Project #1: Transforming Degraded American Farmland into a Hardwood Forest
Mississippi Alluvial Valley, USA
The GreenTrees reforestation project uses Green Gas funds to grow a one-million–acre conservation initiative, regenerating one of the largest forests in North America. Foresters plant dense plots of hardwood and cottonwood trees on degraded farmland. The resulting forest creates wildlife habitat, improves water and soil quality, and offsets the carbon footprints of people who choose Green Gas across the US.
To date, this project has partnered with close to 500 landowners on over 120,000 acres to reforest their degraded lands.
This initiative is certified to the American Carbon Registry, the same registry trusted by the state of California for their carbon offsets. This ensures all Green Gas donations make a real and enduring difference.
- Slowing Climate Change- 120,000 acres of new forest cleans Green Gas members’ carbon pollution from the sky, storing it safely in the trees and soil
- Cleaning Water: 41% of the US drains into the Mississippi
- Protecting Biodiversity– Repairing a habitat that serves as a migratory corridor for 40% of the US’s waterfowl
Project #2: Planting Forests to Benefit People and Planet
Limlay Valley, Nicaragua
When you choose Green Gas, you’re supporting a project that has planted over 2 million trees to transform a seasonal desert into forest.
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.
Our partners at Taking Root use funds from the Green Gas Card to empower rural and indigenous people to restore and protect tropical ecosystems. Farmers receive funding to plant a mixture of native trees and cash crops that restore natural habitat while creating a new source of long-term income for over 1,200 people.
This project is certified by the Plan Vivo Standard, which ensures that a majority of carbon finance reaches the local community members who are repairing the land. Site visits are conducted on a bi-annual basis to measure and verify the exact amount of carbon pollution absorbed from our atmosphere.
- Reversing Climate Change- Absorbtion of carbon dioxide emissions from our air
- Alleviating Poverty- $2M+ to local communities
- Regenerating Soil Health
- Protecting Biodiversity– Restoration of habitat for threatened species
Project #3: Turning Landfill Fumes into Clean Energy
Massachusetts, United States
One man’s trash is another man’s…power?
Over time, the vast amounts of food that fill our landfills ferment in an environment devoid of oxygen, a process that releases methane fumes into our air. Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas, as it is 86 times more damaging to our Earth than carbon dioxide.
Rather than letting this gas seep into our air, a landfill in Massachusetts is using Green Gas funds to capture and convert this methane into electricity. This single project powers 2,500 homes in New England that would have otherwise been powered with dirtier sources of electricity.
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