Green Power Partnership Program
Purchase Renewable Energy through the Green Power Partnership Program
The American Bar Association (ABA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourage law offices to participate in EPA's Green Power Partnership (GPP) by covering at least part of their electricity usage with the purchase of power from renewable energy sources, which has become known as green power. Payments for green power support the emerging field of renewable energy and diminish the need for power generated from coal-fired or other nonrenewable resources.
Specifically, a law office can participate in GPP by agreeing to purchase a minimum amount of green power, which is electricity generated by certain types of new sources of renewable energy. The required minimum amount is calculated by reference to a percentage of the organization's annual electricity use, and ranges from 20% if the organization's annual electricity use is relatively low to 3% if the organization's annual electricity use is relatively high. EPA recognizes organizations that buy at least the minimum amount as "Green Power Partners." Partners who purchase additional green power in specified amounts or more qualify for membership in the Green Power Leadership Club. The program includes a special calculation methodology for organizations that lease their space. Any organization can participate in GPP, regardless of whether renewable energy is available through that organization's utility provider.
The ABA will recognize a law office that achieves recognition as a Green Power Partner or a member of the Green Power Leadership Club as, respectively, a Law Office Climate Challenge Partner or a Law Office Climate Challenge Leader. In addition, as explained below, the ABA will recognize as a Law Office Climate Challenge Leader a law office whose electricity usage is too small to allow the office to qualify as a member of the Green Power Leadership Club, but that covers a sufficiently high percentage of its electricity usage with a green power purchase.