Whole Foods is awarded by the EPA for its energy initiatives

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Whole Foods gets a green kudos from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The food retailer has received the 2012 Green Power Leadership Award — for its renewable energy purchase of 800 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) last year.

The EPA says the annual award recognizes leading green power purchasers for their involvement in the nation’s voluntary green power market.

In addition to its renewable energy purchases, Whole Foods says it generates nearly 258,000 kWh annually with the use of on-site solar arrays. That is reportedly enough green power to meet 107 percent of the grocer’s electricity use. Whole Foods adds this most recent award to its three previous awards from the EPA.

Whole Foods currently ranks fifth on the EPA’s National Top 50 List. Meanwhile, it places third on the agency’s Top 20 Retail List. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary purchases through July 5, 2012.

Whole Foods says it will continue its push for eco-friendly business practices.

On October 5 at 1:00 ET, the company will lead an online talk about how Whole Foods has woven its Green Mission into all areas of its business — and how this has enabled the Company to stand out as the nation’s leading green food retailer.

To watch live, visit: http://new.livestream.com/yale/SustainabilityLeadersWholeFoods

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