Aresty Institute

TerraPass and Wharton: our history

TerraPass grew out of a class project on problem solving and design at the Wharton School. Faced with their professor’s challenge of creating a viable business around consumer carbon offsets, an industrious group of MBA candidates came up with TerraPass, an online shop where consumers could purchase offsets to mitigate their emissions.

How Big is Your Carbon Footprint?

Knowledge is Power.

Named after carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary greenhouse gas (GHG) responsible for climate change, your carbon footprint is the sum total of emissions from your daily activities such as driving, flying and home energy use.
If you are a frequent business traveler, flying makes up the majority of your contribution to climate change. Did you know:
  • • A consultant who travels 75,000 miles per year is responsible for up to 50,000 lbs of CO2 per year from travel alone
  • • A single cross-country flight burns enough fuel to power 13 cars for a year’s worth of driving
  • • Large jets burn one gallon of fuel per second

Balance your footprint.
To help counter the effects of business travel, Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education has teamed up with TerraPass to provide you with a great option: balance your carbon footprint by supporting emissions reductions projects that make a tangible impact. Get started today by measuring your flight footprint.


Already know what your impact is?
Head straight to our store to purchase offsets.