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The State of 'Green' Business in America

Find out which big businesses are doing their part to conserve the environment.
A look at green initiatives by companies in the US

The State of ‘Green’ Business in America

U.S. companies overall environmental scores are based on their Environmental Impact Score, Green Policies Score and Reputation Survey Score. Companies at the top scored in the 80s and 90s out of a hundred. Those at the bottom scored 30s and 40s.

2009 Green Rankings

  1. Hewlett-Packard, score 100
  2. Dell, score 98.87
  3. Johnson & Johnson, score 98.56
  4. Intel, score 98.14
  5. IBM, score 94.08
  6. State Street, score 93.62
  7. Nike, score 93.28
  8. Bristol-Meyers, score 92.62
  9. Applied Materials, score 91.79
  10. Starbucks, score 91.63

Most Energy-intensive Industries

The BTUs used per dollar of products shipped to market vary greatly. Cement requires 52 BTUs per dollar. Bulk chemicals require 29 BTUs per dollar. Iron and steel require 19 BTUs per dollar. Refining requires 17 BTUs per dollar. Paper requires 14 BTUs per dollar. Aluminum requires 13 BTUs per dollar. Mining requires 9 BTUs per dollar. Glass requires 9 BTUs per dollar. Wood requires 3 BTUs per dollar. Agriculture requires 3 BTUs per dollar of products shipped to market.

Clean-Energy Patents, By Type

In 2002, there were 42 wind energy patents issued. In 2003, there were 49 wind energy patents issued. In 2004, there were 72 wind energy patents issued. In 2005, there were 92 wind energy patents issued. In 2006, there were 109 wind energy patents issued. In 2007, there were 133 wind energy patents issued. In 2008, there were 155 wind energy patents issued.

In 2002, there were 144 hybrid or electric vehicle patents issued. In 2003, there were 122 hybrid or electric vehicle patents issued. In 2004, there were 98 hybrid or electric vehicle patents issued. In 2005, there were 101 hybrid or electric vehicle patents issued. In 2006, there were 105 hybrid or electric vehicle patents issued. In 2007, there were 105 hybrid or electric vehicle patents issued. In 2008, there were 86 hybrid or electric vehicle patents issued.

In 2002, there were 349 fuel cell energy patents issued. In 2003, there were 464 fuel cell energy patents issued. In 2004, there were 551 fuel cell energy patents issued. In 2005, there were 501 fuel cell energy patents issued. In 2006, there were 572 fuel cell energy patents issued. In 2007, there were 517 fuel cell energy patents issued. In 2008, there were 530 fuel cell energy patents issued.

In 2002, there were 162 solar energy patents issued. In 2003, there were 156 solar energy patents issued. In 2004, there were 124 solar energy patents issued. In 2005, there were 104 solar energy patents issued. In 2006, there were 95 solar energy patents issued. In 2007, there were 100 solar energy patents issued. In 2008, there were 65 solar energy patents issued.

10 Largest U.S. Alternative Fuel Fleets

Some companies that have large numbers of vehicles in their fleets have made efforts to make them more energy efficient. Enterprise has an alternative fuel fleet of 7,000. Schwan’s has an alternative fuel fleet of 5,800. The U.S. Postal Service has an alternative fuel fleet of 4,448. Waste Management has an alternative fuel fleet of 2,305. Pacific Gas and Electric has an alternative fuel fleet of 2,102. Johnson & Johnson has an alternative fuel fleet of 2,091. Commonwealth Edison has an alternative fuel fleet of 1,917. Consolidated Edison has an alternative fuel fleet of 1,752. Ferrellgas has an alternative fuel fleet of 1,600. Florida Power and Light has an alternative fuel fleet of 1,285.