|Con Edison has been recognized with many prestigious environmental awards:
CON EDISON SCORES IN NEWSWEEK 'GREEN' RANKING
Con Edison continues to receive honors for its commitment to the environment. It was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the "greenest" utilities in the United States in 2010. Con Edison had the second highest "Green Score" among utilities in the Newsweek rankings published in the October 25 issue. The Green Scores were based on companies' policies, environmental impact and reputation. Con Edison finished first among utilities in the policy category, second in environmental impact, and 12th in reputation.
CON EDISON RANKED # 1 AS ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER
Consolidated Edison, Inc. announced in September 2010 that it had been ranked #1 among all S&P 500 companies by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in its Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), as well as #1 among utilities in the new Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI).
The Performance Index recognizes companies that are taking action to reduce carbon emissions through strategy, governance, stakeholder communications, and action plans. The Leadership Index assesses the quality and totality of companies' carbon reporting.
COLUMBIA STUDY FINDS CON EDISON'S 'COOL ROOFS' SAVE ENERGY, HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
Con Edison announced in May 2010 that green and white roofs atop a Con Edison training and conference center in Long Island City, Queens, help prevent energy losses and provide important environmental benefits compared to traditional dark roofs, according to researchers from Columbia University (www.coned.com/coolroofstudy).
The "green roof," consisting of 21,000 plants, keeps heat in the building during the winter, reducing the need for heating, and keeps heat out during the summer, reducing the need for air conditioning. The energy saving benefits of the white roof occur mainly in the summer, when the roof absorbs less heat than a dark roof, cutting down on air conditioning needs.
CON EDISON CAPTURES RECYCLING AWARD
For recycling almost 50,000 tons of materials, Con Edison has captured one of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's highest honors, a WasteWise Gold Achievement award for industrial material recycling.
This prestigious award recognizes the company's performance in 2008 for recycling 90 percent of the total waste materials handled. This success translated to close to 50,000 tons – the weight of 10,000 elephants – of waste materials from company locations.
In addition to recycling common materials like paper and cardboard, Con Edison also recycles industrial materials that have been reclaimed from utility operations, such as metal and scrap cable, sand and soil from excavation sites, and construction and demolition debris.
The EPA award was presented to Con Edison in March 2010 in Washington, DC.