Phipps is Supporting Renewable Energy to Offset its Electricity Use
As part of Phipps’ commitment to environmental awareness, we have partnered with Renewable Choice Energy (RCE) to invest in renewable energy to offset all of our electricity consumption. This investment in renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon credits accounts for 100 percent of our electricity consumption at the Conservatory campus in Schenley Park and the Garden Center in Mellon Park, totaling approximately 1.5 million kilowatt hours per year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that this purchase helps avoid the same amount of CO2 emissions produced by driving nearly two million miles in a passenger vehicle.
Help Support Phipps' Sustainability Initiatives
Individuals can also invest in renewable energy credits for their home and business by purchasing RECs through the Phipps website. For every purchase that originates from the Phipps website, Renewable Choice Energy will make a contribution to Phipps.
Our Commitment to Minimize Energy Use
For most businesses, electricity purchased from non-renewable sources is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. By investing in electricity with renewable energy sources, Phipps is helping to support long term renewable energy development projects, thus helping reduce dependency on fossil fuels and their associated greenhouse gas emissions.
How Renewable Energy Credits Work
Renewable energy credits help bring more clean power online. Wind power-generated electricity is renewable, sustainable, and does not produce environmental pollution. A REC is created every time a renewable energy facility adds electricity to the national electricity grid, and renewable energy developers consider REC sales when deciding whether or not to build new facilities. RECs allow consumers to price the positive value of renewable energy, making its generation more competitive financially with electricity generated from fossil fuels.
Green-e Energy program, administered by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, certifies and verifies every transaction to ensure that each REC meets the highest environment and regulatory standards and is not double counted. Green-e Energy provides transparency, marketing guidelines, and consumer disclosure for renewable energy credits.
About Our Partner: Renewable Choice Energy
Boulder, Colo.-based Renewable Choice Energy is the award-winning, full-service provider of renewable energy and carbon offsets. Renewable Choice is the leading renewable energy supplier to green building developers nationwide with over 850 LEED® projects successfully completed. Founded in 2001, Renewable Choice’s clients include Whole Foods Market, Vail Resorts, hundreds of businesses and organizations, and thousands of individuals across the country.