Frequently Asked Questions
- Who should use ClimatePath? (What if I am interested as an organization rather than an individual?)
- What exactly is a carbon footprint?
- What are carbon offsets?
- Why should I offset?
- How is ClimatePath different?
- Where does the money go?
- What is the ClimatePath Ecologic Fund?
- Is my contribution tax-deductible?
- How can I share my offset activities with others?
- Can I suggest projects to ClimatePath?
1. Who should use ClimatePath? (What if I am interested as an organization rather than an individual?)
The goal of ClimatePath is to offer individuals and organizations of all sizes ideas for conservation, and connect them to projects that can produce verifiable and measurable results to reduce greenhouse gasses, while also supporting positive long term change. Our website calculator is designed for individual overall carbon footprint calculation, but we have a variety of additional calculators for measuring carbon emissions for virtually any organization, event, or activity. Please contact us at infotop
climatepath.org for a personalized footprint consultation and project recommendations.
2. What exactly is a carbon footprint?
Most things we do directly or indirectly require fuel and energy. While renewable energy is on the horizon, most of this energy is generated from using fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas) which emit CO2 and other greenhouse gasses. So driving, home power use, and air travel create a 'carbon footprint'. For the average American household, this footprint is close to 20 tons of CO2. These gasses are trapped in the atmosphere, and have led to an unprecedented rise in surface temperatures. Life on earth has evolved to fit the current climate, and changes to our climate patterns threatens our food supply, biodiversity, coastlines, water supply, and health.top
3. What are carbon offsets?
By matching up your carbon emissions with projects that avoid or absorb an equal amount of carbon, you can offset your footprint. If you help fund a forest, then you are growing or saving trees that can breathe in an amount carbon to match what your activities create. Likewise, if you help fund a new wind turbine, then you have directly reduced the amount of coal needed, leading to an emissions reduction. We only feature projects that follow rigorous guidelines for developing and auditing the amount of tons they reduce. The carbon benefit of each project is measured, and these "tons" are then sold to help pay for the project.top
4. Why should I offset?
Most scientists agree that our activities are causing dramatic changes to the Earth’s climate. Some of the effects of climate change are already visible in the form of melting glaciers, changes in the plant and animal species locations, and an increase in severe storms. If we continue along our current emissions path, a rise in temperature and alterations in weather patterns will cause irreversible changes that threaten thousands of species and hundreds of millions of people. We must first stop the growth in emissions, and eventually reduce them by 50% or more. By reducing and offsetting, you do your part, and support the changes you want to see in the world.top
5. How is ClimatePath different?
Many offset providers use a strategy called "bundling" which means mixing together high quality but expensive projects with lower quality or controversial low priced projects. As a result, you do not know exactly what projects your money supports. ClimatePath connects you directly to the projects that matter to you, and lets you decide how to offset. With ClimatePath, your money goes directly to a nonprofit partner (the ClimatePath Ecologic Fund) in the form of a tax-deductible donation. The Fund creates a 'check and balance; to ensure that your donation is used for the intended purpose and has real impact. To increase your impact, we have created tools to help you spread the word to others. Combating climate change requires all of us to work together. Your role as an agent of change is as important as you role as an offsetter.top
6. Where does the money go?
Your tax-deductible donation goes directly to the ClimatePath Ecologic Fund, a partner nonprofit organization whose mission is to evaluate standards and projects, and permanently retire the high-quality, real, credible carbon credits that these projects generate. The projects selected all have chosen to use 'carbon finance' as a method of funding or subsidizing their work, and follow established standards and guidelines for measuring the carbon impact of their projects. Your donation helps assure that these projects, and more like them, are financially viable and can continue. The Fund aggregates many small donations for each project, and acquires credits in quantities that are efficient for project partners. The Fund takes a small fee to cover expenses, and is documented on one of several public registries as the buyer of credits that are acquired and retired on your behalf.top
7. What is the ClimatePath Ecologic Fund?
The founders were faced with a common dilemma for social enterprises; namely how to pursue a mission-driven agenda while raising the capital necessary to innovate. They decided to create two entities: a social enterprise web platform, and a traditional nonprofit organization, each intended to operate independently, while collaborating on the shared mission of assisting donors in supporting climate change projects that also create long-term changes in the way the world conserves resources and produces energy. The Fund has been awarded 501c3 status from the IRS, which ensures that your donations and the activities they support are in the public interest, and makes your support tax-deductible. This collaborative arrangement is referred to as a "hybrid enterprise", a model that allows each entity to act in its own interests, while mutually supporting one another in the fight against global warming.top
8. Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes! The ClimatePath Ecologic Fund has been awarded tax exempt (501c3) status by the IRS.top
9. How can I share my offset activities with others?
At ClimatePath, we believe that your personal actions to reduce and offset can inspire your friends, family members, associates, and others to do the same! You can share your offsetting efforts with others by sending them to your Climate Action Page. Once you have made your first offset donation, you're more than halfway there. Simply visit your profile page, add your picture and a personal statement, and pass it along! We add your projects and create a unique web page for you. You can even invite others to view your page straight from our site.top
10. Can I suggest projects to ClimatePath?
Absolutely! We always want to hear about new efforts happening around the world to help fight climate change. Please be aware that all projects are carefully vetted through both ClimatePath and the ClimatePath Ecologic Fund, and must meet strict guidelines in order to ensure that they have real, measurable and verifiable impact. Send your suggestions to info at climatepath.org. We look forward to hearing from you!top