NativeEnergy​ ​Helps​ Companies Achieve Sustainability Goals

In 2012, Aveda and EILEEN bought Help Build carbon offsets from NativeEnergy to cover the upfront costs of a 900kW wind turbine at the Shenandoah School Corporation campus in rural Middletown, Indiana. The 900kW turbine at the Shenandoah School Corporation campus in rural Middletown, Indiana will generate energy for the K-12 school to avoid an estimated 13,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the 10-year life of the offset project. This equals the prevention of the emissions from the burning of 30,000 barrels of crude oil or 1.5 million gallons of gasoline. Additionally, the school gains a hands-on learning facility for students interested in clean energy technology.

This is just one example of how several leading corporations have turned to NativeEnergy to purchase carbon credits in a growing market. I​n 2012, the overall voluntary carbon market increased four percent, totaling $523 million and 100 million metric tons of carbon. The company’s HelpBuild scheme enables clean technology projects that could​n't​ have materialized without funding ​f​rom the offset sales. The scheme favors carbon reducing projects with strong social and environmental benefits and has provided essential funding to more than 50 community-based initiatives. The Shenandoah School Wind Project is the seventh Indiana community wind project the program has provided upfront funding for. ​

Another Indiana example: with funding from offset purchases from clients such as Ben & Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Clif Bar, seven Indiana community wind projects were built, avoiding nearly 80,000 tones of carbon, or the equivalent to the emissions from nearly nine million gallons of gasoline. Performance Services, an Indianapolis based engineering and construction company, is the design-builder for each of the Indiana community wind projects. NativeEnergy was founded in Vermont in 2000. Besides carbon offsets, it provides renewable energy credits and carbon accounting software.

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