The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions, recently announced the 2009 Green Power Leadership Awards winners. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that provides advice, technical support, tools, and resources to support the organizational procurement of green power, and the Leadership Awards recognize parnership participants for outstanding contributions to growing the green power market.

Within the awards, the Green Power Purchasing category recognizes partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. Among the 10 award recipients in this category are several companies in the building, design, and construction realm including:

• Carpet manufacturer Beaulieu Commerical, Adairsville, Ga., which purchased more than 9 million kWh of wind-dervied RECs in 2008 to supply 100 percent green power for its U.S. facilities. In addition, the company’s tile backing is made of 85 percent post-conusmer material and all of its products contain some portion of post-consumer material.

• Workplace furnishings manufacturer Steelcase, Grand Rapids, Mich., which currently is aiming to reduce its enviornmental footprint by 25 percent by 2012. As part of this effort, the company purchases nearly 29 million kWh of green power annually, enough to meet 21 percent of the organization’s electricty use. Steelcase also set the goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent per dollar of sales from 2004 to 2009.

• Real estate development, construction, and management firm Foulger-Pratt Management, Rockville, Md., which manages nearly 5 million square feet of office space in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. It powered 74 percent of its facilities in 2009 with the purchase of more than 34 million kWh of wind-dervied RECs and has a goal of purchasing 100 percent green power for its entire portfolio.

• Hardwood furniture producer The Joinery, Portland, Ore., which has purchased wind-derived RECs to cover 100 percent of its electricity needs since 2004. In 2008, this amounted to 280 million kWh of green power. The company donates its scrap wood and sawdust and plans to install on-site solar photovoltaic panels on its facility by 2012.