Since 2007 we have been doing our part to help lessen the effects that greenhouse gases and air pollution are having on the quality of the environment. We were recently recognized for our efforts by being named a member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, honoring organizations that have made a significant green power purchase, helping to reduce the risks associated with climate change by supporting technologies that are more sustainable for businesses and communities. At Altova we purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy to compensate for the carbon emissions produced in powering our US headquarters. By purchasing RECs, we ensure that the specific amount of electricity we consume is replaced on the national grid with clean, carbon-free electricity. Our purchase of 144,000 kWh prevents over 200,000 pounds of CO2 pollution and that has the same environmental impact as not burning 107,653 pounds of coal, or planting 2,646 fully-mature trees, or not driving a typical car 218,830 miles! At the same time we have switched our European headquarters – Altova GmbH – over to using only renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro power produced by Wienstrom through their Naturstrom product, the main energy supplier for the city of Vienna, Austria. Our purchase of clean renewable energy not only helps to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, fight global warming, and reduce our environmental footprint, but also provides a healthier environment for our families, friends, employees, and customers. We are honored to be recognized by the EPA for our efforts in helping to reduce the effects of pollution on our environment. It is our hope that by taking steps like these, along with other organizations, that the benefits of green power will bring about positive changes for our environment that we can all reap for decades to come.