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HKS Architects invest in future of renewable energy and offsets 100% of its electricity with wind power

HKS Architects LOGODallas (March 26, 2010)HKS Architects, the nation’s top-four architectural firm, announced it has offset 100 percent of the annual electricity consumed at its 110,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, with the purchase of 4,300,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by wind farms across America through the Boulder, Colo.-based provider Renewable Choice Energy.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that this purchase helps avoid a similar amount of CO2 emissions as produced by driving over 4.8 million miles in an average car, or the electricity use of 283 average American homes.

This agreement allows HKS to achieve points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and contributes significantly to large-scale renewable energy development.

Over seventy percent of U.S. electricity comes from fossil fuels such as coal and gas. Wind-generated electricity is renewable, sustainable and does not produce environmental pollution like other types of electricity generation. By purchasing RECs, wind energy producers add the same number of kilowatt hours of clean electricity to the national grid, reducing the overall need for fossil fuels and resulting in a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

HKS Architects LEED HQ 100% Green Power“This commitment aligns with HKS’s focus on sustainability and innovative design,” said Kirk Teske, principal and chief sustainability officer for HKS.  “The fundamental objective of sustainable design is to craft solutions that respect the interdependencies that exist between building occupants and natural ecosystems. Today, the building sector is the single largest consumer of energy and natural resources in our nation – a fact we simply cannot ignore.  We understand that sustainable design can play a powerful role in conserving these resources while achieving energy independence, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and effectively improving our client’s bottom line.“

“HKS’s commitment to offsetting 100 percent of its electricity demonstrates its environmental consciousness and action,” said Quayle Hodek, CEO of Renewable Choice Energy. “The emissions from an organization’s electricity use is one of the largest contributors to its carbon footprint. HKS’s support of renewable energy shows environmental leadership, and is a valuable step in growing its sustainability practices.”

HKS Architects 100% Renewable HQ InteriorHKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top-four architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine.

Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $66 billion in more than 1,038 cities located in 46 states, the District of Columbia and 64 foreign countries.  The firm operates from 23 worldwide offices.

Since the design of their first LEED project in 1999, HKS has accomplished many major milestones demonstrating that sustainability and innovative design are core values of the firm including: 350+ LEED-accredited professionals on staff; 50 million square feet of LEED-certified and LEED-registered projects; $14 billion of LEED-certified and LEED-registered projects; ranked 5th in ENR’s Top 100 Green Firms; and designers of the largest LEED project in the world.

Renewable Choice Energy is a leading national provider of renewable energy credits, carbon offsets (verified emission reductions) and greenhouse gas inventory services to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, thousands of residential customers and more than 1,000 LEED green building projects in the U.S. and internationally. Founded in 2001, Boulder-Colo.-based Renewable Choice and its clients have received prestigious awards from the EPA and DOE for supporting and expanding the renewable energy market, and have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA TODAY and more. (http://www.renewablechoice.com)