Climate Ride works hard to create the most sustainable multi-day cycling event in the country. We think it's important to keep our ride as low impact as possible. Read on to learn about how we reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the planet!
On Climate Ride, you won't see plastic cups, bottles, plastic goodie bags or any of the throwaway waste that you typically see at sporting events. Climate Riders often bring their own water bottles and coffee mugs -- all they need to enjoy beverages on the trip! There are plenty of non-bagged goodies, as well as drink coolers, at our snack stops, but we downsize the unnecessary waste. While our focus is on reducing and reusing, we also work hard to collect and recycle any cans and bottles that do crop up along the ride. We also bring food waste to local composting facilities along the way.
Hybrid, Veggie Oil-Powered and High-MPG Support Vehicles
When you have 150 people bicycling from NYC to DC or along the California Coast, you need support vehicles to provide for safety and bike maintanence. Climate Ride uses hybrids and biodiesel vehicles when available or high-MPG cars to get the job done. We calculate exactly how much support we need to provide the best service without overdoing it.
While we know carbon offsets aren't license to emit at will, purchasing them is a way to support projects that reduce carbon emissions, and raise awareness that you can't reduce what you don't measure. Our motto is reduce, reduce, reduce, and offset what remains. We offset all carbon emissions associated with our operations and office space. We also offset all the rider and staff travel to and from the event. In fact, all of the Climate Ride events have been certified as carbon neutral!
In addition, if a rider raises $5000 or more for the ride, Climate Ride will offset that rider's total emissions for a year. That's right - their house, their electricity, their heating, their commute, their food: all of it, up to 17 tons, the amount used by the average American.
We can thank ClearSky Climate Solutions for creating and supporting quality renewable and wind energy projects. Use this handy Carbon Calculator to calculate your carbon footprint and then buy offsets. Do what you can to live a little greener. We'll do the same.
Responsible Web Hosting
Our web host, A Small Orange helps us in our commitment to a green business model. In addition to using energy efficient hosting technologies, ASO also matches 150 percent of the electricity it uses with renewable energy, in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates.