University Sustainability

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Legends parking lot is home to Appalachian’s 4-plug solar-powered EV charging station.
Legends parking lot is home to Appalachian’s 4-plug solar-powered EV charging station.

Carbon Neutral Commuter

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Make a difference! Be a Carbon Neutral Commuter. It costs less than a few lattes or a pizza, and 100% of the funds raised from the program go toward the purchase of offsets and contribute to the university’s Climate Action goals.

Appalachian State University students, faculty and staff can purchase carbon offsets along with yearly parking passes by participating in the Carbon Neutral Commuter (CNC) program, provided through the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Parking and Transportation. Internal research shows the average commuter at Appalachian drives 4,300 miles per year — releasing roughly 1.9 metric tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

What does it take to become a Carbon Neutral Commuter? Ten dollars and the willingness to take responsibility for unintended consequences. No one drives to pollute, but that is what happens every time we get behind the wheel. This program will not eliminate your tailpipe emissions, but it will reduce the regional carbon footprint by the same amount.

Be part of the change.

Participation is easy. Register for the Carbon Neutral Commuter option through our office. Ten dollars is all it takes. As a Carbon Neutral Commuter, you’ll receive a 2021-22 CNC bumper sticker so you can shout “I am proactive about my carbon footprint.”

What does your money actually do? The Office of Sustainability will purchase carbon offsets such as:

Purchase carbon free power

Purchasing carbon free green power blocks for Appalachian State's energy mix.

Methane capture and destruction

Capturing and destroying methane, the natural byproduct of decomposition, in landfills and on farms to prevent its release into the atmosphere.

Intermodal transport

Using shipping containers to take cargo off the highway and instead transport it by rail, which causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional trucking.

Reducing energy use

Including truck stop electrification systems that allow truckers to "plug in" their vehicles to operate necessary equipment without idling the engine and releasing emissions unnecessarily.

Carbon offsets help to slow climate change. By making a gift for this purpose, you are investing pollution reduction, and this offsets the amount of pollution produced by your own consumption.