Did you know that the average American’s total carbon footprint is a whopping 50,000 lbs a year!? What’s a carbon footprint, you ask? It’s the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds we emit due to the consumption of fossil fuels; such as powering our homes, driving our cars, or traveling by airplane. Since most everything we do requires us to use these fossil fuels, organizations like the Carbonfund.org offer us a way to offset our emissions.
Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by husband and wife team, Eric and Lesley Carlson. Their mission is simple: reduce what you can, offset what you can’t. They strive to lead the fight against global warming by making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact, and ease the transition to a clean energy future.
The organization has grown to become a leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, with over 600,000 individual supporters and 1,800 business partners. And, most importantly, they reduce over 5 billion pounds of carbon emissions globally.
Carbonfund.org also offers the first and leading carbon neutral product certification program and label in the US, CarbonFree® Certified, which is now used on products in 15 countries on five continents. Learn more about them here.
Their success is achieved through climate change education, carbon offsets and reductions, and public outreach. They also support third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.
Experts say we need a substantial reduction in CO2 over the next 40-50 years and this means we need renewable energy to replace fossil fuels. This is why Carbonfund.org supports renewable energy and methane capture projects around the world. The projects help smaller, local economies, outside crowded urban areas to help reduce their reliance on fossil and foreign energy resources. Read more about these projects here.
Unlike renewable energy projects which reduce the need to produce more energy from dirty sources in the future, the energy efficiency projects Carbonfund.org participates in reduces the need to produce more energy now. Since energy efficiency can also refer to the retirement of carbon credits from a cap-and-trade system, the Carbonfund.org will purchase and retire those carbon credits on behalf of their donors. Doing this permanently removes the right of other businesses to pollute. Learn more about their energy efficiency projects here.
The Carbonfund.org’s reforestation and forest preservation carbon offset projects are a huge part of the global warming solution. The projects fight climate change by sequestering carbon emissions from the atmosphere in trees and soil. This is beneficial to the community and local wildlife because it not only creates jobs but maintains and expands wildlife habitats, and helps protect biodiversity. Learn more about reforestation projects and how you can help here.
So in conclusion…
As a small business, our Crate of Good team strives to reduce our carbon footprint in every way we can. One such way we do our part is by choosing Carbonfund.org as one of our environmental impact partners. If you or your business wants to help provide a cleaner future, visit Carbonfund.org’s website to learn all the ways in which you can today.
Not sure what your carbon footprint is?
Head on over to their carbon footprint calculator to find out!