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Lowering our Carbon Footprint with Renewable Energy

Cole Hardware has committed to balancing our environmental footprint through a purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for the next year to offset 100% of the electricity used by our stores.

Along with our Green Recognized Business certification from the City and our expanding recycling services, we have partnered with 3Degrees (, a leading national renewable energy and carbon offset company, who provides Green-e Certified® Renewable Energy Certificates from renewable energy facilities across the nation, located right here in San Francisco’s Presidio.

Electricity production is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. With this commitment to renewable energy, Cole Hardware is proudly sharing a message with our employees, our customers, and the community at large that we support the development of clean, renewable energy resources and value a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

A REC purchased by Cole Hardware represents one megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid. This energy will displace the generation of conventional electricity throughout the power system and reduce emissions into the atmosphere.

3Degrees Group, Inc. is a recognized market leader in renewable energy and climate mitigation products and services. The awardwinning firm offers retail and wholesale marketing of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Verified Emission Reductions (VERs, also known as carbon offsets); climate and energy

strategy consulting; marketing and communications services; utility green power program partnership services and regulatory expertise. In 2008, Environmental Finance recognized 3Degrees as the Best REC Trading Company in North America and the Best Voluntary Carbon Trading Company globally. 3Degrees was also named by the U.S. Department of Energy as the 2008 Renewable Energy Marketer of the Year, serving the large commercial segment. Visit to learn more.

- Hardware Hotline  January, 2010