SouthWings 2010 Carbon Offsets

In July of 2008, SouthWings adopted a strategic plan that included the goal of becoming carbon neutral in order to operate responsibly in an era of climate change.  Since our founding in 1996, we have worked to reduce our carbon footprint by matching our volunteer pilots with the closest possible flight partners, reducing en route time.  By increasing the regional representation of our volunteer pilot network, we have reduced the carbon footprint of each flight.

To reach our goal of carbon neutral flights SouthWings completed an analysis of our 2010 flight data and subsequently purchased 60.97 carbon offsets to offset 60.97 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the Appalachian Carbon Partnership.  View the Certificate of Retirement here. These offsets cover the estimated carbon dioxide produced from all of SouthWings’ 2010 flights, SouthWings’ office operations, and employee travel to and from the SouthWings’ office. Offsets for SouthWings flights include flights in SouthWings’ plane and our volunteer pilot’s planes, as well as en-route and actual flight time. In 2009, SouthWings offset a total of 49 metric tons of carbon dioxide to mitigate the impacts of SouthWings’ flights.

In an effort to further our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, SouthWings' offsets for 2010 will include emissions created by office operations and employee travel. In 2010, SouthWings offset 12,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity and 15, 568 employee miles to and from the SouthWings’ office.

We are thrilled to partner this year with the Appalachian Carbon Partnership (ACP) via their Appalachian Forest Offsets program.  We are excited for the opportunity to work with the Appalachian Carbon Partnership for several reasons. First, SouthWings’ flight partner MACED, is one of the three non-profit organizations that operates ACP. It is the perfect opportunity to support one of our flight partners in the region. Second, ACP was formed to help promote sustainable forest management in Central Appalachia. Appropriately, our carbon offsets will have a meaningful and regional impact on carbon sequestration in one of our major service areas, Central Appalachia.

To learn more about carbon offsets and the offset provider we have selected, please visit:

http://www.appalachiancarbonpartnership.org/offset.asp