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Cisco Systems Receives U.S. EPA Green Power Leadership Award

Posted on 10/31/2008 by in renewable energy certificates clients

EPA awards Cisco Systems as one of nation’s top purchasers of renewable energy

ATLANTA, October 31, 2008 – Sterling Planet announced today that its client nominee, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), has received a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the nation’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance development of the nation’s green power market.

Sterling Planet, Cisco’s primary supplier of Renewable Energy Certificates, nominated Cisco for the award to recognize the worldwide computer networking leader’s clear commitment to environmental responsibility and climate change management. EPA presented the award to Cisco on Monday, October 27, in conjunction with the 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Denver. Cisco’s large renewable energy commitment contributed to Sterling Planet also receiving a Green Power Leadership Award this year.

Cisco’s renewable energy purchase qualified the company for entry in the Leadership Club of the EPA Green Power Partnership, ranking Cisco as Number 8 on its national top 25 list of green power purchasers. The Partnership program encourages and recognizes voluntary green power purchases as a way to reduce the impact of conventional electricity use. Cisco also is a member of EPA’s Climate Leaders program, an industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies.

“By making a commitment to green power, Cisco has made real, measurable progress in reducing its greenhouse gas footprint,” says Mel Jones, Sterling Planet president and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to see EPA also recognizes Cisco’s exemplary corporate environmental stewardship.”

"Every corporation has a responsibility to help address climate change and to minimize the impact of its operations on the environment,” said Nayeem Sheikh, Cisco’s global energy manager. “Cisco is approaching this challenge not only by curbing our own company’s greenhouse gas emissions but also by taking advantage of the power of networking technology to better manage our environmental concerns.”

EPA estimates that Cisco's renewable energy purchase avoids the annual release of 265,558 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The environmental benefit compares to taking approximately 49,000 passenger cars off the road each year or saving 30 million gallons of gasoline.

About Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco enables people to make powerful connections in business, education, philanthropy or creativity. Cisco hardware, software and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make networks possible, providing easy access to information anywhere, at any time. Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University. Since the company's inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. Today, with more than 65,225 employees worldwide, this tradition of innovation continues with industry-leading products and solutions in the company's core development areas of routing and switching. www.cisco.com

About Sterling Planet:

Sterling Planet provides products and services to customers seeking tools they can use to achieve a carbon advantage. Sterling Planet delivers renewable energy, energy-efficiency savings and carbon market solutions to businesses of all sizes, universities, government agencies, utilities and individual consumers. Products include Green-e Energy certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), innovative White Tags® Energy Efficiency Certificates and Verified Emission Reductions from sources worldwide.

Since 2000, Sterling Planet has led the way, selling billions of kWh from diverse technologies such as wind, solar, biogas, biomass and hydroelectric projects. Thirteen of the nation’s top 25 renewable energy purchasers, have bought from Sterling Planet. Also served are another 1,496 business customers, 86 utilities, 56 colleges and universities, 174 government clients and thousands of consumers.

Sterling Planet is building a clean energy pipeline, with more than 400 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity and greenhouse gas reduction projects under development in North America. A U.S. EPA Climate Leaders partner and founding member of The Climate Registry, Sterling Planet adheres to sustainable business practices and has committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its own company operations.

Awarded 2007 and 2008 Renewable Energy Marketer of the Year by the U.S. Department of Energy, Sterling Planet shares the spotlight with its many customers who also receive top environmental honors for their exemplary corporate stewardship. www.sterlingplanet.com
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