McNeilus Wind Farm + Terrapass
Evidently, a student group has become emission free by working with a company called Terrapass.
Here's some from the story to explain Terrapass and the link to Dodge Center:
“Now that we are running a trip almost every weekend… sometimes two trips on the same weekend, we have to take greater steps to offset the emissions we are creating,” said Gus Tolley, an Excursion Club director and trip leader.
Companies like TerraPass have become popular recently due to increasing concern for global climate change. Tolley said the club purchases credits from the TerraPass website based on the miles members travel round trip by car on each expedition.
“[The TerraPass website has] an emissions calculator that estimates the amount of CO2 your car generates based on the mileage you drive and recommends different passes for different amounts of CO2 produced,” Tolley said.
Buying a TerraPass, the company suggests, is the indirect equivalent of offsetting carbon emitted and its consequences on the environment. According to the TerraPass website, the funds are used to purchase environmental credits from one of several earth-friendly projects. For example, the site said it has given the Garwin McNeilus wind turbine farm in Minnesota enough money to equal the amount of yearly emissions of about 400 mid-sized cars.
Here's some from the wind power section of the TerraPass Web site:
» Garwin McNeilus 1,792 tons CO2 saved
» Solano High Winds 100 tons CO2 saved
» Ainsworth Wind 2,352 tons CO2 saved
• 4,244 tons CO2 total
One of the largest sources for wind power purchases for TerraPass is the Garwin McNeilus Wind Farm in Dodge Center, Minnesota. This project delivers power to Mid-Continental Area Power Pool (MAPP), which in turn supplies electricity to people in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and parts of Wisconsin, Montana, Iowa and South Dakota. In the last year TerraPass has purchased credits for nearly 1,800 tons of CO2 from the McNeilus Wind Farm alone. That's equivalent to the amount carbon emitted by about 400 mid-size cars in a year. We think that's definitely driving in the right direction.