Frequently Asked Questions

Why is climate change happening?

Climate change is caused by the increasing amount of greenhouse gases(GHG) that are accumulating in our atmosphere as a result of human activities. These activities primarily include the burning of fossil fuels for energy as well as the disturbance of land from modern agricultural practices. According to the EPA, transportation accounts for the largest portion of the US’s GHG emissions. 

Where does the money go?

The funds we raise get sent directly to the projects on our impact page. Green Gas is a non-profit organization, & we are mission-driven and committed to directing the majority of funds towards the projects that can be found on our Impact Page.  

Where does the Green Gas Card work?

The Green Gas Card works on PIN debit platforms. This means, your card will work at every gas station inside the store, however, some older pumps may not accept the card. Roughly 80% of pumps will accept the Green Gas Card, but for those that do not, please don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work. You can either go inside to pay, or simply make note of which gas stations support the card at the pump and make a point to shop their more frequently.

Why plant trees?

Trees are one of humanity’s greatest allies. Trees give us the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and habitat for millions of species around the globe. Did you know that trees absorb the same carbon pollution that our cars emit? Believe it or not, trees are 50% carbon by weight. So by planting trees, we can absorb the carbon pollution that our cars emit when we drive. 

Can I add multiple cards to one bank account?

Yes, if you would like to add another card to an account(for example, a spouse of an existing cardholder wants a card of their own), you can do so by calling ZipLine customer service at 1-877-403-2222, and they will walk you through the process.

How do you choose the projects you fund?

We are partnered with some of the world’s foremost experts on identifying the most practical and powerful solutions to climate change. including our partners at MIT Solve and the Climate Foundation. Our projects fall into two categories.

Certified Carbon Reduction Projects: The majority of funding generated by the Green Gas Movement goes to certified carbon reduction projects. We verify the science, certification, & audits behind the projects to ensure all impact is real & enduring. Projects are required to be audited on a regular basis by third party technicians, who measure and report all impact. We only work with carbon projects projects that are certified to by the Verified Carbon Standard, American Carbon Registry, Climate Action Reserve, and Plan Vivo. In particular, we focus on projects with beneficial social and economic impact on their local communities.

Local Projects: Additionally, a portion of funding goes to local organizations that benefit the communities we serve. 

What is a carbon credit?

A carbon credit is a globally recognized unit of currency. A project that is verified to be preventing or reducing the release of carbon dioxide gas into the environment by scientists and independent 3rd parties earns carbon credits: 1 metric ton(2,205lbs) of CO2 = 1 credit. These credits can then be purchased by individuals or organizations to offset their carbon emissions.

How much does it cost to offset a gallon of gasoline.

Each gallon of gasoline emits 18.9lbs of carbon dioxide when burned, regardless of the fuel economy of the vehicle. Using the Green Gas Card, it only costs $0.10 per gallon to offset 100% of the carbon footprint of that gallon.

Are there any fees or costs associated with signing up for the Green Gas Card?

There are no signup or monthly maintenance fees for the card. There is an optional ‘Amplify your Impact’ choice where you can you choose to make a small monthly donation to the Green Gas Movement to support our mission. This is voluntary, and of course, very appreciated!

 

Can I use my Green Gas Card for other purchases besides gasoline?

The Green Gas Card is specifically calibrated to offset the carbon footprint of gasoline. If you use the card for a different purchase, you will still pay a small amount extra(about 4%) to fund the same programs, but the amount of carbon you offset won’t be exactly proportional as it would be for gasoline. 

Why is Green Gas a non-profit organization?

Our mission to help protect the environment is for a common good, not for private gain. Green Gas is not seeking to profit from our activities. We are here to reduce the threat of climate change and pass on a cleaner environment to our children. Our EIN is 81-3574107.

Is my Green Gas donation tax deductible?

Yes, the 10 cent per gallon cost of Green Gas counts as a tax deductible donation, as do all other financial contributions to Green Gas.

How can I reduce my carbon footprint besides offsetting it?

The greenest gallon is the one never burnt. The next greenest is Green Gas. This goes to say, a rule of thumb of any individual or organization who is seriously committed to lessening their environmental impact is to reduce one’s impact before offsetting. The average American emits roughly 17 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, one of the highest levels in the world, so there is a lot of room for improvement. Switching to a hybrid or electric vehicle, carpooling, taking public transportation, reducing the amount of meat in your diet, taking fewer flights, using a renewable energy source to power and heat your home, upgrading to energy efficient appliances, composting, and recycling are all significant steps you can take to lower your carbon footprint. By virtue of living in our modern economy, even the most environmentally conscientious people and companies will have an irreducible carbon footprint that remains after taking these actions. For that portion, it makes sense to clean up (or offset) this carbon pollution, rather than letting it toast our planet.

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