100% Carbon Free Milestone

Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community Achieves 100% Carbon-Free Energy Milestone

In a world increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of energy consumption, Deerfield has made a significant stride towards sustainability by transitioning to 100% carbon-free energy. Through a strategic partnership and the procurement of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), Deerfield has not only reduced its carbon footprint, but has also set a remarkable example for communities and organizations aiming for greener practices.

At the heart of this accomplishment lies a commitment to environmental stewardship and a vision for a more sustainable future. Deerfield receives its power supply from Duke Energy, historically with a mix of 51% carbon-free energy, which includes renewable and nuclear power. However, recognizing the importance of further reducing carbon emissions, Deerfield took proactive steps to bridge the gap towards complete carbon neutrality.

Through the generosity of the Deerfield Charitable Foundation, Deerfield was able to achieve this goal by purchasing the remaining 49% of its energy usage, totaling 7,600 megawatt-hours (MWh), through the acquisition of 3,724 Renewable Energy Certificates. These RECs, sourced from a solar project off-site, represent the environmental attributes of renewable electricity generation equivalent to 3,724 MWh for the year 2023.

The significance of this achievement extends far beyond mere statistics. By retiring these solar RECs, Deerfield has effectively prevented the emission of 5,735,435 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. To put this into perspective, it’s equivalent to the emissions from 292,737 gallons of gasoline or 2,867,107 pounds of coal burned. (Source: Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator | US EPA). 

Deerfield’s transition to 100% carbon-free energy showcases the tangible impact that proactive measures can have in mitigating climate change and fostering a more sustainable world. As the global community continues to grapple with environmental challenges, initiatives like this demonstrate that positive change is not only possible, but also within reach. Through dedication, collaboration, and a shared commitment to sustainability, Deerfield has proven that the path to a greener future begins with decisive action. Let us continue to strive towards a world where carbon-free energy is not just a goal, but a reality for all! 

Interested in learning more? For more information about Deerfield’s commitment to sustainability, visit our Environmental Sustainability page or contact Keith Einsmann at keinsmann@deerfieldwnc.org. To make a donation to the Deerfield Charitable Foundation please contact Michelle Wooley at mwooley@deerfieldwnc.org