Greenbuild 2014 is the Largest-Ever Green-e Certified Event

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Greenbuild 2014 is the Largest-Ever Green-e Certified Event

Greenbuild Partners with TerraPass to Offset 100% of the Event’s Electricity and Carbon Footprint

CONTACT
Kathryn Sarkis
TerraPass
415-635-5629
ksarkis@terrapass.com
Shelby Hausler
Greenbuild
972-536-6318
shausler@hanleywood.com
Jeff Swenerton
CRS
415-561-2119
jeff@resource-solutions.org

SAN FRANCISCO (October 22, 2014)—TerraPass, a provider of Green-e certified carbon offsets and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that meet LEED requirements, is pleased to partner again this year with the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, to reduce its environmental footprint through Green-e’s new Event Certification Program. Green-e is a LEED-approved certification leader for renewable energy and carbon offsets.

Greenbuild is the nation’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building design and construction and took place in New Orleans Oct 22–24 at the Morial Convention Center.

Greenbuild’s commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future has enabled them to become a leader in sustainable events. The conference has been offsetting its carbon footprint since 2002, and has offset over 85,221 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent since 2002 and continued for the recently held 2014 event. This is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from electricity from 11,722 homes for one year, or the greenhouse gas emissions of over 17,941 passenger vehicles for one year (according to EPA calculations). This year will mark the first Green-e certified carbon offset and REC purchases for the expo that will support the Hernando Landfill project in Florida and the Rio Grande Landfill project in Texas.

“We are proud to be able to work with Greenbuild once again to ensure their leadership in sustainable events and help them host a 100% carbon neutral event by providing Green-e certified carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates (RECs) for their emissions and electricity usage at their first Green-e event certified expo,” says Nancy Bsales, Manager Sustainable Solutions at Terrapass. “We work hand-in-hand with our partners to ensure we meet their sustainable and certification needs.”

Greenbuild prioritizes efforts to reduce its carbon footprint first. This year it is introduced a new Net Zero Zone, where 1500 square feet of the show floor was powered by solar panels located on the Level 2 balcony of the Morial Convention Center. Even through all of their efforts, some activities such as travel still emit greenhouse gases. Carbon offsets are a way to minimize the impact of these greenhouse gases by building projects in communities across the country that reduce emissions beyond what the Greenbuild can achieve through reductions alone. Offsets make environmental and economic sense: for emissions that are impossible to reduce you can use funds to help reduce emissions elsewhere.

“Green-e is pleased to partner with the Greenbuild and TerraPass on reducing the impact of Greenbuild, the largest event to receive our certification,” said Jennifer Martin, executive director of Center for Resource Solutions, which administers the Green-e program. “Their leadership in offsetting the total greenhouse gas and electricity impact is an example we believe is the future for sustainable events.”

 

About Greenbuild
Greenbuild, owned and operated by Hanley Wood and presented by USGBC, is the nation’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building design and construction. The conference, aptly themed “Leadership Jazz” “for 2014, attracts 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. Greenbuild 2014 took place Oct. 22–24 in New Orleans. Greenbuild 2015 is scheduled for Nov. 18–20 in Washington, D.C.

About TerraPass
TerraPass, a provider of environmental products since 2004, is one of Just Energy Group’s green energy initiatives that can help us all work towards a cleaner planet by pursuing emission reductions and sustainable energy solutions that support projects across North America. The Company’s TerraPass products and services provide consumers and businesses with the options and ability to help reduce the environmental impact of their everyday energy use through carbon offsets and renewable energy credits

About Green‑e and Center for Resource Solutions
A program of Center for Resource Solutions, Green‑e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green‑e offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products through Green‑e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green‑e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; and Green‑e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and stakeholders. To learn more about Green‑e Certified products and programs available in all 50 states and Canada, visit www.green‑e.org.

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