Why Carbon Offsets Are Important | NWEI Launches New Initiative

As an organization founded 25 years ago with a mission to inspire people to take responsibility and action for Earth, we’re constantly reevaluating how we can better serve both you and the planet. It’s an ongoing conversation, and we’re always looking for new ways to contribute to a more sustainable future, as well as be a springboard for you to reduce your environmental impact.

We’re excited to share we’ve launched a new carbon offset option in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which offers the NWEI community the opportunity to contribute funds to purchase carbon offsets. Each time you participate in a Northwest Earth Institute Discussion Course, or purchase one of our course books, you now have the option to contribute funds which will go directly toward supporting projects and programs that include forest management, renewable energy projects, waste heat capture and landfill gas management. Current projects that NWEI will be supporting in 2018 include conservation of the Big River Salmon Creek Forest in Northern California, a waste heat capture project in Montana, forest preservation in Kenya, tropical forest protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo and supporting the Red Hills Wind Farm in Oklahoma. For a full list of the projects we’re supporting in 2018, click here.

As NWEI’s Executive Director David Macek shares, “Creating the carbon offset option was a very natural decision for NWEI. If we truly seek to embody our work, we need to address the footprint we are creating in the printing and shipping of our books. Offering eBooks was our first step, and the carbon offset option is a great next step in neutralizing our footprint.”

Over the years we’ve practiced sustainability in a number of ways, including supporting local businesses in the development of our programs, printing on 100% FSC-certified recycled paper and using vegetable based and low VOC inks in the development of our course books. The addition of carbon offsets allows us to financially support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support renewable energy and support the preservation of forests. We promise to continue to seek out new ways to live our values, and to help you live out yours, as well.




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