Kinko's Joins Los Angeles Area Green Power Program
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
DALLAS and LOS ANGELES—February 18, 2003—Kinko’s, Inc. and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced last week that 19 Los Angeles-area Kinko’s branches have joined LADWP’s Green Power Program. Together with other agreements announced today across the U.S., Kinko’s estimated renewable power purchases now total more than 11.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. “Caring for our community and the environment is one of Kinko’s core values. One way we do that is by increasing our renewable energy purchases,” stated Tom Ferguson, operations director for Kinko’s. “I’m proud to say that our Los Angeles-area stores are now a part of Kinko’s nationwide drive to increase our green power purchases, which means drawing energy from renewable sources and reducing our greenhouse gas footprint.” Kinko’s branches will purchase between 10 and 20 percent of their electricity needs in the form of renewable energy for an average of 610,000 kWh annually. A purchase of this size offsets carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as much as taking 32 average cars off the road during the same period. It would take 34,643 trees a full year to remove that same amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. “Through the leadership of companies like Kinko’s, the LADWP is able to continue investing in new green resources which will help fund development and construction of new green power facilities,” Lillian Kawasaki, LADWP assistant general manager of environmental affairs and economic development. “The LADWP Green Power Program – and our other Green LA initiatives – provide environmentally conscious residents and businesses a way to support a more sustainable future.” The Green Power Program is part of the LADWP’s Green LA Program that also includes Solar Photovoltaics, Energy Efficiency, Cool Schools Tree Planting, Electric Transportation, New Technologies and Recycling. Information about signing up for Green Power or other Green LA Programs can be received by calling 1-800-GreenLA or logging onto www.GreenLA.com. Kinko’s made its first renewable energy purchase in California in 1999. Kinko’s now buys green power at more than 150 branches in 13 states. Other environmental initiatives include reducing energy use, offering recycled and alternative fiber papers, and minimizing and recycling waste.