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Clif Bar Forms Wind-Farm Partnership to Offset CO2 Footprint

Clif Bar Forms Wind-Farm Partnership to Offset CO2 Footprint

Clif Bar Inc. has announced it is supporting the construction of the first large-scale Native American-owned wind farm to offset the carbon dioxide generated by the energy used in its offices, manufacturing, and business travel during 2002. The environmental benefit of the offset is equivalent to taking 250 SUVs off the road for a year, the company says.

As part of NativeEnergy's WindBuilders program, Clif Bar has purchased enough renewable energy credits to neutralize about 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Clif Bar staff ecologist Elysa Hammond guided the company's efforts to take part in the NativeEnergy program.

Clif Bar's purchase of renewable credits will help drive the construction of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Wind Turbine Project in South Dakota. The company joins Stonyfield Farm, The Timberland Company, Ben & Jerry's, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and other companies in sponsoring the project. Inauguration of the wind farm is planned for May 2003.

Clif Bar Inc. has donated the energy credits it purchased to nonprofit Clean Air - Cool Planet for retirement. CA-CP will ensure that the energy credits are not subsequently acquired or claimed by any other organization.