using their own software to do so.
In 2008, the company started building new offices to achieve LEED certification and has been recognized for their efforts in energy efficiency by the EPA. To date, the company has 19 LEED certifications. In 2015, Autodesk announced a new plan to take their renewable energy efforts to the next level, with a goal to power their facilities and cloud computing services entirely with renewable energy by the year 2020.
71. Acer America Corporation (US Office)
Founded: 1976 in San Jose, California (US Headquarters)
Green kWh Used Per Year: 13,856,243
For tech giant Acer, their sustainability efforts are about more than just creating products that use less energy, the company has also made several additional efforts to ensure that they are bringing innovative solutions to today?s market. Many of these Acer products are designed to promote efficiency thanks to their Intel Display Power Savings Technology that comes in many of the Acer systems. This technology reducing display backlight and saves up to 33 percent more energy when compared to standard notebooks.
This is just one product in a line of efficiency offerings from the company. However, Acer does more than just create more efficient products, they also make their own efforts as an organization to be more efficient. In addition to purchasing green energy every year, the company also values efficient daily practices among their employees that has helped the organization reduce its overall energy consumption as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.
72. 1&1 Internet Inc. (US Office)
Size: 7,000 Employees
Founded: 1988 in Lenexa, Kansas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 24,000,000
The Kansas Data Center, 1&1 Internet Inc. has had a longstanding effort to improve their overall energy efficiency not only in their Kansas location but in their facilities across the country. In addition to adopting sustainable practices in their facility, the company has also powered with the EPA and participated in the company?s Green Power Partnership program. The company is also a part of the Green Power Leadership Club thanks to their efforts in purchasing electricity from sustainable sources. The company also purchases RECs from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to offset more than 24 million kWh of energy per year.
Furthermore, the company strives to consume as little energy as possible with all of their efforts. This is why all of the company?s data centers have highly efficient power supplies with less than 20 percent heat loss. This has been part of a 25-year energy efficient efforts initialized by the Kansas company.
73. Herman Miller Inc.
Size: 7,000+ Employees
Founded: 1905 in Zeeland Michigan
Industry: Industrial Goods and Services
Green kWh Used Per Year: 83,000,000
Herman Miller Inc. started including environmental goals into their company?s overall mission in 2004. Those goals not only included achieving a zero operational footprint, but relying on 100 percent renewable electrical energy. Since setting the goals the organization has already reached 100 percent renewable energy status and reduced their footprint by 91 percent.
Moving forward the company is already setting new goals with plans to reduce energy intensity by 50% and use 50,000 more mWh of local renewable energy, all within the next ten years.
74. Chop?t Creative Salad Company
Size: Less than 5,000
Founded: 2001 in New York
Industry: Food and Beverage
Green kWh Used Per Year: 3,149,484
The salad company impressively uses 100 percent green energy, relying almost entirely on wind power from Phoenix Energy Group for their eco-friendly resources. It is this partnership with Phoenix Energy that has helped the company not only reduce their energy use but to find new, more efficient practices they can implement into each and every store in their chain. From lighting retrofits and equipment optimization to sensors that use more light, these healthy fast-food chains not only focus on efficiency with their salad-making skills but with their energy bills as well.
75. Workday, Inc.
Size: 4,900 Employees
Founded: 2005 in Pleasanton, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 21,925,000
One of Workday Inc.?s major sustainability efforts comes with their commitment toward using green energy. In addition to purchasing a great deal of kWh every year, the company offsets 100 percent of the non-renewable electricity used in their office buildings and data centers. This effort has earned Workday Inc. several awards and recognitions from the EPA?s Green Power Partnership Program. The company works to improve the energy practices in their facilities and data centers by utilizing Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to make their facilities as efficient as possible.
76. Equinix Inc.
Founded: 1998 in Redwood, California
Industry: Technology and Telecom
Green kWh Used Per Year: 306,244,128
Equinix Inc.?s efforts with their data centers are simple: create the maximum business impact with minimal environmental footprint. The company is already building new green data centers and upgrading their existing centers to be more energy efficient. This is part of the company?s long term goal to use 100 percent renewable energy in all of their buildings. They already have contracts for more than 330 MW of solar and wind power by 2017.
In their facilities, adaptive control systems reduce power consumption, sensors manage light use and thermal guides reduce power consumption for cooling. All of the data centers also contain physical barriers that reduce the mixing of cold air in the data centers and hot air in the exhaust aisles, the result is a building that uses much less energy to cool. All of these buildings also contain energy-efficient lighting system and motion activated controls.
The company has received LEED Gold Certification in their Silicon Valley headquarters and all of their new constructions are on-track to receive LEED Silver or equivalent certifications as well.
77. Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Size: Less Than 5,000
Founded: 1981 in Waitsfiled, Vermont
Industry: Food and Beverage
Green kWh Used Per Year: 263,833,142
Keurig Green Mountain Energy really lives up to its name, by using 100 percent renewable energy to keep their company up and running. The company, which is known for its coffee products, not only utilizes solar and wind power to be more green, but they also use more energy-efficient practices as well.
The company offsets 100 percent of its direct greenhouse gases with responsible energy use. As of 2015, they even have their own Chief Sustainability Officer. All of their facilities not only utilize green energy but contain efficiency controls that ensure the company is utilizing as little energy as possible. Their Burlington, Mass office space is one of the company?s two new LEED Gold certified buildings and it includes a 524.5 kW solar array on the roof that generates renewable energy the company sells to the energy grid. With six total LEED certified facilities within their organization, this green coffee company is make some pretty big green energy movements of their own.
78. Boeing South Carolina
Size: 3,800+ Employees
Founded: 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina
Industry: Industrial Goods and Services
Green kWh Used Per Year: 123,902,804
Boeing?s South Carolina offices are among the most energy efficient in the company?s entire corporate structure. The company a whole has launched a major effort to include more energy conversation techniques in their day-to-day operations and already relies on carbon-free hydroelectric and renewable energy sources for nearly half of their total electricity consumption.
The Charleston facility is powered by 100 percent renewable energy that is sourced from 10 acres of solar panels on the roof of the building along with renewable energy credits purchased from the local utility. This effort along with monitors, efficient HVAC systems and HVAC lighting make this the most energy efficient buildings in the company?s entire fleet.
79. WhiteWave Foods Company
Size: 3,800 Employees
Founded: 1977 in Denver, Colorado
Industry: Food and Beverage
Green kWh Used Per Year: 68,536,000
According to the WhiteWave Foods Company?s Social Responsibility report, the organization not only aims to change the way the world eats, but the way that the world views the environment, particularly when it comes to energy use.
The company has received Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council?s LEED program for their existing buildings. The company?s corporate headquarters have also received the ENERGY STAR label for four years in a row for demonstrating measurable cost savings in operation, saving 37 percent per year in annual energy costs due to upgrades in their facility.
80. Rackspace US Inc.
Founded: 1998 in San Antonio, Texas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 76,788,691
Just one visit to the Rackspace US Inc. official blog and you will find out just how committed this organization is to energy efficiency and green living. The company not only purchases a tremendous amount of green energy every year, but they have received numerous awards from the EPA for their efforts including the organization?s Green Power Partner Recognition.
All of the company?s data centers have been outfitted with energy conserving upgrades that help these facilities use significantly less energy than their non-efficient counterparts. The company hosts a Green Day to educate employees, and the world on energy efficiency, and purchases more than 35 percent renewable energy every year, with a goal to reach 100 percent operations on renewable energy.
81. Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Size: 3,466 Employees
Founded: 2011 in Chicago, Illinois
Green kWh Used Per Year: 24,000,000
Motorola Mobility has had a commitment to sustainability and clean energy that began more than 25 years ago. The company has long-term objectives for their sustainability efforts that include maximizing their energy efficiency and using renewable resources to power their company. In addition to being part of the EPA Green Power Partnership Leadership Club, Motorola Mobility has also been awarded the WindMade Certification Label for powering 66 percent of their U.S. operations with wind energy.
The organization?s efforts don?t stop there either. The company?s Research and Design Center in Sunnyvale, California has received the LEED Gold Standard for Commercial Interiors, thanks to their energy efficient technological upgrades. In 2014, the company moved its Chicago headquarters to the Chicago Merchandise Mart, the largest LEED-EB certified building in the world, all as part of their ongoing mission to improve their efficiency.
82. New Seasons Market
Size: 3,000 Employees
Founded: 1999 in Portland, Oregon
Green kWh Used Per Year: 3,446,832
New Seasons Market may be a small but growing chain of organic grocery stores, but it has some pretty big goal in mind when it comes to their sustainability efforts. While the organization has always made an effort to operate in a more energy efficient manner as a way to reduce their impact on the environment, they reached a major milestone in the summer of 2015.
When opening their 17th location, the organization received their first Green Globes Certification for the energy efficient upgrades they added to their new location, which the company hopes will serve as a model for other new stores to come.
As for their green energy efforts, every year the company purchases millions of kW of green energy from Portland General Electric, relying mostly on wind-powered energy to keep their chain of markets up and running.
83. The Macerich Company
Size: 3,000 Employees
Founded: 1964 in Santa Monica, CA
Industry: Real Estate
Green kWh Used Per Year: 35,736,049
Every year, the company generates 10,736,049 kWh of power on site, and purchases 25,000,000 kWh of REC. Once the company started with their energy efficient efforts, they noticed a 29 percent drop in energy use in just six years. With their solar and energy efforts, the company launched 13 of their own individual renewable energy products, which produced 12 MW total energy capacity, or enough to power 10,000 homes per year.
When they made these improvements the company also replaced more than 110,000 light fixtures with more energy-efficient upgrades as well as 8.2 MW of grid relief powered by the company?s own solar installations. The company has been awarded for these efforts by several organizations including the EPA?s Green Power Partnership Award, 2015 GRESB Benchmark Award, GRESB Green Star Energy Award in 2014 and 2015 and the NAREIT Leader in Light in 2014 and 2015.
84. Volkswagen of Chattanooga Operations, LLC
Founded: 2001 in Chattanooga, TN
Green kWh Used Per Year: 13,301,338
One of Chattanooga?s biggest employers, their Volkswagen plant, not only utilizes a great deal of green energy, but they have also received a number of awards for their commitment to energy efficiency. The company?s Chattanooga-based manufacturing facility has received platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council?s LEED certification program. The plant is the only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive this certification, which is the highest level of performance in terms of energy efficiency.
This all aligns with Volkswagen?s Think Blue, global effort and the plant?s program includes superior insulation that saves 720, Kilowatts per year, LED lighting that uses 68 percent less energy than its predecessor and a white roof membrane that minimizes heat island effect by almost 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
85. Fredrikson and Byron, B.A.
Size: Approximately 500 Employees
Founded: 1948 in Minneapolis, MN
Green kWh Used Per Year: 3,707,000
This massive law firm not only has 270 attorneys within their firm, but they also have an equally large energy efficiency plan designed to help the firm reduce their overall electricity use. The company is a major purchaser of green energy, plus they have a team of attorneys that represent clients in the energy industry, should any of their partners need them.
The company relies on 100 percent green energy and has also launched their own ?Aim to Sustain? program which, among other things, purchases Renewable Energy Credits for all of the firm?s power usage.
Size: 1000 Employees
Founded: 2005 in Dallas, Texas
Green kWh Used Per Year: 60,403,000
Tech company SoftLayer has made a continuing effort to decrease their energy costs and improve efficiency by retrofitting their offices to include several new efficient improvements. These improvements include LED and energy-efficient lighting, new servers and energy efficient models and efficient practices for all members of the SoftLayer team to help reduce their individual energy use. The company also has an ongoing relationship with Green Mountain Energy Company for their data centers in Dallas and Houston.
87. MOM?s Organic Market
Size: Less Than 1000 Employees
Founded: 1987 in Rockville, Maryland
Green kWh Used Per Year: 11,079,324
Visit any MOM?s organic market and you will find that this chain of stores has developed a serious commitment to energy efficiency. The stores include wind-power operated features, LED lighting, and energy-efficient refrigerators as well as closed-door coolers. The LED lights the company has installed aren?t your everyday lights either. The LEDs at MOM?s last an average of 25,000 hours and use just 18 watts per bulb, a move that has saved individual store more than 40,000 watts of energy.
Thanks to their on-site generation efforts, the chain of organic supermarkets is able to generate even more energy than they use. With each new store the organization opens the company works to improve their efficiency even more, introducing new technologies while continuing to work on creating their own sustainable energy source.
88. The North Face
Size: Less Than 1,000 Employees
Founded: 1968 in Alameda, California (headquarters)
Green kWh Used Per Year: 19,672,356
The North Face clothing and accessory company is about more than outfitting people to head out into the great outdoors, the organization has also developed their own unique sustainability efforts designed to reduce their environmental impact. Their biggest effort comes in the form of clean energy and the organization?s Almeda, California headquarters has been leading the way on not only using less energy, but actually creating electricity of their own.
The company?s LEED Platinum-certified headquarters actually generates more electricity than the company uses. Other North Face regional headquarters and distribution centers also incorporate solar power, LEED-Commercial features and retrofits that improve the company?s overall efficiency.
89. Mohawk Fine Papers
Size: 540 Employees
Founded: 1931 headquartered in Cohoes, New York
Industry: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Green kWh Used Per Year: 67,000,000
Since the early 1990s, Mohawk Fine Papers has been committed to promote energy efficient practices throughout their organization. Today, the company invests around $400,000 a year to improve their efficiency practices- a move that results in more than $750,000 in annual energy costs. Most of the company?s efforts are centered around their three-story factory which creates around 100,000 tons of paper every year.
The company not only purchases Renewable Energy Credits, but it has received the EPA Green Power Partner of the Year Award and several recognitions for their ongoing commitment to reducing their own energy use. The company was placed at the top spot of Computerworld?s Top Green-IT users the country. They are also a frequent purchaser of renewable energy certificates, particularly of wind energy, which began the company?s attempt to offset 100% of their annual electric power beginning in 2007.
90. National Aquarium
Size: Approximately 500 Employees
Founded: 1981 in Baltimore, Maryland
Industry: Museums, Parks and Zoos
Green kWh Used Per Year: 7,500,000
The National Aquarium has the backing of a major organization that not only works to educate the public on the wildlife of today?s world, but to help the environment while they do it. As part of their efforts, the company launched their own 4.3 MW Cambridge Solar PV project that they created off-site in Cambridge, Maryland. The project gave the aquarium 100% of the energy that they produced. The aquarium also purchases wind REC in large volumes every year.
The aquarium partnered with Constellation Energy to do a complete audit of the facilities. After making all of the improvements and adding LED lighting replacements, updating installations and new technologies, the company was able to save more than $235,000 in energy costs per year.
91. Metcalfe?s Market
Size: Less than 500
Founded: 1917 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Green kWh Used Per Year: 2,232,061
The Wisconsin grocery market chain Metcalfe?s has been working towards a more energy efficient future since 2008. Since then all of their stores and offices have been 100% green powered. The market chain utilizes a mixture of wind power, landfill gas and solar power to power their facilities and their green energy purchase alone offsets approximately 8,368 tons of CO2 every year.
The company also uses and installs energy efficient lighting in all of their facilities. The company has installed all LED lighting in their buildings in a move that has drastically cut down on their energy costs.
92. Shakelee Corporation
Size: 500 Employees
Founded: 1956 in Pleasanton, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 5,400,000
Shakelee takes their efforts to promote energy efficiency very seriously, just look at their headquarters. This California building added an array of new energy-saving features and ended up cutting down energy costs down in their company by 1/3. These upgrades have saved the company more than 900,000 kW to date. Shakelee also became the first Climate Neutral Certified enterprise of its time, a goal it reached when it was able to completely offset its greenhouse gas emissions with all of its upgrades.
The features that got this company to such an efficient position include add-ons such as high performance window glazing to limit solar heat absorption and maximize daylight. Under-floor air systems that provide natural cooling and heating, timers that control interior and exterior lights and motion sensors and dimmers for lights and equipment were also added to the company?s headquarters.
93. Advantest America Inc.
Size: Less Than 500 Employees
Founded: 1954 in Santa Clara, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 11,706,000
According to Advantest America, the California tech company promotes several energy savings measures that align with today?s Energy Conservation Laws and regulations. For several, years the company has been working to cut costs and boost energy savings in their offices. The organization did this by implementing new and more appropriate lighting levels and switching their lighting to more efficient LED options. The company also unplugged unused transformers and shortened their air conditioning times. Together these efforts, along with new LED bulbs in their existing light fixtures have saved the company around 70 MWh every year.
The company purchases Renewable Energy Certificates to offset 100 percent of their operational costs and invests mostly in purchasing green wind energy. At some of the company?s factories additional efforts are being made as well. The organization?s Cheonan factory just installed new solar panels that generate around 1,325 MWh of electricity per year.
94. Dig Inn Seasonal Market
Size: 200 to 500 Employees
Founded: 1997 in New York
Green kWh Used Per Year: 1,451,520
Dig Inn Seasonal Market uses 100% green energy in order to power their local markets, but that is not where their sustainability efforts end. The company has an ongoing partnership with the Phoenix Energy Group in order to purchase wind power for their organization. The company has a local, farm-to-table mission and not only utilizes this mindset with their food but with their energy as well, purchasing local renewable energy. This paired with their energy conservation efforts have put the small market chain on the list of the EPA?s top retail green energy users.
95. Frontier Natural Products Co-op
Size: 293 Employees
Founded: 1976 in Norway, Iowa
Green kWh Used Per Year: 4,868,325
Frontier Natural Products recently converted their company to use 100 percent green power. In addition to purchasing plenty of green energy every year, Frontier Natural Products Co-Op also makes an effort to improve their energy efficiency in their facility. Frontier Natural Products Co-Op has received LEED Silver certification for the major improvements that they made to their manufacturing facility and the efforts they made to improve energy efficiency. The organization completely renovated their warehouse space with new mechanical systems, HVAC systems and lighting. Updates like this are part of the company?s ongoing efforts to keep their energy costs and their impact on the environment as low as possible.
96. Community Food Co-op
Size: 260 Employees
Founded: 1970 in Bellingham, WA
Green kWh Used Per Year: 1,497,252
Community Food Co-Op has a long-term goal to improve the energy efficiency of all of their co-op facilities while serving their community and providing them with quality foods choices. One of the company?s core values lies in their modeling ethical business practices by acting with honesty and integrity, which is something the company also applies to their sustainability efforts. This small grocery chain actually generates solar power which delivers approximately 5% of the electricity used at its LEED Certified store in Cordata.
In addition to promoting more energy-efficient operations, the organization is also an annual purchaser of green energy. Community Food Co-Op is the only grocery store in the state of Washington to receive ENERGY STAR certification in both of their stores. This is because the company has made a long-standing commitment to energy efficiency and engages in annual energy audits in an effort to promote transparency and improve their own practices. In June, 2015, the company increased the purchase of their RECs to offset 100% of its electricity use.
Size: Less than 200 Employees
Founded: 1984 in Park City, Utah
Green kWh Used Per Year: 60,215,000
Utah-based recreation company Powdr has an entire ?green? mission behind their company that includes a focus no only on new technologies but on the efforts of their employees. According to the organization, a great deal of their improved efficiency measures have come from human behaviors; turning down thermostats, turning off lights and changing their habits.
Efforts like this helped the company reduce their carbon footprint by nearly 60 percent over the course of seven years. These little efforts also come with the organization?s continuing purchase of renewable wind-energy credits which help offset their annual electricity usage. To take their efforts even further, the company has also started implementing new efficient practices in resorts they manage such as Park City, Copper Mountain and Boreal Mountain, all in an effort to spread the word about the importance of energy efficiency.
Size: Less Than 200
Founded: 1992 in Carlsbad, California
Green kWh Used Per Year: 15,634,000
PrAna designed their headquarters specifically with a minimalist design in order to ensure that it used less energy. In fact, energy efficiency was at the heart of nearly every aspect of their headquarters. The company has had their offices and distribution centers audited for energy use and made improvements to their facilities and to employee habits based on this feedback. The company also purchases Renewable Energy Certificates to offset the energy they use in their office, stores and in the homes of all of their employees.
The clothing company is 100 percent reliant on renewable energy thanks to their partnership with 3Degrees wind energy. According to the company, since 2005, the company has been working to not only reduce its energy consumption but to replace its main energy source with wind.
99. Green House Data
Size: Less Than 200 Employees
Founded: 2007 in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Green kWh Used Per Year: 15,675,000
Since 2007, Green Data centers have been focusing on two main components of their business: focusing on renewable energy and creating highly energy-efficient data centers. The company?s facilities have an average Power Usage Effectiveness of 1.25 or lower, which is impressive for any organization, let alone a massive data center. Green House Data is also an EPA Green Power Partner and purchases 100 percent Wind Power. They purchase Renewable Energy Credits to cover all of their annual electric use.
The company reaches these goals with an innovate pod design, put utilizing hot/cold aisle containment and by focusing on virtualization with their facilities. All of the company?s building have Energy Star equipment and power supply efficiency minimums. They also have power and temperature measurements and tracking in order to ensure they are being as efficient as possible.
100. Dagoba Organic Chocolate
Size: 15 Employees + Seasonal
Founded: 2001 in Ashland, Oregon
Industry: Food and Beverage
Green kWh Used Per Year: 257,206
The small chocolate manufacturing company was founded on sustainable principles, which is why it should come as no surprise that the organization has won multiple green energy awards including the EPA?s Green Power Leadership Award. In addition to buying Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for wind, solar and biomass energy, the company also takes their own steps to improve their energy practices throughout their organization.
Although the company is small, with just 15 full-time employees and a number of additional seasonal employees they make up for their small size with some big energy efficient measures. The company not only focuses on sustainable practices within their organization, but they make sure that their small plant in Oregon is as efficient as possible, with upgrades that ensure they are leaving as small of an environmental impact as possible