Partnership Reduces Carbon Emissions in the Region Today and into the
WASHINGTON & HERNDON, Va. & ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Bay Foundation (CBF), Washington
Gas Energy Services (WGES) and Sterling
Planet will celebrate and strengthen the organizations' unique
partnership today with an annual tree planting, held this year in Union
Bridge, Md. A combined contribution of $132,000 will be presented to the
Reduction Fund, with $88,000 donated by WGES and $44,000 by Sterling
Planet. Since its launch in 2010, the partnership has provided the
Carbon Reduction Fund more than $400,000 in total contributions.
This is the third annual tree planting event, comprising more than 170
volunteers, including staff from CBF, WGES and Sterling Planet.
Traditionally held just before Earth Day, the event will benefit the
local region in multiple ways. Planting 1,400 native trees and shrubs
will restore more than 6,000 feet, or seven acres, of stream bank,
preventing pollution and runoff into the Wolf Pit Branch stream, which
ultimately flows into the Atlantic Ocean via the Chesapeake Bay. These
trees will also improve air quality by reducing carbon emissions in the
Chesapeake Bay region.
"WGES is committed to offering market-driven solutions, such as WGES
CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets, to area residents and businesses to make it
easy for them to reduce their carbon footprints," said Harry Warren,
president of Washington Gas Energy Services. "Our innovative natural gas
product and our partnership with CBF will help reduce greenhouse gases
and improve the air and water quality in our region for years to come."
WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets reduce a customer's carbon footprint by
matching local certified carbon offsets with the customer's natural gas
use. In return, WGES and Sterling Planet contribute to the Carbon
Reduction Fund, which supports CBF involvement in local environmental
projects to reduce greenhouse gases and improve water quality. All WGES
standard natural gas includes a baseline 5 percent match of carbon
offsets to natural gas use for residential customers and a 3.5 percent
match for small commercial customers. Both residential and small
commercial customers can choose natural gas matched with 100 percent
WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets. Large commercial customers have the
option to customize the percent of their natural gas that is matched
with carbon offsets.
"Events like this tree planting demonstrate how best to save the Bay,
through cooperation between government, business and citizens," said Rob
Schnabel, restoration scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation. "Today's
donation of $132,000 to the Carbon Reduction Fund from WGES and Sterling
Planet will help us clean the water and air of Carroll County. We owe
that to our children and grandchildren. We've made significant progress.
Every effort we make helps finish the job."
To date, Carbon Reduction Fund projects have supported the planting of
more than 9,000 trees in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Frederick and
Carroll counties in Maryland. Over a 50-year lifespan, the environmental
benefit of these trees equates to avoiding the use of more than 900,000
gallons of gasoline.
"Reduction of environmental impact is a company-wide commitment for
Sterling Planet," said Alden Hathaway, senior vice president of business
development at Sterling Planet. "In order to drive a sustainable future,
we must continually invest time, effort and money in reducing carbon
footprints and promoting energy efficiency."
To learn more about WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets and the Carbon
Reduction Fund, visit http://www.wges.com/carbonoffsets.
About The Chesapeake Bay Foundation:
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent 501(c)(3)
organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake
Bay and its tributary rivers. Across the six-state Chesapeake watershed,
CBF sets the agenda, serves as a watchdog, and speaks out on behalf of
the Chesapeake Bay to business, government, and the public. www.cbf.org
About Sterling Planet:
Sterling Planet has been a national leader in innovative clean energy
solutions since 2000. The first company with a nationwide retail offer
of wind, solar, biomass and other forms of renewable energy, Sterling
Planet has delivered tens of billions of renewable energy kilowatt-hours
in both voluntary and mandated markets. Clients include more than 160
utility partners, as well as multinational corporations, government
agencies, educational and nonprofit institutions, and individual
consumers. Sterling Planet also offers carbon offsets to counteract
greenhouse gas emissions and innovative White Tags® energy efficiency
certificates, and is developing new sources of renewable power
About Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.:
Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. is one of the largest competitive
providers of electricity and natural gas in the mid-Atlantic region and
supplies more than 350,000 customers in Maryland, Delaware, the District
of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 2011, the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) named WGES the Green Power Supplier of the Year in the
non-utility category. Headquartered in Herndon, Va., Washington
Gas Energy Services is an affiliate of Washington Gas Light Company and
a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL).
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