Viridian Energy Supplies Carbon Offsets for the US Open
NORWALK, Connecticut, Aug. 29 - /EWire/ --
Viridian Energy, a leading provider of affordable, green energy, has announced that it will supply carbon offsets for all player travel to the US Open. Viridian has purchased 455 metric tons of carbon offsets, which is the equivalent of the 2.2 million miles that the tennis players will travel by land and air to reach the tournament site in Flushing, NY. The carbon offsets were generated from the New Bedford Landfill Gas Utilization Project in Dartmouth, Mass. The offsets are Carbon Standard and Green-e Climate certified.
The carbon offset contribution is part of Viridian’s broader sustainability initiative. The company provides affordable green energy plans to residential and commercial customers, but also supports local and global environmental initiatives.
“Viridian Energy is focused on making a difference by offering cleaner energy alternatives. The US Open’s green initiative is a perfect way to demonstrate our commitment and support this noble organization as it moves into the fifth year of the program’s implementation,” said Viridian founder and CEO Michael Fallquist. "The United States Tennis Association is setting a positive example for major sports tournaments around the world and Viridian is proud to provide the vehicle for carbon neutrality."
The same message was echoed in a statement from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). “The USTA is committed to reducing its ecological impact and continuously seeks new ways to be at the forefront of the global effort to preserve the environment,” said Gordon Smith, USTA executive director and chief operating officer. “Our dedication to the US Open’s greening efforts will create a lasting legacy for the environment, as well as encourage tennis fans from all over the world to be environmental stewards.”
Viridian’s customers, independent sales associates and employees have participated in more than 20 local sustainability events in 2012 alone. The company’s decision to offset player travel for the US Open is part of its pledge to contribute to a more sustainable future. For more information about Viridian please visit us on the web at www.viridian.com or see us on Facebook.
About Viridian Energy
Viridian Energy is a socially responsible retail energy supplier that provides green electricity at an affordable price. The company services commercial and residential electricity and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania with electricity derived from renewable sources. In all of its markets, Viridian offers consumers discounted electricity rates that comply with a higher renewable energy content standard. Located in Norwalk, Conn., Viridian was founded with the vision to empower its customers to make a significant collective impact through a relatively small individual choice, simply by switching energy providers.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 785,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.
For more information:
Coltrin & Associates, for Viridian Energy
Jennifer Webb, 212-221-1616