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Academy of Natural Sciences will Offset Energy Use




PHILADELPHIA — The Academy of Natural Sciences will offset its expected energy use with 100 percent renewable energy over a two-year period with Green-e certified renewable energy certificates donated by GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, the nation’s oldest natural history museum announced.

Renewable energy certificates represent the environmental attributes of electricity generated from wind, solar or other Green-e certified renewable power facilities. Organizations may use the certificates to reduce their indirect greenhouse gas emissions and help support the operation and development of domestic sources of cleaner, renewable energy.

According to GDF SUEZ, Green-e is the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the retail market.

“The Academy historically has had a strong commitment to environmental research and protection and to promoting environmental awareness and sustainability,” said Academy President and CEO George Gephart. “Our partnership with GDF SUEZ furthers our commitment to the environment, and we are delighted to have this opportunity to work together with them.”

Robert Wilson, president and CEO of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, said, “Like the Academy of Natural Sciences, we have a longstanding commitment to sustainability. We are proud of this new relationship and grateful for the opportunity to help support the Academy’s environmental initiatives, mission, and programming.”

In addition to the mutual focus on environmental responsibility, Academy officials also cited pricing confidence and the willingness of GDF SUEZ, the retail energy business of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, to understand environmental issues of particular interest to the institution as other drivers in the contract decision.

Founded in 1812, the Academy is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. Its museum is a major tourist attraction in Philadelphia. Its Center for Environmental Policy informs and engages constituents, promotes solutions, and builds awareness on important environmental topics.

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA is the second largest non-residential retail energy supplier in the U.S. and serves commercial and industrial customers in Delaware, Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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