HOK, a global architectural design and services firm, has made a landmark purchase of renewable energy credits from wind farms to offset 100% of the annual electricity used in its offices worldwide. Coinciding with Earth Day 2006 and its theme of “Climate Change Solutions,” HOK’s purchase of more than 4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind marks the single-largest commitment to wind energy by an architectural firm.
HOK’s investment in wind power will prevent more than 5.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide pollution in the next year. To have the same environmental impact, more than 768 acres of trees would have to be planted.
“Offsetting our electricity consumption with 100% renewable energy is a tangible and meaningful way to contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and the continued development of clean energy solutions,” said HOK Chairman Bill Valentine. "We seek sustainable solutions in every project we undertake and are committed to ‘walking the talk’ in our own operations.”
HOK has chosen Boulder, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy as its exclusive supplier of renewable energy credits. Renewable Choice Energy is the leading grassroots renewable energy company, working with architects, designers and building owners to bring affordable green power to buildings nationwide.
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