MACED continues to be a model in carbon emission retirement
August 14, 2013
BEREA, KY — The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) is now offsetting carbon usage for its two field offices and one other organization-owned building through the Appalachian Carbon Partnership (ACP). Last year marks the first time the organization has offset the carbon use at its field offices.
MACED permanently retired nearly 72mT (metric tons) of carbon in 2012 by investing in privately owned Appalachian forestland through the ACP. The total metric tons retired by MACED includes the Berea, Hazard and Paintsville office buildings, all flight and vehicle travel, and hotel emissions. In addition to offsetting carbon use at all office locations, solar panels were installed on the roof of MACED's Berea office in 2012, reducing the building's electricity use, along with its carbon emissions, by 56 percent.
"The upgrades reduced the office's carbon footprint by an estimated 12,522 pounds per year, saving MACED approximately $460 annually," MACED Energy Specialist Josh Bills said. "It also eliminated the flicker associated with tubes energized by the older magnetic light ballasts, providing better quality and brighter lighting."
MACED started offsetting carbon emissions for its main office in Berea in 2009. From that time to 2011, MACED permanently retired 171.79mT of carbon. MACED has now well exceeded its goal of becoming carbon neutral, which is set with Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (KY Excel) in 2011.
"Offsetting through the ACP is an easy and cost effective way for individuals, businesses and organizations to account for their unavoidable emissions while investing in local sustainable development in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia." MACED Forestry Program Manager Scott Shouse said.
Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in supporting family forest owners in Central Appalachia can visit www.appalachiancarbonpartnership.org to calculate emissions and purchase offsets directly online.