Tree Planting to Offset Carbon Emissions

Any attempt to counteract carbon emissions through offsetting not only proves a corporate sustainable attitude but also contributes to supporting environmental awareness locally and globally.

Carbon offsetting is a sustainable strategy that focuses on voluntarily supporting the environment to compensate for the emissions that have been generated.

North American contractor Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders, Inc. (HMH) approached the non-profit organisation Sacramento Tree Foundation (STF), in order to establish a venture into increasing their carbon offsetting.

Below is an example of how this Sacramento, (CA) based contractor contributed to carbon offsetting:

  • In 2008 the company acquired an additional 66 vehicles to its fleet which would be used for the transportation of materials to its sites;
  • In order to neutralise the large amount of carbon emissions that this would produce, a non-profit organisation (STF) was approached resulting in a 5 year voluntary contract;
  • By the end of 2012, the final year of the contract, a total of 850 trees were planted generating a total offset of 2,665 equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide on behalf of HMH;
  • The foundation allocated and organised the trees to be planted on private land where the residents agreed to care for them;
  • Benefits also included a contribution to local air pollution removal, storm water runoff mitigation, additional wildlife habitat, reduced home cooling costs through shading and private property value increase due to landscaping.

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