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Why offset?

Study abroad is an integral part of DU's culture, enhances academics, and provides a life-changing experience. Other university-sponsored travel for athletics, academic conferences, and recruiting also helps the university grow and thrive. But study abroad flights alone account for around 8% of DU's total emissions. Rather than cut back on travel or wait for more fuel-efficient planes, we're going to offset those carbon emissions in order to meet DU's goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

What is an offset?

Basically, an offset is a way to counteract the impact of carbon emissions. We look to offsets when reducing our consumption and changing our habits aren't enough.

And by the way, when we say tons of CO2, we mean it. CO2 is a gas, and it has a mass. In fact, through chemical processes, when you burn one ton of gasoline, it produces more than one ton of CO2. Or think of it this way: burning one gallon of gas releases 22 pounds of CO2!

How do we purchase offsets?

We've created a portfolio of offset options. Your time and money is precious, so we want you to know that you make a difference locally and globally when you choose to offset your flight. This menu might seem overwhelming at first, but we'll break it down into bite sized pieces.

We recommend a donation of $10 to cover the emissions from your round-trip flight.

  • Donate to the Colorado Carbon Fund
    • Your contribution will fund a project right here in Colorado
    • Calculate your personal footprint and offset it in one place!
    • Follow this¬†link, and select "University of Denver" in the "How did you hear about us" menu.
  • Volunteering Options
    • Check back this fall for a complete list of partner organizations dedicated to reducing carbon emissions.
    • In the past, the DU Study Abroad Office has worked with the Park People in Denver, and students helped plant trees in neighborhood yards and parks.

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