If you like the environment – and who doesn’t, really? – you’ll be pleased to know that there was a single wireless service provider that is considered one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top 50 “Green Power Partners” for its eco-friendly power practices.
That carrier, of course, is Sprint. Last month, Sprint announced its ranking, at number 19 out of the top 50 Green Power Partners Fortune 500 list. The EPA ranks Fortune 500 companies for their support of renewable energy, and salutes the top 50 with this ranking.
The EPA’s Green Power Partners ranking recognizes those companies using the most renewable electricity, produced through solar power, wind, geothermal, biogas or biomass, and low-impact hydropower.
Sprint’s use of a significant amount of wind-generated electricity was largely responsible for the high ranking among U.S. companies. But Sprint also leads the U.S. telecom industry when it comes to actual renewable energy in use, leveraging such sources as solar, hydrogen fuel cells, and geothermal power in addition to wind.
It’s worth noting that wind power provides more than 90 percent of the electricity used at Sprint’s headquarters campus in Overland Park, Kansas. This is all part of Sprint’s progress toward its long-term, 10-year renewable energy usage goals.
For those who keep score, this much wind power prevented some 87,519 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (as measured in 2009) from entering our lovely planet’s atmosphere. That is equal to taking more than 15,000 cars off the road for a year, or avoiding the consumption of more than 184,000 barrels of oil.