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July 08, 2008

Green Your Wedding -- Buy Offsets

Getting hitched? Here's the third of five great ways to make the big day a big win for you, your guests, and the environment.

Tip #3: If you can't green 'em, offset 'em.

Will you have hundreds of guests taking planes, trains, and automobiles to your wedding? If so, your wedding could have the carbon footprint of a small nation. But since you’ve already sent out the invitations and booked the caterer, it’s probably too late to call of the wedding. Instead, offset it--with three easy steps:

  1. Go to a Web site such as TerraPass.com or CarbonFund.org
  2. Use the site's calculator to estimate how much greenhouse-gas emissions will be produced by your guests' travel
  3. Purchase carbon offsets for the travel emissions or provide guests with the link and a request to buy their own

The money funds projects like clean energy developments and landfill gas capture, which help reduce the total amount of greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere. Ready to look at more than travel emissions? Both TerraPass and The Carbon Fund give you tools to offset the entire event.

--M.F.

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