Here's how you can help!
Join our mission to reduce our carbon footprint, while reducing yours too! For as little as $5 we can reach our goal of 4,000,000 kWh of green energy and work towards a more sustainable future! One click can become a movement.
It’s easy for you to take action! By purchasing renewable energy certificates for your home you are also purchasing renewables for the Aquarium and joining the 71% of Americans (Source: Gallup, March 2013) who support increasing wind energy projects in the U.S. By using less energy, and supporting green energy, you help protect our oceans, habitats, air and animals.
Be part of the solution! For as little as $5 you can purchase a Renewable Energy Certificate and immediately have an impact on your own environmental impact from electricity use. Your ongoing support will enable us to more quickly reach our goal of 100% renewables by supporting more green energy NOW and helping to reduce our carbon footprints from electricity use TODAY!
Each time you buy a certified REC, the impact is doubled! Your purchase is matched and donated to the Aquarium by our partner Greenlight Energy, Watt-for-Watt™, to help us achieve our goal of 4,000,000 kWh. A REC for you = a REC for the Aquarium.
4,000,000 kWh of wind energy makes a big impact for ocean health and animal habitats by avoiding 2,758 metric tons of carbon dioxide (Source: U.S. EPA). That’s the same as the CO2 emissions from one of the following:
Cars per Year
Houses per Year
Gallons of Gas
One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to purchase RECs. RECs are critical, effective and valuable instruments for expanding renewable energy in the U.S.
In 2012, there was a remarkable 29% increase in Green-e Energy certified renewable energy sales to homes and businesses, reaching almost 36 million megawatt-hours of wind and other forms of renewable energy. That's enough to power nearly a third of U.S. households for a month!
You’re buying a Green-e Energy® certified Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) product sourced 100% from new U.S. wind projects. Every time a wind turbine generates a zero-emission kWh, a REC is created and can be sold to anyone, anywhere without any change to your electricity service, just a change to the resources that your electricity is generated from. In 2012 Green-e Energy® certified more than 36 billion kWh of renewable energy sold to over 670,000 retail customers. RECs are a widely used, easy way to directly support real wind projects.
You’ll pay Greenlight Energy just 1.5 cents per kWh to provide you with Green-e Energy® certified wind RECs. You pick your enrollment level, with a minimum of $5.00 for 333 kWh. By comparison, the average U.S. home uses 903 kWh per month (Source: U.S. EIA 2012). Choose to make a one-time or ongoing purchase to support U.S. wind projects for your home.
The Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources of North Carolina’s ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams and other aquatic environments. Join us in this effort to increase renewable energy use at our facilities and make a difference for aquatic life!
Greenlight Energy provides organizations and individuals with access to renewable energy projects. With your financial support, Greenlight Energy identifies and contracts with high-impact wind projects on your behalf. Helping customers support renewables, reduce emissions and practice sustainability is core to Greenlight Energy’s mission.
Green-e Energy® certifies this product meets the environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. The Green-e Energy® logo helps consumers easily identify environmentally superior renewable energy options. For more information about this certification program, visit www.green-e.org.