WHO WE ARE
San Diego International Airport is incubating The Good Traveler non-profit project. Our team is made up of a couple of people working part time to bootstrap the project. We are supported by people, companies and non-profits that want to make travel sustainable. Join us.
Climate Education Partners (CEP) is a collaborative team of multidisciplinary experts from the University of San Diego, UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California State University San Marcos, The San Diego Foundation, The Steve Alexander Group and University of California San Francisco. Climate Education Partners is developing a new model for educating decision-makers, leaders and the general public about climate science and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
CEP is helping The Good Traveler by providing educational materials for our web sites and (one day soon) for the airport's digital displays.
UNDERSTAND CARBON OFFSETS
A carbon offset is purchased with payment proportionate to the greenhouse gas (CO2e) produced by your journey. The money goes to a project that will balance out the environmental impact by reducing the generation of green house gases elsewhere. This can be done by: building solar arrays, wind farms, capturing the methane from cows passing gas ... seriously, flatulent cows are a big issue ... and many other ways.
One person's flight from San Diego to New York produces approximately 833 pounds of CO2e.
A third of an acre of forest can absorb that amount of carbon from the atmosphere.
If you fund the preservation of that portion of a forest, you will have offset the impact of that trip.
Purchase of carbon offsets goes to projects audited according formal standards to verify they are:
Additional - The reduction wouldn't have occurred without your funds
Permanent - The Greenhouse gasses won't be released again
Doesn't create greenhouse gases elsewhere (Leakage)
Verified Carbon Standard is one of the most popular standards used to do this.
Audited projects are recorded in registries. You can review all the VCS offset projects here.
Checkout this comprehensive guide that explains what a carbon offset is and what you should consider when purchasing one.