Wedding2point0: Carbon Offsets for Weddings

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Carbon Offsets for Weddings

You can use the wedding calculator at terrapass.org to calculate and offset your wedding costs.
How does the wedding carbon calculator work?

Their wedding calculator takes into account four different sources of emissions:

Airline emissions from guest travel. For most weddings, this is by far the most important category of emissions. Planes burn a lot of fuel, and these days most weddings bring together people from all over the country and the world.

Automobile emissions from guest travel.
Cars aren't likely to be a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions for your wedding, but if you have a lot of local guests, they will collectively burn a modest amount of gasoline getting to the event.

Energy use in hotel rooms. Hot showers, lighting, and air conditioning all require electricity. For large weddings, this energy use can add up.

Energy use for the wedding itself. The DJ, the caterer, temperature control, lighting – whether you have your wedding on the beach or in a banquet hall, the event itself requires some energy. Truth be told, the amount of emissions from the event itself is small – about one ton of CO2 or less – so we just add a little to the total to cover it."

Here are some other Carbon Offset sites:

Native Energy, and MyClimate in the US,  Planetair in Canada, (good international info and calculators at The David Suzuki Foundation) and Climate Care in Europe.

Also see our list of ethical organizations for wedding donations, and alternate gift registries.


This article by Mary Beaty, Creative Commons License
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