In honor of Earth Month, Green Mountain is partnering with MillionTreesNYC; employees and volunteers helped plant trees today in Brooklyn
New York, NY – To celebrate Earth Month, Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy, is pledging at least 200 trees in 2011 to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s MillionTreesNYC program. In addition, today, Green Mountain employees and customer volunteers joined the NYC Parks Department to help plant 10,000 trees at Marine Park in Brooklyn.
Green Mountain is contributing $1 to MillionTreesNYC on behalf of every new Pollution FreeSM electricity customer during 2011 who helps “save trees” by signing up to receive customer communications by email instead of paper.
“Trees are nature’s eco-rock stars. They provide beauty, a home for wildlife, food, oxygen, and also absorb carbon dioxide pollution. Last year, Green Mountain residential customers in New York using Pollution FreeSM electricity avoided more than 800,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. That’s as much CO2 as almost 50,000 trees absorb in a year – - twice the number of trees in Central Park,” said John Holtz, director, Eastern U.S. Energy Markets, Green Mountain Energy Company. “So what better way to recognize the environmental impact of Green Mountain customers than by planting trees for MillionTreesNYC?”
Holtz noted that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one acre of forest absorbs six tons, or about 12,000 pounds, of CO2 emissions.
New Yorkers have the right to choose their electric service provider under the State’s energy deregulation law. Con Edison customers can choose 100% pollution-free electricity from Green Mountain Energy Company at www.greenmountain.com, or by calling toll-free to 877-216-4632.
MillionTrees NYC is one of 127 PlaNYC initiatives to make New York City more sustainable by 2030. MillionTreesNYC is dedicated to improving the environment of New York City by planting and caring for one million trees across the city by 2017. To date more than 400,000 trees have been planted in parks and other public spaces, along streets and in neighborhoods. For more information about MillionTreesNYC visit MillionTreesNYC.org.
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 (NYSE:NRG), Green Mountain is back by one of the nation’s largest renewable power producers. For more information, visit GreenMountain.com.