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Clean energy and its impact on NYC’s carbon footprint

April 28, 2012 - Partners, Sustainability
By syvw

This blog post is from our partners and friends at Green Mountain Energy.

If you’re trying to make more sustainable choices, purchasing clean energy for your home is a great way to start. Many people don’t realize that the traditional production of electricity is the largest source of industrial air pollution in the U.S. This means that consuming energy from non-renewable sources has a huge impact on health and environment in our city. If 10% of New Yorkers purchased pollution-free electricity, it would prevent three billion pounds of CO2 every year from being released into the atmosphere!

Environmental Benefits

  • No emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury, nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) or particulate matter into the air, water or soil.
  • Doesn’t require fossil-fuel extraction that seriously damages the land.
  • Made from unlimited renewable sources that will never run out, unlike limited and polluting fossil fuel sources.

Economic Benefits

  • Generates employment in the green job sector; between 1998 and 2007, clean energy jobs  grew by 9.1 percent, while total jobs grew by only 3.7 percent (Pew Charitable Trust).
  • Helps secure America’s future by investing in domestic sources of energy.

As a resident or a business, switching to renewable electricity for your home, office, or storefront is an easy and affordable way to reduce your share of carbon dioxide emissions and help make New York a more sustainable city. It doesn’t cost anything to switch, and it can be done with a few clicks of a button. Green Mountain’s Pollution FreeTM electricity product is made from 100% renewable wind and water sources, which is both local and sustainable.

Green Mountain Energy is a Shop Your Values Week partner.

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