Klean Kanteen Uses Carbon Offsets to Fund Local Solar Array
September 4, 2019
CHICO, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2019) – Founded in Chico in 2002, Klean Kanteen has donated 10 years’ worth of carbon offsets to help the Chico Women’s Club outfit their historic facility with a brand-new solar energy system. Established in 1913, the Chico Women’s Club persists today in supporting arts, education and community life while maintaining a beautiful building that is available for public events.
“Like many Chico residents, Klean employees have come to know the Chico Women’s Club through countless performances, weddings, holiday events and benefit concerts,” said Danielle Cresswell, Senior Sustainability Manager at Klean Kanteen. “Klean is 100-percent committed to reducing emissions that drive global climate change. With such broad and enduring community benefit, we felt granting our solar fund donation to the Women’s Club building was a perfect fit.”
Over the past 10 years, Klean Kanteen has purchased carbon offsets from Green Mountain Energy Company (GME), with a corporate office in Texas, as a way to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions that result from shipping orders from their website retail store. As part of the purchase agreement, 15% of Klean’s offset purchases were set aside for a solar fund with the intent of donating it to a nonprofit of its choice to create access to renewable energy.
In early 2019, the size of the fund reached a value over $45,000 and Klean Kanteen started looking for a potential donation recipient. Simultaneously, the Chico Women’s Club was undergoing a fundraising effort to renovate their facility for energy efficiency and incorporate a solar energy system. The Klean / GME Solar Fund fully covered costs for installation of insulation in the facility’s attic and west wall, as well as a new insulated and vented roof, and ceiling fans. The fund also paid for purchase and installation of an 8,700-watt solar panel system that was completed in July 2019.
A free open house will be held on Sept. 22 to honor the club’s 106th birthday and give residents an opportunity to view the renovations in person.
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About Klean Kanteen
A leader in BPA-free, stainless steel drinkware and food transport, Klean Kanteen is family owned and operated, with distribution in 40-plus countries worldwide. With environmental stewardship and fair labor central to the company’s philosophy, Klean Kanteen is in business for good. Since 2008, Klean has donated over $2.7 million in sales to environmental organizations working towards positive change through 1% for the Planet. From non-profit partnerships to grassroots events, Klean works closely with values-aligned companies and organizations to support efforts toward health, the reduction of single-use plastic, and environmental education and awareness. In 2012, Klean Kanteen proudly became a B Corporation, certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit www.kleankanteen.com.
About Green Mountain Energy Company Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 73 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. To learn more about Green Mountain, visit greenmountainenergy.com.