Viridian Energy, one of the nation's leading providers of alternative energy, announced on August 29, 2012, that it will supply carbon offsets for all tennis players traveling to the upcoming 2012 U.S. Open.
According to the Rock Hill Herald, the retail energy provider bought 455 metric tons of carbon offsets, matching the 2.2 million miles competitors will travel by plane and boat to take part in the Flushing, New York event. The offsets, which are Carbon Standard and Green-e Climate Certified, were purchased from the New Bedford Landfill Gas Utilization Project.
The move comes as Viridian looks to expand its sustainability initiative, which has led the company to offer low-cost green energy to residential and commercial electricity customers.
"Viridian Energy is focused on making a difference by offering cleaner energy alternatives. The US Open’s green initiative is a perfect way to demonstrate our commitment and support this noble organization as it moves into the fifth year of the program’s implementation," said Viridian founder and CEO Michael Fallquist.
Viridian is a part of the U.S. Open's 2012 Green Initiatives plan, which, since its launch in 2008, has diverted more than 570 tons of U.S. Open waste, saving more than 1,100 tons of greenhouse gasses from entering the atmosphere.