SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — NativeEnergy Inc,The Greensburg Wind Farm in Greensburg, KS, has been named “Wind Project of the Year” by RenewableEnergyWorld.com, a leading renewable energy publication. This award recognizes the project’s community benefits and unique financing model.Jeff Bernicke, president of NativeEnergy of South Burlington, accepted the award at the Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo in Tampa, Florida.RenewableEnergyWorld.com said: “To recognize the perseverance of the people of Greensburg, Kansas, and the leadership of companies involved in developing and marketing the project, the 12.5 MW Greensburg Wind Farm is the 2011 ‘Wind Project of the Year.'”In May 2007, a massive tornado leveled Greensburg, destroying 95% of the town. In the face of this tragedy, the citizens of Greensburg decided to rebuild as “the greenest town in America.” This plan’spearheaded by non-profit Greensburg GreenTown’included construction of the Greensburg Wind Farm.The wind farm was financed in part through NativeEnergy’s innovative Help Buildâ ¢ carbon offsets. By purchasing Help Buildâ ¢ offsets, companies and individuals across the U.S. provided critical upfront funding for project construction. In return, they received a share of the project’s long-term verified greenhouse gas reductions. Major project supporters included: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Ben & Jerry’s, Brighter Planet, Stonyfield, CLIF Bar, Aveda, Clean Air-Cool Planet, and Reverb.”When NativeEnergy first brought the Greensburg Wind Farm to us, we were excited to be early supporters,” said Paul Comey, vice president of Environmental Affairs at GMCR, Inc. “Upon visiting the site and meeting the community, we realized we could make a difference. By purchasing carbon offsets from the project, we are mitigating our carbon footprint while helping Greensburg along its journey to become the greenest community in America.””I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous progress that the people of Greensburg have made in their commitment to becoming a truly green community, so being awarded ‘Wind Project of the Year’ is a fitting recognition,” said Chuck Bennett, vice president of Earth & Community Care at Aveda. “This tremendous honor reinforces my belief that Aveda’s support for the community and the wind project has been very well founded.”Jeff Bernicke, president of NativeEnergy, noted, “We are honored that the Greensburg Wind Farm has been named ‘Wind Project of the Year.’ This project demonstrates that well-planned environmental initiatives can have local economic and social advantages too. This was truly a community project’from the way it was financed to the benefits it offers.”The project, which began operating in March 2010, consists of 10 new wind turbines, 1.25 MW each. The project developer, owner, and operator is Exelon Wind, LLC (formerly John Deere Renewables, LLC). The wind farm’s exceptional community benefits include job creation, lease revenues for local farmers, and greenhouse gas reductions. It is expected to reduce nearly one half million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide over its 20 year life.For more information about the Greensburg Wind Farm, visithttp://www.nativeenergy.com/pages/greensburg/517.php(link is external).About Native EnergyNativeEnergy is a leading provider of verified carbon offsets and renewable energy credits. NativeEnergy’s Help Buildâ ¢ carbon offsets help finance the construction of Native American, family farm, and community-based carbon reduction projects. For more information, visit: www.nativeenergy.com(link is external).
With the Wisconsin Badger volleyball team off to a quick 2-0 start to the Big Ten season, they face a tough road trip ahead.The Big Ten contains five teams in the top nine of the NCAA volleyball rankings. First from that five, as well as on the road trip, will be the Minnesota Gophers.The Gophers (8-2) have yet to drop a single set at home this season. Traveling to the Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis will be the first challenge for the Badgers (9-1). Minnesota recently hosted No. 9 Penn State and defended the home territory, winning without dropping a set. So far, their only losses come from ranked opponents, No. 2 Stanford and No. 14 Oregon.Volleyball: Badgers win joust at Field House versus RutgersUniversity of Wisconsin volleyball steamrolled the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday afternoon. The Badgers improved to 9–1 on the season and Read…Other challenges that the Gophers will throw at Wisconsin include sophomore outside hitter, Stephanie Samedy. Samedy leads the Gophers in kills this season, with the next best hitter still over 30 kills behind her. Standing at 6’2″, Samedy led the team with 14 kills when they upset then No. 4 Penn State.Redshirt junior Taylor Morgan will be another large presence on the court. Although standing only six feet tall, Morgan leads the Gophers in blocks. She will try to match up against the Big Ten’s leading blocker in the Badgers’ Dana Rettke.From the Badgers’ perspective, the team is looking at Minnesota and only Minnesota. Although Wisconsin takes on No. 16 Purdue and No. 8 Illinois directly after the Gophers, setter Sydney Hilley says the focus is, “always the next one. We don’t look past the next one.”Wisconsin will also have to continue to adjust to the change in the starting lineup with Grace Loberg still out indefinitely with a foot/ankle injury. Danielle Hart got the start in her place against Rutgers and put up impressive numbers, tying for the team-high in kills with 11. She will look to build on that game to help propel the Badgers past Minnesota.Wrestling: A conversation with Chris Bono in his first offseason as head coachSometimes you don’t have to sit down long with someone to tell what they are all about. For the University Read…Going into a strenuous road trip, coach Kelly Sheffield also commented on his approach to the upcoming Minnesota game.“We try to get a little bit better every day,” Sheffield said. “There isn’t big stuff. What are the little things we can get better at? Probably every element of the game.”Sheffield’s Badgers want to prepare themselves for anything and everything that could be thrown their way. Hart said, “anytime [they] go out there, it’s about working out those tweaks.”With an upcoming battle against one of the best offenses in the Big Ten and a defense similar to their own, the Badgers know that taking down Minnesota will not be an easy task. Both teams are looking to start the Big Ten season off 3-0 and carry momentum with them into the rest of the season. The match will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and will be featured on the Big Ten Network from the Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.