Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Co-op America Teams with NativeEnergy for Second Year of Green Energy Initiative
Purchase of "green tags" helps support Native American and family farm renewable energy projects.
July 6, 2004

Washington, DC & Charlotte, Vermont -
Q: What's invisible, weighs 152 tons, and has the same positive environmental effect as taking 25 cars off the road for an entire year?
A: The total amount of carbon dioxide (CO 2) pollution Co-op America has neutralized through its 2-year partnership with NativeEnergy.

Co-op America has again taken responsibility for its role in global warming by offsetting 100% of the CO 2 pollution resulting from energy use and heat in its offices. As an organization that promotes good environmental practices, Co-op America has already taken many steps to conserve energy use and reduce waste wherever feasible. The organization encourages recycling and reusing materials, and supports the use of public transportation. But the Co-op America staff wanted to do more to address the environmental impact from energy use.

By purchasing enough Renewable Energy Credits or "green tags" to equal its total energy pollution footprint, Co-op America enjoys the status of being a climate neutral operation, while helping to build new renewable energy projects that reduce fossil fuel consumption and the associated greenhouse gases.

Co-op America says that "greening up" its power use is a natural part of the organization's mission. "If we want a more just and sustainable future, it is imperative that we all do our part to support safe, clean, green energy," says Alisa Gravitz, Executive Director of Co-op America.

Although Co-op America will not receive wind-generated power directly, the same net benefit to the environment will result. As electricity is fed into the grid from a clean source, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe wind turbine, other energy producers who also feed into the grid by burning fossil fuels will reduce their energy output so energy supply and demand remain balanced. Reducing output from these "dirty" producers means less CO 2 and other greenhouse gasses in the air, which we all share.

"People everywhere can purchase 'green tags' without switching their current utility arrangement and have the exact same environmental impact as buying wind-generated electricity directly," says Tom Boucher, NativeEnergy President & CEO.

Partnering to offset energy-related pollution is just another development in the relationship between Co-op America and NativeEnergy; the only renewable energy company offering consumers and businesses the opportunity to help build new Native American-owned and operated wind turbines that bring environmental benefits.
Last year, NativeEnergy helped make Global Exchange and Co-op America's (San Francisco) Green Festival a climate neutral event by offsetting the carbon pollution from venue energy use. This year's Green Festivals in DC and SF will be climate neutral as will Co-op America's 2004 Green Business Conference.

Native Energy is also a strategic sponsor of the Green Mountain Green Pages, Co-op America's first regionalized version of its National Green Pages directory of environmental organizations. Both organizations have also enjoyed great success through this partnership, having offered more than 2,000 Co-op America's Green Business Network™ members and more than 60,000 individuals special offers to join the fight against global warming.

In addition to the environmental benefits, purchasing NativeEnergy's "green tags" has the added benefit of assisting people who really need help to develop sustainable economies without sacrificing core cultural principles. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe wind turbine provides a source of clean power and revenue, while remaining true to Native American values.

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About Native Energy
Native Energy is a national marketer of renewable energy credits or "green tags," offering individuals, businesses and organizations a means to compensate for their global warming pollution, or to effectively power their homes and businesses with the wind. NativeEnergy's patent-pending business process brings upfront payment to renewable projects for their future green tag output, enabling its customers to help finance the construction of new wind farms and other renewable energy projects that directly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to meet the nation's electricity needs.
For more information, call 800-924-6826 or visit www.NativeEnergy.com.

About Green Tags
Green tags allow any energy user to offset their energy consumption without making drastic changes to where they get their energy. For more information about Green Tags please contact Co-op America at 1-800-58GREEN or visit www.GreenAmericaToday.org.

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