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Climate Registered Program Recognizes Voluntary GHG Cuts

climate registeredEastman Kodak, Allergan, Pacific Gas & Electric and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., among others, have signed on as charter members of the new Climate Registered program from the Climate Registry.

Much like the LEED program from the U.S. Green Building Council, the program has Silver, Gold and Platinum certfications, each of which signify a certain level of greenhouse gas reduction.

A so-called “12-month road test” of the Climate Registered program launched Dec. 14, and companies can still sign up to participate in the test and become charter members through April 1, 2010, according to a press release (PDF).

In the program, companies must report and verify their entire GHG inventory to the Climate Registry, a non-profit that is governed by states, provinces and tribes in North America.

Government leaders from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell have added their stamps of approval, as have environmental groups.

“This new Climate Registered program provides both a roadmap and recognition for companies and organizations that are reducing their carbon pollution,” said Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, in the release.

In addition to the companies named above, Flight Centre Canada and Ecology & Environment have signed on, agreeing to achieve at least silver-level certification by December 2010.

To encourage more participation, the Climate Registry has created a new membership level that includes access to expertise, training and software.

The goal is to further engage commercial and industrial entities and allow them to get up to speed in carbon-cutting measures before fully joining the Climate Registered program. View membership options here.

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