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Offsetting air travel carbon footprint

September 29, 2010

Offsetting air travel carbon footprint
As part of our commitment to help protect the environment, our green committee,Guidance Green, has found an easy way to offset the carbon footprint of all business travel incurred by Guidance employees.

For every flight, Guidance offsets its carbon footprint by making a donation to support three carbon offset projects:

  • Renewable Energy & Methane Projects - Renewable energy offsets support projects that help to reduce the amount of energy we need to produce from fossil fuel sources like coal and oil.
  • Energy Efficiency & Carbon Credits - The cleanest unit of energy is the unit you never use. Energy efficiency is the cheapest and fastest way to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and save money.
  • Reforestation & Avoided Deforestation - Forest-based projects actually reduce the amount of carbon that’s in the atmosphere. These projects sequester carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and have many co-benefits for the community and local wildlife.

These donations are made through Carbonfund.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Additionally, the carbon footprint from our employees' commute is offset annually by purchasing renewable energy credits from Green Mountain Energy. The credits are made from wind and biomass sources located throughout the United States.

Both sites feature carbon calculators that will show you the approximate amount of carbon dioxide emitted by your travel activities, based on origin point and destination or total number of miles commutted (and frequency). The calculator will also show you the investment required to offset your carbon emissions and support the carbon offset projects. Offseting a flight takes less than 5 minutes to do!

While we strive to reduce the need for air travel or even daily commute with alternatives like teleconferencing and telecommuting, we accept that it is nearly impossible to get rid of it completely. Alternatives like those provided by CarbonFund.org and Green Mountain Energy offer a great solution to this common problem.

If you have questions, feel free to email us at green@guidance.com.

We also encourage our employees to consider this when flying for personal reasons too. Interested? Please go to http://www.carbonfund.org/Calculators to learn more how you can reduce your carbon footprint.