Friday, July 9, 2010

Working Carbon Free

Angel University has been carbon free from the start. In fact because we use so little carbon and offset so much ever single course sold through comes with a negative carbon balance. Like the drink bottle says, it cleans up after itself and then some.

How does this happen and how can you work carbon free as well?

It starts with carbon offsets. We use the Carbon Fund to offset a set amount per year based on our company size, and then go one better. We use the mobile application CauseWorld to offset roughly 200 lbs of carbon per day. You can use CauseWorld on any iPhone or Android based phone. It takes a bit of time per day to check in enough to earn the karmas necessary to offset such a large amount, but it is worth it in the end.

Secondly we do not use our own gasoline powered vehicles. All supplies are delivered to us, which saves carbon because delivery trucks in Colorado for the most part use natural gas. Plus they are delivering things for many people so it is not a single use trip. This cuts down on the carbon per delivery significantly.

All outgoing parcels are delivered to the post office, FedEx and UPS offices either on foot in inclement weather or bicycle in good weather. The bags we carry the parcels in were supplied by Voltaic Systems and are made of recycled drink bottles and include built in solar panels to recharge our phones and PDAs used throughout the ordering process.

Never once have we felt that these small steps have inconvenienced ourselves (and the bicycles make for great exercise) and the end result is that we leave the air a little cleaner than when we started.

Thank you for helping us make this possible.

Grant Virtue

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