Clif Bar Enables Pro Cycling Race to be Climate Neutral

All the carbon dioxide to be created in the Amgen Tour of California is being offset by the purchase of renewable energy credits (REC).

In partnership with NativeEnergy, Clif Bar is purchasing enough renewable energy credits or “green tags” to help build a new wind farm to offset 518 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) — equivalent to all of the CO2 pollution created by the. To have the same environmental benefit as Clif Bar’s wind energy offset, more than 1,000 cars would have to be taken off the road for a month. Modeled after the Tour de France, the Amgen Tour of California, which will draw 16 of the world’s top cycling teams, becomes the first-ever climate-neutral professional cycling race. It will span 600 miles from San Francisco to Redondo Beach, beginning February 19. In making the Amgen Tour of California climate neutral, Clif Bar is working with NativeEnergy, a renewable energy firm that helps businesses and individuals offset the environmental impact of their energy use. NativeEnergy customers help build new tribal-owned wind farms and family farm-owned methane projects by purchasing a share of the green tags the projects will generate over their operating lives. Additional steps Clif Bar will take to reduce the Amgen Tour of California’s environmental impact and educate consumers include: — Establish on-site recycling and composting — Sell green tags to offset the amount of CO2 race spectators generate driving to and from the event (for each $2 Cool Tag, an attendee can offset approximately 300 miles of car travel) — Offer a bike valet area — Provide organic Clif Bar energy bars — Provide eco-friendly recommendations to hospitality companies and vendors, i.e., biodegradable consumables such as plates and paper products — Bring the Clif Bar Biodiesel Bus to the race to raise awareness that cleaner burning fuels reduce consumers’ impact on global climate change
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