US Today, 4 January, 2017.
San Diego International Airport first introduced the Good Traveler program in September 2015 and, according to the airport, the project has already offset about 11.5 million air miles. (Photo: Good Traveler)
If minimizing your environmental impact is on the agenda for 2017, several West Coast airports are eager to help you get started.
Your cost? A minimum of $2. And there’s no need to feel guilty about getting on a plane.
Austin Bergstrom International is the latest airport to join to the Good Traveler program, which encourages air travelers to purchase carbon offsets proportionate to the greenhouse gas produced by their flight and then choose which pro-environment project their funds support.
Through the program, $2 buys carbon offsets for 1,000 miles of flying and a handy distance calculator helps air travelers figure out how many offsets are needed to match the environmental impact of each flight.
Once offsets are purchased, a traveler can choose to have their funds go to reducing emissions from deforestation in the Congo and Zambia or towards projects in the United States that support a wind farm, a forestry project and Colorado Delta restoration efforts.
Austin Bergstrom International joins Seattle-Tacoma International and San Diego International Airport — the program creator — in drawing attention to the program by posting an icon on the front page of the airport website.
SAN airport first introduced the Good Traveler program in September 2015 and, according to the airport, the project has already offset about 11.5 million air miles.