Energy & Transportation
We subsidize public transit costs for commuting staff.
We allow staff to flex their hours so that they can avoid traffic and transit congestion insofar as possible, given the requirements of their daily job responsibilities.
We apply carbon offsets to all Foundation related air travel by staff, Board members, and guest speakers.
The Foundation believes it is vital to use all of our assets to promote our mission.
The Foundation has led the movement to divest our endowment from any fossil fuel holdings and to make a priority to invest in climate solutions.
Working with our investment partners at Sonen Capital, our endowment is fully invested and aligned with our mission.
We use 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and re-use paper whenever possible.
We buy local, organic (or pesticide-free), and fair-trade foods whenever available at or below a 15% price premium.
We buy sustainably-produced office supplies whenever available at or below a 15% price premium.
We purchase 100% biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning supplies.
We subsidize up to five days of paid volunteer activity at a nonprofit organization for each of our staff every year.
We match on a 2:1 basis charitable contributions of $100 or more made by our staff and Board members, up to a total of $9,000 per person per year.
We subsidize job-related professional and educational development programs for all staff as schedules and budgets permit.
We allow our staff to flex their hours in order to fulfill family caregiving responsibilities insofar as possible, given the requirements of their daily job responsibilities.
Offsetting project travel means calculating the greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels burned in driving or flying from place to place, and investing in projects that reduce emissions somewhere else–with the goal of achieving no net emissions. Useful sites for calculating emissions include www.nativeenergy.com and www.carbonfund.org. A good overall description of what an offset is can be found on both sites. If you are interested in more detail, we suggest you explore the Carbon Offset Research and Education program of the Stockholm Environmental Institute. You can find their information for offset consumers here: http://www.co2offsetresearch.org/consumer/index.html. Ideally, we would all drive and fly less, while using renewable energy to power our homes and offices. Offsets provide an intermediate measure to address those practices that we cannot yet change. Realistically, most offset projects are as much about climate change education as they are about real greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Offsets are offered for sale by a plethora of for-profits and non-profits, but most of them charge between $5 and $23 per ton of CO2. According to a recent study, Native Energy and the Carbon Fund are among the best domestic offset providers.