carbon footprint

Taking a rental car to speak – The time for my Carbon Offset


Traveling to speak about being green

I had the opportunity to speak to the Rotary Club of Paramount, CA a few months ago. I landed at the Long Beach Airport on a beautiful fall morning and headed to the car rental stand to get my car. The airport happened to be only six miles from the venue I was speaking at.  Still, the distance was too long to walk, so I decided to rent a car for a few hours to get to the venue and back to the airport for my afternoon flight.

The checkout process differed from the usual process in that everything was electronic and did not require printing the normal paperwork with your rental agreement. However, going electronic is not the only way to reduce your footprint. I decided to take a small stand for the environment by agreeing to the optional CO2 offset on my rental. What else should be expected from a speaker who speaks on sustainability?

Carbon offsets for rental cars

For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere. The gasoline I would consume driving to the event would add carbon to the atmosphere.

The program offers people who purchase rental cars the choice to help offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by an average rental, which projects the work it will take to remove that CO2 from the atmosphere.

The price came to $1.25 (plus applicable taxes), which represents the cost of offsetting the CO2 impact of the average rental vehicle.

The price of my stand

The cost to offset my emissions from driving 12 miles costs less than half of a tall latte at Starbucks. Isn’t that the least I can do?