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Besides reducing emissions, higher ed institutions can reduce
the impact of their carbon footprint in other ways, including
getting credit for trees planted. The idea is this: Buy carbon
credits that fund large-scale replanting of deforested areas
around the world. The money generated also pays to educate indigenous communities about the environmental and economic
importance of trees.
Planting enough trees on campus to offset the institution's
carbon footprint can be cost prohibitive, and audits by offset
agencies are expensive. Also, universities typically do not have
enough land for sufficient plantings, says Jared Carlson, director
of innovation and business development with the Arbor Day
Foundation.
The organization encourages institutions to buy into reforestation efforts along the Mississippi River and in the Amazon
Basin, Indonesia and other locations.
Some local agencies across the country help universities plant
trees where the campus community can enjoy them, even if
it's not on campus. The nonprofit TreesCharlotte, for example,

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION

Trees-even off-campus-
cut carbon footprints

partners with Urban Offsets, a company that develops planting
projects. Institutions in the North Carolina city can buy local
carbon credits through this collaboration.
Charlotte needs 500,000 plantings to reach its goal of 50
percent tree cover by 2050 in a continued effort to reduce air
pollution, improve water quality and enhance property values
through urban forestation efforts..
Participating planting universities include Davidson College,
Duke University and Elon University. -S.B.

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