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Carbon Footprint

carbon footprint and the impacts of air travel

What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is the total amount of GHGs (greenhouse gases) released into the atmosphere, either by an individual, a business, an event (e.g. a plane trip), product or a service.

Whether you’re stuck in traffic, working at your computer, or cooking dinner for your family, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re racking up an invisible carbon debt. Because it can be tough to connect seemingly innocuous daily activities with very real consequences like pollution and a warming planet, it’s important to calculate your footprint—and then take steps to reduce it.

The four drivers of carbon emissions

Air travel
Consumption of stuff
Transportation
Heating of homes
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COMBAT YOUR FOOTPRINT

Air travel

CONSERVE A
MATURE FOREST

Carbon offset programs such as the conservation of mature forests is a great way to neutralize your carbon emissions.

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Consumption of stuff

WETLAND REJUVENATION

They play a vital role in retaining water on the landscape, maintaining local
climate and reducing temperature extremes. 

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Transportation

SWITCH TO
CLEAN ENERGY

You can help stop our reliance on fossil fuels by switching to sustainable energy today like solar power or wind power.

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Heating of homes

PLANT A TREE IN A REGION OF CHOICE

We can plant more trees, which are natural carbon absorbers (a mature tree can absorb up to 48lbs of carbon a year).

PLANT A TREE

How is a carbon footprint calculated?

Most carbon calculators account for:

  • Location (some states and countries rely on dirty sources of power, while others use more renewable energy); 
  • Household Size;
  • Home Heating and Electrical Usage;
  • Mileage;
  • Air Travel.

Once your consumption has been calculated, each reported activity is measured against its respective emissions factor to determine your footprint.

Want to learn more about carbon emissions? Download our free carbon emissions poster!

Carbon Emissions Poster
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CARBON OFFSETS

what are carbon offsets?

Carbon offsets are voluntary buy-ins that allow you to trade your hard earned dollars for the ability to offset some or all of your carbon footprint. They do this by funding projects like restoring or conserving large swaths of forest, updating power plants and factories, capturing and storing emissions, and increasing the energy efficiency of building or transportation infrastructure. They provide a way for carbon-conscious businesses and people to reduce their accumulated climate change impact. They can also be used to neutralize specific activities like air travel and driving or entire events like weddings, sports games, and conferences.

WHY OFFSET YOUR CARBON EMISSIONS?

Why offset your carbon emissions?

Carbon offsets are informed by the belief that reducing emissions in any area is worthwhile. They allow you to pay to reduce global GHGs to make up for some or all of your own personal emissions. And because GHGs integrate easily into the atmosphere and spread quickly around the planet, paying to reduce carbon—even if it is on another continent— is a win for the planet. One of our favorite ways to do this is by —you guessed it—planting trees. In fact, one mature tree can absorb a whopping 48 pounds of carbon a year!

As an environmental nonprofit that plants trees, we’ve always been invested in carbon sequestration. Today, we’re accomplishing this by participating in unique reforestation and carbon sequestration projects, including this one in British Columbia, where we worked with the provincial government and indigenous community partners to restore their iconic evergreen forests and expand their Forest Carbon Initiative after 230,000 acres of land were burned in 2017’s historic wildfires. We planted a carefully selected mix of evergreen and deciduous trees to help this ecosystem recover, including Lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, Hybrid spruce, Western larch, Ponderosa pine, Trembling aspen, and Black cottonwood. Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine are particularly good at sequestering carbon.

While reforestation is our thing, we also recognize the vital importance of forestconservation—or, saving forests from being deforested in the first place. To this end, we also support the conservation of existing forests through BlueSource’s carbon offset program.

Below is the step-by-step process to offsetting your carbon emissions:

How to Offset Carbon Emissions

WANT TO OFFSET YOUR FLIGHTS?

OFFSET THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF YOUR FLIGHT BY PLANTING TREES

OFFSET YOUR CARBON