Jack Stickney knows his 100-acre woodland farm in Estill County, Kentucky, is worth more than money. There’s also value in the clean air and water, wildlife habitat and erosion control it provides. In 2007, Stickney enrolled as the first landowner in the Appalachian Carbon Partnership (...
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December 2, 2013
SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization founded in 1996 that advocates for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight. Its volunteer pilots have flown thousands of individuals and organizations to educate community leaders, policy-makers and the media, and to collect scientific data on forests, watersheds, historic landmarks, and the globally significant ecosystems of the Southeast. SouthWings is based out of Asheville, N.C., but makes flights across 11 southeastern states.
SouthWings adopted a strategic plan in July 2008 that included the goal of becoming carbon neutral so they could operate responsibly in an era of climate change. The company has worked to reduce their carbon footprint by matching its volunteer pilots with the closest possible flight partners, thus reducing en-route time, and by combining multiple purposes into single flights. By increasing the...
August 13, 2013
The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) is now offsetting carbon usage for its two field offices and one other organization-owned building through the Appalachian Carbon Partnership (ACP). Last year marks the first time the organization has offset the carbon use at its field offices.
MACED permanently retired nearly 72mT (metric tons) of carbon in 2012 by investing in privately owned Appalachian forestland through the ACP. The total metric tons retired by MACED includes the Berea, Hazard and Paintsville office buildings, all flight and vehicle travel, and hotel emissions. In addition to offsetting carbon use at all office locations, solar panels were installed on the roof of MACED’s Berea office in 2012, reducing the building’s electricity use, along with its carbon emissions, by 56 percent.
“The upgrades reduced the office’s...
June 20, 2013
(photo courtesy of Roger Gupta)
The Appalachian Carbon Partnership is excited to continue our partnership with Across-the-Way Productions Inc. (ATWP). They are a turnkey event management company located in the unassuming cultural hotspot of Floyd, VA. As southwest Virginia’s leading event company, ATWP promotes a community-based approach to event production and prides itself in presenting unique, family-friendly and quality events. ATWP is also committed to sustaining the environment.
One of ATWP’s many events is FloydFest. This annual four-day celebration of music and art is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. It bridges the gap between genres, generations and cultures, and features more than 100 performers on 10 stages. As producers ATWP applies a “minimal impact” land usage plan on the site and leads the industry...
April 16, 2013
We’re pleased to announce a recent collaboration with ASI Campus Laundry Solutions based out of Dayton, Ohio. ASI, a division of Coinmach Service Corporation, provides laundry equipment and services to colleges and universities nationwide and has led their field in sustainability for more than 15 years. ASI pioneered the use of high efficiency washers and dryers in student laundry rooms, which has saved millions of gallons of water each year.
Carbon Les, another ASI initiative, supports local carbon offset programs in communities where partner schools are located. Their objective is to bring carbon-neutral laundry operations to institutions whose presidents have signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. With each signature, the president announces a deadline-driven carbon-neutrality goal for his or her institution.
Together we will work to create carbon-neutral laundry operations by...
February 25, 2013
The Appalachian Carbon Partnership (ACP) recently paid seven landowners a total of $39,603 for the carbon stored in their sustainably managed forestland. The seven landowners own 3,254 acres of forestland throughout eastern Kentucky and Virginia. The money to retire the carbon offsets came from a combination of individuals, for-profit and nonprofit organizations and a large offset retirement sale to Stonyfield, an organic yogurt company based in New Hampshire.
“The sale of these managed forest carbon offsets represents an investment in the future of sustainable forest management by private individuals, companies and organizations who want to balance their carbon impact by purchasing offsets,”said MACED forestry program manager Scott Shouse. “Offsetting through the ACP is an easy and cost-effective way for individuals, businesses and organizations to account for their unavoidable emissions while investing in local...