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The Year 2010: Optimism in a climate of failure

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Jan 05, 2011
Tags: greensburg wind farm, laurelbrook farm project, carbon projects, wind energy, farm methane

It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago at this time, NativeEnergy was just beginning to gain momentum. No carbon reduction projects had been built yet, and founders Tom Boucher, Tom Stoddard, Andy Perkins, and John Quinney weren’t sure that the business would succeed. After all, carbon offsets were new to the market, and climate change was not yet a mainstream concern. Working from humble home offices, they had no idea what lay ahead.

Now, as we reflect on the past, it’s exciting to see what the company has accomplished. Since the beginning, NativeEnergy customers have helped build 48 carbon reduction projects, ranging from Alaskan wind to New England methane avoidance. These projects have helped not only the environment, but small communities too. The project owners—including Native American tribes, community schools, dairy farmers, and local municipalities—are already generating economic and environmental benefits.

In 2010, two new Help Build™ projects continued to advance the goals of reduced greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable communities. The first project, the Greensburg Wind Farm, was built in the town of Greensburg, Kansas, which was leveled by a tornado in 2007. This project helped the citizens rebuild their home as the “greenest town in America.” The second, the Laurelbrook Farm Compost Project, helped a Connecticut dairy reduce its environmental impact and improve its finances. Both projects received strong corporate and individual support. Due in no small part to our clients, NativeEnergy ended the year stronger than ever—with encouraging participation levels and several exciting new projects lined up, including the new Pennsylvania Farm Cluster Project.

Of course, these are challenging times. Many people view 2010 as a year of climate failure. International climate talks failed, and the November elections ushered in a Congress guaranteed to resist any national climate legislation. According to the The Guardian, “In terms of real hopes for global action on climate change, we are now far behind where we were in 1997, or even 1992.” If 2010 taught us anything, however, it’s that many people are working to protect the environment, whether their governments follow suit or not.

For this reason, we especially want to thank you! You have enabled us to help build important new projects. In the face of waning government support and climate change apathy, you have renewed your commitment to the planet and future generations by voluntarily reducing your carbon footprint.

So ring in the new year with our gratitude and congratulations. You are making a difference.

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