Discovery Green is celebrating its first double-digit birthday with a giant green gift for its guests – two decades of pollution-free programming with 100 percent clean energy.
The park, which opened April 2008, is renewing its agreement with Green Mountain Energy Company, in continued collaboration with Infinity Power Partners, through 2028 to provide electricity for all of the facilities’ needs from concerts and movies to installations like the seasonal ice-skating rink, marking a total of 20 years of commitment to renewable energy for the 12-acre park in the heart of downtown Houston.
“Discovery Green has greatly valued our partnership with Green Mountain Energy throughout our first decade, and we look forward to the next 10 years,” said Barry Mandel, president and director of Discovery Green. “Not only has Green Mountain provided us with renewable energy that helps keep Discovery Green ‘green,’ the company has also been supportive of many programs at the park and is the official sponsor of our Tenth Anniversary Year.”
Since first teaming up with Green Mountain ten years ago, Discovery Green has become a leading example of environmental stewardship and energy conservation in downtown Houston and for parks across the country. Over the course of the partnership, the park has avoided approximately 28.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of planting 3,300 trees or taking 3,000 vehicles off the road for a year.
By choosing renewable energy, Discovery Green is expected to avoid an additional 32.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide, for a total of 61.2 million pounds over 20 years, or the equivalent of planting 7,200 trees or taking 6,600 vehicles off the road for a year.
“Discovery Green‘s success highlights the benefits that come with practicing sustainability in an urban setting,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain. “We’re proud to be the Official Green Energy Provider for Discovery Green and help them deliver on their commitment to be an environmental leader in our community.”
To mark the milestone, Discovery Green will host multiple Tenth Anniversary Celebration events sponsored by Green Mountain through the spring.
Infinity Power Partners, a Houston-based energy management and consulting firm, has assisted Discovery Green in structuring and executing the sponsorship and commercial electricity contracts with Green Mountain since 2012.