HKS Continues to Commit to Green Power

Purchased from 3Degrees, the RECs represent 4,300 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity from renewable resources.

DALLAS Feb. 18, 2011 HKS, Inc. has committed to greening its power by matching 100 percent of the electricity used at its 110,000-square-foot corporate headquarters with Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

Purchased from 3Degrees, the RECs represent 4,300 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity from renewable resources. By displacing the need to generate electricity using fossil fuels, HKS’s REC purchase will help avoid the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

This agreement allows HKS to achieve points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and contributes significantly to large-scale renewable energy development. Since the design of the firm’s first LEED project in 1999, HKS has accomplished many major milestones demonstrating that sustainability and innovative design are core values of the firm including: 314 LEED-accredited professionals on staff; 54 million square feet of LEED-certified and LEED-registered projects; $16.8 billion of LEED-certified and LEED-registered projects; ranked 6th in ENR’s Top 100 Green Firms; and designers of the largest LEED project in the world.

Kirk Teske, HKS’s chief sustainability officer, attributes this success to the firm’s commitment to the Architecture 2030 Challenge – which calls upon the global building community to design and build carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. “This program reminds us to consider every day the enduring impact that our design decisions have on our clients, our eco-system and our future generations.”

Electricity production is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Using calculation from the EPA, HKS’s green power commitment will help avoid an estimated 3,087 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2-e) greenhouse gas emissions. According to the EPA, this amount of CO2-e emissions is equivalent to the CO2 emissions generated from consuming or burning 7,310 barrels of oil, the annual CO2-e emissions from the use of electricity at 374 average American homes and the carbon sequestered annually by 658 acres of forest preserved from deforestation.

“With this commitment to green power, HKS is proudly sharing a message with its employees, our customers, and the community at large that it supports the development of clean, renewable energy resources and values a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Teske.

“3Degrees congratulates HKS for deciding to mitigate the environmental impact of their electricity use through this green power commitment,” said Steve McDougal, vice president of marketing and business development at 3Degrees. “Through its commitment, HKS is accelerating the development of a low-carbon, renewable energy economy.”

About HKS, Inc.
HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top-five architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine and among the top-16 architectural firms, according to BD World Architecture magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $69 billion in more than 1,069 cities located in 46 states, the District of Columbia and 65 foreign countries. The firm operates from 23 worldwide offices. For more information, visit www.hksinc.com.

About 3Degrees
3Degrees' mission is to mitigate the effects of climate change by accelerating the development of a low-carbon, renewable energy economy. 3Degrees realizes this mission by helping its utility, business, green building and other partners utilize environmental markets to build stakeholder value. Through these partnerships, 3Degrees increases demand for renewable energy and carbon offsets, channels capital to renewable energy and carbon reduction projects and improves the efficiency of environmental markets. Winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Green Power Leadership Award for four straight years, 3Degrees is headquartered in San Francisco’s Presidio and operates regional offices in Portland, St. Louis and Seattle. To learn more, visit www.3degreesinc.com.

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