A carbon offset is a financial tool used to mitigate an individual’s contribution to global warming. Using carbon-based forms of energy as a part of our lifestyles has an effect on our environment. This “carbon footprint” is measured by the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. The release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases can be counteracted to some extent with the purchase of carbon offsets. One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases.
Offsets are generally achieved through financial support of projects that focus on the long- or short-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This year's PIELC carbon offset donations will be aggregated at the end of the Conference and given to Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a national non-profit committed to the development of renewable energy and watershed restoration. Click here for more information about the Foundation.
While our goal should be to eliminate carbon-based forms of energy entirely, carbon offsetting does provide us with a way to take personal responsibility for the environmental consequences of our activities. Please calculate the cost to offset the amount of carbon consumed to attend this year’s PIELC and consider making a donation. Thank you.