Environmental Protection

SWANA Buys Offsets for Events

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has purchased 100 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents to offset emissions for its events.  

"SWANA is known as an organization that informs its members about how to be stewards of the environment. By purchasing these offsets, we're leading by example," noted John Skinner, executive director and chief executive officer.

The association purchased its carbon dioxide equivalents through the Chicago Climate Exchange from the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority in Pennsylvania. The offsets were generated from facilities that recover and use landfill gas as a renewable energy source.

SWANA calculated and offset the carbon dioxide equivalent emissions that were generated from staff transportation, meeting space infrastructure, and lodging at all 2008 events. These include a seminar, three conferences, two symposia, and spring training.

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