Greenhouse Gas Accounting Comes to the Masses
Renewable Choice Responds to Needs of Mid-sized U.S. Businesses
BOULDER, CO. (September 2, 2009) - Renewable Choice Energy, a national renewable energy retailer known for its award-winning wind power partnerships with Whole Foods Market, Vail Resorts and Steelcase, has launched a new greenhouse gas assessment program to address carbon accounting needs for mid-size businesses. The launch comes in response to growing international demand for greenhouse gas accountability from both government and private sectors.
Legislative changes and pressure from large corporations,
such as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. who recently asked suppliers to begin reporting
on their greenhouse gas emissions reduction activity, will make it more and
more important for businesses of all sizes to measure and understand the
environmental impact of their businesses.
Because most emissions inventory services and software available are often cost-prohibitive
for all but large corporations, a new program from Renewable Choice called Choice Inventories tailors to the
mid-size companies with moderate budgets and minimal internal resources to
conduct emissions reporting.
"We've been providing renewable energy and carbon offset solutions to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and everything in between for years, but we were seeing a strong need for more budget- and process-friendly emissions reporting service among the bulk of our clients - mid-sized companies with modest budgets," said Tom Holcomb, VP for Business Development at Renewable Choice. "Most companies want to make a difference and reduce their environmental impact, but don't know where to start. We had to make that easy and I think we've succeeded."
A number of national and local companies have signed on for Choice Inventories. A few of the early adopters include Hanover Packaging, a leader in the specialty packaging market, Backcountry.com, a top online retailer of high-end outdoor and backcountry gear, and Votenet.com a leading provider of on-demand voting software and election consulting.
"Reducing our carbon footprint is an important part of our sustainability program at Hanover Packaging. Renewable Choice made our greenhouse gas inventory process work smoothly and as a result of our efforts in this and other areas we have been recognized as an EPA Climate Leader," said Larry Chatzkel, CEO of Hanover Packaging.
"We are actively working towards an environmentally sustainable business. The only way to honestly address our carbon footprint was with a greenhouse gas inventory;" said Jim Holland, CEO of Backcountry.com. "Renewable Choice, with whom we've worked to offset our electricity with wind power, offered a carbon accounting service that met our needs and fit our budget."
In addition to greenhouse gas inventories, Renewable Choice provides any number of customized solutions and resources to put the information gained in an assessment to good use. All Choice Inventories participants gain access to a 250-page energy efficiency resource center that provides guidance on reducing consumption and waste to help the environment and reduce costs. Renewable Choice has also piloted a program to install conservation-related products like energy-efficient lighting and solar panels in client facilities. The company has been awarded for innovations in communication and education about renewable energy and continues to offer custom outreach solutions to all its clients and partners.
"Renewable Choice Energy was an invaluable partner. Thanks to their research and the development of a one-of-a-kind carbon footprint calculator, we're educating organizations all over the world about the environmental impact of their paper ballot elections and votes," said Votenet Solutions, Inc. CEO Michael Tuteur. "Renewable Choice has also helped us to reduce our own carbon footprint via affordable carbon offsets and energy-saving initiatives."
"Though small- and mid-sized companies have never been legally required to support
renewable energy development and reduce their carbon emissions in the U.S., they have
made up the bulk of companies doing so in recent years. We expect this trend to
continue in regards to businesses conducting full greenhouse gas inventories,
as well," said Quayle Hodek, CEO of Renewable Choice. "We've worked with
hundreds of companies that support renewable energy because it's the right
thing to do for the environment and their customers. We hope our unique carbon
accounting service gives them more tools to further express their commitments
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Read Ten Steps to a Greenhouse Gas Inventory for more information on how you can get started.