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Our Commitment

Green Mountain Energy Company shares our customers’ commitment to the environment. We are inspired by the success that we have already achieved together, and are passionate about continuing to work towards changing the way power is made. In addition to the pursuit of this important mission, we believe in operating our company in a sustainable way, with our employees taking the lead on many of our green initiatives.

We've outlined a few key ways that we "walk the walk" below:

Customer Offerings

Our customers make a difference. We offer consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity, as well as carbon offsets and sustainable solutions for businesses. Since 1997, our customers have avoided 24.5 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is like:

  • taking 2.3 million cars off the road for a year;
  • 12.7 million households turning off their lights for a year; or
  • planting 2.9 million trees.
Check out our customers' cumulative environmental impact year by year.

We stand behind our products. We open our books each year to a third-party auditor who confirms our customers are getting what we've promised them, tying 100% of the renewable energy and carbon offsets our customers purchase through the chain of ownership back to the renewable energy or offset project owner. See our latest audit results.

• We support healthy ecosystems. We have worked with American Forests to plant more than 250,000 trees on behalf of our customers since 1997.

Corporate Operations

We're renewably powered. We use 100% renewable energy in all of our offices. That includes the 100% wind energy we use to power this website. We also recently installed an energy monitoring system in our corporate headquarters to help us better manage our energy use.


We're carbon-neutral (or pretty darn close). Since 2004, we have annually measured and offset 100% of our corporate greenhouse gas emissions. From 2006-2012, our emissions intensity per employee declined 38%. We're working toward reducing this number by another 10% from 2012-2013. View our greenhouse gas trends.

We love LEED. Our Austin headquarters was the second LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Silver certified office space in Texas, and we are currently seeking certification as the first LEED-CI Platinum office space in Austin for our new headquarters. Plus, we're located in a LEED for Existing Buildings Gold certified building. See photos and read more about our new space.

• We strive for zero waste. Our Austin headquarters has a comprehensive recycling and composting program, and our other offices are adding new waste reduction and reuse options all the time. Read more about how we lessen our waste footprint.

We share our story. Since 2001, we have issued a sustainability report that discloses our corporate environmental policies and performance. Read the full report.

Employee Initiatives

We take action. The Green Ambassadors are a volunteer team of 50+ employees who influence company environmental policies, like our printing and purchasing standards, and organize a host of educational and volunteer events, like maintaining a community garden and street clean-ups. Learn more about our environmental policies.


We lead by example. The Green Ambassadors helped design a recently launched environmental employee engagement program, Sustainable Me, that encourages employees to measure their carbon footprint and take action to reduce it. For example, our Green Commuter program rewards employees for using more environmentally friendly commuting methods. Check out all of our Sustainable Me offerings.

We give back. We match employee donations to environmental non-profits through EarthShare and the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™, which donates solar to non-profits. Learn more about the Sun Club. ur Austin headquarters was the second LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Silver certified office space in Texas, and we are currently seeking certification as the first LEED-CI Platinum office space in Austin for our new headquarters. Plus, we're located in a LEED for Existing Buildings Gold certified building. See photos and read more about our new space.

 
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