Author Topic: How to Leave a Small Footprint (a carbon offset question)  (Read 1737 times)

Dr. Peppers

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How to Leave a Small Footprint (a carbon offset question)
« on: October 17, 2016, 02:10:27 PM »
Good afternoon all!

What do you all think about carbonfund.org, mentioned in the "Carry a Big Wallet and Leave a Small Footprint" blog post?

I am a small business owner, and we are hoping to make our business carbon neutral through one of the carbon offset organizations available online. I see good and bad ratings/reviews for them, and I don't personally know any other business owners using them. It'll cost us a bit to go through them, so I want to be sure they're using my money well.

Thanks in advance for your help!

SoundFuture

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Re: How to Leave a Small Footprint (a carbon offset question)
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2017, 02:40:26 PM »
I know this post is a bit older, but I just stumbled across it so I would like to weigh in. The biggest thing you can do are things you can control, like selecting a renewable power plan if you're in an deregulated grid (one of the joys of living in Texas). Reduce, reuse, and recycle is of course apart of any budget minded mantra, and can be applied to reducing your carbon footprint.  If you have fleet vehicles, select efficient vehicles.  If you can go electric, go electric.  If your people live close enough to walk or bike to work, encourage it fiscally or benefits wise (I'd take an extra day of vacation to bike to work or a cut on insurance premiums).  Financial incentives can hurt your bottom line, but they're a good way to encourage "good behavior" in a way we can all appreciate while also improving moral. Money talks, good intentions often walk.

The largest concern with carbon offsets is to make sure that they're verified by third parties for sensibility and sustainability. There's no point in planting a tree if it's going to be plowed under next year for a parking lot. Provided these are met, there's no issue with them. But again, the greatest impact you can make are with things you can do yourself, because they are visual and apparent. A brochure with some happy looking animals isn't as tangible.

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Re: How to Leave a Small Footprint (a carbon offset question)
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2017, 07:06:31 AM »
I think it's an awesome post...I'm not knowledgeable about the inner working of carbon offset companies, but on an individual level, the idea of outsourcing the reduction of our carbon footprint seems a bit too esoteric for my liking.

Considering that reducing our carbon emissions to a very low level through home efficiency and solar is totally feasible these days, and these improvements pay a permanent dividend, I'd second the idea focusing on changes that you can control directly. Then if you really want, use carbon offset for whatever the remainder is and/or go plant a bunch of trees or native prairie. Your customers (if they visit your office/store) will notice.


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Re: How to Leave a Small Footprint (a carbon offset question)
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2017, 07:15:49 AM »
My company is considering switching to http://www.trackmyelectricity.com There are a few local companies there, so it is easy for us to check the legitimacy (one of them I can easily walk to during my lunch break). But sending money to Norwegian power plants seems a bit backwards, so we are looking at the project side, where you can choose to fund solar energy projects in areas where they really need clean energy.
Travelling southern Norway, Iceland and the Faroes in an electric car: http://travelelectric.blogspot.no/