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- Minimize travel and maximize the efficient use of electronic communication
- Use public transportation as much as possible
- Reuse, save and recycle and use environmentally friendly supplies
- Drink tap water instead of bottled water
- Allocate money from each product sold for environmental protection
100 years ago, the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley in Northeastern Louisiana was a wetland ecosystem that supported 22 million acres of forested habitat. After decades of land conversion for agriculture this region now supports less than 20% of that forested habitat. With help from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Trust for Public Land, Carbonfund.org is working to restore some of this area to its original splendor. The Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project will restore approximately 1,870 acres of native bottomland hardwood forest that will re-establish habitat for an estimated 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish including threatened and endangered species such as the Louisiana Black Bear and the Florida Panther. The newly forested area will also benefit the local community by providing suitable areas for hiking and biking, a destination for school groups and an opportunity for nature photography. Reforestation and forest preservation carbon offset projects are part of the global warming solution. Forest-based carbon offset projects fight climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere in trees and soil and have many co-benefits for the community and local wildlife. Forest preservation creates jobs, maintains and expands wildlife habitats, protects biodiversity, and improves local environmental quality. This project was the first reforestation project in North America to be validated to both the Voluntary Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards. To learn more about this and other Carbonfund.org carbon offset projects visit www.carbonfund.org/projects.
We began our journey to mitigate the impact of climate change in 2003. We had an internal goal to become carbon neutral by 2012 and for the last several years worked towards this goal by improving energy efficiency and increasing use of low-carbon resources.
Why we wanted to be carbon neutral?
- To help focus the attention of our customers, associates, teammembers and shareholders on energy efficiency
- To set up a process of continual improvement in our carbon management
- To introduce a financial incentive for reducing our carbon footprin tand resource use
- To catalyze the adoption of resource efficiency and drive energy use reductions in our communities
- To prepare in the long-term for regulations and fiscal measure thatare likely to be introduced
Some critics also say that companies that offset would be better to spend this money onreducing emissions within their businesses. We have invested in offsetting projects that achieve social benefits as well as carbon reductions at the same time.
We have also been concerned about criticism of the accreditation of theoffsetting schemes. We did a lot of work to make sure that we were following a properly accredited scheme. We purchase credits under theVoluntary Carbon Standard, a recognizable and reliable independent standard for Verified Emissions Reductions. This means that the project that we have supported comply with the additionality criteria of the Clean Development Mechanism, and so would not have occurred without the revenue created through selling emission reduction credits.
These are some of the reasons we chose to work with Carbonfund.org and we are happy to contribute towards climate change projects through Carbonfund.org.
-The En3 Sustainability Solutions Team
About En3 Sustainability Solutions
En3 is an international expert in sustainability. Since 2003, En3 has been steadily guiding several corporations, governments and institutions in effectively and efficiently pursuing the path of sustainable development.
En3 provides a range of consultancy services, pragmatic solutions, software products and education programs in the field of sustainability. Our services include green building consultancy, building simulations, energy analysis and improvement, green retrofits for existing buildings, carbon footprint calculations, sustainability reporting, life cycle assessments (LCA) and environmental product declarations (EPD).
En3 offers software solutions for GHG management (ECARB&EPERT) and corporate sustainability reporting (ESTAR). Based on the newly launched Product Lifecycle Accounting Standard, En3 has launched EPACE software for product sustainability.
En3 Academy focuses on imparting high-quality green education and its specially designed green curriculum will help educate architects, engineers, designers and sustainability professionals on practical aspects of applied sustainability.
For further information, please visit http://www.en3online.com