The fuel consumed during air travel releases a large amount of carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere, which can be a cause of concern for those travelling by air who are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Now, passengers flying through MidAmerica St. Louis Airport can take advantage of a unique program that gives them the opportunity to offset the negative impact their air travel has on the environment.
MidAmerica Airport recently became a partner of The Good Traveler program, which makes it possible for passengers using the airport to make their trip more sustainable through something called carbon offsets – an official recognition of the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions. Essentially, passengers calculate the length of their trip, buy carbon offsets to cover the estimated emissions for that distance, and The Good Traveler Program invests the money in carbon reduction projects in communities across the country. These “carbon offset” projects are certified to offset the impact of air or road travel by keeping greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere somewhere else, often while doing something good like restoring wetland. Some projects are growing living things that capture carbon and others are preventing the greenhouse gases from escaping in the first place, by doing things like producing clean wind energy instead of coal-fired energy, or capturing the methane from landfills.
“As a new member of the Good Traveler program, we’re excited to provide options for passengers utilizing MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to offset the carbon impacts from their air travel,” said Airport Director Bryan Johnson. “We are always seeking innovative ways for MidAmerica to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and this program is a wonderful way to do that.”
For those flying to any of the 12 great destinations served by Allegiant from MidAmerica Airport, the cost of the carbon offsets for a round trip flight would be approximately $10 – $15. For example, the 2,800-mile round trip flight from MidAmerica Airport to Las Vegas would release 1,376 pounds of carbon dioxide, which could be offset for just $14.
According to the latest numbers at www.thegoodtraveler.org, The Good Traveler is used by nearly 20 of the busiest and most climate-smart airports in the world and has helped airports and travelers reduce more than 86,000 metric tons of carbon.
“When passengers buy a carbon offset from The Good Traveler to go with their plane ticket, they are funding the efforts of people nationwide who are working to restore the climate balance, and that’s an initiative we’re proud to be a part of as we make this option available to those flying through MidAmerica Airport,” said St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern.
To learn more about MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) and the Good Traveler Program, visit https://flymidamerica.com/traveler/good-traveler-program/, or follow us on www.twitter.com/@maairport and www.facebook.com/midamericablv.