The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) announced its first ever Carbon Emission Offsets Sponsor—Intacct—for the 15NTC (Nonprofit Technology Conference) this past March in Austin, Texas. Through the generous sponsorship of Intacct, and partnership with Carbonfund.org, NTEN was able to offset the impact of 971 metric tonnes of CO2 produced by the event’s activities.
This is a big number, but what does it mean?
The effects of 971 metric tonnes (2.14 million pounds) of CO2e are equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions produced by:
- 204 passenger vehicles – or
- 348 tons of waste sent to the landfill – or
- 88.6 homes’ energy use for one year – or
- 109,261 gallons of gasoline consumed
“We believe that as conveners putting on large annual events to bring our diverse community together, it’s important to make sustainability a part of our planning process and culture, especially as many of NTEN’s members are environmental organizations,” explains Eileigh Doineau, Development Manager for NTEN. “When thousands of people come to our events, the food, travel, and hotel room turnover generates an immense amount of carbon emissions. It’s really important to us to show our community that we’re doing our part to mitigate those effects.”
With Intacct’s event emissions offset donation, Carbonfund.org purchased and retired third-party validated carbon offsets on the behalf of NTEN. The CO2 emitted from 15NTC through attendee and staff travel, hotel nights, and meals was neutralized through the purchase of carbon credits that support forestry preservation and replanting projects in Texas and other parts of the Southern United States.
Carbonfund.org thanks both NTEN and Intacct for making 15NTC a Carbonfree® Event and for setting an example for other environmentally responsible conference and event organizers.