Carbonfund.org celebrates Earth Day and 8 years of partnership with Virgin America and their customers who have commendably offset over 18 million pounds of CO2e from their corporate headquarters and a first of its kind program allowing guests to purchase offsets for their travel via the airline’s Red seatback in-flight entertainment platform. This is equivalent to preventing over 9 million pounds of coal burned or the carbon dioxide sequestered by over 200,000 tree seedlings grown over 10 years!
“Our partnership with Virgin America means support for two innovative projects in the fight against climate change,” said President Eric Carlson of Carbonfund.org. “We commend Virgin America for their significant environmental commitment, they are an airline that has been dedicated to sustainability practices since day one. “
Virgin America launched in 2007 with the goal of building an airline from the ground up that makes environmentally sustainable practices a core part of its business model. Virgin America operates a fleet that is up to 15% more fuel and carbon efficient than the average fleet flying domestically. From its launch, the airline has employed a wide array of fuel and energy saving practices to reduce its carbon footprint.
The complete overview of the airline’s sustainability programs can be found here.
Virgin America and Carbonfund.org selected offset projects focused on emissions reductions in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Virgin America’s supports the following projects including:
Inland Empire Utilities Agency Biodigester, a methane capture and elimination project that creates clean, renewable energy and reduces more than 8,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere every year, while also protecting the quality of the region’s groundwater. The project is located in Chino Basin, Calif.
IdleAire, a truck stop electrification project that reduces tailpipe emissions from trucks by connecting truck cabins with electricity at rest stops and eliminating the need to keep engines running for power. This approach saves a gallon of diesel per hour.
More details on the offset program and selected projects can be found at: www.carbonfund.org/virginamerica.