Organic Bouquet Goes Carbon Neutral

Posted by on July 2, 2006 in Cut Flowers | Comments Off on Organic Bouquet Goes Carbon Neutral

Organic Bouquet just announced that they are purchasing carbon carbon credits to offset the carbon dioxide emissions that are caused by shipping their organic flowers to customers.  According to the press release:

Organic Bouquet will participate in the Climate Trust’s Truck Stop Electrification Program, which reduces wasteful diesel emissions at truck stops where, each night, thousands of truckers idle their engines to power heating, air conditioning and appliances.

The program will retrofit 275 "docking stations" at seven major truck stops along I-5 with "Shurepower" electrical outlets, allowing truckers to power their rigs with electricity rather than diesel fuel.
   

The Climate Trust estimates this program will remove nearly 90,000 metric tons of CO2 over the next 16 years, the equivalent of taking 16,000 cars off the road or planting 180,000 trees. By offering a cleaner and cheaper alternative to diesel idling, the project will also save truckers an estimated 10 million gallons of fuel.

This news comes at a good time, because I’ve just been ranting about this very subject over at GardenRant.  The new Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth convinced me to calculate my household’s carbon dioxide emissions and purchase a carbon offset certificate to bring our emissions down to zero.  Read all about it here.  It’ll be the most important thing you do today, I promise.