Going Green

Welcome to the Paws On Durham Pet Sitting is Going Green Campaign page!

Carbon Neutral-3Paws On Durham is Going Green!  Yes, it's true, we are a small but growing company in the heart of Durham, NC. Our passion is caring for pets and to ensure they are loved as our very own (Visit Our Beliefs Page). We believe in being not only great stewards of pets, but great neighbors and partners. Paws On Durham is a firm believer of corporate social responsibility, which includes caring for our planet with same love and attention we give to your pets. As part of that effort, (drum role please....) Paws On Durham is going carbon neutral! As part of our Going Green campaign, Paws On Durham is working to help to curb global warming by:

  • Purchasing carbon credits to offset our carbon emissions through Carbonfund.org
  • Assigning pet sitters according to proximity of clients to reduce travel time
  • Using online reservation and profile systems to reduce paper waste
  • Using Energy Star and low energy consumption office machinery and natural light and CDL bulbs in corporate and home offices to reduce energy consumption

What does it mean to be carbon neutral? We all release gases that contribute to global warming, mostly carbon dioxide (CO2), through our daily activities– from driving our car to turning on the lights. Carbon neutrality, or having a net zeroScreen Shot 2015-08-07 at 10.29.50 PM carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions. Carbon neutrality can be achieved by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases you release AND by offsetting the amount of carbon you do release with an equivalent amount sequestered by someone else by buying enough carbon credits to make up the difference. As part of our campaign to be a good steward of our earth, Paws On Durham is not only reducing our carbon emissions, but we are also purchasing carbon credits through CarbonFund.Org, a certified organization which purchases and retires sequestered CO2. CarbonFund.org offset projects are verified by a third party to the highest certification standards. This sort of review, coupled with an annual third-party audit of their finances and portfolio, ensure that we are supporting only high-quality carbon offset projects making real carbon emission reductions.

Since the Industrial Revolution started in the middle of the 19th century, carbon dioxide emissions in our atmosphere have increased steadily and dramatically from the burning of fossil fuels, namely coal, oil and gas, and to a lesser degree from methane and industrial gases.This increase in CO2 from roughly 280 parts per million (ppm) prior to the Industrial Revolution to about 392 ppm today is having a dramatic impact on our climate, both warming our climate and altering our weather with more droughts and more very extreme weather events. Our sea levels are rising and entire countries are at risk of disappearing. If the Greenland glaciers fail, global sea levels could rise by 20 feet, swamping low level areas around the world, including Florida and Manhattan, causing global catastrophe.

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 10.27.40 PMThese issues are manmade...we started the problem; we can also finish the problem. Paws On Durham is doing its part to curb global warming! This ultimately benefits the planet and all of us… including our pets! Learn more about global warming and CarbonFund.org projects by clicking on the CarbonFund.org logo.    





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