Corporate Partnerships

How Our Work With Corporate Partners is Offsetting Carbon Emissions

By Jodi Spethman | September 25, 2015

The work of the Arbor Day Foundation would not be possible without the support of our corporate partnerships. Today, more and more companies are focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. They have a sense of obligation to the environment and the communities in which they live and work. They help us further the use of trees as a solution to growing global issues such as water and air quality, climate change, and poverty.

figure-offsetting[1]We work with companies to develop relationships that not only support their sustainability and CSR goals but also have a positive impact on the environment. By partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation, companies have been able to reduce paper usage and waste, inspire engagement with their employees and customers, help communities rebuild after natural disasters, and support environmental conservation through education programs. Some of our current corporate partners include Disney, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, FedEx, Mary Kay, Toyota, UPS, and Wyndham.

Recently, companies have started to quantify and report on the amount of carbon they are emitting through construction, manufacturing, utility usage, shipping, travel, etc. More importantly, they are now taking steps toward reducing those emissions internally or offsetting those emissions. Each of us produces carbon emissions daily. Every time you turn on your car or take a flight, you are using energy, which results in emitting carbon. One typical domestic flight is equal to emitting 1.4 metric tons of carbon. These carbon emissions contribute to climate change, which can have a significant negative impact on the environment, particularly over a long period of time.

There are many ways to offset carbon usage; however, we believe the optimal method is reforestation. Reforestation is replanting of trees on forest lands that have been used for decades for a variety of non-forest purposes such as farming and mining. The Arbor Day Foundation works with trusted carbon offset partners to build reforestation projects that meet this new need of our corporate partners. Trees are amazingly efficient at offsetting carbon. The U.S. Forest Service has calculated that our forests as a whole currently sequester approximately 10–20% of the country’s emissions each year. This accounts for 90% of all the carbon sequestered in the U.S. today. Choosing reforestation as a carbon offset strategy not only provides companies with the carbon credits but also provides a host of other environmental and economic benefits that other carbon offset projects cannot—such as improvement of water and air quality, protecting wildlife habitat, and creating new jobs.

For more information on becoming a corporate supporter of the Arbor Day Foundation and offsetting your company’s carbon emissions through reforestation, contact our Corporate Partnerships team.

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