We believe climate change is one of the most important issues of our time. Hotter temperatures put strain on our natural resources such as air and water. Healthy forests are critical factors in climate change. Trees store, or sequester, significant amounts of carbon which help offset the large amounts of carbon dioxide emitted by factories, motor vehicles and other sources.
Do your part by reducing your carbon footprint, and offset the rest while supporting projects that create the change you want to see in the world.
When done right, offsetting your footprint supports global solutions and real change. Here are some easy tips:
- Buy Locally: Purchase locally-made and locally-grown products including lumber. By doing so, you not only support your community, but you also minimize your contribution to the carbon emitted for transporting products.
- Heat and Cool Smartly: Cleaning air filters regularly and having your air conditioning and heating units tuned annually by a licensed contractor will not only lower your footprint, but lower your costs as well.
- Give Your Car a Break: Instead of jumping in your car think about carpooling, walking, biking or using public transit whenever possible. If you can leave your car in the garage two days a week you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year.
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: If there is a recycling program in your community, recycle as many materials as your community program collects. Recycling products is great and remember to also support recycling by purchasing recycled products.
- Use Water Efficiently: Saving water is simple and easy. Turn off the water while brushing teeth, take shorter showers and time watering your landscape to minimize unused water runoff. It requires a lot of energy to purify and distribute water to households; and saving water can lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing your carbon footprint through conservation and smarter consumer choices is vital to fighting climate change and creating a sustainable environment for the planet.