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Sustainability

As a renewable energy producer and developer, we strive to be a leader in sustainable development while managing a commercially successful business. Our renewable power assets contribute to sustainable development, and our involvement in the communities where we live and work is a true testament of the importance we place on social responsibility. Each year, we partner with communities and contribute to projects in regions where we operate and develop projects across North America.

Community Support

We give back to the communities where we live and work. 

Our community support program helps more than 100 charities and organization across North America.

Our donations, sponsorships and partnerships help organizations which engage in:
  • Community services
  • Educational programs
  • Medical and health assistance

We encourage our employees to get involved in their community through our match of donation program, and by supporting their volunteering efforts.

If you would like to make a request for community support, please complete our Charitable giving request form .

Environment

We strive to protect and enhance the ecosystems and communities near our facilities. 

We value accountability, partnership and open communication and are dedicated to managing and mitigating the impacts and risks associated with our operations with an overall goal of continual improvement. 

We are committed to efficient, sustainable, and responsible use of the natural resources entrusted to us and consider the socio-economic and environmental expectations of our stakeholders.

We are actively involved with local communities, a number of regional and national environmental groups and associations to better understand the realities of the ecosystems where we operate and to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.

Ecologo Program

23 of our hydroelectric facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, Québec and Louisiana are certified as Ecologo as they meet the strict standards of the Ecologo Program .

Low Impact Hydropower Institute Certification

52 of our hydro facilities in New York State bear a LIHI certification, which recognizes the hydropower projects that have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts pursuant to the Low Impact Hydropower Institute’s criteria.



This product includes Low Impact Hydropower from facilities certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (an independent non-profit organization) to have environmental impacts in key areas below levels the Institute considers acceptable for hydropower facilities. For more information about the certification, please see www.lowimpacthydro.org.







Penobscot River
The Penobscot River Restoration Project in Maine is one of the largest and most creative river restoration projects in the U.S. In an unprecedented collaboration, Brookfield Renewable, the Penobscot Indian Nation, six conservation groups, and state and federal agencies worked together to restore 11 species of sea-run fish to the Penobscot River, while maintaining clean energy production.
Kokish River
Brookfield Renewable and the ‘Namgis First Nation partnered to develop a 45 MW, run-of-river hydroelectric project in British Columbia, Canada. The project received a 2015 Sustainable Electricity Award from the Canadian Electricity Association. 'Namgis Chief Debra Hanuse said the project “can serve as a model for how the private and public sectors can work with First Nations for the benefit of all.” 
Golf Tournament
Our annual North American Golf Tournament raises money and generates awareness for charities operating in the communities in which we live and work. Over the past 12 years, we have contributed over $3 million to benefit organizations across the continent. Year after year, our employees and sponsors take part in the tournament, helping to improve lives.
24h Tremblant
Brookfield Renewable has been an active partner of Tremblant's 24th for over 10 years. With more than $1 million in total donations to date, the event gives us the opportunity to support great charities through valuable team-building events and contributions from our business partners, employees and their families. Every year, over 100 employees take part as volunteers or participants in the skiing, walking and running events.
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Disaster Response
Disaster Response is an integral part of our community involvement. For example, in 2016, torrential rain hit West Virginia, causing extreme flooding that resulted in 23 deaths and left thousands without power, shelter or access to basic supplies, including the family and friends of our local employees. We moved quickly to provide financial and logistical support to local aid organizations, helping the West Virginia community through a difficult time.