EPA Green Power Partner

Diamond's Greenbox Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Diamond Packaging as a Green Power Partner for making a positive environmental impact by purchasing renewable wind energy for 100% of its electrical energy requirements from 3Degrees. The company’s green power purchase, along with those of other Green Power Partners, reduces the risks of climate change associated with electricity generation by supporting technologies that are more sustainable for businesses and communities.

Environmental stewardship is an essential component of our mission and corporate values, with this purchase being just the latest demonstration of our ongoing commitment.

As more wind energy is added to the electric grid, less conventional forms of energy are used, resulting in cleaner air and a healthier environment. At a time when decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels has never been more important, U.S. wind energy potential is estimated at more than twice the total electricity generated from all sources in America today, and this resource will never run out.

EPA Green Power Leadership Club

Diamond has been awarded membership to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Green Power Leadership Club.

By meeting the Leadership Club purchase requirements, Diamond has joined an elite group of Green Power Partners who are demonstrating exemplary environmental leadership.

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Green Power Partnership Program

The EPA Green Power Partnership is helping to build the American green power industry. Current Partners’ green power use represents nearly 40% of the U.S. voluntary green power market.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Green Power Partnership (GPP) in 2001 to protect human health and the environment by increasing organizations’ voluntary green power use to advance the American market for green power and the development of those renewable electricity sources. The Green Power Partnership helps to achieve Clean Air Act requirements by reducing the pollution and the corresponding negative health and environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.

For more information visit the EPA website.

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Green Power Defined

Green power is a subset of renewable energy and represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the highest environmental benefit. The EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. Customers often buy green power for its zero emissions profile and carbon footprint reduction benefits.

Renewable energy includes resources that rely on fuel sources that restore themselves over short periods of time and do not diminish. Such fuel sources include the sun, wind, moving water, organic plant and waste material (eligible biomass), and the earth's heat (geothermal). Although the impacts are small, some renewable energy technologies can have an impact on the environment. For example, large hydroelectric resources can have environmental trade-offs on such issues as fisheries and land use.

Conventional power includes the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil) and the nuclear fission of uranium. Fossil fuels have environmental costs from mining, drilling, or extraction, and emit greenhouse gases and air pollution during combustion. Although nuclear power generation emits no greenhouse gases during power generation, it does require mining, extraction, and long-term radioactive waste storage.

For more information visit the EPA website.

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