Human Impacts, Maximizing Stewardship
TCS21 is Carbon Free!!
Carbon Free Information - Hotel
Carbon Free Information
The Coastal Society is pursuing its commitment to reducing and offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions created as a result of planning, traveling to, and hosting its biennial conference. Greenhouse gasses, such as carbon dioxide emissions, are increasing and causing climate changes that are affecting coastal zone habitats and communities. Through a partnership with CarbonFund.org, TCS is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing its impact on global climate change, and maximizing its stewardship responsibility.
The TCS 21 Green Planning Committee researched several organizations and businesses to determine the feasibility and costs of planning a carbon neutral conference. Based on several criteria, Carbonfund.org was chosen as our partner in this endeavor. Based on a carbon calculator provided by Carbonfund.org, the Green Planning Committee used data from previous conferences such as; number of attendees, modes and total distance traveled, hotel accommodations, and meals to be served to estimate the carbon dioxide emissions expected from TCS 21. CarbonFund.org calculated the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions (264.9 metric tons) and the cost to offset them ($1457.00). That amount was proportioned among the estimated number of attendees to determine an average cost per person, which will be included in the registration fee for TCS 21. This approach allows each participant in the conference to offset the carbon emissions they will generate, for a very affordable cost.
TCS is confident that its members and TCS 21 attendees are dedicated to reducing their contributions of greenhouse gases to the environment. However, we also know that attending TCS 21 is an amazing opportunity not to miss. So together, through a small contribution from each attendee, we are offsetting the carbon dioxide we are creating by investing in carbon-reducing projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Each of us as individuals and TCS as an organization must take responsibility for the impacts of our activities on our land and our oceans. We hope you are as excited as we are to participate in this challenge and to engage in real solutions.
Carbonfund.org is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that achieves the goal of lowering carbon dioxide emissions through: climate change education, carbon offsets and reductions, and public outreach. Their carbon offset projects are certified by numerous 3rd party companies and their carbon is verified and audited each year. TCS is proud to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset its 21st Conference. If you have additional questions about Carbonfund.org, please visit their website at http://www.carbonfund.org/
If you have questions about the process used by the TCS 21 Greening Committee, please contact Tali Engoltz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Green Initiatives
The TCS Green Planning Committee and the larger TCS 21 Planning Committee have been engaging in and planning for additional Green Initiatives.