Rackspace Moves Up EPA Green Power Partner List

Green Power

Rackspace has once again been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a leading green power user among U.S. tech companies.

This year, Rackspace moved from the tenth spot to number nine on the Top 30 Tech and Telecom list, which was released today from the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use renewable, low-emission sources of energy in their businesses.

To qualify as “green power” within the program, renewable energy must be generated from qualified wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass or low-impact hydro sources. Rackspace reported purchasing 114 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy in the U.S. for 2015, which is roughly 36 percent of its U.S. power consumption.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment and it makes me proud of the commitment Rackspace has made when it comes to renewable energy sources,” said Kelly Hurst, the senior manager of environmental sustainability at Rackspace.

Hurst joined the Corporate Social Responsibility team earlier this year and has more than twelve years of experience with the company.

In addition to the spot on the Top 30 Tech and Telecom list, Rackspace ranked 61 on the National Top 100 list. With this year’s rankings, Rackspace is now eligible for the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, which recognizes organizations who meet the EPA’s green power use requirements.

“2016 will be a milestone year for Rackspace,” Hurst said. “We will be halfway to our goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Rackspace finished 2015 with 45 percent renewable energy worldwide and is on track to meet its 2016 goal of 50 percent.

Rackspace committed to 100 percent renewable energy as part of its Global Energy Policy. The recognition for these efforts are rooted in more than five years of work towards reducing Rackspace’s energy footprint and embracing green initiatives throughout the company. Rackspace joined the RE100 earlier this year and received its fifth consecutive Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good rankings.

“Our Environmental Sustainability program has always holistically measured our impact on the planet and worked with multiple stakeholders to build effective programs, especially around the energy we use,” Hurst said.

“Our customers and other members of the community have given us feedback that this is an important consideration when they are choosing who they do business with.”

Visit Rackspace to find out more about how we’re working to reduce our carbon emissions and embrace renewable energy sources.

Abe Selig joined Rackspace in May 2015 as a senior writer. He writes and edits for the Rackspace blog as well as other outlets throughout the company. He's an Austin native with a background rooted in journalism; he enjoys music, dogs and being outside.

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