Purchase of Green Products from Washington Gas Energy Services Reinforces Ridgewells Corporate Sustainability Efforts

  Purchase of Green Products from Washington Gas Energy Services Reinforces
  Ridgewells Corporate Sustainability Efforts

Business Wire

HERNDON, Va. -- January 28, 2013

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 striveto 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.

In Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, businesses,
organizations, government entities, institutions and individual residents can
purchase their electricity and natural gas supply from retail energy
providers. Customers in Virginia may purchase natural gas and customers in
Delaware may purchase electricity from retail energy providers. To learn more
about WGES and its CleanSteps® products, visit www.wges.com or call
1-888-884-WGES (9437).

About Ridgewells:

Founded in 1928, Ridgewells is the premier catering firm in the Washington,
D.C., area, continually setting the standard in catering services for
unforgettable events. The Ridgewells brand, well recognized by our loyal
client base, is known for fresh and healthy foods, top-notch service from
experienced professionals, elegantly designed events, and a Green focus.
Ridgewells has provided catering and event-planning services for, among
others, Presidential Inaugurations, government agencies, the U.S. military,
Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions and major sporting and
entertainment venues. Over its more than eight decades in business, Ridgewells
has significantly evolved into a comprehensive catering and event-planning
firm.

The Ridgewells family includes Haute Catering, a union company created in 2002
and formerly known as Haute on the Hill; CapitolHost, established in 2007 and
exclusively serving Capitol Hill; and Purple Tie by Ridgewells, a staffing
company founded in 2008. For more information on Ridgewells, please visit
www.ridgewells.com.

About Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.:

Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. is one of the largest competitive
providers of electricity and natural gas in the mid-Atlantic region and
supplies more than 350,000 customers in Maryland, Delaware, the District of
Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) named WGES the Green Power Supplier of the Year in the non-utility
category. Headquartered in Herndon, VA, Washington Gas Energy Services is an
affiliate of Washington Gas and a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL).
www.wges.com

Contact:

WGES:
Lisa Fels, 703-739-2424 x110
lfels@brightlinemedia.com
or
Ridgewells:
Jill Collins, 703-626-5797
jill@jillcollinspr.com
 
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