In 2012, with the leadership of student government, the Environmental Center started purchasing carbon offsets to mitigate the greenhouse gasses and climate footprint of energy used by the student-owned buildings on campus. While we continuously work to reduce our energy use and consumption, for many years carbon offsets were purchased to counteract the greenhouse gas emissions that we were not able to avoid causing. We purchased offsets from Native, a Public Benefit Corps who offers meaningful offset options. For instance, we chose a project in Colorado that captured methane in La Plata County on the Southern Ute tribal land.
CU Student Government 2020 Carbon Offset Purchase
CU Student Government 2019 Carbon Offset Purchase
However, the Environmental Center is no longer purchasing bulk carbon offsets due to a substantial increase in offset pricing and a goal of investing in local projects with a social equity component. Instead, in 2023 we are working on a Climate Action/Climate Justice plan in which we are exploring funding local projects with a social equity component and educational lens.
In the meantime, you can purchase small quantities of credible carbon offsets with profound social justice impacts directly through Native.
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