Friday, December 08, 2006

Offsetting Business Travel Emissions


So, what small actions will I take to be a sustainable business person? My first step will be offsetting carbon emissions from business travel through CarbonFund.org. Carbonfund was recently recognized as the #1 organization for voluntarily offsetting carbon emissions. Their robust verification methods along with value priced offsets make them the leader that they are. I had the pleasure of meeting a member of the Carbonfund team at a NetImpact meeting in Cambridge, MA in September. We have kept in touch over the past few months and he has agreed to help me record my business travel and guide me through my project. In the short term, I will simply purchase enough offsets to negate my auto mileage for the good ol' '97 Camry. CarbonFund offers three vehicles for offsetting carbon emissions, efficiency projects, supporting renewable energy, and reforestation. I plan to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

In January 2007, I plan to set up a carbon fund account to more easily track and maintain my offset balance for the remainder of the year. I'll be chronicling the setup process here in the hopes that it will help others that may be interested in taking similar actions can use my experience as a resource.

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