Month: February 2015

3Degrees Offsets Corporate Water Use Through Investments in Two Different Ecosystems

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New program allows for continued environmental improvement, leadership

In a continued effort to decrease its environmental impact, 3Degrees has offset its 2014 water footprint through the purchase of Water Restoration Certificates (WRC).

Similar to how companies purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to balance out their electricity consumption for areas where they cannot reduce their energy usage, 3Degrees has purchased WRCs to cover the areas where water usage cannot be reduced, such as day-to-day office operations. Each certificate represents 1,000 gallons of water restored to critically dewatered rivers and streams through solutions like water conservation, updated management and irrigation systems, and changes to water rights and agreements. All projects are certified by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

3Degrees is proud to be supporting the Sevenmile Creek project in the Klamath River Basin, and the Colorado River Delta project, located in Sonora, Mexico. The Klamath River Basin straddles Oregon and California, two of the states where 3Degrees operates its largest office sites. The basin is home to six National Wildlife Refuges, but extreme over allocation and diversion of water resources has resulted in inadequate stream flows and the degradation and loss of critical aquatic habitat. The Colorado River Delta, located at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was once one of North America’s great desert ecosystems, but due to historical treaties between the U.S. and Mexico that neglected to allocate water to sustain the river, the delta has been almost completely dry for the past five decades. The projects that our purchases support are restoring these important water resources.

“3Degrees is committed to reducing our environmental impact,” says Steve McDougal, President of 3Degrees. “Water Resource Certificates provide an opportunity to support projects that restore critical wildlife habitat while offsetting the use of water in our business operations.”

Water Resource Certificates are 3Degrees’ latest commitment to environmental stewardship. As a Certified B Corp, 3Degrees meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.  Our on-going commitment to the environmental is evidenced by our recent designation as Climate RegisteredTMPlatinum and being named one of the National Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies®. More details about our focus on sustainability can be found on our About page.

Brenda Hopewell Joins 3Degrees as Director of Strategy and Market Development

brenda-pr3Degrees, a renewable energy products and services company, is pleased to announce that Brenda Hopewell has recently joined 3Degrees as the Director of Strategy and Market Development. In this role, Ms. Hopewell will work with company leadership to facilitate growth across the utility market.

With a strong background in the utility industry, energy markets, and business development, Ms. Hopewell has over seven years of experience in working with utilities across the nation. Most recently, Ms. Hopewell was a senior manager at PECI, a leading energy efficiency services company. In that role, she was responsible for leading market development and strategy for the firm’s operations in California. Previous to PECI, Ms. Hopewell held a variety of marketing and business development roles in industries including commercial real estate and high tech.

“I am delighted to join 3Degrees, a leader in developing and implementing utility green power programs,” said Hopewell. “This is an exciting time for the renewable energy industry and I look forward to assisting as 3Degrees launches the next generation of utility program offerings.”

In this new role, Ms. Hopewell will be charged with deepening utility customer relationships and market knowledge. She will engage with North American utilities on 3Degrees current and future offering and will be a key contributor in developing new products for these clients.

“Brenda is a big picture, strategic thinker with a strong understanding of the utility landscape. We are thrilled to welcome her to the 3Degrees team,” said Adam Capage, Vice President, Utility Partnerships.