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Governance

Green-e Energy and Green-e Climate are governed by an independent board called “The Green-e Governance Board” (Board).  The Center for Resource Solutions serves as the program administrator. 

Purpose of the Board

The responsibility of the Green-e Governance Board is to ensure that the Programs’ standards and policies are appropriate and necessary to meet their stated goals and objectives. The Governance Board also provides a forum to resolve questions of interpretation of the standards. The Board must regularly review the Programs' standards and amend them as necessary so that they remain consistent with changing circumstances and evolve with market and policy conditions. The Green-e Governance Board must approve all standards and substantive policy issues affecting the terms and conditions under which certification is granted.

The Governance Board is composed of members who represent all major stakeholder groups. There must be at least one representative from each stakeholder group serving on the Governance Board. If a stakeholder voices concern that their group is not adequately represented, CRS will investigate whether this is correct, and if needed have a new Governance Board member fill this gap. For a list of stakeholder groups and their Board representative, please see CRS Stakeholder Mapping.

The minutes of Governance Board meetings are made publicly available at Green-e Governance Board Meetings.

Frequency of Meetings

The Board meets quarterly. One of these meetings is face-to-face and the remaining three take place via conference call.

Voting

The Governance Board can only act if a quorum is first established. A quorum is established when at least half of the Board members are present. Votes by Board members are determined by a simple majority voting system.

Advisory Committees

Advisory Committees are established for organizations participating in each of the certification programs. Each organization that has a product certified by a program of CRS, or is certified by a program of CRS, may appoint a representative to serve on the appropriate Advisory Committee. The primary responsibility of these Committees is to provide recommendations for changes that improve the effectiveness of the Program. The Committees make suggestions to the Governance Board on the feasibility and practicality of policy decisions. In addition, the Committees provide advice on the Program's outreach and education efforts. Each Committee elects a chair who sits on the Governance Board as a non-voting member, and has the responsibility of representing the views and interests of the members of their Advisory Committee.

The three Advisory Committees are the Power Marketers Advisory Committee (PMAC), the Utility Green Pricing Advisory Committee (UGPAC), and the Climate Marketers Advisory Committee (CMAC). Learn more about them at Advisory Committees.

Subcommittees

The Board currently has two subcommittees: the Utility Green Pricing Subcommittee and the GHG Reduction Certification Subcommittee. The Utility Green Pricing Subcommittee will meet on an ad hoc basis to review applications for Green-e certification of monopoly utilities, and to initially address any proposed Green-e policy changes that specifically apply to utilities. The GHG Reduction Certification Subcommittee will meet on an ad hoc basis to evaluate the eligibility of GHG offset project standards for inclusion in the Green-e Program, and to initially address any proposed Green-e policy changes that specifically address the Green-e Climate Standard. The subcommittee recommendations will be brought to the Green-e Governance Board for consideration.

If necessary, the Governance Board will establish subcommittees to guide specific technical or policy aspects of the Programs. The Governance Board may engage expert advisors to provide technical advice to the Governance Board or Subcommittees on an as-needed basis.

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