BOSTON | APRIL 15, 2015 — GDF SUEZ Energy Resources has donated renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the nonprofit organization for the seventh consecutive year.
The gift matches100 percent of the Aquarium’s estimated annual electricity usage and supports the development of clean energy.
Each Green-e® certified REC represents the environmental attributes or benefits associated with a specific quantity of energy generated from a renewable source, such as solar or wind. In addition to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, RECs encourage the development of domestic sources of renewable energy.
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources’ donation to the New England Aquarium will displace the estimated annual greenhouse gas emissions of 1,293 passenger vehicles, the impact of 2,201 tons of waste diverted from landfills, or the carbon dioxide emissions from the total energy usage of 560 households.
J.D. Burrows, Vice President of Marketing for GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, said the retail electricity provider is honored to continue its long-standing relationship with the New England Aquarium.
“We’re proud to provide visitors of this renowned venue with a green destination year round,” he explained. “Supporting the sustainability goals of the New England Aquarium underscores our dedication to helping our customers optimize environmental and social responsibilities, while contributing to the development of clean energy resources.”
“Environmental preservation is in the very fabric of our educational programs, events, and exhibits, so it’s only natural that our energy strategy reflects that same commitment,” said Nigella Hillgarth, president and CEO of the New England Aquarium. “With the ongoing support of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, we are able to remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and drive greater awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability.”