Partnership with Jay Peak
- We are excited to offer visitors to Jay Peak Resort the opportunity to neutralize travel-related carbon dioxide emissions through streamside tree plantings in Vermont.
It's pretty simple – when you drive to the resort , whether to ski, ride, golf, or just take a hike, your vehicle releases carbon dioxide. You can counteract those emissions by supporting the Clear Water Carbon Fund to purchase trees on your behalf, work with watershed groups to identify appropriate sites, plant the trees, and monitor them to ensure that the benefits remain intact over time.
In addition to absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, these trees :
- Filter sediment and harmful pollutants to keep water clean
- Remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it-
- Shade streams to keep the cool
- Provide valuable habitat for songbirds and other wildlife
In Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the Fund is working with NorthWoods Stewardship Center to replant areas along the Pherrins River, which flows into to the Clyde River, and then Lake Memphermagog. Similarly, we are working with the White River Partnership in Central Vermont, to replant areas that were heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. In all cases, the trees will be monitored annually for 40 years to ensure that their benefits remain intact over time.
HOW IT WORKS
Currently, we are offering guests three options, based on travel distance.
- Driving 4 hours or less roundtrip (175 miles or 283 kilometers): $3.00
- Drive 4+ hours or travel by plane: $10.50
- A Season of Travel: $18.50
If you are getting in a car or on a plane for a visit, then please consider investing in a home grown climate strategy that helps protect the clean water and fresh air that makes Vermont so special. Thank you.
- One gallon gasoline produces 19.4 lbs CO2 (US EPA (2005). Emission Facts: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle.)• Weighted average fuel economy for light trucks and passenger cars is 20.3 mpg (IBID)
- Burlington to Jay Peak is 65 miles (105 km) on a combination of small roads and high way. Driving the speed limit, this will take 3 hours drive time. 175 miles (282 km) can therefore be covered in 4 hours
- Cost to remove 1 lb of carbon via riparian buffer plantings $ 0.01754386/lb CO2
- If roundtrip is 4 hours or less, the vehicle travels approximately 175 miles: This means: (175 miles) * (19.4 lbs CO2/gal) / (20.3 miles/gallon) = 169 lbs CO2 released.Cost to absorb and store: 169 lb CO2 * $ 0.01754386/lb CO2 = $3.00
- For longer drives, we developed our estimates based on a one way trip of 6 hours and an average speed of 51.6 (as per Mapquest calculations from typical destinations of this distance). We assume the roundtrip covers 62o miles:(620 miles) * (19.4 lbs CO2/gal) / (20.3 miles/gallon) = 595 lbs CO2 released.
Although most people will be driving to Jay Peak, we wanted to provide some calculations and guidance for individuals who are traveling by plane and interested in neutralizing their emissions. Based on WRI data, Short Haul flights (less than 280 miles) release 0.64 lbs/mile; Medium haul flights, (281 to 994 miles): 0.45 lbs/mile; and Long haul flights (over 994 miles) release 0.39 lbs/mile.
A round trip flight from Washington, DC releases approximately 350 lbs CO2 per person plus 125 lbs CO2 for the drive from BTV to Jay Peak (475 lbs/ CO2). This amount of carbon can be neutralized by the $10.50 offering. We anticipate most people to fall in this range. For individuals traveling from long distances, we recommend purchasing two $10.50 offsets per person.