NEW YORK--()--Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) announced today that it has purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) for wind power equivalent to the electricity it uses annually at its corporate headquarters in New York City.
“This purchase is part of an ongoing corporate commitment to sustainability”
The purchase of RECs for 3.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity is made through Community Energy Inc. PB’s purchase of the RECs guarantees that carbon-free energy generated by wind farms is produced and fed into the national grid to offset the conventional power PB receives at its offices at One Penn Plaza and 333 Seventh Avenue in midtown Manhattan. PB will continue to draw electricity from the local power grid.
“This purchase is part of an ongoing corporate commitment to sustainability,” said Chief Executive Officer Keith Hawksworth. “Buying green power is a viable way for Parsons Brinckerhoff to contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and address the problem of global warming.”
PB’s purchase of RECs for wind power will offset the release of roughly 1,870 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is the estimated equivalent of planting 1,600 acres of trees or taking 359 cars off the road for one year.
“As a business with headquarters in New York City since 1885, we are pleased to be able to support Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s goal of a 30 percent reduction in the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030,” Mr. Hawksworth said.
PB has also joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a group of organizations that have made voluntary commitments to purchase electricity from renewable sources.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is a global leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with 13,000 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions. PB offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program and construction management, and operations for all modes of infrastructure, including transportation, power, community development, water and the environment. The firm was founded in New York in 1885 by William Barclay Parsons, the chief engineer of the original New York City subway that opened in 1904. (http://www.pbworld.com/).
Headquartered in Radnor, Pa., Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) is a marketer and developer of wind energy generation celebrating 10 years of wind power leadership. CEI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables – the world leader in wind power. CEI cites its utility partners and customers as the reason for its success in bringing wind energy to market in new regions of the country. CEI has developed new wind projects in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest and supports projects under development throughout the US. For more information, please visit www.NewWindEnergy.com.