Collectively, business travel creates a sizable carbon footprint for conferences. In 2012 conference attendance produced between 1,000 – 2,000 lbs of CO2 per attendee. That adds up pretty quickly.

What goes into an attendee’s carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint of event travel primarily consists of activities from three areas:

 Flight: An in-person event like conferences requires a number of plane trips. A typical cross country flight emits 2,145 lbs of CO2.

 Car & Cab: Traveling 40 miles, to and from the airport or in a cab around town, will emit about 40 lbs of CO2

 Hotel: Each night spent in a hotel creates 75 lbs of CO2 from fossil fuel derived electricity.

Where your money goes


Carbon offset purchases support emissions reductions projects such as the Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority.  Based on the size of your conference TerraPass can retire offsets from a specific project or can retire offset from our general portfolio. All of our projects meet the highest standards, are happening now and located in communities across the United States. Learn more about our projects here.




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