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VT Carrot Awards

September 2007

Harvard University, for declaring a campus-wide ban on battery-cage eggs in dining halls. A petition from a student vegetarian club, which collected more than 1,000 student signatures, prompted the action. “I hope students on other campuses who are concerned about the treatment of animals will see from this that they can have an effect if they make their voices heard,” says Christine M. Korsgaard, a Harvard
philosophy professor who urged the university to make the switch. Cage-free eggs are now coming from an organic farm in Monroe, N.H., and will cost an additional $20,000 per year.

The San Francisco Giants and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), for being the fi rst to introduce solar energy to a Major League Baseball park. Nearly 600 solar panels produce enough electricity to operate the new scoreboard at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The new energy system, provided by PG&E, was installed just in time for last July’s All-Star Game. “We are thrilled to partner with PG&E to bring green power to San
Francisco,” says Larry Baer, Giants executive vice president and COO. “Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness about the need to develop and utilize renewable energy sources.”

MidAmerican Energy, for bringing wind power to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. “In addition to showcasing the state’s leadership in renewable energy, MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa State Fair wind turbine will give fairgoers an opportunity to learn more about wind energy while generating the equivalent of one-quarter of the electricity needed by the Iowa State Fair,” says Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair manager and CEO. Iowa ranks third in the U.S. for wind-energy generation, and MidAmerican Energy owns more wind-energy facilities than any other utility company in the nation.

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