Locals and visitor alike know that Sundance Square is one of Fort Worth's best places to go for top-notch restaurants, trendy shopping, and tons of family-friendly activities.
But what most people don't know is that the entirety of Sundance Square — all 35 blocks and 42 buildings of it — is powered by 100 percent renewable energy thanks to Green Mountain Energy.
This partnership first began in 2008, and in 2017 Sundance Square upgraded from 50 percent to 100 percent. It's currently contracted to run through 2024, though its massive success makes it likely to continue long after that.
"As companies seek out environmentally friendly developments for new retail and office spaces, Sundance Square is at the top of the list," says Sundance Square CEO and president Johnny Campbell. "We have created a business, entertainment, and residential district that focuses on being a good steward of our environment, and Green Mountain Energy has been a big part of this endeavor."
While the 100 percent part certainly sounds impressive, the program's impact is even greater. It allows Sundance Square to avoid approximately 8.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide through 2023, which is like planting more than seven million trees.
In addition to cleaner energy, the Square also works hard at its recycling efforts. Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, copy paper, cardboard boxes, newspapers, and other materials are recycled throughout the development.
With 42 buildings in Sundance Square and nearly four million square feet of retail, residential, and office space, that amounts to approximately 750 tons of waste being recycled every year.
"Green Mountain Energy is excited to continue our partnership with Sundance Square as we celebrate 20 years of providing homes and businesses with the choice of clean electricity," says Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain Energy. "Sundance Square is the perfect showcase for the impact a business can have when they choose renewable energy, and we hope others in the region are inspired by them to protect our environment."
Sundance Square remains Texas' largest green power purchaser in the real estate industry. Since its founding 1997, Green Mountain Energy customers have collectively helped avoid more than 59.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.