HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 4, 2018--Whether it’s improving outdoor green spaces in urban areas, helping local farmers preserve their land or saving native wildlife, one thing is certain: Texans are passionate about supporting their communities and making the Lone Star State the best place to live and work. Reliant’s EcoShare program is a great example of that commitment with support from customers achieving donations to EarthShare of Texas surpassing the $1 million mark.

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Reliant employees volunteer at Buffalo Bayou Park to celebrate the company's donations to EarthShare of Texas topping $1 million. (Photo: Business Wire)

Established in 2011, Reliant’s EcoShare program supports nonprofits across the state focused on building healthy and sustainable environments. Participation in EcoShare can be added to any Reliant electricity plan and consists of small monthly payments from enrolled customers that are used toward donations to EarthShare of Texas and the purchase of carbon offsets. To date, the program has now provided more than $1.2 million for EarthShare of Texas and over 558,000 metric tons of carbon have been avoided, which is like planting more than 146,000 trees.

“We created the EcoShare program to give our customers across the state a simple way to support organizations that work to keep Texas beautiful and improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant. “And in true Reliant fashion, our employees celebrated the milestone by volunteering with Buffalo Bayou Partnership, one of the many deserving EarthShare of Texas nonprofit partners, to help maintain landscaping at Buffalo Bayou Park.”

More than 40 of the most respected environmental and conversation organizations across the state are members of EarthShare of Texas, such as Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Katy Prairie Conservancy to Blackland Prairie Raptor Center and Keep Texas Beautiful. All organizations that make up EarthShare of Texas are committed to ensuring our communities are protected for future generations.

“Reliant’s EcoShare program proves that small donations over time can collectively make a big impact,” said Janet Maykus, executive director, EarthShare of Texas. “We are grateful for our continued partnership with Reliant and thank their generous Texas customers who share our mission to protect our state’s resources.”

New and existing Reliant customers can join the EcoShare program, choosing one of two options: EcoShare Gold, for $5.95 per month, includes a $2 donation to EarthShare of Texas and 1,000 pounds of carbon offsets; and EcoShare Silver, for $3.95 per month, includes a $1 donation to EarthShare of Texas and 500 pounds of carbon offsets. In addition to the program support from customers, Reliant makes an annual corporate contribution to support EarthShare of Texas. To learn more, please visit https://www.reliant.com/en/public/reliant-ecoshare-program.jsp

About Reliant, an NRG company

Reliant powers, protects and simplifies life by bringing electricity, security and related services to homes and businesses across Texas. Serving customers and the community is at the core of what we do, with Reliant being nationally recognized for outstanding customer service and experience. Reliant is part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 500 company that creates value through best-in-class operations and reliable and efficient electric generation. Backed by a diverse portfolio of power generating facilities, NRG’s competitive residential electricity business, which includes Reliant, is the largest in the country and powers more than 3 million customers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information about Reliant, please visit reliant.com and connect with Reliant on Facebook at facebook.com/reliantenergy and Twitter or Instagram @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.

About EarthShare of Texas

EarthShare of Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to making environmental support easy. EarthShare of Texas represents and supports more than 70 of America’s most respected environmental and conservation groups, including 39 national organizations and hundreds of local groups in 18 affiliate states. EarthShare of Texas member organizations work hard every day to safeguard public health and the environment by combating global warming, protecting ancient forests, protecting water from toxic contaminants, saving endangered species and much more. EarthShare of Texas also protects donors by ensuring that each of its member groups adheres to strict eligibility criteria, and operates with the highest possible ethical and professional standards.

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