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,” 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.