I was recently speaking with some sustainable design "Champions" about purchasing green energy. It made me think about a couple things. First, what companies out there are already doing this? Second, is there a way for potential consumers of green energy to ensure that the energy they are purchasing is indeed green? In my research I came across the Green-e Program.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Green-e is the nation's leading renewable energy certification program. Since 1997, Green-e has helped consumers identify environmentally superior renewable offerings throughout North America. The Green-e Program certifies that the renewable energy we purchase meets the strict environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions.
The mission of the Green-e program is to:
- Bolster customer confidence in the reliability of retail electricity products reflecting renewable energy generation.
- Expand the retail market for electricity products incorporating renewable energy, including expanding the demand for new renewable energy generation.
-Provide customers clear information about retail "green" electricity products to enable them to make informed purchasing decisions.
-Encourage the deployment of electricity products that minimize air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Aveda, the high-end beauty company, manufacturers with 100% certified wind power. While the energy may not come directly from a turbine, Aveda funds enough new wind energy sources to offset 100% of the electricity used in the primary manufacturing, distribution and headquarters facility in Minnesota, USA.