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November 29, 2017


MRH Reducing its Carbon Footprint

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has announced its commitment to environmental stewardship through a purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs). This effort to reduce the environmental impact of its operations will not only allow MRH to lower its carbon footprint and protect the environment, but it will support the development of renewable energy technologies.

MRH made this investment in renewable energy by purchasing certified RECs from 3Degrees, Inc., to match its electricity use. That’s an environmental impact equivalent to growing 62,375 trees for 10 years or not using 5,572 barrels of oil. A REC represents the environmental benefits associated with one megawatt-hour of energy generated from renewable resources. The revenue from REC sales is a factor in making projects financially competitive with traditional energy producers.

"At MRH, we have always made an effort to operate in a sustainable fashion – purchasing renewable energy is the perfect match of doing the right thing for our environment and investing in a clean energy future," said Karen Hall, Superintendent of Schools. “Renewable energy is good for the environment, our campus, and the greater Maplewood and Richmond Heights communities."

How does the process work? When electricity is produced from a renewable generator, such as a wind turbine, there are two products: the energy, which is delivered to the grid and mixes with other forms of energy, and the REC. When renewable energy is delivered to the grid, it cannot be distinguished from electrons from non-renewable sources. The REC is a way to track the renewable electricity and is like a receipt for owning the environmental benefits associated with the generation of renewable energy. RECs allow individuals and businesses to support renewable energy development and help to make renewable energy projects financially viable while lowering carbon footprints.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.