Inc. Magazine Names 3Degrees to the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 119 Percent

Firm Creates and Meets Growing Demand for Renewable Energy and Carbon Offsets

San Francisco, Aug. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inc. magazine has ranked 3Degrees number 2,118 on its fifth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. 3Degrees joins Spirit Airlines, television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, and Dunkin Donuts among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list. This is the second year in a row that 3Degrees has been named to the Inc. 500|5000.

"3Degrees has grown its business in a difficult economic environment thanks to our team’s constant focus on delivering intelligent, efficient and reliable environmental market services to businesses, electricity providers, project owners, LEED green building professionals and other partners," said Dan Kalafatas, CEO of 3Degrees. "With these partners’ support, 3Degrees is realizing its mission of accelerating the low-carbon, renewable energy economy."

A Leader in the Green Power Industry

The Inc. 500|5000 ranking further strengthens 3Degrees’ position as the partner of choice for organizations seeking to use Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets to mitigate their climate change impact, comply with government renewable energy mandates, launch successful utility green power programs, and secure additional revenue for their renewable energy or greenhouse gas emission reduction projects.

Its industry leadership is demonstrated by the fact that 3Degrees:

3Degrees’ green power industry leadership is making an impact. In 2010, 3Degrees’ partners helped support 222 renewable energy facilities, including 76 wind farms and over 100 solar power facilities. In addition, over 75 percent of the RECs 3Degrees delivered to its customers in 2010 were sourced from renewable energy facilities that began operation on or after January 1, 2005.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.

Methodology

The 2011 Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2007 to 2010. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2007. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2010 (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired). The minimum revenue required for 2007 is $100,000; the minimum for 2010 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.

About 3Degrees

3Degrees' mission is to mitigate the effects of climate change by accelerating the low-carbon, renewable energy economy. 3Degrees realizes this mission by helping its utility, business, LEED green building and other partners utilize environmental commodities to build stakeholder value. Through these partnerships, 3Degrees increases demand for Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) 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 and operates regional offices in Portland, St. Louis, and Seattle. To learn more, visit www.3degreesinc.com.

About Inc. Magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 710,106, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at www.inc.com

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