San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2006
As concern continues to grow about the effects of global warming, Method Products, Inc is taking action. The company is offsetting its carbon footprint from business operations by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits and Forest Sequestration Offsets from Green Mountain Energy Company’s eMission Solutions division. Every year, this action helps avoid about 532 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that causes global warming, which is enough to offset Method’s entire estimated carbon footprint.
Method is taking a comprehensive approach to addressing its carbon footprint. In addition to offsetting electricity and natural gas usage for its offices by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits, Method is offsetting all of the electricity used to manufacture products at its 13 facilities around the country. The company is also offsetting all of its employee commuting and travel.
"Offsetting Method’s carbon footprint is a core strategy in our commitment to sustainability as a business. Green Mountain Energy Company helped make offsetting carbon possible," said Adam Lowry, Method co-founder. "It is a milestone to have nailed this and we look forward to building on the program."
"Method has taken carbon management to a new level by focusing on all aspects of its business – business operations, product manufacture and employee commuting and travel," said Gillan Taddune, chief environmental officer for Green Mountain Energy Company. "They have raised the bar compared to other companies who are offsetting their carbon footprint."
Using Wind Energy to Offset Emissions Associated with Electricity Usage
By purchasing wind energy credits Method is helping to avoid over 950,000 pounds of CO2 emissions in just one year – as much as a car would produce in over 1 million miles of driving. This has the equivalent environmental benefit of recycling over 2.2 million aluminum cans or recycling over 380,000 pounds of newspaper. The wind energy credits purchased by Method were sourced from projects located in the Northwestern region of the U.S.
Taking Advantage of Forest Sequestration
By supporting the planting of 1,000 trees, Method is offsetting the estimated 100 metric tons of CO2 emissions associated with the carbon footprint from employee commuting and air travel. 100 metric tons is the roughly the equivalent of driving over 245,000 miles by car. By supporting tree planting projects, Method contributes to the development of carbon "sinks", which facilitate the long term storage of carbon.
The trees will be planted in Chicago, IL along the O’Hare Expressway and Stevenson Expressway. The planted forest will also benefit communities adjacent to the urban traffic along the expressway year round. These trees will help absorb noise and air pollution as well as provide the residents of these communities with a more attractive atmosphere in which to live.
Founded in 2000, Method Products, Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Today, Method is the leading innovator of premium home products. Method can be found in over 10,000 retail locations throughout the US, Canada, and the U.K. Major retailers include Target, Wegman’s, Costco, Duane Reade, Gristede’s, John Lewis, Waitrose, and Shoppers Drug Mart. Method is a privately held company backed by high net worth individuals and a private equity firm. For more information visit: http://www.methodhome.com.
About Green Mountain Energy
Founded in 1997 to change the way power is made, Green Mountain Energy Company is one of the nation’s leading retail providers of cleaner electricity products, offering residential, business, institutional and governmental customers the choice to support cleaner electricity generated from sources such as wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and natural gas. The company recently launched the eMission Solutions division to offer a portfolio of carbon reduction services for commercial and institutional sector clients looking to improve their environmental position. The company is based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.greenmountain.com