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. Just as a car with closed windows heats up in a parking lot on a summer day, these emissions are slowly but surely heating up our Earth’s atmosphere, which is triggering sea levels to rise, droughts in the Southwestern US, and more dangerous storms.
Why plant trees?
Trees are one of humanity’s greatest allies. Trees give us the oxygen we breathe, delicious food we eat, and lush habitat for millions of species around the globe. If we think way back to 3rd grade science class where we learned about “photosynthesis”, which is the process trees perform to absorb and store carbon dioxide as food, they also remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Trees are actually made up of 50% carbon! This is why the Green Gas Card funds tree planting projects whenever it’s used to buy gasoline. And these projects go way beyond carbon. Learn more about these powerful climate-solving projects here.
Where does the money Green Gas collects 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 real-on-the-ground programs. We believe in absolute financial transparency and will make all of our finances fully available to the public. These will be made available after our first year in operation.
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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