AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market here announced yesterday that it was given the Green Power Partner of the Year award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a second consecutive year. The award recognizes Whole Foods Market's efforts to develop new renewable energy capacity nationwide. In 2007, Whole Foods increased its green power purchasing to include more than 509 million kilowatt-hours of wind-based renewable energy credits. This is enough renewable energy to offset 100% of the electricity used in all of its stores, facilities, bake houses, distribution centers, regional offices and global headquarters in the U.S. and Canada. Whole Foods said it is the only Fortune 500 company to offset 100% of its electricity use with renewable energy credits. "Our commitment to the development of the green power market is just one part of our broader environmental stewardship approach, which we call our Green Mission," said Michael Besancon, regional president and green mission task force leader for Whole Foods Market, in a statement.
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