WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This summer, WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy), a WGL company, joined with Clean Air Partners, an air quality organization serving the D.C. region, for its fourth #BreatheEasy campaign and concert ticket giveaway designed to engage and educate the general public about the importance of using renewable and clean energy sources to improve air quality. This year’s show, the Beyoncé and Jay-Z “On the Run II” tour stop at FedEx Field on Friday, July 27, is greenhouse-gas emission neutral through carbon offsets donated by WGL Energy that counterbalance the emissions expected to be generated by the event.
The lucky ticket winners who will join 45,000 fans at the performance were selected through a promotional campaign led by Clean Air Partners encouraging people to share what they do in their everyday lives to keep the air clean and create a healthy environment. The contest was promoted through local media, social media channels, and company communications from Clean Air Partners and WGL Energy. Nearly 1,000 entries came from across the entire region, which made it the largest number of participants in the history of the program.
Continuing a longtime collaboration between WGL Energy and Clean Air Partners for similar contests and the donation of carbon offsets, past concerts included Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire at Jiffy Lube Live in 2015, Bruce Springsteen at Nationals Stadium in 2016, as well as the Bruno Mars show in 2017 at Capital One Arena.
“WGL Energy is dedicated to supporting sustainability initiatives at events for local communities to enjoy for many years to come,” said Sanjiv Mahan, President of WGL Energy. “This is one of the summer’s biggest concerts, a perfect venue to showcase how offsetting emissions generated by one of the D.C. area’s largest stadiums can make a difference in improving air quality. It also underscores our commitment to fostering a healthy environment and sustainable future.”
WGL Energy donated 365 carbon offsets, equivalent to avoiding the consumption of more than 41,000 gallons of gasoline, taking more than 78 cars off the road for one year, or the planting of more than 9,400 tree seedlings that grow for ten years. The carbon offset counterbalanced the emissions produced by transportation, land-filled waste, hotel stays, and energy use, including the energy used to operate concession stands.
WGL Energy’s mission to deliver diverse energy to customers nationwide, including renewable energy solutions, is consistent with the goals of Clean Air Partners to decrease air pollution, protect public health and recognize smart energy behavior in the Washington, D.C. area.
“The benefits of better air quality, including lower pollution, improved health and less harm to our ecosystems, are made possible by the commitment of citizens, businesses and organizations who champion clean energy practices,” said Jennifer Desimone, Clean Air Partners Managing Director. “We applaud partners such as WGL Energy for providing seasoned experience, resources and expertise to educate consumers about improving the environment. We congratulate the 2018 contest winners and everyone who contributed to a successful program.”
Carbon offsets are an affordable and innovative way to counterbalance emissions resulting from everyday activities such as travel and energy use. Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy specifically are Green-e® Climate certified and derived from verified carbon reduction projects in the waste management sector, which capture and destroy methane from regional landfills. WGL Energy invests a portion of the proceeds into the Carbon Reduction Fund, managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and used to develop new projects, such as tree plantings, to improve air and water quality in the region and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
About WGL and WGL Energy
The WGL family of companies − Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas − are now indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of AltaGas Ltd. WGL is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at wgl.com and @wglanswers.
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About Clean Air Partners
Clean Air Partners is a public-private partnership educating the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region about health risks associated with poor air quality and the impacts everyday actions have on the environment. Since 1997, Clean Air Partners has been dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations to take simple actions to reduce air pollution, protect public health, and improve air quality. For more information, visit www.cleanairpartners.net.
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