What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint measures the amount of CO2 emissions produced, directly or indirectly, by households, businesses or other activities. Direct emissions include those from travel and natural gas use; indirect emissions include those created by producing electricity, clothing, food and other goods and services used by the household or business. When you drive a gas-fueled car, use gas or electricity in your home or purchase items made in facilities that release carbon dioxide, you are adding to your carbon footprint.
By helping purchase carbon offsets, you are effectively helping to reduce carbon emissions overall. A portion of the money you provide through EcoShare is used to reduce emissions where such reductions would not have been possible without additional carbon offset funding.