At Guardian, we’re committed to reducing our environmental impact.
In addition to working with LEED accredited architects for sustainable building materials, water and electric efficiency, we’ve taken additional steps to reduce our footprint (pun intended.)
This past year, we made the sizable investment to upgrade to low-energy LED bulbs in all light fixtures at all of our properties, dramatically reducing our emissions profile.
This one change successfully decreased our annual electric usage by 89% year over year!
Additionally, we increased our annual green power purchase from Renewable Choice Energy to equal 100% of our annual electricity usage. Our purchase takes the form of renewable energy credits (RECs.) The 100% renewable electricity that we’ve chosen over regular electric service has a greenhouse gas benefit equal to planting 2,382 fully mature trees, or removing 98 cars from the road for a year.
RECs are the way that green power is tracked and traded in North America and are used by thousands of organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to decrease environmental impact. The RECs we’ve purchased from Renewable Choice Energy are Green-e® Energy certified, which meet the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions (learn more at www.green-e.org).
About Renewable Choice
Renewable Choice Energy is a pioneering global supplier of products and services that advance clean energy development and the adoption of carbon reduction technologies, providing customized solutions to corporate, industrial, and institutional buyers. Recognized as a leading partner to more than 160 Fortune 500 companies and a generous cross-section of the Global 500, the firm’s portfolio also includes scores of educational institutions, municipalities, green buildings, and small-to-medium enterprises. Renewable Choice was the recipient of prestigious Green Power Leadership Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2015.