There are many great reasons for purchasing greenhouse gas (GHG) offsets. You may be already taking actions to reduce your own GHG emissions but would like to do more to decrease global GHG levels. You may not be able to avoid certain tasks and activities that generate GHGs. Examples include air travel and electricity use. Purchasing credits would allow to you to offset your GHG emissions from these activities. How do you purchase offsets? The organizations listed below provide tools that will help you calculate your GHG emissions and the cost of offsets. These organizations invest in carbon sequestration projects that enhance forestry sinks, mitigation activities such as landfill methane capture, energy efficiency projects, and in renewable energy projects such as wind farms. Check them out. You’ll see how easy it is to purchase carbon offsets! Offsetters: a Canadian registered non-profit organization that enables you to offset the carbon dioxide emissions from your lifestyle and air travel. www.offsetters.com Cooldrivepass: a Canadian organization that enables drivers to offset their vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions. www.cooldrivepass.com BC Hydro Green Power Certificates: the offsets you purchase are used to invest in such renewable energy projects as small hydro and landfill gas capture which are connected to the grid. http://www.bchydro.com/business/gpcerts/gpcerts3621.html Pembina Institute: a non-profit environmental policy research and education organization in Alberta that allows you to invest in wind farm projects. http://www.pembina.org/wind/wind_power.php Tree Canada Foundation: a Canadian charitable organization that will help you make your events, your home, and your vehicle use carbon neutral. http://www.treecanada.ca/ Terrapass: the carbon offsetting option for vehicle drivers in the US. www.terrapass.com
Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.