Jul 29, 2014
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Marin Clean Energy Honors MALT

The Marin Agricultural Land Trust makes a donation of $1,000 to celebrate electricity provider's 1,000th "Deep Green" customer.

Marin Clean Energy Honors MALT


presented a check to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) for $1,000 in San Rafael last week.

More than 1,000 Marin County electric customers have signed up for Marin Clean Energy’s Deep Green 100 percent renewable electricity product, marking the conclusion of the agency’s ‘Heart’ Deep Green campaign. The campaign invited electric customers to vote for their favorite local nonprofit when they signed up for Deep Green, with the energy agency pledging to donate $1,000 to the nonprofit with the most votes when the milestone of 1,000 customers was reached.

MALT, a nonprofit devoted to preserving Marin County farmland for agricultural use, received the most votes, winning the campaign and a check from Marin Clean Energy for $1,000. The public support bodes well for MALT’s current campaign to honor retiring executive director Bob Berner by reaching the goal of protecting 50,000 acres of farmland (half of Marin's working farms and ranches). Three key farms that need MALT's help now will help achieve that goal. MALT is seeking gifts from individuals and family foundations in order to help them save this farmland and reach the 50 percent goal."

"We were thrilled to partner with so many local nonprofit organizations to increase participation in MCE’s Deep Green program," said Mill Valley City Councilman Ken Wachtel, who serves on the Marin Energy Authority board. "These are the types of partnerships and programs that make MCE unique. As a not-for-profit agency ourselves, we have the ability to reinvest and support Marin County.”

Other nonprofits that participated in Marin Clean Energy’s Deep Green campaign included Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Community Media Center of Marin, Homeward Bound of Marin, KWMR - West Marin Community Radio, Marin Conservation League, Marin Humane Society, Marin Link, Next Generation, Sustainable Marin and Teens Turning Green.

Electric customers in Marin can sign up for Deep Green by calling 1-888-632-3674 or signing up on the web.

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