The world is on fire and it will take a groundswell of people working together to put it out. At OG, we’re proud to be a 100% carbon neutral company. Programs are intentionally designed to minimize our footprints on the ground while our complete CO2 offsetting program does the same for the air. That means that your experience with OG from start to finish is carbon neutral. But we don’t just want to be a neutral force for good, we want to be a positive one. That’s why every OG program contributes directly to climate and conservation projects being carried out by our partners around the world.
Our itineraries are intentionally designed to naturally reduce our footprint. This shows up in all aspects of our programs, but here are some of the ways we lower our impact on program.
A critical aspect of striving for carbon positivity and inspiring real change is education. Every one of OG’s programs has an element of environmental justice education, where we take the time to think about and reflect on our individual impact as well as the changes we can influence on our collective impact. Here are some of our partners who are doing extra-cool work for the earth.
First, we calculate our footprint. The emissions are calculated based on information we collect about our office operations, air travel, transportation & accommodation in-country, and the types of activities on program.
Then, we contribute to carbon offsetting projects through Sustainable Travel International and PlanetAir. We chose two organizations to work with so that we could offset our Canadian participants’ footprint and our US & International participants’ footprint with relevant organizations. Here’s a little bit more about what they do and why they’re cool!
Sustainable Travel International has been working to minimize the negative impacts of tourism and maximize its positive benefits for people, cultures, nature, and wildlife around the globe since 2002.
Their educational and intersectional work includes carbon offsetting for travellers and businesses. OG is proud to be a Guardian Member of Sustainable Travel International in addition to offsetting US and international participants’ flights and program GHG emissions through them.
Tonnes of CO2 offset with Sustainable Travel International in 2019-20
PlanetAir is a Canadian organization regarded by the David Suzuki Foundation as one of the leaders in the industry of carbon offsetting. They were launched by the Unisféra International Centre in 2005 and are recognized for their high-quality carbon credits and thorough reporting on their work.
We offset Canadian participants’ flights and program footprints with PlanetAir. OG also offsets its office GHG emissions with PlanetAir, as we are also based in Canada.
Tonnes of CO2 offset with PlanetAir in 2019-20