Renewable Choice Energy Provides Clean Energy to 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Colorado-based companies continue decade-long partnership in sustainable “festivation.”

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“Renewable Choice has helped us understand and tackle our carbon impact along the way—it’s been a tremendous partnership,” Steve Szymanski, VP of Planet Bluegrass

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

For the 11th consecutive year, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy (http://www.renewablechoice.com) will provide clean energy in the form of wind power and carbon offsets to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The Festival, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is recognized as a leader in sustainable events.

Planet Bluegrass (http://www.bluegrass.com/), the parent company of the Telluride Festival, has developed a reputation for leading voluntary environmental action. The company works to reduce energy consumption, emissions, and solid waste generation at all of its events. Particular emphasis is placed on encouraging its more than 10,000 annual attendees to practice sustainability while at the events and at home.

This year, the Telluride Festival will purchase wind power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) and verified carbon emission reductions from Renewable Choice to offset 100% of the emissions created by the Festival, including attendee and artist travel. This action will help prevent more than 2700 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of removing 570 passenger vehicles from the road for an entire year.

“At Planet Bluegrass, we've been committed to reducing the effects of our festivals on the environment wherever possible and Renewable Choice has helped us understand and tackle our carbon impact along the way—it’s been a tremendous partnership,” said Steve Szymanski, Vice President of Planet Bluegrass.

Planet Bluegrass acquired its first RECs from Renewable Choice in 2003, making a voluntary decision to purchase wind power for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Planet Bluegrass Ranch. Since that time, their commitment to “sustainable festivation” has grown to include additional investments in renewable energy, carbon offsets, and sustainability strategy including an annual company-wide carbon footprint, conducted with the help of Renewable Choice.

“Over the past 11 years, Planet Bluegrass has been on the cutting edge of environmental leadership with their festivals and it’s exciting to see the community of artists, sponsors, and Festivarians being inspired to minimize their impacts as well,” said Quayle Hodek, CEO of Renewable Choice. “It has been a pleasure for us to be a Planet Bluegrass partner for more than a decade, and we look forward to a continued and prosperous relationship with them in the future.”

About Renewable Choice
Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy is a leading provider of green power, carbon offsets, sustainability consulting, and renewable energy advisory services. Renewable Choice works with Fortune 500 Companies, educational institutions, small businesses, residential customers and has worked on over 4,000 LEED® green building projects. Renewable Choice was the recipient of the 2012 Green Power Provider of the Year award from the EPA and is a certified B-Corp. Renewable Choice and its clients have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA TODAY, and more. To learn more, visit http://www.renewablechoice.com.