Schwarzenegger Green Governor of the Year
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was awarded the 2010 Green Governor of the Year Award yesterday from Beautifuil Earth Group. The Governor was presented the award by Lex Heslin, President and CEO of Beautiful Earth Group, a leading sustainable services company.
Though he’s been criticized throughout his reign in office, Governor Schwarzenegger was the governor of choice for its unprecedented achievements within the fields of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change, among other avenues. The inaugural Green Governor of the Year Award, in the future it will be presented at the Opportunity Green conference in Los Angeles.
"Governor Schwarzenegger has worked tirelessly to protect the environment and to create sustainable solutions in California," said Heslin. "He has advanced the research and generation of clean energy light years ahead of other states. He has succeeded in the face of many challenges, and California, the United States and the planet will benefit for many years to come from his continual decision to do the right thing."
"I'm honored to be the first Governor chosen for this award," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "California is showing the world that you can protect the environment and grow the economy at the same time. We are creating a new economic foundation for the 21st Century built on clean fuel, clean energy and clean cars that is turning California into the green capital of the nation and the world, and I couldn't be more proud of these accomplishments."
Though only established in 2008, Beautiful Earth Group has already made a powerful impact on the United States’ renewable energy projects – with the construction of New York’s first solar electric charging stations and test driving the state’s first MINI E MINI Cooper’s electric zero emissions vehicle.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.