At International Programs, we acknowledge that long-haul international flights are a large contributor of carbon emissions leading to climate change and global warming. In an effort to be more “green,” we encourage employees to be environmentally conscious in their global travels. International Program’s Environmental Committee is constantly looking for ways to lower our energy consumption, reduce paper waste, increase recycling in the office and be more sustainably-minded.
What you can do:
For a small amount of an overall travel budget, travelers can donate to an organization involved in carbon offsetting every time you fly (or drive). They will, in turn, contribute money to worthy organizations that are involved in projects that seek alternative energy sources, plant trees, etc. in order to reduce the amount of ozone-depleting carbon in the atmosphere (largely caused by air traffic). These organizations will determine how much you need to spend based on the amount of miles you have flown, what type of aircraft you are flying/vehicle you are driving, and your length hotel of stay. Check with Sustainable Travel International (calculates your carbon impact) or Environmental Defense Fund (lists carbon offsetting organizations).