2015 AALL Conference Travel Offset Project

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What is the 2015 AALL Travel Offset Project?

The AALL SR-SIS Task Force on Environmental Sustainability invites you to participate in the 2015 AALL annual meeting travel offset project to offset your greenhouse gases and at the same time, help to heat homes and create jobs for struggling Native Americans.  In many tribal communities, families are torn between paying their heating bills and paying for other necessities. Many spend more than 50% of family income on home heating.  The solar heater project helps the neediest families stay warm, save money on their utility bills, and replace “dirty” electricity with clean renewable energy from the sun.  In addition, the solar heater project provides job training and jobs for tribal members looking to escape poverty.  

Visit the Trees, Water & People website for more information on the Solar Heater Project.

How do Offsets Work?

When you make a donation to offset your travel pollution, you are paying to replace the pollution created (about 1 ton of carbon dioxide per passenger) for an average round-trip flight.  That donation is used on a project to lower future emissions that would not otherwise be reduced. 

So, for the Solar Heater project:

$10 offset purchased for 1 ton CO2 = building a portion of a solar heater that will, over its lifetime, use renewable energy to replace 1 ton of CO2 created from a coal-fired power plant.  The benefits of jobs, training, $ saved and comfort are additional social benefits!

For more on how carbon offsets work, see a description from the David Suzuki Foundation.

Other Tips to Make Your Conference Trip Greener

Participate in the hotel's linen program by electing not have your sheets and towels changed daily.
  • Reduce the amount of water used for bathing or showering.
  • Bring and use an insulated beverage container for hot drinks and water.
  • Walk or share a taxi or shuttle to get around. 
  • Don’t print, but download conference materials. 
  • When you leave your hotel room, turn off the AC, lights, TV, and radio. Close the drapes.
  • Participate in hotel recycling programs by placing recyclables in appropriate bins.
  • Take only the brochures or maps necessary. Return others to the brochure stand.
  • Take only photographs. Do not take "souvenirs" from natural areas, historical areas or hotels.
  • Leave only footprints. Take everything out that you brought with you. No litter.
  • Visit http://www.ecotourism.org/energy-saving-tips-travelers for information on greener travel.
  • Recycle/return your name badge for reuse at the end of the conference. 
  • Ask vendors/exhibitors to participate in the AALL Travel Offset Project – perhaps in lieu of taking schwag. Share TinyUrl for offset project.

If you’d prefer to give via check, rather than online, mail check to:

Trees, Water & People
633 Remington St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Indicate “Law Librarian Project”

Questions?  Contact David Selden, Chair of the SR-SIS Task Force on Environmental Sustainability at the National Indian Law Library, dselden@narf.org – 303-447-8760

More information:

Trees, Water, & People Solar Heater
AALL Spectrum Sustainable Law Librarians column article: AALL Meeting in Boston: an Environmentally Conscious Plan
EPA greenhouse gas equivalents