ahaddon@renewablechoice.com

About Amy Haddon

Amy brings 20 years’ experience in leadership and organizations to her work in sustainability communications for Renewable Choice. She earned her M.Ed. at Colorado State University.
17 07, 2017

Mid-Year Market Report: Renewables Show No Signs of Slowdown

By | 2017-07-17T09:44:50+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Heading into 2017, there was tremendous speculation about how the incoming U.S. administration would impact energy policy and development, and particularly the ramifications on worldwide renewables investment and deployment. Mid-year, as we predicted, renewables are still full steam ahead, even in the U.S., and despite the Trump administration’s highly publicized withdrawal from the Paris Agreement [...]

2 06, 2017

In the Wake of the US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Organizational Commitments to Climate Action are More Important than Ever

By | 2017-06-02T11:57:47+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|International, News|

Months of uncertainty surrounding the US administration’s position on the Paris Agreement have passed since the November 2016 election, culminating in yesterday’s announcement by Donald Trump that the US would prepare to exit the accord. Remarkably, this uncertainty has not slowed the rapid progress and advancement of global renewable energy.  If anything, we’ve observed that [...]

17 05, 2017

4 Reasons Your Renewable Energy Strategy Still Relies on RECs

By | 2017-05-17T15:55:57+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. Falling prices, technology advancements, competitive pressures, and ambitious climate action goals have helped drive the rapid growth of renewable energy worldwide, dramatically boosted by the widespread adoption of renewables by organizations in the commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) sectors. C&I buyers have been particularly drawn [...]

27 04, 2017

Tell Your Story of 100% Renewable Energy – How to Accurately Report Claims to CDP

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:46+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Business Blog, Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. We often receive the following question from clients, particularly as it relates to CDP reporting: What environmental claim(s) will we be able to make if we go 100% renewable, and what is the guidance from leading NGOs? Here is our typical response: When a company [...]

21 04, 2017

Making a Difference on Earth Week: Small Actions With Big Impact

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:49+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Environmental Blog|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. Earth Week is a special time of year for the Renewable Choice-Schneider Electric team. The values that embody Earth Day—conservation and climate action—are the same values that power our drive to make a difference in the world with the products and services we provide. This [...]

20 02, 2017

Renewable Choice and CDP Partner for Risks & Renewables Webinar

By | 2017-02-20T13:40:34+00:00 February 20th, 2017|News|

Renewable Choice Energy is partnering with CDP on Wednesday, February 22nd for a one-hour webinar on risks & renewables. Join John Powers, Hans Royal, and James Lewis for what you need to know about risks & renewables Organizations worldwide are increasingly turning to clean power to reduce their energy costs, mitigate conventional energy volatility, and [...]

9 02, 2017

Intersections: 5 Ways Renewables Can Address Environmental Racism

By | 2017-03-14T10:15:50+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, Intersections|

In our new Clean Energy Intersections blog series, we’ll explore how renewable energy has the power to address and alleviate many social and environmental concerns, in addition to its power as a worldwide economic force. In this installment, Amy Haddon examines the intersection of renewable energy and environmental racism: Recent world events have called attention [...]

1 02, 2017

Connecting the Dots: How to Design a Dynamic Clean Energy Strategy

By | 2017-02-03T16:12:35+00:00 February 1st, 2017|connect the dots|

This is the final blog in our “Connect the Dots” series, intended to provide insight into how clean energy solutions connect companies to a variety of business advantages. In today’s installment, we will describe how a multifaceted clean energy strategy sets your organization apart in a competitive industry.  Click here to view all seven “Connect the Dots” blogs, [...]

20 12, 2016

Weighing the Co-Benefits of Renewable PPAs When Selecting a Project for Your Organization

By | 2016-12-21T12:59:55+00:00 December 20th, 2016|PPA|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. Corporate, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers are choosing renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) for three primary reasons.  First, current federal subsidies and technology improvements make both wind and solar PPAs financially attractive.  Second, PPAs can help companies manage risks associated with carbon, climate change, [...]

14 12, 2016

Case Study: How One Multinational Company is Addressing its Global Energy Load

By | 2016-12-15T09:46:05+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Case Study|

How does a multinational consumer products company, which has publicly committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy and achieving carbon neutrality by 2020, address its carbon emissions across a variety of geographies? The answer is innovative strategies and cross-functional stakeholder engagement. Achieving carbon neutrality is an ambitious goal that requires addressing both the emissions from company-controlled [...]

1 12, 2016

5 Reasons We Remain Confident in the Strength of the C&I Renewables Market

By | 2016-12-01T10:22:02+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in the renewables market and corporate sustainability. There’s been recent speculation regarding the reason that corporate renewables uptake is slowing down; 2016 power purchase agreement (PPA) commitments are not on pace with 2015 (although announced deals have already surpassed 2014 totals).  The slowdown is almost certainly attributable to the Production [...]

11 11, 2016

How the 2016 Election Results May Impact Renewables

By | 2016-11-11T10:21:42+00:00 November 11th, 2016|News, Policy|

Just days after Donald Trump’s election victory, speculation on what may happen to the rapidly growing renewable energy market has been fierce.  In truth, neither we nor our partners in this space can accurately predict precisely how the new administration will affect this market. The good news is that we do know five key things: [...]

13 10, 2016

How the Role of Regulation in Competitive Electricity Markets Impacts C&I Consumer Choice

By | 2016-10-14T15:19:31+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Electricity|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. The modern electricity grid is a marvel of human ingenuity and engineering.  The grid runs virtually without fail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  It delivers reliable, relatively low cost, and increasingly clean power to our homes, community & [...]

10 10, 2016

Renewable Choice Celebrates 15 Years as a Leading Market Pioneer

By | 2016-10-13T11:02:30+00:00 October 10th, 2016|News|

Author: Amy Haddon has been with Renewable Choice Energy since 2007, and has been instrumental in the success the company celebrates today. In 2001, the U.S. renewable energy market was still in its infancy.  It was pre-Inconvenient Truth, pre-climate marches, and pre-Paris Agreement.  The price for solar and wind were still exorbitant, out of reach for all [...]

9 09, 2016

Why a Renewable Energy PPA is one of the Most Powerful Tools in Your Sustainability Toolbox

By | 2016-11-18T10:15:17+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that seismic shifts have been underway in how we’re generating energy worldwide, and how those actions play into international goals around carbon emission reductions.  What you may not know is the important role businesses have played in [...]

23 08, 2016

Renewable Choice Joins Infocast as Corporate Renewables 2016 Platinum Sponsor

By | 2016-08-23T09:54:19+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Corporate Renewables, News|

Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has joined leading event producer Infocast as a Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming Corporate Renewables 2016 conference. Billed as an event “by corporates, for corporates,” Corporate Renewables 2016 will be held September 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Renewable Choice was invited to join the Infocast event team to share [...]

28 07, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy Expands International Portfolio of Products & Services

By | 2016-08-18T12:18:58+00:00 July 28th, 2016|International, News|

Award-winning firm advances global presence BREAKING: Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has expanded its global portfolio of renewable energy products and services to include international power purchase agreements (PPAs).  The company already supplies global energy attribute certificates (EACs) and carbon offsets (emissions reductions) to its commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) customers.  The firm [...]

14 07, 2016

In the Age of PPAs, Renewable Energy Certificates Remain Critical

By | 2016-07-20T10:24:04+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. Corporate and industrial (C&I) power purchasing agreements (PPAs) are on fire.  Although only a handful of companies, universities, and government agencies have executed on PPAs, interest in this contracting mechanism has exploded.  Just last week, Bloomberg shared its list of the top 20 institutional renewable [...]

20 06, 2016

CDP and the Scope 2 Guidance: What Companies Need to Know for 2016

By | 2016-06-30T11:22:33+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and sustainability With the CDP Climate Change reporting deadline less than two weeks away (June 30), reporting organizations are deep into the 2016 questionnaire.  This year, CDP has made some material changes to its questions in order to line up with the GHG Protocol’s Scope 2 guidance [...]

16 06, 2016

What Does it Mean to be Carbon Neutral?

By | 2016-06-30T11:23:10+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Environmental Blog|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and sustainability 2015 was a watershed year for renewable energy.  For the first time, the growth of renewables in the US outpaced the growth of all other energy sources—including natural gas.  This growth, combined with the steady retirement of coal plants across the country, has kept US carbon [...]

12 05, 2016

Can I Make Claims of Additionality, Environmental Benefit, or Both with my Green Power Purchase?

By | 2016-06-02T10:14:47+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon has extensive experience in renewable energy communications, marketing claims, and providing business insights based on market trends.  Credible claims in green power purchasing are a hot topic.  Last week, the RE100 released technical guidance on claims at the same time we published a new white paper clarifying the relationship between renewable energy credits [...]

22 04, 2016

Earth Day in Every Moment

By | 2017-04-21T10:22:17+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Environmental Blog|

It’s become an annual tradition at Renewable Choice to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the wild areas near our office.  We’re fortunate to be alongside Boulder Creek, and many small mammals, birds, and insects call the area home. Every year, it always astonishes just how much trash we pick up.  This year, about 75% [...]

30 03, 2016

For Health and Environment, Renewables Still Beat Natural Gas

By | 2016-03-30T15:55:45+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Climate Science, Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon has extensive experience in renewable energy communications and providing business insights based on market trends.  Corporate purchasing of renewable energy is on the upswing, thanks in no small part to historic low prices in both wind and solar.  However, the price of renewable energy is only one variable impacting an organization’s choice to [...]

7 03, 2016

5 Case Studies of How Corporations Use Carbon Offsets

By | 2016-03-07T11:22:48+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Business Blog, Case Study|

Author: Amy Haddon Corporate clean energy purchasing has been dominating Q1 energy news.  The recent uptick of organizational (i.e. non-utility) renewable energy buying via power purchase agreement (PPA) has garnered a lot of national attention.  Electricity isn’t all that corporations are interested in getting cleanly; these organizations have also made public commitments to reducing their [...]

23 02, 2016

Growing Sophistication of the Renewable Energy Buyer

By | 2016-03-03T10:50:19+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

When I began my career at Renewable Choice Energy almost a decade ago, the idea of companies buying renewable energy was in its infancy. Renewable Choice had only just completed the brokerage of the Whole Foods 100% wind power deal, which at the time was the first of its kind (we went on to receive [...]

19 02, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy to Host Interactive Tutorial at GreenBiz 2016

By | 2016-03-03T10:43:39+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Press Release|

Award-winning firm will share insights at GreenBiz 2016 on renewable energy procurement with sustainability officers.   BOULDER, CO (2/19/16)—Renewable Choice Energy announced today it will host an interactive, pre-conference tutorial on renewable energy procurement at the upcoming GreenBiz 2016 event. The session, entitled A CSO’s Guide to Renewable Energy will be led by John Powers, [...]

4 02, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy Announces Divestiture of Mosaic Sustainability

By | 2016-03-03T10:51:10+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Press Release|

Award-winning firm forges new partnership with Anthesis Group   BOULDER, CO (2/4/16)—Renewable Choice Energy announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mosaic Sustainability, has been acquired by the Anthesis Group, an award-winning global sustainability consultancy that provides financially-driven sustainability strategy services. Mosaic Sustainability was the result of organic growth within Renewable Choice, driven initially by consumer [...]

15 01, 2016

2015 was a Record-Setting Year for Renewables. 2016 Promises to Maintain the Momentum.

By | 2016-03-03T10:48:18+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Industry Trends, Policy|

2015 in a Nutshell: Combined, utility-scale wind and solar made up more than 98,000 MW of new power capacity in 2015. Of this new renewable energy capacity, corporate buyers alone locked in over 3 GW of wind and solar through Power Purchase Agreements. A trifecta of regulations (The Clean Power Plan, Paris Agreements, and extensions [...]

20 11, 2015

Corporate Renewables Just Passed a Historic Threshold

By | 2017-07-17T09:24:16+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News|

Renewable Choice partner Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced earlier this week that corporate acquisition of long-term renewables via power purchase agreements (PPAs) has surpassed the 2 gigawatt (GW) mark for 2015, with six weeks yet to go before the end of the year.  The announcement was made at RMI’s semi-annual gathering of the Business Renewables [...]

28 04, 2015

Green House Data Joins EPA Top 30 Tech & Telecom List of Green Power Users

By | 2015-04-28T16:53:50+00:00 April 28th, 2015|News|

Cheyenne, WY.-- Green House Data, a national provider of cloud hosting, colocation, and managed data center services, as well as an EPA Green Power Partner and a certified B-Corporation, today announced that for the first time it appeared as No. 29 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Top 30 Tech & Telecom list of the [...]

21 04, 2015

Earth Day 2015: Celebrating Renewables

By | 2015-04-21T20:46:44+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Environmental Blog|

This Earth Day, we invite you to join us in celebrating the explosive growth in renewable energy. When we started Renewable Choice back in 2001, our aspiration was three-fold: an energy landscape where renewables and energy derived from fossil fuels would compete on cost; an increased amount of clean power added to our overall national [...]

30 03, 2015

President Obama Ups the Sustainability Ante with a New Executive Order

By | 2015-03-30T20:48:06+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

On March 19, 2015, President Obama revoked Executive Order 13514 in favor of a broader, more stringent federal requirement, an Executive Order titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.”  The new order, which calls for an aggressive 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions among federal agencies and improved environmental performance in the supply [...]

27 03, 2015

How One Texas Town is Upsetting the Fossil Fuel Apple Cart

By | 2015-03-27T20:49:40+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Business Blog|

Last week, Georgetown, Texas, population 56,000 and an hour north of Austin, announced that it has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with solar giant SunEdison for a total of nearly 150 MW of clean energy.  Combined with its 2014 purchase of 144 MW of wind power from EDF last year, the city has [...]

23 02, 2015

Falling Prices and Tax Incentives Driving Explosive Renewable Growth

By | 2015-02-23T20:53:01+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Business Blog|

Within the past two weeks we’ve seen power purchase agreement (PPA) announcements from Google, Apple, Kaiser Permanente, and GM, that, when combined with an earlier announcement from Amazon Web Services, amount to nearly 600 megawatts (MW), or just shy of half of 2014’s total corporate PPA commitment. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that [...]

13 02, 2015

The Unstoppable Force of Renewables

By | 2015-02-13T20:54:13+00:00 February 13th, 2015|Business Blog, Environmental Blog|

At the 11th hour in 2014, a lame duck Congress pulled a lame duck move, extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC) by a mere two weeks.  The PTC grants tax relief to wind projects and can often be the difference between a project getting off the ground and not.  Without it, there is real fear [...]

30 01, 2015

WRI’s New Guidance on Scope 2 Emissions: What Does it Mean?

By | 2016-03-14T16:30:40+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Business Blog|

Last week, WRI released its anticipatedguidance on Scope 2 emissions.  The new guidance provides greater clarity on emissions produced via purchased energy (in the form of electricity, steam, heating, and cooling), and specifically takes into account the various low-carbon means by which companies obtain their electricity, including power purchase agreements. The overall aim of the [...]

27 01, 2015

Sustainability is in the DNA at Jackson Family Wines

By | 2015-01-27T20:57:34+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Business Blog, Environmental Blog|

We’re delighted to share a new case study with you featuring our client Jackson Family Wines (JFW). The private, family-owned company operates under three core values that have formed the basis for its operations since it was initially founded by Jess Jackson 32 years ago:sustaining our lands, crafting our wines, and advancing the field.  As [...]

14 01, 2015

Energy Storage & Recycling: The New Frontiers of Energy Efficiency

By | 2015-01-14T20:59:01+00:00 January 14th, 2015|Business Blog|

Over the past decade, renewable technology has rapidly advanced, resulting in cheaper panels and turbines that also work more efficiently. These advances have led, in part, to the dramatic decline in the cost of solar and wind power production that has given rise to the grid-parity between brown and green energy.  However, several fundamental problems [...]

8 01, 2015

Could 2015 Be the Tipping Point for U.S. Renewables?

By | 2016-01-07T10:45:24+00:00 January 8th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

  2014 was an extraordinary year for renewable growth and global climate change awareness. As the impacts of climate change—including record temperatures that have resulted in flooding, drought, superstorms, and loss of life and property—continue to grow internationally, sensitivity to controlling greenhouse gas emissions is on the rise. Climate change deniers are increasingly viewed in [...]

5 12, 2014

Top 10 Tips for a More Sustainable Holiday Season

By | 2014-12-05T21:01:04+00:00 December 5th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

More waste is generated between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of year, and studies repeatedly show that most of us would welcome less gift-giving and stress at the holidays. Here’s Renewable Choice Energy’s essential list of Top 10 Tips for a More Sustainable Holiday Season. Tip #1: Minimize gift giving, and when [...]

25 11, 2014

A Reflection on Gratitude

By | 2014-11-25T21:02:46+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

As Thanksgiving rolls around this week, it’s an excellent time for all of us at Renewable Choice to reflect on what we’re grateful for. This week, we’re thankful that the Keystone XL pipeline project has been postponed, at least temporarily. This is a win for the climate, and we’re hopeful that the momentum developed by [...]

30 10, 2014

The Spooky Reality of Climate Change

By | 2014-10-30T21:06:57+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Business Blog|

Today is Halloween.  Historically, this holiday marked the end of summer and the death of vegetation and often livestock, leading to its association with the scary denizens of the underworld: ghosts, goblins, and ghouls.  While the holiday itself has become far more commercialized in recent years, the shortening days and chillier temperatures remind us that [...]

17 10, 2014

The Importance of Renewing the Production Tax Credit

By | 2014-10-17T20:26:00+00:00 October 17th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

On the heels of the UN Climate Summit, there has been a great deal of speculation about where and when world leaders will take actual action on climate change—without a lot of concrete answers. However, one crucial element to wind development in the U.S. that Congress can act on now is the Production Tax Credit, [...]

23 09, 2014

500,000+ Voices Strong for Climate Action

By | 2014-09-23T18:11:36+00:00 September 23rd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

This past weekend, I had the privilege to participate—along with my friend and colleague, Director of our Green Building division, Lana Carmichael —in the extraordinary, historic People’s Climate March. Timed to coincide with the start of the United Nation’s Climate Summit held in New York City this week, the march was - in every sense [...]

8 05, 2014

Climate Change is Not a Political Issue

By | 2014-05-08T16:25:17+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

I recently completed a really amazing class on storytelling for sustainability. The class concept was that presenting facts & figures can turn off an audience that might otherwise be engaged via a more creative medium. Our final project was to create a digital story about our “passionate fact.” (If you’re so inclined, you can view [...]

25 04, 2014

Renewable Choice Receives Nod from U.S. EPA

By | 2014-04-25T16:41:36+00:00 April 25th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their list of the Top 100 Green Power Partners. Renewable Choice is proud to be a green power supplier, providing renewable energy credits (RECs) to more than 10 of the top 50 companies in the country using voluntary green power. In addition, Renewable Choice is currently [...]

27 01, 2014

2014 Sustainability Trends

By | 2014-01-27T17:22:01+00:00 January 27th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Last week, GreenBiz.com released their annual State of Green Business report. The annual report details the top 10 trends in sustainability for 2014, along with a new metric, the Natural Capital Leaders Index. This Index, developed by Trucost, examines how some 500 U.S. businesses are performing on a variety of sustainability indicators.The report, which calls out [...]

19 12, 2013

Approaching the Renewable Energy Tipping Point

By | 2013-12-19T23:53:20+00:00 December 19th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

This year, we were so pleased to share the news that we were involved with the documentary film Chasing Ice, providing offsets during filming to help reduce the climate impact of the production. The film is the story of one man’s mission to alter the course of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing [...]

17 12, 2013

The Intersection of Environmental and Social Justice

By | 2013-12-17T20:46:51+00:00 December 17th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Like so many, I was deeply saddened by the passing of renowned leader Nelson Mandela. Whether or not you agree with Mandela’s politics, he was a passionate figurehead for social justice; an anti-apartheid revolutionary who overcame tremendous odds to become South Africa’s president in 1994 after nearly three decades in prison. Mandela’s passing reminded me [...]

6 12, 2013

Happy Holidays from Renewable Choice and Mosaic Labs!

By | 2013-12-06T17:31:52+00:00 December 6th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Despite the increasing threat of climate change to our planet, we think we have a lot to celebrate this holiday season…renewable growth in the U.S. is at an all-time high…more and more companies are making considerable advances in their sustainability strategies…new technologies and innovative product and services offerings are delivering higher efficiency than ever before…the [...]

13 11, 2013

The Little Engines That Could: How Grassroots Stopped Oil & Gas Encroachment in Colorado

By | 2013-11-13T20:52:49+00:00 November 13th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Last week’s elections proved to be a crucial turning point for Colorado in the fight for climate change abatement.  In elections across the state, voters turned out to turn down fracking and promote municipalization, creating what will hopefully prove to be a model for other communities.  Perhaps most impressive is the David-and-Goliath scope of these [...]

21 10, 2013

Climate Change Comes Home

By | 2013-10-21T17:32:53+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Last month, Colorado was suddenly and tragically stricken with a devastating flood.  The flood was the most serious in living memory and it affected nearly every city in the Denver Metro area and eastern Colorado.  Our hometown of Boulder received more than 20” of rain in total over a five day period, more than we [...]

8 10, 2013

Exciting News! Please Welcome Mosaic Labs

By | 2013-10-08T20:02:52+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Today is a big day: we’re excited to announce the launch of our new subsidiary company, Mosaic Sustainability.  Mosaic is a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability reporting & disclosure, strategy development, and supply chain engagement.  In operation informally within Renewable Choice since 2008, the new company will allow us to expand our market reach [...]

15 08, 2013

How Renewables are Winning

By | 2013-08-15T18:22:34+00:00 August 15th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

This month, I celebrated six years with Renewable Choice Energy, a milestone of which I am extremely proud.  When I first joined the company in 2007, there was buzz about climate change and sustainability—sparked in part by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and forward-thinking companies like Whole Foods Market—but by and large, companies and consumers [...]

1 08, 2013

The Connection between Climate and Waste

By | 2013-08-01T17:38:44+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Environmental Blog|

I saw the Disney-Pixar animated film Wall-E long before I became a parent and found its simple message of hope both entertaining and inspiring.  In the film--which is worth a view if you haven’t seen it--the Earth is abandoned by the human race in the wake of the mountains of garbage that threaten life as [...]

3 07, 2013

Are Corporations Changing for the Better?

By | 2013-07-03T21:15:05+00:00 July 3rd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

That was the fundamental question posed to me and fellow Colorado B-Corp-ers Mark Fisher, CEO of Inspire Commerce, and Seleyn DeYarus, CEO of America’s Best Organics on the KGNU broadcast of “It’s the Economy,” Thursday, June 20th. In a time when the news seems more fraught with fear than ever, consumers have grown increasingly suspicious [...]

1 07, 2013

Greenhouse Gas Reductions Translate into Big Savings, Says New Report

By | 2013-07-01T18:48:38+00:00 July 1st, 2013|Environmental Blog|

U.S. businesses could save $780 billion dollars over 10 years by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by only 3 percent, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund and CDP.  A 3 percent reduction would help U.S. corporations achieve a 25 percent reduction against 1990 emission levels by 2020. It is widely recognized [...]

24 06, 2013

The Carbon You’re Not Counting

By | 2013-06-24T21:41:25+00:00 June 24th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

The private sector is leading the way in the voluntary purchase of green power via renewable energy credits (RECs).  The EPA lists more than 1,400 organizations—including major corporate players Intel, Microsoft, Kohl’s Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, and Walmart—among their Green Power Partners.  Collectively, these green power adopters use more than 27 billion kWh of [...]

14 06, 2013

For Release: Renewable Choice Energy Provides Clean Energy to 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival

By | 2013-06-14T17:31:58+00:00 June 14th, 2013|News|

Renewable Choice Energy Provides Clean Energy to 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival  Boulder, CO (PRWEB) June 14th, 2013  -- For the 11th consecutive year, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy (http://www.renewablechoice.com) will provide clean energy in the form of wind power and carbon offsets to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The Festival, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, [...]

14 06, 2013

Celebrating Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s 40th Anniversary

By | 2013-06-14T16:51:22+00:00 June 14th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Next week, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival celebrates an historic occasion, its 40th anniversary of playing bluegrass in the heart of the Colorado mountains under a bright summer sun.  For the 11th consecutive year, Renewable Choice will partner with festival owners Planet Bluegrass to provide renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets to help minimize the [...]

29 05, 2013

For Release: Progressive firm recognized for creating most overall positive environmental impact

By | 2013-05-29T21:01:51+00:00 May 29th, 2013|News|

Renewable Choice Energy Honored as a ‘Best for the Environment’ B Corp Boulder, CO (PRWEB) May 29, 2013  -- Renewable Choice Energy was named a “Best for the Environment” B Corp this week for creating the most overall positive environmental impact among B Corps.  63 companies across 30 industries and 11 countries were recognized by [...]

24 05, 2013

The High Price of Natural Gas

By | 2013-05-24T17:43:59+00:00 May 24th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Interest in and consumption of natural gas in the U.S. is at an all-time high, thanks to advances in extraction technology, low prices, and growing distaste for emission-heavy coal.  As a result, natural gas production has grown by more than 20% in the past five years and the demand is only expected to increase.This shift [...]

14 05, 2013

Reducing Carbon Emissions Becomes Mission Critical

By | 2013-05-14T17:16:58+00:00 May 14th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Last Friday, the New York Times reported that global carbon dioxide (CO2) has reached concentrations not seen on the planet since the Pliocene period, when the ice caps were far smaller and the oceans much higher than they are today.  This announcement follows earlier reports in April that US emissions are at their lowest levels [...]

26 04, 2013

Our Silent Partners in the Fight Against Climate Change

By | 2013-04-26T17:21:43+00:00 April 26th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

We’ll cap off our Earth Week with a nod to national Arbor Day.  Arbor Day was first observed in April, 1872 when an estimated 1 million trees were planted.  Every year since that time, conservationists and arborists have championed the power of trees.  The Arbor Day Foundation, which holds annual events nationally, works to “inspire [...]

25 04, 2013

The Power of RECs to Improve Human Health

By | 2013-04-25T21:43:52+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Every day at Renewable Choice, we help our customers buy renewable energy, primarily in the form of renewable energy credits, or RECs.  RECs are the way that clean power is tracked and traded in North America and are used by thousands of organizations—including the EPA—to offset the carbon emissions associated with the consumption of electricity.The [...]

24 04, 2013

Our Planet’s Most Precious Resource

By | 2013-04-24T17:36:42+00:00 April 24th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

One of the hottest topics in sustainability is water: water scarcity, water reusability, increasing sea water.  Water is essential to life on earth—we can’t live longer than a few days without it—but the demands of overpopulation, industry, and a changing climate are placing great strains on our finite water resources.  Water is quickly becoming a [...]

24 04, 2013

Renewable Choice Clients Make EPA List of U.S. Organizations Using the Most Green Power

By | 2013-04-24T17:12:51+00:00 April 24th, 2013|News|

EPA Announces U.S. Organizations Using the Most Green Power Release Date: 04/17/2013Contact Information: Latosha Thomas, thomas.latosha@epa.gov, 202-564-9546, 202-564-4355WASHINGTON -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership released an updated list of the Top 50 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources.“We applaud the leadership demonstrated by organizations that [...]

23 04, 2013

Treading Lightly

By | 2013-04-23T17:45:16+00:00 April 23rd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Modern life is full of fun toys and fast pace, but those conveniences come with a price: namely, the impact that our lifestyles have on the earth and its inhabitants, including ourselves.  In honor of Earth Week, here are some suggestions for how to curb your enthusiasm and tread more lightly. Explore “Slow” Movements From [...]

22 04, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

By | 2013-04-22T20:06:18+00:00 April 22nd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

It’s Earth Day! More than a billion people from 192 countries will participate in this important observance dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of our planet and its inhabitants. This year, the Earth Day Network is highlighting the face of climate change.  Too often, we are able to distance ourselves from our environmental impacts; [...]

8 04, 2013

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere – Part two of two

By | 2013-04-08T21:27:56+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

In our last blog, we discussed the integration of plastic material in our everyday lives and the environmental impact our consumption of plastics have on municipal waste streams.  There’s no going back; we won’t have a society without plastics in the future.  So how can we work to make plastics a part of our lives [...]

1 04, 2013

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere – Part one of two

By | 2013-04-01T16:51:02+00:00 April 1st, 2013|Environmental Blog|

This morning, I emptied another shampoo bottle.  In that moment, I was struck by just how much plastic I use in my day-to-day life.  Soap containers, sauce and salad dressing bottles, fruit and vegetable containers, the case on my laptop, grocery bags, children’s toys, the shell of my car…all of this and so much more [...]

20 03, 2013

Take an Hour for the Earth

By | 2013-03-20T21:56:07+00:00 March 20th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

The ability to harness energy in order to generate electricity is arguably one of the most important discoveries ever made by humankind.  Without electricity, there would be no industrial age, and certainly no digital one.  Year over year, our energy demands continue to increase with no sign of slowing down; if anything, we will need [...]

14 03, 2013

Press Release: Renewable Choice Energy Launches Wind PowerED Campaign

By | 2013-03-14T17:27:53+00:00 March 14th, 2013|News|

  Renewable Choice Energy Launches Wind PowerED Campaign Program aims to educate Colorado kids about renewable energy and climate change Boulder, CO - March 14, 2013 --   Renewable Choice Energy (http://www.renewablechoice.com), a leading provider of renewable energy, carbon offsets, and sustainability consulting services based in Boulder, Colorado, today launched its Wind PowerED campaign, an [...]

14 03, 2013

Wind PowerED Climate Education for Colorado Kids

By | 2013-03-14T16:58:36+00:00 March 14th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Today’s children are not only the inheritors of our environmental missteps, but are, in fact, our greatest hope for environmental stewardship.  The current generation is learning conservation on a much larger scale than any previous one. Many of today’s children have the opportunity to participate in farm-to-table, recycling, and clean energy initiatives.  At my daughter’s [...]

13 03, 2013

Sustainability in Supply Chain Remains Top Priority for Major Brands

By | 2013-03-13T21:25:10+00:00 March 13th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

In case you haven’t been paying attention, supply chain sustainability is the topic of 2013.  Major brands, including Walmart, Levi’s, Gap Inc., McDonald’s, REI, Coca-Cola, and many others have made measuring environmental impacts in the supply chain one of their top priorities.  Walmart posted a blog to their Green Room at the end of February [...]

28 02, 2013

Walmart continues to focus on working with their suppliers and buyers to make their products more sustainable.

By | 2013-02-28T22:41:02+00:00 February 28th, 2013|News|

A sustainable supply chain is the first priority By Walmart Green Room on February 26, 2013  Although improving our supply chain to make our products more sustainable is one of Walmart’s top goals, customers don’t always see that commitment in advertising or at the point of sale, as a recent article from Bloomberg Government notes.While [...]

28 02, 2013

The High Cost of Keeping Electricity Affordable

By | 2013-02-28T22:13:35+00:00 February 28th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Several weeks ago, I was surprised to hear a confusing and relatively misleading radio ad for something called “Keep Electricity Affordable” in Colorado.  As someone who works to support the increase of renewable power in the U.S., I’m attuned to pay attention to anything talking about the prices or availability of electricity.  With my interest [...]

27 02, 2013

Gasparilla Music Festival as featured on BizJournals.com

By | 2013-02-27T18:33:36+00:00 February 27th, 2013|News|

    Gasparilla Music Festival plans for sustainability Feb 22, 2013 | Staff Tampa Bay Business JournalOrganizers of Gasparilla Music Festival, a downtown Tampa live music event now in its second year, have formed partnerships to reduce the event's impact on the environment.The music festival, scheduled March 9, is one of three “anchor festivals” that [...]

27 02, 2013

For Release: Renewable Choice Energy to Partner with Green Key Global

By | 2013-02-27T18:02:51+00:00 February 27th, 2013|News|

National leader will join international eco-rating program to promote green lodging and events Boulder, CO (PRWEB) February 27, 2013  -- Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy (http://www.renewablechoice.com) announced today that it has partnered with Green Key Global to provide green power and carbon offsets to hotels, motels, and resorts seeking to further their initiatives within the Green [...]

27 02, 2013

New Renewable Choice Partnership for Green Lodging

By | 2013-02-27T17:49:50+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

We’re excited to announce that we’ve joined Green Key Global to provide green power and carbon offsets to the lodging industry via the Green Key Eco-Rating and Green Key Meetings programs.The Green Key program is a unique rating system designed to help motels, hotels, and resorts improve both environmental and fiscal performance.  Participating organizations take [...]

20 02, 2013

Getting On Board with Supply Chain Sustainability

By | 2013-02-20T19:10:33+00:00 February 20th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Last week, we were delighted to host a live workshop on getting started in supply chain sustainability for members of CORE, a Colorado non-profit organization that helps companies implement sustainability in their operations, products, and workforce, with an emphasis on small to medium sized businesses.  The presentation was a joint effort between Renewable Choice and [...]

13 02, 2013

Climate Change Naysayer Changes His Tune

By | 2013-02-13T22:45:43+00:00 February 13th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

I’ll readily admit it—I’m a Stephen Colbert fan.  The comedian pundit who coined the term “truthiness” offers up pointed political and social commentary with a ridiculous, satirical twist.  I can count on Mr. Colbert to serve up a dish of laughter at my house whenever I’m able to catch his hilarious show.However, Colbert’s real gift [...]

6 02, 2013

EPA Announces Top U.S. Green Power Users

By | 2013-02-06T22:27:35+00:00 February 6th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

The EPA recently released its most current list of organizations dedicated to using 100% green power through a combination of grid-sourced renewable energy credits, green power utility products, and on-site generation.We’d like to recognize Renewable Choice clients Kohl’s Department Stores, Staples, TD Bank, Pearson, Inc., Carnegie Mellon University , and Powdr Resorts for being within [...]

23 01, 2013

Renewable Choice CEO Quayle Hodek Featured Speaker at TEDxMaui

By | 2013-01-23T18:42:05+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

On Sunday, January 13th, Renewable Choice CEO Quayle Hodek kicked off what promises to be a powerful year of sharing the Renewable Choice story with the audience of TEDxMaui. Hodek, who joined other visionaries including artist Alex Grey, documentary filmmaker Paul Atkins, poet Kim Rosen, and spiritual teacher Michael Bernard Beckwith, shared with the audience [...]

16 01, 2013

2012 In Review: The State of the Sustainability Scorecard

By | 2013-01-16T22:11:42+00:00 January 16th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

When we published our white paper The Growing Trend of Sustainability Scorecards at the beginning of 2012, we saw sustainability questionnaires—particularly within supply chains—as a trend that companies could expect to be affected by.  It’s gratifying to know that we weren’t wrong; 2012 delivered some major new entrants to the sustainability scorecard field.  Here’s a [...]

10 01, 2013

Higher Education is Leading the Way in Sustainability

By | 2013-01-10T23:18:11+00:00 January 10th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Sustainability is alive and well on college campuses across the country; in fact, recent data published by the EPA and the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) partnership indicate that, jointly, the ACUPCC is the 3rd largest buyer of renewable energy credits (RECs) in the U.S.  As a group, higher education has reduced [...]

4 01, 2013

Consumer Awareness Grows; Impacts 2013 Sustainability Trends

By | 2013-01-04T22:42:46+00:00 January 4th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

As the economy begins to rebound—holiday spending was up 9.2 percent—and the impacts of climate-related weather events like Hurricane Sandy continue to reverberate throughout the affected regions, consumer awareness about the environment is on the rise. Companies can anticipate that this growing awareness will impact sustainability in 2013 and beyond.What are the top three consumer-driven [...]

20 12, 2012

What the Earth Can Teach Us

By | 2012-12-20T23:29:38+00:00 December 20th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Tomorrow, people around the northern hemisphere will celebrate the Winter Solstice.  At this important astronomical moment, time will appear suspended as the earth begins its tilt in the opposite direction, bringing all of us back to the light.  Indeed, the word solstice literally means “sun stands still.”For thousands of years, humans have celebrated their relationship [...]

14 12, 2012

Is the argument over climate change finally at an end?

By | 2012-12-14T20:03:55+00:00 December 14th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

For years, there has been a debate over the reality of climate change, specifically human impact on the climate and related weather events. While the climate change naysayers are few, they have been a strong, vocal minority. Climate change has also taken a background role on the national stage, with politicians preferring to address much [...]

7 12, 2012

The Time for Service is Now

By | 2012-12-07T20:55:40+00:00 December 7th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

For the second year in a row, the Renewable Choice team was proud to partner with the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless to decorate for the holidays. Not only is this a fun way for our team to connect with each other, but we’re able to bring a little joy into the hearts of those [...]

30 11, 2012

Do Good and Feel Good this Holiday Season

By | 2012-11-30T17:05:52+00:00 November 30th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Without fail, as the winter holidays approach, I grapple with the paradox of the season. The short, dark, cold days beckon me to curmudgeonly stay at home in front of a fire while well-meaning invitations from family and friends call for social celebration. My desire to live simply and in a way that reduces my [...]

14 11, 2012

3500 LEED® Projects—and Counting

By | 2012-11-14T21:15:59+00:00 November 14th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice recently reached a major green milestone.  Since we began working with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in 2003, we’ve been part of the certification of more than 3,500 commercial buildings—or 25% of all commercial LEED certified projects!Started by the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) in 1998, the LEED program’s [...]

9 11, 2012

The Scores are in: Understanding the Walmart Sustainability Index

By | 2012-11-09T23:18:19+00:00 November 9th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Suppliers in the first batch of Walmart’s new Sustainability Index initiative have begun receiving their scores back from the retailer, and at first glance, understanding the score can feel overwhelming. The score includes: A summary snapshot of how the supplier scored overall A dimension score that tells the supplier how it’s doing in the four [...]

26 10, 2012

Sustainability 101: The 5M's of Change

By | 2012-10-26T18:42:36+00:00 October 26th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

We’re often asked by our clients how to implement sustainability within their organizations. It can be a daunting task, particularly for companies that aren’t already part of the LOHAS movement. However, with increasing pressure on companies from all sides, sustainability is quickly becoming a standard practice across industries. Here’s our recommendation. Measure All change starts [...]

19 10, 2012

Do I Need a Sustainability Consultant? Part 2 of 2

By | 2012-10-19T16:57:17+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

In my last blog, I discussed the possible reasons you might need a sustainability consultant.  But identifying your need for a consultant is only the first step: the follow-up is to actually choose the right firm for your business.  Given the number of professionals you have to choose from—and the sustainability consulting field is growing [...]

5 10, 2012

Do I Need a Sustainability Consultant? Part 1 of 2

By | 2012-10-05T16:32:59+00:00 October 5th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

These days, when I’m asked what I do, I tell people I’m a sustainability consultant.  But what does that really mean?  Sustainability is a broad field that touches on a variety of issues, from resource scarcity to environmental justice to climate change.  What does a sustainability consultant do?  And more importantly, how do you know [...]

25 09, 2012

Composting at Home is Easier Than You May Think

By | 2012-09-25T18:00:37+00:00 September 25th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

It’s hard to believe that this past weekend was the autumnal equinox and that summer is really and truly over for another year. I spent time this summer assessing my living habits and determining how I could further reduce my own environmental footprint. As a result, I had a great time experimenting with gardening, canning, [...]

14 09, 2012

Why Renewable Choice is a Great Place to Work

By | 2012-09-14T18:15:27+00:00 September 14th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

This summer, the Renewable Choice team sat down and did something important, which was to formalize our vision for our company and our place in the world.  The work was the culmination of a semester-long partnership between us and a recent graduate of the innovative Environmental Leadership program at Naropa University.  Through the work, we [...]

12 09, 2012

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Releases Higg Index Supplier Sustainability Scorecard

By | 2012-09-12T22:11:34+00:00 September 12th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

On July 26, 2012, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a trade association comprised of apparel brands, retailers, and manufacturers, along with government, NGO’s, and industry experts, released the Higg Index, a comprehensive tool for sustainability measurement across the apparel and footwear industry supply chains.  The tool was developed by the SAC’s membership organizations and is [...]

10 09, 2012

Energy Reliance Major Contributor to Environmental and Human Health Impacts

By | 2012-09-10T16:05:59+00:00 September 10th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

[!redirect? url=`http://www.mosaicsustainability.com/` !]   A few weeks ago, a power line was cut near my home and so our house was without power for several hours.  For my children, this was exciting—an opportunity to practice living without lights.  For me, it was a stark reminder of just how dependent we’ve become on electricity.In 2011, US [...]

9 08, 2012

Sustainability Consulting in Demand

By | 2012-08-09T21:20:04+00:00 August 9th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice Launches Mosaic Alliance for Growing Market Interest in and demand for responsible business is steadily increasing.  Sustainability has moved out of the living room of the tree-huggers and into the board room of the largest companies in the world.  “Green” is ubiquitous.Yet, despite evidence that companies that embed responsible practices into their operations [...]

7 08, 2012

CORE Catalyst Program Takes Sustainability in New Directions

By | 2012-08-07T18:42:59+00:00 August 7th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

We recently became partners with CORE to support their Catalyst program, an innovative and collaborative approach to sustainability consulting and education.  CORE Catalyst is a program that matches teams of talented graduate students from Colorado universities with CORE member companies to jumpstart the sustainability process. Project teams, consisting of four MBA students, perform a preliminary [...]

31 07, 2012

Crown Prince Celebrates Sustainability Success

By | 2012-07-31T18:37:06+00:00 July 31st, 2012|Environmental Blog|

In 2009, cartoonist Joel Pett published a climate change cartoon in USA Today that has endured as a lasting impression of the many benefits of embarking on a sustainability journey.  In the cartoon, a single audience member at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference challenges the science on climate change, while in the background, the conference [...]

27 06, 2012

An Essential Guide to Carbon Accounting Software

By | 2012-06-27T16:18:57+00:00 June 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Have you ever tried to measure your organization’s carbon footprint?  If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because it requires the collection, aggregation, and analysis of emissions data from across your company.  So what do you do?  Many companies have found success by using a carbon accounting software.  But there are a few things you [...]

6 06, 2012

Sustainability is Here to Stay

By | 2012-06-06T19:49:21+00:00 June 6th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Five years ago, “sustainability” was a cultural buzz word.  Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth had just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and whether or not global warming was real was a topic for discussion in the presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain.  Magazines like Time and Newsweek regularly featured pieces [...]

3 05, 2012

There is No "Away"

By | 2012-05-03T15:33:12+00:00 May 3rd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

For Earth Day this year, the Renewable Choice team headed outside, armed with gloves, good shoes, and trash bags to gather the litter and other disposable waste from the wild habitat surrounding our offices.  In only 45 minutes, each member of our team was able to fill a 33 gallon bag worth of trash, ranging [...]

20 04, 2012

Earth Day 2012: Let’s Celebrate!

By | 2012-04-20T17:01:45+00:00 April 20th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

This Sunday is the 42nd global observance of Earth Day.  Begun in 1970, Earth Day is widely credited as the event that launched the environmental movement and remains an important day of recognition, celebration, and commitment.This year, the Earth Day Network is working to mobilize the planet by seeking environmental change with a united voice.  [...]

12 04, 2012

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By | 2012-04-12T20:12:34+00:00 April 12th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The National Safety Council promotes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and while this may be a topic most of us associate with teens and other irresponsible drivers, the unfortunate truth is that it also affects our workplaces.  At any given time, more than 800,000 drivers in the US are using their cell phones while [...]

27 03, 2012

How Your Food Choices Can Save the Planet

By | 2012-03-27T21:44:57+00:00 March 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

This week, I’m rejoicing that spring is finally here and so are longer, warmer days.  Already my thoughts have turned to high summer and leisurely afternoons spent in my garden or meandering the farmer’s market.  So, I thought it would be fitting to spend this blog talking about one of the easiest ways that we [...]

9 03, 2012

Careers in Sustainability | Boulder | Mosaic

By | 2012-03-09T17:57:02+00:00 March 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|

{{social_buttons}}   Current Job Openings Our subsidiary, Mosaic Sustainability, is currently hiring for the position of Analyst. Mosaic Sustainability is a fast-growing sustainability consulting firm based in Boulder, Colorado.  We develop customized products and services for some of the most innovative companies in the world, often incorporating web-based tools and systems into our work. We’re [...]

9 03, 2012

Renewable Choice Energy Partners with Green Schools National Conference

By | 2012-03-09T17:21:22+00:00 March 9th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The Greens Schools National Conference’s timing is pertinent, as more and more schools are considering green initiatives.  The event provided an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders to receive practical strategies and solutions to build a sustainability road map for their school. The green schools movement is relatively nascent but is gaining ground [...]

2 03, 2012

3 More Reasons Why Corporate Social Responsibility Matters (Part 2 of 2)

By | 2012-03-02T19:23:48+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The majority of scientists now agree that humans are the most likely cause of global climate change and in recent years increases in population have resulted in food shortages, increased population density and pollution, and fears that the Earth cannot sustain a human population of this size. Back in November, we shared three reasons that [...]

17 02, 2012

What’s In It For Me? The Benefits of a Sustainable Supply Chain

By | 2012-02-17T21:12:13+00:00 February 17th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

As we’ve reported in our recent white paper on supply chain sustainability scorecards, there is increasing pressure and demand on suppliers to comply with sustainability initiatives.  This is true for suppliers to Walmart, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble, just to name a few… not to mention similar initiatives underway in the Federal government supply chain [...]

13 02, 2012

Why Corporate Giving Should Be Part of Your Sustainability Strategy

By | 2012-02-13T19:15:43+00:00 February 13th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Monday, February 27, 2012 is International Corporate Philanthropy Day.  This international advocacy day is led by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and brings together business and community in partnership for mutual success.  The event highlights the critical role that the private sector plays in solving societal problems. We can probably all agree that in principle, [...]

8 02, 2012

Are You Ready for EO 13514?

By | 2012-02-08T22:44:36+00:00 February 8th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13514, which calls on Federal agencies to make improvements in their environmental, energy, and economic performance by meeting a series of reduction targets over the next decade.  EO 13514 specifically seeks to establish an integrated sustainability strategy within the Federal sector.  The President called on [...]

1 02, 2012

A Sustainability Leader Emerges

By | 2012-02-01T17:56:04+00:00 February 1st, 2012|Environmental Blog|

In our case study, OCTAL Leads the Way in Environmental Sustainability and Disclosure, we explore the sustainability journey of an unlikely leader (OCTAL Petrochemicals) in an even more unlikely industry (plastics). OCTAL was founded in 2008 with a simple mission: produce high quality, low impact PET. Since then, OCTAL has stormed into the clear rigid [...]

27 01, 2012

Three Simple Steps to Scorecard Compliance

By | 2012-01-27T23:39:03+00:00 January 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

A few weeks ago, we released our white paper on supply chain sustainability scorecards.  This paper was the result of significant research into who is using scorecards and why.  As we learned, many major industry leaders (including Dell, Ford, Google, and more) are requiring their suppliers to report on sustainability-related risks, opportunities, and achievements.  If [...]

17 01, 2012

Environmentally Responsible Company Joins Growing B Corp Movement

By | 2012-01-17T23:35:45+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Earning the coveted B Corp certification was intensive, which speaks to the integrity and thoroughness of the process.  First and foremost, we had to have a baseline of socially and environmentally responsible business practices to qualify us.  Some of the things that B Lab, the certifying body, looked at through an extensive assessment process were [...]

13 01, 2012

Top Sustainability Trends

By | 2012-01-13T19:21:59+00:00 January 13th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

In my last blog, I shared some suggestions for your sustainability goals in 2012.  This week, I’d like to share some of the sustainability trends that you may also want to take into consideration as you plan your 2012 strategy. Major pressure is emerging from shareholders, who want to see the companies they are invested [...]

5 01, 2012

New Year's Resolution Tips for Those Striving for Sustainability

By | 2012-01-05T21:50:15+00:00 January 5th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

It’s a new year, full of hope and the promise of change.  Isn’t that why so many of us make resolutions at this time? If you haven’t already, now is your opportunity to set goals regarding sustainability.  As our recent sustainability scorecard research supports, more and more companies are embedding reduction goals in emissions, energy, [...]

12 12, 2011

Tips for a More Sustainable Holiday Season

By | 2011-12-12T17:20:25+00:00 December 12th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

More waste is generated in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than at any other time of the year.  Unwanted gifts, food that gets thrown away, and discarded holiday cards, wrapping paper, and evergreens make a significant impact on carbon emissions, landfill waste, and our pocketbooks.  In fact, most of us would welcome less [...]

2 12, 2011

Walking Our Talk @ Renewable Choice

By | 2011-12-02T02:31:41+00:00 December 2nd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

At Renewable Choice, we believe strongly in socially and environmentally responsible business practices and, as a result, make every effort to “walk our talk.”  This not only contributes to our global citizenship, but also helps us provide greater value to our clients.  We understand the challenges of operating a company while simultaneously protecting the environment [...]

18 11, 2011

3 Reasons Why Corporate Social Responsibility Matters

By | 2011-11-18T20:20:34+00:00 November 18th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

I recently returned to the office after the birth of my second child.  While I was away, the Occupy Wall Street movement began and I had the luxury of hearing a lot about it while I was at home.  It was during this same period that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made the controversial statement [...]

12 08, 2011

8 Steps to Green Change For Your Business

By | 2011-08-12T21:58:00+00:00 August 12th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Regardless of your position on climate change, environmental degradation, or population explosion, most of us can agree that sustainability makes sense from a bottom line perspective.  Research consistently demonstrates that companies with sustainability embedded into their organizational philosophy and operations experience greater returns than companies that don’t pay attention to sustainability. Moreover, at its foundation, [...]

21 07, 2011

Responsible Business Practices Matter

By | 2011-07-21T21:23:39+00:00 July 21st, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Among those of us who work in sustainability, the Triple Bottom Line is a well known concept.  Recognizing people, planet, and profits as the three pillars of modern organizational success, the Triple Bottom Line, or TBL, is a helpful framework for evaluating a company’s contribution to economy without placing undue hardship on our society and [...]

1 06, 2011

5 Tips to Help You Get a "Green" Job

By | 2011-06-01T20:11:08+00:00 June 1st, 2011|Environmental Blog|

          Our recent talent searches for sustainability professionals to join our team at Renewable Choice drew more than 1,000 applicants! And why shouldn’t they?  Green jobs are hot right now, and many people are looking to build their career in, or make a change to, the sustainability sector…which is good news [...]

19 04, 2011

4 “Green” Ways to Engage Your Employees

By | 2011-04-19T23:22:58+00:00 April 19th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The beginning of April at Renewable Choice marked the kick off of the first leg of our Commuter Challenge, an annual event that encourages employees to use alternative transportation and to voluntarily reduce their reliance on carbon-based fuels, especially during the summer months when ozone levels in our region can soar to dangerous levels. There [...]