Net Zero Carbon Footprint

In early 2016, WECC achieved a significant milestone: We made an official commitment to attain a net zero carbon footprint each fiscal year via the adoption of a corporate sustainability policy. This is an important step in our journey to continually reduce the impact of our business operations on the environment.

As part of this commitment, we reviewed and compensated for our carbon emissions from the previous fiscal year. We are proud to announce that we have achieved a net zero carbon footprint in our 2015 fiscal year!

What does this mean?
A carbon footprint is generally defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted into the atmosphere as a result of human activities. The total is typically expressed as equivalent tons of carbon dioxide, or CO2e.

Having a “net zero carbon footprint” refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by generating or purchasing carbon offsets equivalent to an organization’s measured carbon emissions.

How did we do it?
We started by taking steps to [further] minimize our greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of cost-effective, financially and operationally feasible energy efficiency measures, conservation practices, and renewable energy generation.

After accounting for our current emission-reducing technologies and practices, we zeroed out our remaining balance of emissions by purchasing carbon offsets from Green Valley Dairy in rural Krakow, Wisconsin. The farm’s anaerobic digester converts cattle waste into usable energy, in turn displacing traditional fossil fuel based grid power. The project also reduces non-carbon local air pollutants, produces animal bedding and fertilizer, reduces odor in the surrounding community, and reduces overall energy costs—allowing the farm to maintain its workforce. We are proud to support the good work of this local dairy farm!

Want to learn more? Feel free to contact us to learn more about our journey to achieving a net zero carbon footprint.