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By purchasing carbon offsets through TerraPass, a leading carbon offset and renewable energy credit provider, Colby College is investing in greenhouse gas reduction at the City of Presque Isle Landfill. Investment in projects like this one was the final piece of a decade-long, multi-pronged effort that resulted in Colby’s announcement, in April 2013, that it has achieved carbon neutrality.
Colby is the sole investor in offsets from the City of Presque Isle Landfill. Revenue from these offsets directly funds reduction in the landfill’s greenhouse gas emissions. Including carbon offsets from Maine in its portfolio was a priority for Colby, which is committed to supporting the local economy.
According to TerraPass CEO Erin Craig, “Colby College is a model of the right way to use carbon offsets. First they measured and reduced their greenhouse gas emissions, and then they used carbon offsets to address their unavoidable emissions from transportation and travel. By purchasing carbon credits from the City of Presque Isle Landfill they are ensuring that important greenhouse gas emission reductions are taking place in the state of Maine.”
Colby College is the fourth college or university in the United States to go carbon neutral. Colby’s commitment to sustainability put it on the path to carbon neutrality long before that was an expressed goal. Key initiatives include a switch to 100-percent renewable electricity and construction of a biomass plant that burns primarily low-grade, sustainably harvested, locally sourced wood instead of oil for heat. For more information about how Colby reached this goal, visit www.colby.edu/carbonneutral.
TerraPass’ projects helps businesses and individuals reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Our projects create carbon offsets, renewable energy credits(RECs) and sustainable energy. We believe everyone can take action to fight climate change.