The idea of carbon offsets has gained increasing exposure and public interest over the past few years. A carbon offset is a way to reduce your footprint on the environment by essentially purchasing a credit for your own carbon usage. So, let’s say you were taking a trip to rub Lincoln’s nose in Springfield, and you couldn’t bike, walk, take a train, levitate, or use other green forms of transportation. You could purchase a credit for the gasoline you’d burn. The money you give for the credit is used by organizations who do environmental good deeds that remove carbon from our environment. The trouble is that there are some not-so-honest folks out there, so you need to be sure you are purchasing credits from a legit site. The site below from Tuft’s University aims to help you out.
Information about buying carbon offsets to neutralize carbon dioxide emissions created by individual air travel. Features a consumer handout on “flying green,” report on voluntary offsets for air travel carbon emissions, a paper with an overview of international climate change policies and the current carbon market, description of offset project types, list of carbon offset companies, a glossary, and more. A joint project of Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Tufts Climate Initiative (TCI). (citation from LII.org)