American Whitewater has joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their Green Power Partnership. AW has purchased enough
renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Clean
Currents, a leading supplier of wind energy credits, to offset energy usage in our national
Global warming and air pollution threaten the future of our rivers. Coal for power plants comes from across the US. In the east, it is often mined through Mountain Top Removal, an environmentally destructive practice that is harming communities and rivers across Appalachia. In the Colorado River, flows have been well below average for seven of the past eight years, dropping to just 25 percent of normal for the year 2002. A National Academy of Science report concludes that average temperatures in the Colorado River basin are now 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average and 2.9 degrees warmer than 100 years ago. Less snowmelt in the basin not only impacts the main Colorado and classic river runs like Cataract Canyon and the Grand Canyon, but also tributary rivers such as the Yampa, Gunnison and Dolores. Read the Outdoor Alliance climate change white paper here.
About EPA's Green Power Partnership:
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has hundreds of partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, colleges, universities and American Whitewater. For additional information, click here.