Sterling Planet


Since 2010, Sterling Planet, WGL Energy, and CBF have had a unique partnership. In addition to contributing more than $700,000 to the CBF-directed Carbon Reduction Fund, both companies have also helped plant more than 20,000 trees throughout Maryland. These trees will remove carbon dioxide from the air, provide important habitat for wildlife, and help clean up the Chesapeake Bay by filtering pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment, before they reach our waterways.

"Sterling Planet's mission is to improve lives today, while working to sustain the Earth for future generations. And this partnership offers an opportunity to do just that. We are pleased to work with WGL and CBF to reduce carbon impacts in the area, support new carbon-reducing projects, and help protect the Bay," said Mel Jones, president and chief executive officer of Sterling Planet, which supplies carbon offsets to WGL.

Sterling Planet's carbon offsets are unique because they go one step further by also including investments in activities such as tree plantings that improve air and water quality. WGL Energy and its clean energy partner, Sterling Planet, jointly invest a portion of the proceeds into the "Carbon Reduction" funds every time carbon offsets are purchased. The carbon reduction funds are central to the program's long-term benefits. The investments made by WGL Energy and Sterling Planet into the Carbon Reduction Fund are managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), respectively, and go toward new projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also helping to improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region.

"We all have a role to play in saving the Chesapeake Bay and WGL Energy is proud of this innovative partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Sterling Planet that enables our customers to improve the environment in their region," said Harry Warren, President, WGL Energy. "Offering WGL CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets to our residential, small commercial, and large commercial customers makes it possible to hold these tree planting events, which help make our air cleaner and our waterways healthier."

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