Environmental Blog

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 [...]

14 02, 2017

Why We Love Wind: A Tribute for AWEA’s #iHeartWind Month

By | 2017-02-15T12:28:42+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Environmental Blog|

Author: Bridget Cameron specializes in content & communications at Renewable Choice Love is in the air - literally! This Valentine’s Day, the team at Renewable Choice would like to show our appreciation for our long-time love affair with wind energy. In honor of #iheartwind month, presented by AWEA, we dedicate today’s blog to our favorite benefits [...]

14 09, 2016

The Economic Argument for Climate Action

By | 2016-09-26T11:18:04+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Climate Science, Environmental Blog|

Author: Jenna Bieller assists Renewable Choice in providing market-based insights, analysis, and sustainability communications. The largest companies in the world, including Walmart, Apple, and Google, are bringing sustainable business strategies to the forefront of corporate agendas. These strategies unfold in a variety of ways, including rooftop solar installations, energy efficiency upgrades, and green power procurement. Financial [...]

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 [...]

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% [...]

27 08, 2015

World Water Week: The Interconnection of Climate, Energy, and Water

By | 2017-03-22T08:47:12+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Climate Science, Environmental Blog|

The incentives for commercial and institutional (C&I) organizations to move toward greater adoption of renewable energy through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other carbon-reducing technologies are stronger than ever. Likewise, the consequences of ignoring this opportunity continue to deepen. There is an inherent connection between water, energy, and climate. An as it turns out, renewable [...]

29 06, 2015

The Energy-Water Nexus: Renewables May be the Answer to Widespread Drought

By | 2016-09-21T13:42:32+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Climate Science, Environmental Blog|

{This is the first blog in a series on the intersection and interdependence of energy and water} As global warming heats up, water scarcity is the latest hot topic in climate and energy conversations (no puns intended).  The first five months of the year saw record high temperatures and widespread drought affecting large swathes of [...]

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 [...]

16 03, 2015

Climate Leadership Conference Highlights Successes

By | 2015-03-16T20:51:06+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

At the end of February, I was able to attend the Climate Leadership Conference, a collaborative effort of The Climate Registry, Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and the EPA.  The conference provides an opportunity for annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, collaboration, and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

21 10, 2014

Greenbuild 2014: Leadership Jazz

By | 2014-10-21T20:30:22+00:00 October 21st, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice is excited to be exhibiting again this year at Greenbuild 2014, the country’s largest conference and expo on sustainable building and design. Greenbuild is being hosted this year in New Orleans at the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center, which runs from October 22–24. The theme for this year is “Leadership Jazz”, and it [...]

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, [...]

3 10, 2014

Hydrogen Innovations in the Clean Energy Industry

By | 2014-10-03T16:31:03+00:00 October 3rd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

As reported by BBC News, innovation in hydrogen production and storage made big news recently. Hydrogen has many advantages in clean energy production, as when burned it creates heat and water vapor, and thus no carbon emissions are created. However, the majority of current hydrogen production creates hydrogen from methane, using a device called a [...]

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 [...]

18 09, 2014

The Job Creation Potential of Alternative Energy

By | 2014-09-18T16:49:47+00:00 September 18th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Job creation is a central topic of political dialogue that affects the success of various emerging economic sectors. And given the various forms of uncertainty surrounding the alternative energy industry, the realities surrounding job creation potential are especially important within the renewable energy sector. A recent report highlighted the incredible number of green jobs created [...]

10 09, 2014

Municipal Franchise Agreements Offer Local Energy Options

By | 2014-09-10T17:42:30+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

We often discuss the need for a comprehensive approach in order to achieve a functional clean energy economy. In the case of cities with private utilities, one important tool is the Municipal Franchise Agreement (MFA), an often underutilized means to diversifying energy resources on a local level. Originally created to spur municipal economic development, Municipal Franchise [...]

3 09, 2014

The Story of a New Sector

By | 2014-09-03T15:09:38+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Homeowners take note: unprecedented access to the benefits of wind energy is just around the corner. Just as we’ve seen with the incredible success of the residential solar market, the distributed wind community is making a consolidated effort to provide an accessible financing structure that utilizes third party financing to eliminate up front costs and [...]

27 08, 2014

UBS Report Suggests Renewable Focus for U.S.

By | 2014-08-27T16:14:49+00:00 August 27th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

A recent report released by leading investment bank UBS suggests that the convergence of three unsubsidized factors will soon bring renewables to the forefront of energy demand. These three resources are electric vehicles, solar energy, and energy storage battery technologies, and though the study focused on the forecast of this convergence in Europe, it also [...]

26 08, 2014

Duplicate of Coal Plant Regulations to Affect Renewable Energy Sector

By | 2014-08-26T18:28:45+00:00 August 26th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency published its proposal for a regulation to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by 30% from 2005 levels by the year 2030. The existing 523 coal plants across the U.S. currently account for 38% of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions, making it the largest emitter of carbon dioxide [...]

14 08, 2014

The Master Limited Partnership Parity Act

By | 2014-08-14T00:41:10+00:00 August 14th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Last week we discussed various clean energy economies around the world, placing a specific focus on recent governmental initiatives and their effects on the clean energy landscape. This week, we’d like to discuss a key tool for the American clean energy landscape. A serious debate within the U.S. government surrounds the fate of the production [...]

13 08, 2014

International Landscape Series Part III: India

By | 2014-08-13T17:44:19+00:00 August 13th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

India is a country at the tipping point of a renewable energy transformation, thanks in large part to the recently elected government. The recent reinstatement of pro-renewable initiatives within the Indian government signals serious things for the industry, and could very well represent the groundwork for development of a “National Wind Mission. “ In the [...]

12 08, 2014

International Landscape Series Part II: Australia

By | 2014-08-12T16:30:05+00:00 August 12th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

In the case of Australia, a recent change in government has been destructive for the renewable energy industry. The 2013 repeal of the carbon tax – a regulation mandating the top 500 polluters in Australia to cut emissions by 5% from 2000 levels – was the beginning of a trend to withdraw support for environmental initiatives. Australia [...]

6 08, 2014

Hotels Find Valuable Option in Carbon Offsets

By | 2014-08-06T16:58:36+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

We all stay in hotels. We use them for business, we use them for pleasure, and sometimes we use them for entirely different reasons. And when we travel to hotels, most of us are aware of the significant environmental impact of these establishments and our use of them. The emissions associated with hotels stretch far [...]

30 07, 2014

EPA Green Power Partnership Updates Top Rankings

By | 2014-07-30T17:19:26+00:00 July 30th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Each quarter, the EPA updates its Top Partner Rankings within its Green Power Partnership. The Green Power Partnership (GPP) is a voluntary program run by the EPA that recognizes companies across industries and institutions that invest in green power in order to reduce environmental impact. Participation in the GPP program is an important marker for [...]

24 07, 2014

International Landscape Series Part I: Germany

By | 2014-07-24T17:16:51+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

As Renewable Choice continues to expand its reach beyond the U.S. through its involvement in carbon offset and LEED green power projects, we’d like to share some information on what is happening in renewable energy markets around the world. Innovation drives growth, and we feel that it is essential to understand the recent changes in different [...]

23 07, 2014

Google Teams Up With EDF to Track Natural Gas Leaks

By | 2014-07-23T17:52:31+00:00 July 23rd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

After two years of collaborative research, Google Maps and non-profit organization Environmental Defense Fund have released the pilot version of a technology that maps natural gas leaks within U.S. cities. The interactive mapping tool, made available to the public last Wednesday, intends to create transparency by showing the prevalence of methane emissions, the central pollutant [...]

17 07, 2014

U.S. House of Representatives Releases 2015 Energy and Water Bill

By | 2014-07-17T17:29:23+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Last Thursday the House of Representatives passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, a spending bill that carries significant effects on environmental programs, fossil fuel development, and nuclear weapons for national defense. The bill, which will now move on to the Senate for approval, focuses its cuts on “low priority programs,” [...]

11 07, 2014

The Feasibility of Fossil Fuels

By | 2014-07-11T15:57:58+00:00 July 11th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

We often discuss the importance and viability of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Indeed, these are integral aspects of the ongoing evolution of the energy industry and the constantly changing dynamics of the energy grid. But we rarely discuss the logistics of the current system. So, how is the fossil fuel industry doing, [...]

8 07, 2014

Loan Guarantee Solicitation Marks Reemergence of LPO

By | 2014-07-08T18:33:43+00:00 July 8th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

The question of how the Obama administration will influence energy policy has been asked since 2008. Last week the Department of Energy (DOE) continued to provide its answer. On Thursday, the DOE released a solicitation for requests to a $4 billion Loan Guarantee Program facilitated by the Loan Programs Office (LPO). The Renewable Energy and Efficient [...]

2 07, 2014

BNEF Market Outlook Points to Importance of Renewable Resources

By | 2014-07-02T17:40:46+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

A report released yesterday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance provides a strong message to energy producers and developers around the world. The report found that between now and 2030, renewable energy could make up 65% of the $7.7 trillion in new power plant investments and 60% of all new capacity additions, transforming the world’s fossil-fuel [...]

26 06, 2014

Germany’s Solar Record Calls for Leadership from U.S.

By | 2014-06-26T20:11:53+00:00 June 26th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

On Monday, June 9th, Germany broke a solar record by meeting over 50% of its electricity demand with solar capacity. This accompanied another world record set by Germany the previous week, as 24.24 GW was generated by solar during a one hour period. These are impressive feats, considering that over 90% of the world’s population [...]

17 06, 2014

Renewable Choice Energy Offsets FIFA World Cup Stadiums

By | 2014-06-17T17:23:21+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

We’ve been involved in some pretty cool projects, and somehow, they just seem to get cooler. Today, we announced our partnership with two stadiums playing host to the World Cup in Brazil to aid in achieving LEED building certification. The stadiums - Arena Pernambuco and Estiod Beire Rio - will purchase a total of 10,145,850 [...]

9 06, 2014

First Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum

By | 2014-06-09T17:58:12+00:00 June 9th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Last week New York City played host to the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, an event held to discuss the previously established SE4ALL initiative for a global energy revolution and the measures necessary for its success. The event brought together leaders from around the world to discuss the energy issues facing both developed [...]

5 06, 2014

The Water-Energy Nexus

By | 2014-06-05T16:28:32+00:00 June 5th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

When assessing energy use in both business and personal life, it is essential to consider all of the different processes that require energy. The use of water for various processes is especially energy-intensive, and is therefore a significant consideration for both domestic practices and for supply chain operations in many industries. This “water-energy nexus” is [...]

3 06, 2014

Coal Plant Regulations to Affect Renewable Energy Sector

By | 2014-06-03T18:35:30+00:00 June 3rd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency published its proposal for a regulation to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by 30% from 2005 levels by the year 2030. The existing 523 coal plants across the U.S. currently account for 38% of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions, making it the largest emitter of carbon dioxide [...]

28 05, 2014

Three Myths About REC Purchasing

By | 2016-01-12T15:28:49+00:00 May 28th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

For the past 12 years, Renewable Choice Energy has been committed to providing alternatives to fossil fuel-based energy consumption. We understand that once consumers decide they would rather purchase renewable energy support fossil fuels, they have limited options to do so. These options include installing renewable resources onsite, entering into a power purchase agreement, buying [...]

19 05, 2014

The Ins and Outs of REC Purchasing

By | 2014-05-19T18:24:24+00:00 May 19th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Renewable energy generation isn’t easy. It requires a tremendous investment to build capacity, whether in wind farms, solar arrays, or elsewhere. As a result, few companies choose to generate renewable energy on-site, and a great alternative is to purchase RECs. A renewable energy credit (REC) represents the environmental attributes of one megawatt hour of electricity [...]

16 05, 2014

B Lab Announces 1,000th B Corp Certification

By | 2014-05-16T16:41:52+00:00 May 16th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

This week, B Lab announced its 1,000th B Corp certification, a milestone that reflects the widespread adoption of a new style of business that aligns social and environmental responsibility with the historical business priority of economic return. The B Corp vision is simple yet ambitious: to create a new sector of the economy that uses [...]

15 05, 2014

Carbon Offsets and the Impacts of Air Travel

By | 2014-05-15T16:58:47+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Air travel has evolved tremendously over the past 50 years. The ease with which we fly has led to countless human and business developments, and all indicators point to the continued growth in air travel and the industry that supports it. But along with this tremendous evolution has come a reduced awareness of its effects; [...]

13 05, 2014

New York Continues to Change the Clean Energy Game

By | 2014-05-13T18:06:15+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

New York is at it again. On April 24th, Governor Cuomo unveiled plans for a new energy initiative aimed at further decentralizing the electricity sector, including the creation of a utility platform that further integrates clean energy resources and energy efficiency measures into the state’s energy system. The Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative will [...]

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 [...]

1 05, 2014

Fiscal Policy Measures Prove Essential to Energy Reform

By | 2014-05-01T20:42:09+00:00 May 1st, 2014|Environmental Blog|

A meeting hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) earlier this week sought to explore the negative economic and environmental effects of global fossil fuel subsidies. The two-day workshop, entitled “Reforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies for an Inclusive Green Economy,” focused primarily on the ways fiscal policy reform can [...]

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 [...]

24 04, 2014

Green Power Partnership Announces Top 100 List

By | 2014-04-24T17:31:20+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its list for the top 100 green power purchasers within the Green Power Partnership. The Green Power Partnership (GPP) is a voluntary program run by the EPA that recognizes companies across industries and institutions that invest in green power in order to reduce their environmental impact. Participation in [...]

22 04, 2014

Celebrating Earth Day 2014

By | 2014-04-22T15:33:08+00:00 April 22nd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Since 1970, Earth Day has offered us a powerful reminder: a heightened awareness and sense of collective responsibility that is shared by more than 1 billion people in over 190 countries around the world. Earth Day began largely as a grassroots event, but has become so widely celebrated that its focus has expanded into a [...]

17 04, 2014

Renewable Energy Storage Provides New Market Possibilities

By | 2014-04-17T17:56:48+00:00 April 17th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Improving reliability in distribution is critical to the success of the renewable energy sector. Both utilities and customers depend on grid stability, and the intermittent nature of wind and solar energy deems them unreliable as primary sources of power. Proper energy storage could help resolve this variability in demand by allowing wind and solar sources [...]

10 04, 2014

DOE Mapping Tool Illustrates Wind Farm Growth

By | 2014-04-10T16:39:13+00:00 April 10th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

The U.S. Department of Energy recently released an interactive mapping tool highlighting the progression in U.S wind farm development since 1975, further demonstrating the adoption of web-based tools by organizations seeking to inform the public of environmental issues. The tool, which shows the number and location of wind farms developed each year from 1975-2012, uses [...]

4 04, 2014

CDP Supply Chain Reporting Period Opens

By | 2014-04-04T15:16:20+00:00 April 4th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

April 1st marked the opening of the reporting period for the CDP Supply Chain Program. This gives responding suppliers four months to assess their operations and complete the Questionnaire before this year’s submission deadline of July 31st. By gathering information regarding supplier sustainability and transparency practices, the Supply Chain Program helps purchasing organizations–including Wal-Mart, Nestlé, Dell, [...]

31 03, 2014

LEED® v4 and Green-e® Climate Certified Carbon Offsets

By | 2014-03-31T17:23:56+00:00 March 31st, 2014|Environmental Blog|

The recent launch of LEED v4 has brought an evolution of the LEED Credit for Green Power and Carbon Offsets, and Renewable Choice Energy is leading the industry in adapting to the new standards. Renewable Choice, who has provided green power to over 5,000 LEED certified projects, recently became the first company in the Green-e Climate program [...]

28 03, 2014

Hour for the Earth – 2014

By | 2014-03-28T17:49:01+00:00 March 28th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Each day, our growing global society demands more electricity for its operations, a fact that goes largely unnoticed by many of us. Though we expect this seamless service, it leaves us with the responsibility to make a conscious effort to recognize our reliance on electricity and the impacts surrounding its use. At 8:30 PM on [...]

21 03, 2014

2014 Climate Action Resources Announced

By | 2014-03-21T16:24:43+00:00 March 21st, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Earlier this week the Obama administration launched Climate.data.gov, an online platform created to raise public awareness of issues related to climate change including flood risk, food security, and energy infrastructure. This is one of many efforts taken this year by governmental and independent organizations to promote action on one of the most important issues of [...]

13 03, 2014

Shippensburg University Project Showcases Value of USGBC LEED® Certification System

By | 2014-03-13T15:15:46+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

A recent LEED project at Shippensburg University showcases the collaboration between General Contractor Fortune Johnson Inc. and Renewable Choice Energy, as well as architecture and civil engineering teams CUBE 3 Studio and Greenman Pedersen, Inc. The project replaced several on-campus student housing buildings containing multi-person units with new, LEED certified residences. LEED certification aims to enhance [...]

10 03, 2014

Renewable Choice CEO Quayle Hodek Featured Presenter for EPA Webinar

By | 2014-03-10T16:59:21+00:00 March 10th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Renewable Choice’s CEO Quayle Hodek, considered to be a pioneer in the green power market, will be a featured presenter at this week’s EPA webinar on long-term green power procurement from wind projects. While current green power mechanisms such as renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets (VERs) remain valuable and effective solutions for most [...]

6 03, 2014

Mosaic Labs Announces E-Book for Wal-Mart Sustainability Index

By | 2014-03-06T19:15:10+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

As companies increasingly recognize sustainability as an opportunity for cost reduction, risk mitigation, and industry leadership, the demand for measurable data with which to make informed decisions grows. By creating tools to index data across industries and products, companies like Walmart have emerged as leaders in determining standards and innovative ideas to improve supply chain [...]

3 03, 2014

LEED® v4 Certification Prepares to Roll Out in Canada

By | 2014-03-03T18:22:38+00:00 March 3rd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

The next generation of LEED® certification has arrived, which includes a number of new market sectors, to green building projects in Canada. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced the availability of the newest generation of the LEED rating system, LEEDv4, for projects in Canada. In partnership with its longstanding partner, the U.S. Green [...]

28 02, 2014

Small Town Solar Systems Demonstrate Renewable Leadership

By | 2014-02-28T17:02:38+00:00 February 28th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Small towns across America are starting to show leadership in reducing dependence on fossil fuels. One example is the small New England town of Peterborough, New Hampshire. In early January, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission approved a grant for Peterborough to support the construction of the state’s largest solar array, providing $1.22 million to [...]

20 02, 2014

Sustainability Measures in the 2014 Farm Bill

By | 2014-02-20T19:41:51+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

On February 7th, 2014, President Barack Obama approved a new agricultural policy through the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014, a multiyear plan that addresses issues such as food stamps, crop assistance and insurance, and environmental protection. Also known as the “farm bill”, the resolution is an important piece of legislation that comes after [...]

11 02, 2014

How Did Energy Fare in the State of the Union?

By | 2014-02-11T19:00:12+00:00 February 11th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

This year’s State of the Union address featured many familiar themes, including stories of opportunity advancement and reforms in education, immigration, and healthcare. With the limited time given, President Obama touched briefly on these many topics, leaving only a few moments for discussion of environmental issues and energy policy. In the few minutes that Obama [...]

5 02, 2014

California Energy Storage Verdict

By | 2014-02-05T17:57:03+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

2013 was an important year for the renewable energy industry, as leading companies announced their commitment to large-scale power purchase agreements and solar electricity finally reached grid parity with coal. Another significant 2013 milestone to note was the decision reached by the California Public Utilities Commission regarding the development of energy storage technologies. The decision [...]

30 01, 2014

European Commission Announces Climate Change Package

By | 2014-01-30T18:41:53+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Last week the European Commission announced its proposal for a climate change package that includes new targets for renewable energy, GHG emissions, and energy efficiency. Along with policy focusing on efficiency in both building and transport, targets aim for a 40% reduction of GHG emissions from their 1990 levels, and a 27% share of renewable [...]

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 [...]

22 01, 2014

The Role of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards in Green Power Development

By | 2014-01-22T21:20:35+00:00 January 22nd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

In 2013, Xcel Energy broke a U.S. record for the hourly penetration of wind resources in the electrical grid for an investor-owned utility. During the recording period, 1,874 megawatts (MW) of Xcel’s electricity in Colorado was generated by wind resources, accounting for a record 60.5% of the total 3,100 MW capacity. This represents a milestone [...]

17 01, 2014

The Clean Tech Crash that “60 Minutes” Made Up

By | 2014-01-17T17:16:33+00:00 January 17th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

On January 5th, the TV show “60 Minutes” aired a report on the supposed “crash” of the clean tech industry. Highlighting the failure of certain companies within the cellulosic biofuels sector, the CBS program sought to prove that excess governmental expenditure on venture capitalist-supported clean tech companies has garnered no worthwhile return, levying a huge [...]

15 01, 2014

What the PTC’s Expiration Means for Leading Companies

By | 2014-01-15T19:26:53+00:00 January 15th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Since 1992, the U.S. government has sought to incentivize clean energy development through the tax code, specifically through a Production Tax Credit (PTC). In its most recent iteration, the PTC allowed qualifying clean energy facilities (mostly wind farms) to write off 2.3 cents in taxes for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity they produced. With [...]

14 01, 2014

Did You Make a Carbon Resolution This Year?

By | 2014-01-14T17:01:27+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

It’s hard to believe that we’re already two weeks into the new year. It’s traditional, of course, for people to make resolutions as we turn the calendar page. When you set your resolutions for 2014, did you remember the planet? Here are our recommendations for the top five ways you can resolve to reduce your [...]

10 01, 2014

Trends in Carbon Accounting Point to Carbon Offsets as a Natural Next Step

By | 2014-01-10T20:22:55+00:00 January 10th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Recent research performed by CDP reveals that at least 29 well-known companies now include a price for carbon in their financial planning and risk management criteria. Placing a price on carbon assigns a fee to pollution, raising costs to consumers for goods and services, and, ideally, reducing demand for fossil fuel-based energy sources. This progressive [...]

3 01, 2014

5 Best Renewable Achievements of 2013

By | 2014-01-03T19:26:25+00:00 January 3rd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Guest Blog by Keith Patterson As a new year begins, it's a perfect time to look back at the most significant renewable energy accomplishments of 2013. From an overall increase in renewable energy to some pretty cool clean technology apps, green energy had a big year in the United States. Here are some of the most [...]

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 [...]

4 12, 2013

Renewable Energy Finance Tactic Changes the Game

By | 2013-12-04T21:00:11+00:00 December 4th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

A recent article by The Atlantic has brought attention to a finance strategy for solar power leases that could quite possibly change the game as we know it. Well-known solar company Solar City has announced plans to sell $54 million of its asset-backed securities, a significant move considering that they will have $54 million in [...]

18 11, 2013

We Are Thankful 2013

By | 2013-11-18T17:39:19+00:00 November 18th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

As a company dedicated to the progression of the clean energy sector and the environmental sustainability that it promotes, we have much to be thankful for this year. Since last Thanksgiving, we’ve witnessed various milestones in corporate sustainability, renewable energy development, and green building practices that we feel signify the progress and commitment being made [...]

15 11, 2013

Green Power Partnership Publishes its Top Partners Lists

By | 2013-11-15T18:12:30+00:00 November 15th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its lists for the top green power purchasers across the country. The Green Power Partnership (GPP) is a voluntary program run by the EPA that recognizes companies across industries and institutions that invest in green power in order to reduce environmental impact. Participation in the GPP [...]

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 [...]

6 11, 2013

Carbon-Neutral Energy Attainable Through Gasification System

By | 2013-11-06T20:03:18+00:00 November 6th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Keith Patterson You've probably heard a lot about solar or wind energy, but the newest invention on the green scene is a gasification system that turns food waste into carbon-neutral energy. A company named All Power Labs (APL) has invented a system that uses biomass to generate clean electricity for less than 10 cents per [...]

31 10, 2013

New York State to Open Green Bank

By | 2013-10-31T20:28:16+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Environmental Blog|

In a move to initialize a financial market dedicated to increasing private investment in the development of clean energy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently asked the New York Public Service commission to release $165.5 million in order to start the New York Green Bank. This will act as initial funding towards the $1 billion [...]

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 [...]

15 10, 2013

3 Apps to Help You Use Less Energy in Your Home

By | 2013-10-15T18:14:06+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Jean Linder Energy efficiency and green living are all the rage these days – and for good reason. They both accomplish a lot with very little. They are both environmentally friendly practices that can help save you money at the same time, especially when applied to your own home.  But nearly everybody knows that sustainable [...]

14 10, 2013

EPA Expands Green Power Partnership Program

By | 2013-10-14T18:04:58+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership—which includes more than 1,500 organizations collectively using more than 28 billion kWh of green power annually—is expanding the number of companies that it will be publicly recognizing for their commitment to renewable energy.   The seven different categories that the EPA uses to highlight the environmental performance [...]

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 [...]

30 09, 2013

What is biomass, really?

By | 2013-09-30T16:59:43+00:00 September 30th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Within the renewable energy field, some energy sources are better understood than others. Compared with the more popular wind and solar, biomass is generally lesser known. However, the logistics of biomass conversion are vital, as this resource can be derived from a number of sources and embodies the quality of re-use that we strive to [...]

17 09, 2013

Walmart Announces Sustainability Index Progress

By | 2013-09-17T16:53:05+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Last week, Walmart held a Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting at its headquarters in Bentonville, AR where it announced the progress made with the Sustainability Index in the year since its launch.   The company also identified so-called “hot spots” where it plans to leverage its size and scale to more greatly impact supply chain sustainability. [...]

10 09, 2013

U.S. Wastes More Energy than It Consumes

By | 2013-09-10T22:41:25+00:00 September 10th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Guest Blogger, Kristina Ross A new study released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows that the U.S. has some serious energy-efficiency problems. The nation uses just 39 percent of all the energy it generates, wasting the rest. Of the 95.1 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) of total energy produced in the United States [...]

21 08, 2013

LEED® v4 to Debut at Greenbuild Conference

By | 2013-08-21T20:23:37+00:00 August 21st, 2013|Environmental Blog|

With no shortage of controversy, three years and six public comment periods later, USGBC® members voted to approve LEED® v4, clearing the way for its launch at the Greenbuild conference in Philadelphia later this year.  The new version of LEED builds on the changes set forth in LEED 2009, but also focuses on increasing the [...]

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 [...]

13 08, 2013

The Viability of Offshore Wind Power

By | 2013-08-13T18:24:06+00:00 August 13th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Ian Law As oil prices rise and the need for independent energy supply grows, offshore wind power becomes an increasingly significant opportunity within the renewable energy industry. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, offshore wind has the potential to provide more than four times the current U.S. energy demand. As this resource gains [...]

7 08, 2013

SASB Unveils Sustainability Standards

By | 2013-08-07T16:36:57+00:00 August 7th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Drew Brown The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) recently unveiled new sustainability standards for form 10-K filings.  The form 10-k is an annual report required by the SEC that provides a comprehensive summary of corporate performance in companies that meet certain criteria, whether or not they are publicly traded.Similar to the Financial Accounting Standards [...]

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 [...]

30 07, 2013

U.S. Ambition for Renewable Energy

By | 2013-07-30T15:53:04+00:00 July 30th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Ian Law Sustainability is a critical issue in defining the role that the United States plays in international leadership. Actions reflect priorities, and the historic lack of a renewable energy policy initiative in the U.S. is indicative of our leaders’ values.  Economic issues such as GDP, the success of private enterprise, and global economic [...]

25 07, 2013

Economics of Sustainability White Paper Delivers

By | 2013-07-25T17:57:22+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Drew Brown A new sustainability whitepaper was recently released by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants). This is notable because it suggests that the world of accounting professionals is beginning to warm to the idea that sustainability is a material subject when regarding the financial performance of an organization.The main purpose of [...]

23 07, 2013

The Rising Current of Green Gyms Around the World

By | 2013-07-23T19:24:21+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Keith Patterson  If you've never heard of a green gym before, you're not alone. Over the past few years, more and more people around the world have been introduced to the concept, an ingenious way of making the most of stationary exercise.With green gym equipment, individuals not only burn calories while working out, they [...]

18 07, 2013

What is the LEED® EAC4?

By | 2013-07-18T16:49:56+00:00 July 18th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Tami Reynolds What is LEED?  What are LEED credits?  What is the EAC4? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a green building certification process developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  LEED certification provides independent verification that a building or home was designed using LEED green building environmental [...]

12 07, 2013

CDP Supply Chain Program Deadline Approaches

By | 2013-07-12T17:41:06+00:00 July 12th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

The July 31 reporting deadline for suppliers participating in the CDP Supply Chain Program is quickly approaching.   The Supply Chain Program helps purchasing organizations engage suppliers, reduce supply chain emissions, and identify climate related risks.  More than 60 corporations, including Dell, Unilever, PepsiCo, and Walmart, currently participate in the program.  In 2012, more than [...]

11 07, 2013

What is a CO2 Calculator?

By | 2013-07-11T20:10:09+00:00 July 11th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Tami Reynolds You may be wondering how to figure out how much carbon dioxide (CO2) you’re emitting and whether or not you want to buy CO2 offets to help neutralize your emissions.  A CO2 calculator can help! Increasing awareness of global climate change means that businesses and consumers are curious about how they can make a [...]

9 07, 2013

WindMade presents first global label for products made with wind power

By | 2013-07-09T21:53:44+00:00 July 9th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Guest Blogger, Angelika Pullen WindMade has just introduced the first ever global label for products made with wind power. From now on, progressive brands can use the WindMade label directly on their products, giving them a real, competitive edge with increasingly conscious consumers. Poll after poll shows that people care about the environment, that [...]

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 [...]

2 07, 2013

An Expensive Mistake: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Keep Your House Insulated

By | 2013-07-02T17:29:36+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Guest Blogger, Aurora Johnson American households are still lacking in insulation.  If you’re wondering whether you should install insulation for the first time, or if you’re thinking about refitting existing insulation, you’re sure to see some near-instant results if you decide to go ahead.  For those that are still a little skeptical of the [...]

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 [...]

27 06, 2013

Green-e Renewable Energy Credit Trading Remains Strong in 2013

By | 2013-06-27T02:51:16+00:00 June 27th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

A recent report from renewable energy markets firm Karbone indicates that Green-e certified renewable energy credits (RECs) have performed well through the first two quarters of 2013 and are expected to retain their strong market position through at least the end of July.  This is despite the fact that some states with renewable energy portfolio [...]

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

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 [...]

8 06, 2013

Colorado “Head of Class” for Electric Vehicle Policies

By | 2013-06-08T04:01:20+00:00 June 8th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Suzanne Pletcher, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project The Colorado legislature passed six different bills supporting electric vehicles in the 2013 session, boosting Colorado to an A- ranking in a report card comparison of six southwestern states’ government policies designed to push the cars from showrooms to roads. The report card was released on May 15, [...]

3 06, 2013

AWEA 2013: Production Tax Credit, State RPS, and Direct Corporate PPA Interest Hot Topics

By | 2013-06-03T21:27:32+00:00 June 3rd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

At the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2013 Wind Power conference last month, three trends dominated the conversation: the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements, and direct corporate interest in power purchase agreements (PPAs).  The PTC discussion is an ever-present yo-yo.  U.S. wind power saw a record year for installations [...]

29 05, 2013

Good News from Duke Energy

By | 2013-05-29T17:30:18+00:00 May 29th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

In a world filled with bad news it makes me really happy to come across some truly transformative good news.  Duke Energy, long the staunch supporter of coal and nuclear power, is embracing renewables and even accepting man-made climate change!  Nothing is going to do more for the planet right now than retiring coal plants [...]

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 [...]

23 05, 2013

Understanding the Greenhouse Effect

By | 2013-05-23T18:47:39+00:00 May 23rd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

By Greta Stetson Most people generally understand global warming – gases like carbon dioxide trap heat within the earth’s atmosphere. But, in working to mitigate climate change, the specifics are valuable, too. Really, why is it that heat can enter the atmosphere, but then can’t leave it?Simply: because once the sun’s rays reach the earth, [...]

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 [...]

13 05, 2013

Ceres Conference Offers Something for Everyone

By | 2013-05-13T16:38:00+00:00 May 13th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

600+ attendees packed the house at the Fairmont Hotel in sunny San Francisco last week for the ceres conference. It featured exciting conversations, presentations, and even movies led by industry experts regarding the value of sustainability, of track records in strategic investor decisions, supply chain sustainability challenges, water conservation, energy solutions, and climate change.  Here [...]

9 05, 2013

A Letter from the Arctic

By | 2013-05-09T16:43:28+00:00 May 9th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Hello from Ellesmere Island and the New Land 2013 Expedition Team! Renewable Choice is our expedition’s carbon offset sponsor and we are thrilled to be working with this industry leading company. We have been on the ice for 34 days now and are about halfway through our journey, which can be followed at www.newland2013.com. Ellesmere [...]

7 05, 2013

Eliminating Toxins from the Air We Breathe

By | 2013-05-07T19:23:17+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Nearly 100 years ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton wrote: “The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.” At the time, air pollution wasn’t the national concern it is today. Large cities like Chicago were starting to propose ordinances that regulated certain pollutants (like industrial smoke), but airborne toxins weren’t the hot-button [...]

29 04, 2013

7th annual Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Sustainability Summit

By | 2013-04-29T18:42:03+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 7th annual Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Sustainability Summit representing Renewable Choice Energy.  The people I met at the LABC Sustainability Summit left me with a genuine sense of optimism.  The meeting of minds between environmentalists who fight for a livable world for the next generation, [...]

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 [...]

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; [...]

18 04, 2013

Making a Difference While Traveling

By | 2013-04-18T16:33:59+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Guest Blogger: Sam MarquitSpring is in the air in the northern hemisphere, and for many of us, that means its travel season! This year, make a difference in the world with the travel choices you make.Over the last decade, more and more people have become concerned about our impact on the environment and as a [...]

11 04, 2013

CDP Supply Chain Program Reporting Period Now Open

By | 2013-04-11T17:23:16+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

CDP announced late last week that the 2013 Supply Chain Program reporting period is now open for participating suppliers.  The program is comprised of 62 member companies and requests carbon emission data for more than 6,000 suppliers. Started in 2009, the program’s goal is to support large buying organizations in recording—and having the opportunity to [...]

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 [...]

2 04, 2013

A Little Energy to Save a Lot: Why Your Company Should Become Energy Star Certified

By | 2013-04-02T21:59:46+00:00 April 2nd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Written by Guest Blogger, Brent Hardy You've seen it just about everywhere: on computers, dishwashers, light bulbs and even roofing material. The arching white line and star on a clear blue field denoting Energy Star certification appears on thousands of products and is recognized by more than 85 percent of American households. It signifies that [...]

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 [...]

1 04, 2013

2013 Climate Leadership Conference

By | 2013-04-01T16:21:17+00:00 April 1st, 2013|Environmental Blog|

The second annual Climate Leadership Conference was held in Washington DC February 27 – March 1, 2013 at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel. Forward-thinking leaders from non-profit, governmental, education, and business sectors joined to address global climate change and discuss solutions, innovations, and policies. Best practices were discussed surrounding sustainable strategies that not only improve [...]

25 03, 2013

Greening the Green Building Industry

By | 2013-03-25T16:36:41+00:00 March 25th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

As LEED® professionals, we’re often asked if we “walk our talk,” which begs the question: exactly how sustainability-minded is your own organization?  In some cases, it may be possible to work in a LEED space yourself, convert your existing buildings over to EBOM, or lease a LEED-certified space.  But beyond the built environment, there are [...]

22 03, 2013

Tips for Keeping Older Electronics Green

By | 2013-03-22T20:40:56+00:00 March 22nd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Written By Guest Blogger: Kelsey Jones One of the biggest areas for green improvement lies with electronics. Because technology moves so quickly, items can become out of date just months, even weeks, after they are introduced. Generally, this makes it hard to find them a new home since most of us want the latest item, not [...]

21 03, 2013

The Share Economy and Corporate Sustainability

By | 2013-03-21T20:19:28+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Last month Forbes featured a story chronicling the “unstoppable rise of the share economy". While sharing is certainly not a new concept, the proliferation of online platforms for sharers to connect and interact has reached critical mass.  From sharing your home through Airbnb, cars via Zipcar, and apparel through Poshmark, the bottom line is that [...]

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

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 [...]

7 03, 2013

2013 GreenBiz.com Forum New York

By | 2013-03-07T20:24:06+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

In a decision which is emblematic of the current, remarkable demand for information on issues related to corporate sustainability, the website GreenBiz.com recently put on back-to-back conferences, first in New York City and then a week later in San Francisco.  Both events were extremely well attended, with the New York session boasting over 400 attendees.  [...]

5 03, 2013

Using Technology to Drive Supply Chain Sustainability

By | 2013-03-05T17:17:56+00:00 March 5th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Guest Blog The world revolves around the sun, and the global market revolves around supply chains. In 2013, there is more product exchange than ever before. Manufacturing and trade are firing on all cylinders and there is another conversation building in the supply chain background: the environmental degradation associated with product consumption.Every new product that [...]

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

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

Earth Rangers Journey to LEED® Platinum

By | 2013-02-20T21:08:50+00:00 February 20th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Original Post - Thursday, October 11, 2012Reposted with permission from EarthRangers.org We are excited to announce that Earth Rangers has achieved Platinum status under LEED for Existing Buildings, proving that the Earth Rangers Centre is among the most sustainable green buildings in Canada. Achieving LEED Platinum required collaborations with many innovative partners on projects that [...]

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 [...]

14 02, 2013

Energy Boost: How RECs Support LEED® Certification and Renewable Energy Development

By | 2013-02-14T20:43:34+00:00 February 14th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Utilizing onsite and grid-sourced renewables, the explosion of green building projects around the world has given a big boost to an industry that needs it.  In the U.S. in particular, energy market volatility and legislative uncertainty have been a significant hindrance to the kind of growth in renewable project development that most of us want [...]

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 [...]

30 01, 2013

Making the Most of LEED®

By | 2013-01-30T21:40:03+00:00 January 30th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

Finalized changes to the LEED Green Power Credit remain forthcoming from the USGBC.  However, we’d like to reiterate how to make the most of the existing LEED green power credits with the use of solar installation and purchased renewable energy.LEED credits can be earned for renewable energy via EAc2: Renewable Energy [direct or onsite generation] [...]

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 [...]

17 01, 2013

Wind Power Survives Fiscal Cliff

By | 2013-01-17T17:11:08+00:00 January 17th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

The wind energy production tax credit (PTC) was extended for 2013 at the last minute by Congress as part of the fiscal cliff deal.  The PTC provides a 2.2-cent tax credit for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity produced from large scale wind farms.  The credit is integral to enabling wind power to compete with [...]

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 [...]

7 12, 2012

Greenbuild Conference 2012–Celebrating over 3,500 LEED® projects

By | 2012-12-07T16:37:32+00:00 December 7th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Greenbuild 2012--the gathering together of 35,000 members from the green building industry for three days of education sessions, renowned speakers, networking events, and a vast exhibition floor with thousands of booths--was in a location that couldn’t have been more perfect: San Francisco. Besides being a wonderfully cosmopolitan environment rich with multi-cultural influences, San Francisco proved [...]

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 [...]

28 11, 2012

Conference Examines Challenges and Opportunities for Nebraska Wind

By | 2012-11-28T19:57:49+00:00 November 28th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at the 5th annual Nebraska Wind Conference.  Organized by the Nebraska Wind Conference Committee, the focus of the two-day event was to examine both the opportunities and challenges that will influence the future of wind energy development in Nebraska.  Represented at the conference were [...]

19 11, 2012

How Energy Detection Tools Can Save You Money This Winter

By | 2012-11-19T21:51:03+00:00 November 19th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Guest blog author: Matthew LanghamWith winter fast approaching, now is the time to be thinking about how you can implement money and energy saving tactics within your home. There has long been a correlation between cold winters and increased energy bills and by being shrewd you can save a significant amount of money. The majority [...]

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 [...]

7 11, 2012

Election Night’s Impact on Renewable Energy

By | 2012-11-07T21:11:25+00:00 November 7th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

We are happy to report that the election results were overwhelmingly good news for the wind industry, with one major exception.  The most pressing issue facing the industry at present is the expiration/extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC).  This federal tax credit helps wind farm developers secure financing to build new projects and is [...]

2 11, 2012

Walmart’s Sustainability Commitment Grows

By | 2012-11-02T17:40:25+00:00 November 2nd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Retailer commits to buy 70 percent of the goods sold in U.S. stores and in U.S. Sam’s Clubs from suppliers who use the Sustainability Index As someone who has now spent years watching the Walmart supply chain sustainability initiative evolve in fits and starts, I can understand those who have begun to doubt that it’s [...]

31 10, 2012

2012 AASHE Conference

By | 2012-10-31T17:02:34+00:00 October 31st, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The 2012 iteration of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference is over, and in its wake, it has left a resounding feeling that almost every campus in the U.S. is leveraging its resources to drive sustainability projects that you will not find anywhere else in the world.   Hundreds of [...]

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 [...]

24 10, 2012

The FMI/GMA Sustainability Summit Delivers

By | 2012-10-24T20:27:25+00:00 October 24th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

During October 3-5 in Washington DC, the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) jointly showcased the Sustainability Summit to mingle the interests of, and create a voice for, all stakeholders in the food and consumer products value chain and their industry peers.  The event was bookended by a networking gala opening [...]

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 [...]

17 10, 2012

Certified Renewable Energy Sales Continue to Climb

By | 2012-10-17T17:37:36+00:00 October 17th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The U.S. has seen dramatic growth in renewable energy in recent years.  In 2011, renewable energy consumption increased 13.8% according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Furthermore, 39% of capacity additions to the national grid in 2011 were renewables, says a global status report published by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century.  [...]

12 10, 2012

Renewable Energy Projects across the United States

By | 2012-10-12T16:33:45+00:00 October 12th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Renewable energy projects across the U.S. fall into five main types: hydro, wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass.  Certain regions of the country have become the main sites for generating these renewables.  Since renewables come from natural sources, geography and climate are important factors in shaping the renewable landscape. Hydropower, for example, is thriving in the [...]

10 10, 2012

What is a REC?

By | 2012-10-10T19:02:09+00:00 October 10th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

It seems like more and more of my friends are on the brink of wedded bliss.  People assure me that the hubbub surrounding marriage is nothing out of the ordinary, but my generation—the Millennials—seems to be doing things differently.  Not only are my friends plastering their Pinterest accounts with dream wedding ideas, but couples are [...]

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 [...]

3 10, 2012

Software-for-Schools Continues, with Demos at Upcoming AASHE Conference

By | 2012-10-03T19:37:07+00:00 October 3rd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

For the past year, Renewable Choice has been offering our Mosaic™ carbon accounting software free to select colleges and universities.  To date, we’ve had more than 30 schools across the country take us up on our offer, and, at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference in Los Angeles, October [...]

28 09, 2012

Walmart Turns Up the Heat

By | 2012-09-28T21:42:36+00:00 September 28th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

On September 13th, the Walmart Sustainability Team, as well as senior executives including CEO Mike Duke, met to discuss the state of the company’s widely publicized environmental initiative at the Global Milestone Meeting. Additionally, the President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, Carter Roberts, was present at the meeting, discussing the NGO’s relationship with [...]

26 09, 2012

Renewable Choice Recognized by EPA as Green Power Supplier of the Year

By | 2012-09-26T20:14:14+00:00 September 26th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Even as federal tax credits for wind power are being allowed to expire, corporations and institutions across the country came together this week in Washington in support of clean energy.  On Monday, the EPA announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards Winners as part of the Renewable Energy Markets Conference.  Renewable Choice was thrilled to [...]

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 [...]

12 09, 2012

A CPA's Role in Carbon Accounting and Sustainable Reporting

By | 2012-09-12T18:49:14+00:00 September 12th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

By Grant Webb, guest bloggerRecently carbon accounting and sustainable reporting has been making waves in the business community. The practice of corporate social responsibility and how to account for these non-financial indicators in financial statements and annual reports has been a hot topic of conversation among many business professionals. Despite some early adopters, a global [...]

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 [...]

5 09, 2012

Sustainability Index Ripple Effect: What’s on the Horizon for Suppliers

By | 2012-09-05T17:44:48+00:00 September 5th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

As we previously reported to you, Walmart quietly launched the long awaited Sustainability Index which currently encompasses suppliers in 18 categories. Ultimately, within the coming year, suppliers in the 100 largest merchandising categories will be asked to participate and consequently evaluated based on their responses to the Index.  Walmart initially indicated that additional suppliers would [...]

29 08, 2012

Walmart’s Sustainability Index, Scoring at a Glance

By | 2012-08-29T20:40:49+00:00 August 29th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Walmart is making a splash in corporate supply chains this month with its new Sustainability Index, a system that aims to develop a sustainable standard for over 100 product categories. The Index seeks to assign a score to each of Walmart’s products thereby providing customers with greater transparency surrounding their favorite products and driving efficiency [...]

27 08, 2012

Seeking Carbon Offset Solutions?

By | 2012-08-27T16:08:10+00:00 August 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

A survey conducted by Ernst and Young found that 66% of executives had seen an increase in inquiries from shareholders about sustainability-related issues in the past 12 months.  What was the top concern of these shareholders? 70% of executives responded that they were being asked about company greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and the adoption [...]

24 08, 2012

Walmart Ups the Sustainability Ante for Suppliers

By | 2012-08-24T17:50:38+00:00 August 24th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Did you notice?  Not many have.  Last week, Walmart quietly launched its long awaited Sustainability Index, requesting that suppliers in 18 categories provide their input on the index by September 14th.  In the coming year, suppliers in the 100 largest merchandising categories will be evaluated based on their responses to these KPIs.  This will be [...]

21 08, 2012

How to Measure Your Business Carbon Footprint

By | 2012-08-21T17:42:20+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Business carbon footprint: a method of measuring and documenting the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from your company’s operations.  Synonymous with a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, calculating your business’s carbon footprint can provide a wide variety of benefits and is the first step toward reducing your company’s contribution to climate change. While the business case for [...]

14 08, 2012

AIAG Environmental Sustainability Update

By | 2012-08-14T17:22:42+00:00 August 14th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

On August 1, 2012, the Automobile Industry Action Group (AIAG), headquartered in Southfield, MI, hosted a Call to Action meeting for members to come to a consensus on environmental sustainability next steps and committed resources.There is an identified need in the auto industry for improving the environment.  The industry recognizes that it is a large [...]

10 08, 2012

Considering RECs or Offsets?

By | 2012-08-10T15:43:05+00:00 August 10th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

At Renewable Choice we are constantly working to educate our clients and the market at large on carbon offsets and supporting green power through renewable energy credits (RECs).  We recently came across the article below from Cal Trepagnier at MBDC.  It does a clear and concise job of summarizing RECs and offsets and walking through [...]

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 [...]

6 08, 2012

Mosaic™ Supports Pittsburgh-area Schools with Online Carbon Accounting

By | 2012-08-06T17:59:37+00:00 August 6th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Earlier this year, we supported a workshop in Pittsburgh on conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories for the Higher Education Climate Consortium, or HECC.   In addition to discussing some of the biggest challenges for schools conducting GHG inventories, the schools received a demo of Mosaic™, the cloud-based carbon accounting solution that is helping colleges and [...]

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 07, 2012

Choosing Green Power in Canada

By | 2012-07-27T16:41:07+00:00 July 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Did you know you can buy wind power for your business operations in Canada?Clean, affordable energy is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Traditional sources of electricity generation such as coal, natural gas, nuclear power, even large-scale hydropower, have been linked to negative human and environmental impacts including acid rain, asthma, smog, habitat [...]

25 07, 2012

About CDP Verification

By | 2012-07-25T16:04:28+00:00 July 25th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has made data quality a top priority for the coming years to ensure businesses have the reliable climate information they need to make critical business decisions. As of the 2011 reporting cycle, more than half of the companies responding within the Global 500 report sample verify their Scope 1 emissions.To [...]

20 07, 2012

BOMA Conference Recap

By | 2012-07-20T17:55:02+00:00 July 20th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The 2012 BOMA (Building Operators and Managers Association) Every Building Conference & Expo was held in Seattle this year from June 24-26.  BOMA brought together a vast array of real estate owners and management companies and service providers.  Renewable Choice was represented by business development directors Boone Jones, Tom Drzewiecki, and Sully Lineberger.  The first [...]

16 07, 2012

Building Sustainability into Your Supply Chain

By | 2012-07-16T21:02:07+00:00 July 16th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

By Dean VellaWith concerns over climate change and a diminishing supply of natural resources, one of the most effective ways for a company to improve its sustainability program and develop supply chain sustainability is to take an in-depth look at its carbon management.Carbon management within the supply chain is crucial to a company’s overall carbon [...]

12 07, 2012

Tips About CDP Reporting

By | 2012-07-12T18:27:01+00:00 July 12th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

As the July 31st deadline for reporting greenhouse gas emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) rapidly approaches, many companies are looking for how best to complete their annual response.  Reporting to the CDP provides a host of benefits to firms and explains why the percentage of companies responding in the Global 500 grew to [...]

6 07, 2012

What You Need to Know About Sustainability

By | 2012-07-06T14:42:57+00:00 July 6th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Driven by climate change, rapid population growth, dynamic development in emerging economies, and a host of other factors, sustainability is forever changing business-as-usual.  A study by Accenture and the United Nations revealed that 93% of CEOs at large multinationals see addressing sustainability as crucial for business success, and 88% had already fully embedded such concerns [...]

2 07, 2012

Greenhouse Gas Accounting Software is Crucial for Managing Emissions

By | 2012-07-02T16:20:19+00:00 July 2nd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Regardless of your opinion on whether Rio +20 sustainability conferences last month were successful, it was music to environmentalists’ ears when the UK’s Deputy Minister Nick Clegg announced that firms listed on the London Stock Exchange will be required to publically disclose their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The move follows NASDAQ’s efforts to have businesses [...]

27 06, 2012

LEED Green Certification: Green Power for LEED® Projects

By | 2012-06-27T21:06:08+00:00 June 27th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

The LEED® Energy and Atmosphere Green Power Credit allows a building project to choose renewable energy, offering points toward LEED green certification that significantly reduces a project’s environmental impact. The U.S. Green Building Council® and the Canada Green Building Council’s® various LEED rating systems have placed more and more value on the Green Power Credit [...]