Green Mountain Energy Company is proud to have EnviroMedia – an organization dedicated to helping promote the environment – as a customer, and applauds its leadership and commitment to clean energy by offsetting its CO2 emissions.
Austin, TX (Vocus/PRWEB) April 14, 2011
Two Austin, Texas-based companies are continuing their partnership this Earth Day to support the environment and to leave a smaller carbon footprint. EnviroMedia, a public relations and advertising agency dedicated solely to improving public health and the environment, announced today that it will continue purchasing Green e-Energy certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Climate Action Reserve certified carbon offsets from Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions.
Over the past three years, EnviroMedia has tracked and offset 100 percent of its estimated annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and has committed to fulfill its environmental goals for another year. EnviroMedia will track and offset the annual CO2 emissions from electricity usage in its offices, corporate air travel, employee commuting, and corporate vehicles owned or leased by EnviroMedia. Green Mountain assisted EnviroMedia in developing its carbon footprint calculations using the World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
“Two-thirds of our carbon footprint is from the electricity we consume in our Austin and Portland offices, another quarter is from our employee commuting, and 10 percent is from air travel, based on Green Mountain’s calculations,” said Valerie Davis, co-founder and CEO of EnviroMedia. “We try to do all we can — our company vehicle is a hybrid, we offer telecommuting and rail passes to our employees, and we recently switched to a website host powered by renewable energy. But we still have a carbon footprint, and Green Mountain’s offset program is the next best thing to help minimize our business’s environmental impact.”
EnviroMedia’s commitment to offset 100 percent of its carbon emissions over the past three years helps the company remain in sync with the needs of its environmental and public health clients.
“Green Mountain Energy Company is proud to have EnviroMedia – an organization dedicated to helping promote the environment – as a customer, and applauds its leadership and commitment to clean energy by offsetting its CO2 emissions,” said Scott Martin, vice president of Commercial Services, Green Mountain Energy Company. “We are excited to continue our partnership with this company that is making a difference in a city where many of our employees live, work, and play.”
To date, EnviroMedia has offset 960 metric tons of CO2 by purchasing 560 metric tons of carbon offsets along with 671,000 kWh of renewable energy credits. That’s like:
- Taking approximately 190 cars off the road for one year
- The amount of CO2 absorbed by over 125,000 trees in one year
- 1,670 houses turning off all their lights for one year
- Recycling over 5 million aluminum cans
- Recycling a stack of newspapers over 70,000 feet high!
About Earth Day
Friday, April 22 is the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, an event many people around the world will celebrate by focusing on ways to reduce pollution, protect nature and lower their personal impact on the environment. Earth Day began in 1970 as an annual day to recognized the wonders and beauty of our planet and has evolved into a week-long – and in some cases, month-long – celebration.
About EnviroMedia Social Marketing
EnviroMedia formed in 1997 as the nation’s first full-service marketing firm focused solely on creating authentic public education campaigns for environmental and public health clients. Offices include headquarters in Austin, Texas, and a West Coast branch in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit EnviroMedia.com.
About Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, was founded in 1997 “to change the way power is made.” The company is the longest serving green power marketer in the U.S. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of clean electricity products from renewable sources, such as wind, as well as a variety of carbon offset products. Green Mountain’s largest customer is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 11.3 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. As a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Green Mountain is backed by one of the nation’s largest renewable power producers. For more information, visit GreenMountain.com.