United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has created the first zero-net-carbon-emission Congressional office in an effort to offset his and his staff’s contribution to global warming. Menendez calculated the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the professional activities of his offices, including electricity use and the travel of himself and his staff. He then donated to the non-profit Carbonfund.org Foundation to purchase and retire 347 Megawatt-hours of certified wind energy certificates, and to support the planting of enough trees to remove 250 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
In total, Menendez’s contribution to Carbonfund.org will offset over 540 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Menendez also enrolled his New Jersey home in the state’s Clean Energy Program, which will offset the emissions from his electricity use there.