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Publications and Presentations

Publications

Best Practices in Public Claims for Solar Photovoltaic Systems pdf (January 7, 2010): Written by Alex Pennock, this report details claim issues with solar photovoltaic installations.

Best Practices in Public Claims for Green Power Purchases and Sales pdf (July 10, 2009): Written by CRS, this report details claim issues with renewable energy installations, hosts, sellers, and customers.

Insights into the Renewable Energy Market: A Brief Overview of Procurement Trends, Drivers, and Impacts of Voluntary Commercial Purchasers pdf (September 2009): Written by CRS, this report documents increasing renewable energy purchases by commercial customers and offers analysis of procurement trends, market drivers and impacts.

Guide to Purchasing Green Power: Renewable Electricity, Renewable Energy Certificates and On-Site Renewable Generation pdf (March 2010): Written by the US EPA, US DOE, World Resources Institute, and Center for Resource Solutions, this comprehensive guide is recommended reading for anyone considering a green power procurement.

The Need for Green-e Certification and Verification In an Era of Renewable Energy Tracking Systems pdf (March 2004): This report summarizes the essential consumer protection functions of Green-e certification and verification that renewable energy tracking systems do not perform.

Verification Reports

Download the aggregate results of the annual Green-e Verification Process Audit.

Presentations

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Climate
March 6, 2013. CRS hosted a free webinar about the Green-e Climate certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary carbon offset market. The webinar covered the basics of carbon offset projects and international offset trading; how carbon offsets serve to reduce global carbon emissions; the unique role of Green-e Climate certification and the benefits it confers on certified products; how Green-e Climate protects consumers by ensuring clear title to carbon offset purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and offset sellers can become involved with Green-e Climate. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck.

Webinar: Carbon Offsets 101
February 21, 2013. This essential introduction to carbon offsets covered the basics of how offsets work and provided an overview of the global voluntary market. This hour-long webinar also explained offset terms and definitions, project types, quality criteria, project standards and credit certification, and retail offset transactions and product certification. We also covered the state of and trends in the voluntary marketplace, and an overview of different players in the market. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck.

LEED, Renewable Energy, and Carbon Offsets
November 1, 2012. The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a very popular and well-recognized voluntary standard for green buildings. LEED awards Energy and Atmosphere points for purchases of renewable energy and carbon offsets, acting as a significant driver in the market in the U.S. Updates to the LEED rating systems have recently been proposed, including significant changes to requirements for purchases of carbon offsets and renewable energy. CRS presented a webinar reviewing the current LEED requirements and how these requirements are proposed to change along with the rationale for these changes and how we can expect this to affect the market. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck.

The New and Improved FTC Green Guides: Marketing for Renewable Energy, Carbon Offsets, and On-Product Claims
October 24, 2012. Kathleen M. Pessolano, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection, and CRS Counsel Robin Quarrier led a webinar explaining recent updates to the FTC's "Green Guides," which provide guidance on environmental claims and certification marks, including the use of renewable energy and carbon offsets. The updated Guides expand the FTC's critical review of environmental claims by manufacturers and energy consumers. In this webinar, attendees learned about the scope of the newly revised Green Guides and their application to product manufacturers and renewable energy hosts, sellers, and purchasers. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck.

REC Claims through the Ownership Chain: Guidance for Describing Green Power Purchases
October 4, 2012. CRS's Robin Quarrier joined Brad Bowery, CEO, SREC Trade and Carol Harwell, Manager - Green Choice, Austin Energy in a free webinar hosted by REMA and moderated by Joseph Seymour, REMA Governmental Affairs Coordinator. The growing green power sector brings both opportunities and challenges for innovative renewable energy marketing and financing strategies. Get up to speed on claims guidance by watching the educational REMA webinar, "REC Claims through the Ownership Chain: Guidance and insights for green power purchases." Speakers from the renewable energy standards, finance, and utility sectors will discuss the steps and considerations for accurately describing the environmental claims of green power purchasers across the user spectrum. Plus, hear recommendations for aggregators, traders, and project developers on the marketing language used to promote these purchases. Watch the video.

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Marketplace
August 14, 2012. Green-e Marketplace is a program that recognizes organizations using certified renewable energy and enables them to demonstrate their environmental commitment through the use of the nationally recognized Green-e logo. Green-e Marketplace gives its participants unique resources to help them communicate their commitment to clean energy on their collateral, website, and products. This hour-long webinar explained the requirements of joining the program, the benefits of clean-energy purchases to an organization's sustainability strategy, and how Green-e Marketplace fits into the overall green-labeling ecosystem. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck.

Webinar: Renewable Energy 101
July 12, 2012. This essential introduction to renewable energy in the U.S. covered the basics of how the U.S. electricity grid operates, and the expanding role of clean energy to the nation's energy portfolio. This hour-long webinar also reviewed renewable energy terms and definitions, types and distribution of resources like wind and solar, the basics of transmission and project financing, renewable energy certificates and utility opt-in green power programs, and certificate tracking. We also covered the state of the renewable energy marketplace, including politics, players, and policies.

Webinar: Offsets vs. RECs: What's the Difference and How Should Each Be Used?
May 24, 2012. Matt Clouse, Director, Renewable Energy Policies & Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and Mary Sotos, GHG Protocol Initiative, World Resources Institute (WRI), joined CRS in presenting a webinar providing answers to questions about the difference between Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets, how the markets for these commodities interact, and the extent to which each can be used to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The webinar examined key areas of confusion including REC definitions, additionality, and ownership of reductions from renewable energy. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck

Webinar: Carbon Claims in Green-e Marketplace: Using the Green-e Logo with your Purchase of Certified Offsets
May 10, 2012. Green-e Marketplace, the nation's leading symbol of renewable energy excellence, is now the nation's leading symbol of excellence in energy and climate stewardship. Green-e Marketplace, a program of Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), has integrated purchases of Green-e Climate Certified offsets into the array of claims available for verification under the Program. In addition to allowing organizations to use the Green-e logo for purchases of certified renewable energy, Green-e Marketplace can now grant logo use to companies that purchase Green-e Certified Carbon Offsets as part of their environmental strategy. This expansion of Green-e Marketplace represents a continuation of our goal of offering a robust program for recognition of climate leadership. CRS hosts this free webinar introduction to this new expansion of Green-e Marketplace and how to use the nationally recognized Green-e logo with your carbon offset and climate commitment claims. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck.

Webinar: Made with Renewable Energy: How and Why Companies are Labeling Consumer Products
April 26, 2012. Green marketing – a marketing strategy highlighting the environmental attributes of a product, often through the use of labels or logos – dates back to the 1970s. It did not proliferate until the 1990s, however, when extensive market research identified a rapidly growing group of consumers with a heightened concern for the environment. This Green Power Network webinar discussed the experience of companies that communicate to consumers that their products are 'made with renewable energy.' Jenny Heeter discussed the findings of NREL’s recent report, Made with Renewable Energy: How and Why Companies are Labeling Consumer Products, which gathered insights from 20 companies. Orrin Cook, Center for Resource Solutions, highlighted the use of the Green-e logo. Laura Thompson, Sappi Paper, discussed her company’s use of labeling. Finally, Angelika Pullen, WindMade, provided an overview of the new WindMade labeling initiative.

Webinar: Cutting Edge Eco-Labels: Green-e
March 8, 2012. CRS' Orrin Cook presented as part of a webinar hosted by the Responsible Purchasing Network. This was an introduction to an innovative program developed by Green-e Marketplace, which certifies products manufactured with 100% renewable energy such as solar or wind power. This webinar covered: Sustainable purchasing and climate-change concepts; Overview of Green-e Marketplace certification; Other Green-e certifications for renewable energy, including Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs); and a Q&A.

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Energy
March 7, 2012. A free webinar that explained the Green-e Energy certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary renewable energy market in North America. This webinar covered the basics of how renewable energy is generated, tracked, and sold; how Green-e Energy protects consumers by ensuring clear title to renewable energy purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and renewable energy sellers can become involved with Green-e Energy. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck.

Webinar: Carbon Offsets 101
February 23, 2012. This essential introduction to carbon offsets covered the basics of how offsets work and provides an overview of the global voluntary market. This hour-long webinar explained offset terms and definitions, project types, quality criteria, project standards and credit certification, and retail offset transactions and product certification. We also covered the state of and trends in the voluntary marketplace, and an overview of different players in the market. Watch the speaker deck.

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Re:print and Printing with Renewable Energy
February 22, 2012. Green-e Marketplace presented re:print, a printer and paper supply chain program that allows organizations to print with renewable energy like wind and solar. A growing number of organizations are looking to minimize the footprint of their printing and Green-e provides a tremendous tool through its re:print program to access these organizations. With high national recognition, the Green-e logo is also a great way to differentiate your business. Join us for a free webinar introducing Green-e re:print and be part of the next big movement in sustainable printing. Watch the video or view the slides at the speaker deck.

Webinar: Renewable Energy 101
January 19, 2012. This essential introduction to renewable energy in the U.S. covered the basics of how the U.S. electricity grid operates, and the expanding role of clean energy to the nation's energy portfolio. This hour-long webinar also reviewed renewable energy terms and definitions, types and distribution of resources like wind and solar, the basics of transmission and project financing, renewable energy certificates and utility opt-in green power programs, and certificate tracking. We also covered the state of the renewable energy marketplace, including politics, players, and policies. Watch the speaker deck.

Webinar: The 2010 Green-e Verification Report
December 14, 2011. The 2010 Green-e Verification Report was released on November 15, detailing renewable energy and carbon offset figures for all three Green-e programs for 2010. Early reports show that sellers of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy products made a total of 33.3 million MWh of certified sales in 2010, a 21% increase over 2009 sales overall. With Green-e Energy certifying nearly two-thirds of the voluntary renewable energy market in the U.S., this report gives an unparalleled look at the state of the market and trends for the current year's sales. Watch the speaker deck.

Webinar: Managing Energy: Insights from Silicon Valley
October 6, 2011. Energy efficiency and energy management are critical for business strategy by lowering operating costs and sparking organizational innovation. Green-e Marketplace looked at energy strategies with two Silicon Valley industry leaders, Adobe's Michael Bangs and Bruce Klafter of Applied Materials. Both companies highlighted their recent strides with energy efficiency, renewable technologies and thoughts on future strategy. Watch the video.

Webinar: Best Practices for Commercial Carbon Offset Purchasing
September 29, 2011. Green-e Climate with Adrian Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer, The Gold Standard Foundation; and Elyse Rhodin, Clean Energy Analyst, Think Energy. This comprehensive webinar presented the Center for Resource Solutions’ vision of credible voluntary offsetting, from the role and value of offsetting in corporate environmental strategies to the ideal use of offsets, and the identification of credible offset retailers and products. We explained what is necessary for assurance of offset quality and consumer protection throughout the lifecycle of a retail carbon offset product, from project to end-use consumer. (Read the Announcement). Download the PDF.

Engaging Employees in Sustainability: Insights from the Field Webinar
June 29, 2011. This was a webinar on strategies for engaging employees in sustainability initiatives, presented by two industry leaders, ING's Dawn Murray and Marty Sedler from Intel. They shared their companies' recent green efforts, highlighting both their successes and challenges in providing meaningful internal employee programs, including those focused on renewable energy. If you're looking to create meaningful employee connections and interactions on environmental programs, you won't want to miss "Engaging Employees in Sustainability: Insights From the Field". Watch the video.

Webinar: Understanding the Proposed FTC Green Guides: Marketing for Renewable Energy and Carbon Offsets
June 8, 2011. Robin Quarrier gave a free webinar on Wednesday June 8 at 10 a.m. PDT on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) proposed updates to the “Green Guides” – expanding its critical review of environmental claims by manufacturers and energy consumers. In this program, attendees will learn about the scope of the proposed new FTC Green Guides, their application to product manufacturers and renewable energy hosts, sellers, and purchasers. Watch the video.

Webinar: Verification Training for Green-e Climate Auditors
April 21, 2011. This was a mandatory training session for all auditors that were performing the Green-e Climate Verification Audit for RY2010. Originally airing on April 21, 2011, the auditor training session runs through the annual Green-e Climate verification process, including the documents and materials that that the auditor receives from participants in Green-e Climate, and how to audit the worksheets. The training is intended as a supplemental aid to the Verification Audit Protocol. Speaker: Todd Jones, Green-e Climate Manager. Watch the webinar.

Webinar: Verification Training for Green-e Climate Participants
April 7, 2011. This instructional webinar, which originally aired on April 7, 2011, is aimed at participants in Green-e Climate and provides training on the annual verification process and procedures. It reviews the documents and materials that are needed for verification, and discusses how to fill out the worksheets. This training session is a supplemental aid to the Green-e Climate Verification Instructions. Speaker: Todd Jones, Green-e Climate Manager. Watch the webinar or download the slides (PDF).

Webinar: Growing Utility Green Pricing Programs
February 23, 2011. A free webinar on growing utility green pricing programs, including marketing and messaging to consumers, case studies from successful programs, purchasing trends, and overcoming hurdles to supply. Speakers included Travis Anderton, Facilities Engineering Manager, Becton, Dickinson and Company; Lori Bird, Senior Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Wilson Mallard, Green Energy Program Manager, Georgia Power; and Steve Mudd, Product Manager, Xcel Energy. Watch the webinar.

Update on the Proposed FTC Green Guides
November 17, 2010. Orrin Cook, Green-e Marketplace Manager, Todd Jones, Senior Analyst, Green-e Climate, and Robin Quarrier, Green-e Analyst & Counsel talk about the scope of the proposed new FTC Green Guides, their application to generators, marketers, purchasers, and product manufacturers in Green-e. Presentation slides may be accessed here.

Supply Chain Carbon Mapping in Four Industries
April 20, 2010. Chris Erickson, CEO of Climate Earth, and Corinne Reich-Weiser, Director of Research, explore carbon hot spots in the supply chains of multiple industry sectors. Presentation slides may be accessed here.

Insights Into the Renewable Energy Market
January 8, 2010. Increasing demand in the voluntary market by organizations is a clear driver for renewable energy development in the U.S. and a reflection of the influence of consumer choice. This presentation by Green-e Marketplace Manager Orrin Cook and Green-e Energy Program Analyst Andreas Karelas presented an analysis of procurement trends, market drivers, and impacts of these increasing renewable energy purchases by commercial customers. Download a PDF of "Insights into the Renewable Energy Market".

Leveraging the Green-e Logo: An Introduction to Green-e Marketplace
December 9, 2009. Green-e Marketplace Manager Orrin Cook gave a presentation on the benefits of buying renewable energy for businesses and communicatiing that purchase to consumers through the use of the nationally recognized Green-e logo. A PDF of "Leveraging the Green-e Logo: an Introduction to Green-e Marketplace" can be downloaded here.

Outlook on Consumer Perceptions of Renewable Energy and Climate Change
November 4, 2009. Presentation slides by Eric Whan of GlobeScan on "Consumer Perception of Renewable Energy and Climate Change" may be accessed here. Slides by Gwynne Rogers of Natural Marketing Institute may be requested by emailing her directly.

Snapshot of the Current Climate and Renewable Energy Policy Landscape
June 25, 2009. For the June 25, 2009 presentation slides by Chris Busch, policy director at Center for Resource Solutions, on "Snapshot of the Current Climate and Renewable Energy Policy Landscape" we've provided the slides used during the presentation here.

How Green Power Delivers Profits
March 18, 2009. If you missed our first Green-e Marketplace webinar on March 18, 2009, by Kevin Hagen at REI, on "How Green Power Delivers Profits" we've provided the slides used during the presentation here.

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