Fulton, Md., September 1, 2009 – The Fulton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) announced today that it has become the first CarbonFree® Green PTA in America by partnering with Carbonfund.org.
“We are very proud to join CarbonFree® Partner companies and organizations like Discovery Communications, Avis, Amtrak, 41pounds.org and others to help the environment, support energy independence, and help make the transition to a clean energy future possible,” states Fulton PTA President Brian Meshkin. “It is our hope that we will teach our kids and lead by example to encourage progress from the grassroots.”
As a CarbonFree® Green PTA, Fulton offset its carbon footprint with a donation to Carbonfund.org, which calculated the carbon emissions from the building usage and attendee transportation to meetings and activities for the 2009-10 school year. Fulton’s donation supports Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated carbon offset projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation which are reducing climate change emissions today.
The PTA will also hold a fundraiser where members and friends can make their homes and cars CarbonFree® with 20 percent of the tax-deductible donations supporting the PTA’s environmental initiatives. Additionally, the Fulton Elementary PTA is reducing its paper and ink consumption by 50 percent, supporting its Environmental Committee’s Chesapeake Bay Day assembly and the school’s soil conservation garden at Fulton Elementary as multi-disciplinary learning experiences, and embarking on other environmental initiatives.
Carbonfund.org President Eric Carlson said, “This PTA program builds upon the success we’ve had with over 1,200 businesses and organizations and 450,000 individuals reducing and offsetting their carbon footprint in support of projects that are fighting climate change now and for the future. We applaud Fulton Elementary in leading the way for other PTA’s.”
Carbonfund.org is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit carbon offset and climate solutions organization based in Silver Spring, MD, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce and offset their climate impact.
The Green PTA Program involves:
• Becoming a CarbonFree® PTA Partner by reducing, offsetting the carbon footprint of a PTA’s activities
• Reducing paper and fossil fuel-based ink consumption through increased use of electronic mediums
• Establishing an environmental or wellness PTA committee that promotes more environmentally conscious choices by families such as carpooling
• Completing a Green School certification application in the PTA’s state (if available)
• Incorporating environmental protection initiatives in PTA projects
“With the great families, teachers and administrators at Fulton Elementary, we are pleased to lead the way and plant a seed here that will hopefully grow and flourish as other PTA’s join us,” said Meshkin.
Carbonfund.org is the leading nonprofit carbon offset and climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce and offset their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org has over 450,000 individual supporters and works with over 1,200 business and nonprofit partners including Discovery, Motorola, Amtrak, Volkswagen, Dell, and Staples. Please visit http://www.carbonfund.org.