11/22/2002 - Six Guelph based organizations, committed to reducing their smog and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), have purchased green power. The power is purchased in the form of Green Tags, through Green Tags Ontario, an Owen Sound based clean energy co-operative.
Coal generates 25 percent of Ontario's power and emits 20 percent of its smog, acid rain and climate change gases. According to the Canadian Medical Association, smog kills 1,900 people a year in Ontario. Purchasing Green Tags displaces coal generation by using wind turbine generated power. The wind turbines are located at Port Albert, north of Goderich and south of Ferndale, on the Bruce Peninsula. Sky Generation, a Rockwood firm, constructed the Ferndale turbine.
"The Guelph area has a well deserved reputation for supporting environmental values," says Glen Estill, founder of Sky Generation. "The leadership of these organizations demonstrates their commitment to the environment, to the health of their employees and their families."
The participating organizations are:
"Reducing emissions is very much a moral issue," says Jim Profit, of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. "We have to look long term. Today's generation has a responsibility to tomorrow's generation. We all need to do our part."
Steven B. Young, of Five Winds International says, "Green power is an opportunity for us to offset our emissions, parallel to the guidance we offer our clients to consider environmental and social factors upfront."
Web Sorcery is using their Green Tags purchase to power their web servers. This allows them to offer certified, "Green Hosting" to their clients.
The organizations purchased Green Tags to offset from 5%-100% of their electricity. The amounts ranged from $150 - $2500. More information on Green Tags is available at www.greentagsontario.com
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