— The Annual Impact Number is the equivalent of removing nearly one million cars from roadways —
HOUSTON – April 20, 2020 – With Earth day approaching, Green Mountain Energy announced today the impact that its customers are making on the environment. In 2019 alone, Green Mountain Energy customers prevented more than 9.3 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) by choosing cleaner electricity and carbon offset products. For perspective, this is equivalent to removing nearly one million cars from roadways or turning lights off in 11.9 million households for a year.
Earth day celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the annual recognition of our planet has come a long way since its beginning in 1970. The celebration of Earth Day has spread globally with almost every country in the world now hosting environmentally-focused events. In light of social distancing guidelines to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Green Mountain encourages people to share their conservation and sustainability practices on social media by tagging the company and using the hashtag #EarthDay2020.
“We are honored to unveil Green Mountain Energy’s annual impact results on behalf of our community of clean energy supporters,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain Energy. “Even though we’re apart this Earth Day, Green Mountain invites everyone to celebrate the place we call ‘home’ on social media. No matter how you support clean energy, our annual impact results prove that individual actions, regardless of how small, can add up to have a real impact on our planet.”
Green Mountain customers have also extended their commitment to the environment through voluntary donations to the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, a nonprofit organization empowering local communities with sustainability solutions. Green Mountain founded Sun Club in 2002 and since then, the program supports projects promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship through nonprofit partnerships and sustainability grants. In its latest Annual Impact Report, Sun Club reported $1.9 million in grants for 2019 alone, and a total investment of $8.9 million in 122 projects from nonprofits in Texas and the Northeast over the past 18 years.
Implementing conservation and sustainability practices has become one of the primary goals of society today, and one that requires a new mindset for action. Choosing cleaner energy and carbon offset products helps the environment by avoiding CO2 emissions associated with electricity produced with fossil fuels and supporting projects that reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. According to a recent Nielsen report consumers are increasingly choosing products based on their sustainability features, and Green Mountain will continue to partner with residential and commercial customers to implement energy solutions that protect the planet.
About 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 a simple 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. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 81 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. To learn more about Green Mountain, visit greenmountainenergy.com.