— Popular park plans big birthday gift for guests with two decades of clean energy and a season of festivities —
HOUSTON – Feb. 27, 2018 – 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, starting with the Bayou City Music Series launching March 1.
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.
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the "world’s most famous office building," the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 37.7 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Follow us on facebook.com/greenmountainenergycompany or twitter.com/greenmtnenergy.
Discovery Green is a highly acclaimed 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy in downtown Houston. Since opening in April 2008, the park has welcomed more than 12 million visitors. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present more than 700 art, music, educational, fun and healthy events each year, most of which are presented free to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy.
Infinity Power Partners, LLC
Infinity Power Partners is an energy management and consulting firm that provides energy procurement solutions, risk management services, market insight and continuous account maintenance through the development of client-specific strategies. With over 100 years of combined expertise in the deregulated electricity & natural gas markets, IPP offers an unique and transparent approach to maneuvering through today's energy related obstacles for clients across all industries.
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