Piedmont Electric Earns GreenPlus Certification

HILLSBOROUGH, NC, May 26, 2010—Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation has earned GreenPlus Certification from the Institute of Sustainable Development.

The certification is based on the Cooperative’s efforts toward improving the quality of life through eco-friendly practices which sustain and support the environment.

The locally-based Institute of Sustainable Development is a nationwide organization comprised of business, academic and community leaders whose mission includes developing a common understanding of sustainability principles across cultures.

GreenPlus, the Institute’s flagship program, helps employers improve their competitiveness and environmental and social performance, and gives them access to a North American network of potential clients, peers and mentors. It also helps them distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace.

Only organizations that achieve exceptional scores in the three areas of sustainability (people, planet and performance) receive the designation of Certified Green Plus, according to the Institute.

“We’re pleased our efforts to be an environmentally and ecologically responsible organization have been recognized,” says R. G. Brecheisen, CEO of the electric cooperative.

Piedmont Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Hillsborough, is a nonprofit electric utility serving 32,000 consumers in parts of Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties.