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Detroit Zoo Certified by Green-e Marketplace, Powered by 100% Renewable Energy
Committing to 100% clean energy for all operations, Detroit Zoo is the first zoo in the U.S. certified by Green-e
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 16, 2015)—Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today announced that the Detroit Zoo is the first zoo in the U.S. to earn certification by Green-e Marketplace. By using 100% Green-e certified wind energy for all its operations, the Detroit Zoo is reducing the environmental impact of its electricity use. The zoo is committing to purchase nearly 15,000 renewable energy certificates through a partnership with ITC Holdings Corp. per year to cover all its operations.
“The Detroit Zoological Society is a trailblazer in creating green community spaces,” said Orrin Cook, senior manager, Green-e Market Development. “Green-e is excited to support its commitment to renewable energy and to its sustainability efforts over the coming years.”
The use of renewable energy is part of a comprehensive environmental initiative at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo called DZS Greenprint. This plan includes refining and improving green practices and facilities, incorporating sustainability across policies and programs, and improving green literacy and action in the Detroit community. The Detroit Zoological Society received the 2015 Green Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and was also named 2015 Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business.
“Communicating our commitment to renewable energy is important to us, and the Green-e logo is a great way to let our visitors know that we’re powered by 100% renewable electricity,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society executive director and CEO.
“The Detroit Zoological Society and ITC share a commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Dr. Terry S. Harvill, vice president of International and Merchant Development for ITC Holdings Corp. and a DZS board member. “We are proud to support their sustainability goals by providing three years of renewable energy, certified by industry leader Green-e Energy.”
By powering its operations with renewable energy, the Detroit Zoo is taking real action to reduce the impact of its energy use. Electricity generated from renewable sources results in less environmental waste and pollution and displaces other non-renewable sources from the electric grid. The Detroit Zoo’s purchase of electricity created from nearly emissions-free renewable sources avoids carbon dioxide and other pollutants and serves to build the market for renewable energy nationwide, increasing incentives for developing new facilities. In 2015, renewable energy accounted for nearly ten percent of total electricity generation nationwide.
Renewable energy certificates purchased on behalf of the Detroit Zoo are certified by Green-e Energy, the leading renewable energy certification program in the nation. Green-e Energy provides independent, third-party certification to ensure renewable energy products meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards, including being sourced from verified, new facilities; not being double-counted towards any state’s renewable energy goal; and being retired on behalf of the purchaser. Every Green-e Marketplace participant undergoes annual verification and audits to document that it has purchased enough certified renewable energy to meet its annual commitment.
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