Minimizing Our Environmental Impact
Directly reducing our carbon footprint is clearly ideal, but some level of carbon emissions are unavoidable. A great way to compensate for these emissions is through the purchase of carbon offsets, which help fund credible projects that minimize the impact of these emissions.
Enter one of the following values and click calculate:
- tons Carbon Offset
- Trees Planted
The carbon calculator is based on carbon dioxide generation calculations established by US EPA, in additon to data from the Center for Urban Forest Research Carbon Calculator, using the south region and specific species planted during the TreesCharlotte first planting season for which carbon figures are available. Indicated are tons of carbon over the life of the trees, including both above ground and below ground biomass.
The contribution amount reflects the average cost per tree determined by the total program costs for TreesCharlotte’s first year divided by the total trees planted in year one.
TreesCharlotte does not have a verified carbon offset program. However, we do have a calculator which allows the user to estimate their carbon production by travel or lifestyle, and offset that carbon by supporting tree planting.
What Are Carbon Offsets?
Carbon offsets represent the abatement of greenhouses gases, which may be achieved by:
reducing or avoiding emissions – for example, through capture and destruction of methane emissions from landfills or livestock manurere moving carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in soil or trees – for example, by growing a forest.
Carbon offsets are usually purchased by individuals or companies to cancel out or ‘offset’ the emissions they generate during their day-to-day life or through the course of doing business – for example, by using electricity or operating vehicles and machinery. Carbon offsets can be used to offset emissions voluntarily or to meet regulatory requirements.