NC GreenPower to Give Away Trees to Durham Bulls Fans to Promote Their Carbon Offset Production

May 1, 2009

DURHAM, NC (May 1, 2009) – On the heels of Earth Month, this Saturday at the DurhamBullsAthleticPark in downtown Durham, 125 Durham Bulls fans will be offered a young Green Giant tree on their way out of the baseball game to take home and plant as a way to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Durham Bulls tree giveaway is designed to promote the carbon offset product offered to all utility customers in North Carolina by NC GreenPower. Carbon offsets are created through projects that mitigate the release of harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and offer a way for businesses and residents of North Carolina to reduce their carbon footprint.

NC GreenPower is administering the carbon offset product that allows contributors to purchase a carbon offset for $4 a month, which will offset 500 pounds of carbon dioxide or carbon dioxide equivalent through projects such as methane collection and combustion, or forestation. For a typical resident of North Carolina, subscribing to two carbon offset blocks at $8 a month for a year would offset the approximate emissions from driving a mid-sized car 12,000 miles.

A tag explains how much carbon dioxide each tree will offset at maturity and shows a website address for additional information on calculating driving emissions and on how to subscribe to the carbon offset program through NC GreenPower.

The tree giveaway is sponsored by the bioMérieux Green Team, who made a contribution to NC GreenPower on behalf of employees who made a pledge to “Go Green.”

About NC GreenPower

Recently celebrating its 5th anniversary, NC GreenPower is a landmark organization with about 14,000 participants supporting approximately 40 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy generation annually.  NC GreenPower is a Raleigh-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation working with individuals and businesses across the state to support the renewable energy and carbon offset products.  All renewable energy generators supported by the program are located in North Carolina. Contributions to the program are tax-deductible.

NC GreenPower was formed by Advanced Energy, a Raleigh-based nonprofit corporation that helps utility, industrial and residential customers improve returns on energy investments. For more information, visit

About bioMérieux

bioMérieux is a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics that is present in over 150 countries with 39 subsidiaries and revenues of $1.4B. bioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions (reagents, instruments, software) which determine the source of disease and contamination to improve patient health and ensure consumer safety. Durham, NC is home to our North American headquarters and hosts Executive, Administrative, R&D, Support, Sales, Marketing, and Production for our blood culture bottles (over 70 million produced) for worldwide distribution.  Please visit