First Climate Neutral Golf Course Announced, Atlantic Golf Teams With NativeEnergy

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Golf Course's purchase of Â?green tagsÂ? helps fight global warming, support Pennsylvania family farm methane projects and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Since its inception, the Queenstown Harbor golf courses have been designed to “live lightly on the land.” Atlantic Golf, a division of The Brick Companies in Edgewater, Maryland, is lightening the courses’ impact further. The company is offsetting 100% of the CO2 pollution resulting from energy use and heat in its clubhouse, offices and maintenance systems – a whopping 410 tons. By purchasing enough renewable energy credits, or “green tags”, to equal its total energy pollution footprint, Atlantic Golf enjoys the status of being the nation’s first climate neutral golf course and is also helping to build new renewable energy projects that reduce fossil fuel consumption and the associated greenhouse gases, and control agricultural runoff.

In 1990, Atlantic Golf purchased 750 acres of farmland in Queenstown for its flagship course, and wanted to ensure that the design of its new activity would not only maintain the natural environment, but also improve local water quality and animal habitat. “We’ve succeeding in that, and now we are going further to completely offset Queenstown Harbor’s climate impact by purchasing renewable energy credits from NativeEnergy”, says Bill Shirk, President of Atlantic Golf. The purchase will also help the Schrack family dairy farm in Pennsylvania to better manage its impact on waters leading to the Chesapeake Bay by building a manure digester that generates electricity from methane gas. The farm-based renewable energy program has been officially named Remooable Energysm.

Partnering to offset energy-related pollution at Queenstown harbor is just another development in the relationship between The Brick Companies and NativeEnergy.

Last year, the companies partnered to climate neutralize the Brick Companies’ corporate headquarters, The Renaissance Center. With its “botanical living roof” of sedum plants – the first in Anne Arundel County – the Renaissance Center had already reduced its energy impact significantly through natural cooling and insulation. The Brick Companies wanted to go an environmental step further and completely eliminate its climate impact.

To celebrate its efforts at Queenstown Harbor and further amplify its global warming reduction impact, the company will host a family golf day, complete with music, food, prizes, and children’s activities August 7, with all golfing receipt proceeds going to support Remooable Energysm. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about climate neutral golfing, green tags, and what energy consumers can do to support new renewable energy projects.

The Brick Companies was recently recognized as part of the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a national green energy program. In addition to the environmental benefits, purchasing NativeEnergy’s “green tags” provides Atlantic Golf and The Brick Companies the added benefit of assisting people who need assistance in maintaining sustainable economies. The Schrack family has been farming in Loganton, PA since the American Revolution, and their new methane digester, supported by these purchases, will provide a source of renewable energy and revenue, while helping the farm preserve the rural community.

About Atlantic Golf

Atlantic Golf is a division of The Brick Companies, 81 holes of some of the highest rated golf in the Mid- Atlantic region. From Queenstown Harbor on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to South River just outside Annapolis to Potomac ridge off the DC Beltway, Atlantic Golf is enjoyable for both pros and beginners alike.

About NativeEnergy

NativeEnergy is a national marketer of renewable energy credits or “green tags,” offering individuals, businesses and organizations everywhere a means to compensate for their global warming pollution. NativeEnergy’s patent-pending business process brings upfront payment to renewable projects for their future green tag output, enabling its customers to help finance the construction of Native American and farmer-owned new renewable energy projects that directly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to meet the nation’s electricity needs.

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