Better World Club

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BWC Fights Global

A Look at Some of our Recent Carbon Offset Donations

Whether you believe in global warming or not, you have to admit: if the weather isn't getting warmer, it's sure getting weirder. From record highs in Los Angeles to snow in Dallas last winter, all of us need to be paying attention -- and doing what we can.

As all good Better World Club members know, Better World Club donates 1% of revenue to environmental cleanup and advocacy. Better World Club was the first travel company to offer carbon offsets -- and provides free carbon offsets to our auto insurance clients for their first 2,000 miles of driving. Better World Club also offsets it's own greenhouse gas emissions.

This year, BWC is buying 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas reduction for the Sexton Energy Des Plaines Landfill Methane Recovery and Destruction Project. Methane destruction at farms and landfills is a classic and effective carbon offset project.

The Sexton Energy Des Plaines Landfill Methane Recovery and Destruction Project captures and destroys fugitive methane and other greenhouse gases from a closed former waste handling and disposal (solid waste management) site. Located in northern Illinois near the city of Des Plaines, the Project includes gas collection and power generation systems built by the project proponent, Sexton Energy, LLC, to recover and burn the former waste disposal site’s landfill gases, which otherwise would be emitted into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.

The Project’s emission reduction goals are to decrease greenhouse gases resulting from:

1) The capture of the landfill gas from the former waste handling and disposal site, which otherwise would be released into the atmosphere; and,
2) The destruction of the recovered landfill methane in two generators that produce in total about 2,500 kW of electricity per year, which is sold to the local utility, Commonwealth Edison (Com Ed).

Better World Club has also purchased another 750 tons of greenhouse gas offsets from Climate Clean, a carbon offset provider in Portland, Oregon.

Better World Club's purchase of 5.5 million pounds of offsets make it one of the larger US buyers. Thanks for helping us do more to do our part.

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