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Philadelphia Gets EPA’s ‘Green Power’ Designation For Promoting Renewable Energy

(Phillies' VP of operations Michael Stiles, left, and Philadelphia deputy mayor Rina Cutler, obscured, listen as EPA administrator Shawn Garvin delivers remarks at Citizens Bank Park.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

(Phillies’ VP of operations Michael Stiles, left, and Philadelphia deputy mayor Rina Cutler, obscured, listen as EPA administrator Shawn Garvin delivers remarks at Citizens Bank Park. Credit: John Ostapkovich)

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By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Environmental Protection Agency has named Philadelphia a “Green Power” community, but that’s really only a measure of progress, not a goal in itself.

The Phillies hosted the announcement today at Citizens Bank Park by EPA regional administrator Shawn Garvin (at lectern in photo).

“We’re here today to congratulate Philadelphia for joining the Green Power Partnership community, and becoming the largest city to date to receive Green Power Community designation,” he said.

That designation kicks in when at least three percent of the power used in a city is from renewable sources like solar and wind.

The Phillies have gone 100-percent renewable, as have about 400 other local businesses.

The city has set a goal of 20 percent total “green” energy use by all entities within the city.  The number one green city is Washington DC, and Mayor Nutter — via a prerecorded Phanavision message — says the rivalry is on!

To achieve that, deputy mayor Rina Cutler says, homeowners need to use “electricity choice” to go green.

“It saves you money,” she notes.  “It’s great for the environment, creates jobs.  It really is a win-win for all involved.”

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