Why?

  • For many Americans, jet travel is their biggest environmental sin, according to this NY Times article.
  • The average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
  • One round trip flight from New York to San Francisco or Europe generates 2-3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.
  • Shorter trips actually generate more carbon dioxide per mile.

How

  • With carbon offsetting, you can invest in programs that are reducing carbon generation.
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) has a program to increase the energy efficiency of low income houses and small businesses in North Carolina. 
  • You can offset your jet travel at NCSEA, with these three steps:
  1. Calculate the carbon generated by your trip, and the cost of offsetting it here.
  2. Convert the cost from British Pounds to US Dollars here
  3. Register and make a tax deductable donation to NCSEA here.