Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
At C2, we purchase Green-e Energy certified RECs from Community Green Energy (CGE) to ‘green-up’ our annual office electrical use. The purchase of 12 RECs (equivalent to 12 mWh of energy) in both 2010 and 2011 represents 100% of the energy used in our offices. Purchasing RECs is an important part of practicing sustainability, because they directly help developing and funding alternative energy projects while simultaneously supporting long-term community growth.
2010 RECs: These RECs were generated at the Inadale Wind Farm, located near Roscoe, Texas. The energy from this wind farm’s 197 Mitsubishi 1.0 megawatt wind turbines produces enough clean, quiet wind energy to power approximately 59,000 homes.
2011 RECs: These RECs were generated at Meridian Way Wind Farm, located in north-central Kansas (eight miles south of Concordia). The energy from this wind farm’s 35 Vestas V90 3.0 megawatt turbines produces enough clean, quiet wind energy to power approximately 29,000 Kansas homes each year.
Community Green Challenge (CGC)
CGC is a program developed in conjunction with EcoVision Sustainable Learning Center. CGC helps communities earn Green Rewards while providing cost-saving opportunities to their residents and businesses. Green Rewards include free solar panels, wind turbines or electric vehicle charging stations.
Solar for Schools
As part of the CGC, Cost Containment promotes free solar panels for schools. In 2011, this program was instrumental in the installation of free solar panels at Rosemont Elementary School in Rosemont, IL.
In 2013, C2 will be a proud sponsor of the revamped EcoFair360, which will complete its transformation for an annual green education fair to a series of workshops, available both on-site and on-line.