These awards reflect the innovative spirit of BEF and are a direct reflection of the team's commitment to engage people and companies to become better stewards of the environment.
Portland, OR (PRWEB) September 15, 2009
Bonneville Environmental Foundation, an entrepreneurial supplier of green power solutions, announced today that it has won two Green Power Leadership Awards- an awards program jointly sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). BEF has been recognized as the Best Green Power Supplier of the Year and its Solar 4R Schools program won Best Green Power Education Outreach Program in the Market Development Category . Award winners were announced during the Renewable Energy Markets Conference being held in Atlanta, GA this week.
"It is an honor to be recognized by these noteworthy organizations as a leader in the renewable energy sector," said Margie Gardner, CEO of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. "These awards reflect the innovative spirit of BEF and are a direct reflection of the team's commitment to engage people and companies to become better stewards of the environment."
Nominees in the DOE's supplier category are evaluated based upon the resources and technologies utilized, total annual renewable energy sales, number of customers served, market impact, amount of green power supplied, and overall value provided to participants. CRS' Market Development award category recognizes companies, organizations and individual renewable energy leaders working to build the market for green power.
"The Department of Energy applauds the Bonneville Environmental Foundation for taking a leading role in advancing markets for renewable energy," said Steven Chu, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary. "Green power is an effective way for businesses and households to reduce their carbon footprint, while creating jobs and cutting pollution. Through their innovative programs and partnerships, BEF is responding to growing demand for clean, reliable electricity from our nation's abundant renewable energy sources."
Market Maker for Renewable Energy
BEF invests in green power development, energy education and fresh water. Green power products, like carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates, purchased from BEF support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the development of new, renewable energy, long-term watershed restoration projects and renewable energy education for students and communities nationwide. BEF is the only provider of green power products in the United States that requires all of the sources of renewable energy that they support meet criteria established by three, independent environmental groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The nonprofit has been instrumental in the development of the renewable energy industry. In 2000, BEF closed the first retail renewable energy certificate transaction in the United States. The market has now grown to a value of $110m - $190m per year and includes both commercial and residential buyers. Nationwide, BEF has a portfolio of more than 350 commercial customers representing myriad industries. The organization also partners with utilities in providing supply and marketing tools for their green power programs.
In 2002, recognizing that youth education would be a key factor in transforming the nation's relationship to energy, BEF launched its renewable energy education outreach initiative called Solar 4R Schools Program. The Solar 4R Schools program is designed to educate children, teachers and parents on the benefits of solar energy. Free to schools, the Solar 4R Schools program provides selected schools with solar panel installation and demonstrations and hands-on learning tools such as kits to build small solar cars, wind turbines, solar ovens and monitoring devices. Each system is connected to a data collection system which feeds into an online network. This network enables students and teachers to track and monitor energy output of their solar panels and compare their school's energy generation to that of schools across the country. The program has provided renewable energy generation and education to 40,000 students in more than 100 schools representing 15 states and Washington DC. More information about BEF's Solar 4R Schools Program can be found at http://www.b-e-f.org/solar4rschools
"The Center for Resource Solutions is proud to recognize BEF's Solar 4R Schools program as a Green Power Leadership Award recipient," said Arthur O'Donnell, CRS executive director. "BEF is leading by example in spreading the word about green power and boosting public interest in renewable energy."
Renewable Markets Conference Presence
BEF will have a prominent presence during this year's Renewable Energy Markets Conference where approximately 400 renewable and green power stakeholders have gathered to discuss key issues facing the industry. Two BEF executives will be making presentations at the conference. Rob Harmon, BEF's Chief Innovation Officer, will be leading Tuesday's plenary session and Bryce Smith, Project Management Group Director, will be participating in a panel discussion on new utility initiatives. Complete information about the conference can be found at http://www.renewableenergymarkets.com/.
About the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)
Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that is creating a more sustainable future by investing now in clean energy and fresh water. When customers purchase BEF's independently certified carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates, they support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the development of new renewable energy facilities. Additionally, their purchase supports long-term watershed restoration and renewable energy education for students and communities nationwide because BEF reinvests its net revenue to fund its Model Watershed and Solar 4R Schools programs. Since its inception in Portland, Ore. in 1998, BEF has been a pioneer in helping people and companies become better stewards of the environment. For more information, see http://www.b-e-f.org/