Purchase of Green Products from Washington Gas Energy Services Reinforces …

January 31st, 20135:13 am @


HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ridgewells, the largest catering company in metropolitan Washington,
D.C., is advancing its sustainability efforts by choosing regionally
sourced 100 percent WGES
CleanSteps® WindPower
and 100 percent WGES
CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets
from Herndon-based Washington Gas Energy
Services (WGES).
These clean electricity and natural gas product purchases reduce annual
greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to eliminating the use of 155,540
gallons of gasoline or taking 265 cars off the road.

“For more than 80 years, Ridgewells has set the standard in catering and
event design in the metropolitan D.C. area, and environmental
stewardship is core to our business practices”

“For more than 80 years, Ridgewells has set the standard in catering and
event design in the metropolitan D.C. area, and environmental
stewardship is core to our business practices,” said Susan Lacz,
Ridgewells CEO. “We apply these principles not only to our work
environment, but also to what we do at home. WGES’ carbon offsets and
wind power help us support our commitment to create a sustainable
environment in our local community.”

Ridgewells’ purchase of WGES CleanSteps® WindPower reinforces its
commitment to sustainability and helps support cleaner air.

Through its selection of WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets, Ridgewells’
natural gas use is matched with verified regional emission-reduction
projects that support cleaner air and water. Unlike other offset
products, WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets provide future environmental
benefits because the offsets fund new projects such as tree plantings
along rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

“At WGES we strive to provide meaningful, innovative and sustainable
clean energy options to all consumers,” said Harry Warren, president,
Washington Gas Energy Services. “By choosing to purchase 100 percent
CleanSteps® WindPower and WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets, Ridgewells is
reinforcing its corporate sustainability efforts and making a real
difference in our community.”

Ridgewells has introduced a number of sustainable business practices
over the years. Other initiatives include a commitment to purchase
local, organic food from environmentally responsible farmers, the use of
biodegradable plate and utensil options and an award-winning recycling
program. The company also combines deliveries whenever possible to
decrease the number of fleet trucks on the road, which helps to further
reduce its carbon footprint. Ridgewells is a member of the EPA’s Green
Power Partnership and was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Achievement
in Recycling Award from Montgomery County.

In Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, businesses,
organizations, government entities, institutions and individual
residents can purchase their electricity and natural gas supply from
retail energy providers. Customers in Virginia may purchase natural gas
and customers in Delaware may purchase electricity from retail energy
providers. To learn more about WGES and its CleanSteps® products, visit www.wges.com
or call 1-888-884-WGES (9437).

About Ridgewells:

Founded in 1928, Ridgewells is the premier catering firm in the
Washington, D.C., area, continually setting the standard in catering
services for unforgettable events. The Ridgewells brand, well recognized
by our loyal client base, is known for fresh and healthy foods,
top-notch service from experienced professionals, elegantly designed
events, and a Green focus. Ridgewells has provided catering and
event-planning services for, among others, Presidential Inaugurations,
government agencies, the U.S. military, Fortune 500 corporations,
educational institutions and major sporting and entertainment venues.
Over its more than eight decades in business, Ridgewells has
significantly evolved into a comprehensive catering and event-planning

The Ridgewells family includes Haute Catering, a union company created
in 2002 and formerly known as Haute on the Hill; CapitolHost,
established in 2007 and exclusively serving Capitol Hill; and Purple Tie
by Ridgewells, a staffing company founded in 2008. For more information
on Ridgewells, please visit www.ridgewells.com.

About Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.:

Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. is one of the largest competitive
providers of electricity and natural gas in the mid-Atlantic region and
supplies more than 350,000 customers in Maryland, Delaware, the District
of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 2011, the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) named WGES the Green Power Supplier of the Year in the
non-utility category. Headquartered in Herndon, VA, Washington Gas
Energy Services is an affiliate of Washington Gas and a subsidiary of
WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL).

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