Frequently Asked Questions
What is Climate Change?
Climate change refers to a change in the “average weather” of an area caused by the unnatural warming of the globe. Average weather changes include all of the features that we typically associate with weather; temperature, wind patterns and precipitation. Climate change is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases as a result of anthropogenic (human) activities and can affect land, sea or air. The natural warming and cooling cycles on planet earth have been occurring for millennia. However, anthropogenic (human) sources of greenhouse gases contribute to the instability of the atmosphere causing weather patterns to be disrupted. This trend enhances the atmosphere’s ability to trap heat. In fact, the atmosphere contains 32% more carbon dioxide than it did in the mid 1800’s.
How does Climate Change differ from Global Warming?
What are Greenhouse Gases and where do they come from?
What exactly are the projects you support?
What projects qualify as an offset and does location matter?
There are many different types of projects that qualify as an offset project. Potential offset projects include, but are not limited to, the following: acid gas injection, energy efficiency, recycling, aerobic composting, fuel switching, reduced deforestation, anaerobic wastewater treatment, hydroelectricity, reduced till agriculture, biomass production and usage, industrial recycling project, reforestation, afforestation, biomass energy, landfill gas capture and flare, waste diversion, cogeneration, methane venting reduction, wind energy, nitrous oxide abatement from nitric acid production, zero till cropping, and many more. The location of an offset project does not matter in regards to CO2e reduction or removal but the Purpose™ program will attempt to localize our efforts as much as possible to where the fuel was purchased – in addition to planting trees locally with DuPage Forestry.
How much does the Purpose™ program support per gallon of gasoline?
We go above and beyond by neutralizing up to 25% of a consumer’s tailpipe emissions when they purchase gasoline at a participating store. We then go the extra step and plant trees locally with DuPage Forestry and The Arbor Day Foundation.
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