JETBLUE OFFSETS OVER 2 BILLION POUNDS OF CO2 EMISSIONS WITH CARBONFUND.ORG FOUNDATION
Monday, 22 April 2019
Carbonfund.org celebrates our 11 years of partnership with JetBlue. Since 2008, JetBlue and their dedicated crewmembers and customers have reduced more than 2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. This is a major accomplishment for any company. This is equivalent to reducing GHG emissions from over 2 billion miles driven by the average passenger vehicle or the carbon sequestered by over 15 million seedlings grown over 10 years.
“We applaud JetBlue for reaching over 2 billion pounds of CO2e reductions” said Eric Carlson, President at Carbonfund.org, “It is a significant accomplishment demonstrating their continued leadership in climate change mitigation.”
JetBlue is helping to preserve nearly 500,000 acres of Brazilian Rainforest. Often called the Lungs of the Planet, the project is preserving land that is host to rare and highly endangered eco systems, which support over 30,000 types of plants, and wildlife, including howler monkeys, fresh water dolphins and scarlet macaws. The projects help local communities too, making forest preservation economically viable.
JetBlue has also made it simple for their customers to offset their flight emissions. Just one of the many highlights of the program, in 2019, JetBlue is helping its community “GreenUp” for Earth Month by encouraging customers to nominate their favorite earth-friendly non-profit for a chance to receive a grant. One lucky non-profit will be rewarded with a grand prize of $20,000 and three runners-up will each receive a $5,000 grant. Each participant who nominates a non-profit will also be entered to win two-round trip travel certificates with carbon offsets to reduce the impact of their travel.
JetBlue has also participated in tree planting with Carbonfund.org. In 2013, a tragic fire burned through Angeles National Forest located in Arcadia, CA. To restore the area and mitigate emissions from flights, JetBlue sponsored the planting of 25,000 trees by the U.S. Forest Service. The planting was completed in August 2015. The total planting area encompasses 160 acres and will be rejuvenated with big cone Douglas fir and gray pine. The replanting restores a vital watershed area in danger from erosion after the fire and helps maintain pre-fire levels of native biodiversity.
The JetBlue Sustainability Program goes beyond carbon offsetting. A few other highlights of their work include:
- Committing to transition wholly-owned diesel and gasoline airport ground vehicles to electric where safe and financially feasible for our operations.
- Signing one of the biggest renewable jet fuel agreements in aviation history: committing to purchase 330 million gallons of renewable fuel over ten years at JFK
- Creating a partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to tackle the issue of illegal wildlife trade.
- Implementing extensive inflight recycling programs in all domestic cities; recycling an estimated 30 million bottles and cans annually.
- Creating an innovative airport farm at JFK Terminal 5, engaging crewmember volunteers for plant cultivation and donating produce to City Harvest.
- Starting a research initiative in partnership with The Ocean Foundation to determine the connection between ecosystem health in the Caribbean and JetBlue revenue to those destinations.
- GreenUp: a campaign to serve neighborhoods throughout the country from Seattle to Boston, New York to Long Beach. With the help of their customers, crewmembers plant trees, cleanup beaches, beautify parks and plant flowers. These events continue to help JetBlue inspire humanity in the cities they serve.
Carbonfund.org congratulates JetBlue for reaching the major milestone of exceeding 2 billion pounds of CO2e reductions; we are proud to partner with them in these efforts.
Learn more at www.jetblue.com/sustainability