Know your travel footprint
Travel is a reality for many business people, but not all businesses consider the environmental cost of their travel. The way you get where you are going can have an unexpected impact on your carbon footprint. Use the calculator below to see the difference between getting from point A to B by car and by air.
Putting your results in context:
An average tree will absorb more than 650 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) over its lifetime. To offset the average 740 mile flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles, you would need to plant one tree for every passenger.
A ton of CO2 is emitted when you:*
- Travel 2,000 miles in an airplane.
- Drive 1,350 miles in a large sport utility vehicle.
- Drive 1,900 miles in a mid-sized car.
To offset 1,000 tons of CO2, you could:*
- Move 145 drivers from large SUVs to hybrids for one year.
- Run one 600 kW wind turbine for an average year.
- Replace 500 100-watt light bulbs with 18-watt compact fluorescent lights (10-year life).
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