International textile and chemical manufacturer Milliken & Company, a platinum sponsor of the 2006 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, is donating more than 13 million carbon credits to offset all the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with the annual event scheduled for November 15-17 in Denver.
The non-profit Leonardo Academy’s Cleaner and Greener program calculates all types of emissions caused by energy use at Greenbuild, including participant travel to and from the event, hotel rooms, and meals. The organization then determines the amount of carbon credits and other emission reductions necessary to balance or offset the event’s emissions.
“We are very pleased to have a manufacturer with Milliken’s history of stewardship to provide support and lead by example,” said Michael Arny, founder and president of the Leonardo Academy.
Milliken’s contribution to offset greenhouse gas is equivalent to the annual amount of CO2 generated by more than 1876 cars. It enables the conference, which is organized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), to become a Certified Cleaner and Greener® event.
Trees tell the company’s stewardship story. Milliken forests and small hydroelectric plants reduce and sequester millions of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The headquarters campus in Spartanburg, S.C. is a nationally acclaimed arboretum, dedicated to cultivating and sharing information about noble trees for future generations. Milliken nurtures millions of trees in the southeast and New England, in addition to partnerships with national, state and local organizations concerned with the Earth. The Trees For All initiative offers tree planting to customers.
Milliken & Company, a founding member of the USGBC, champions sustainable principles and practices internally and in partnership with others. Together with USGBC, the company will again recognize the achievements of local USGBC organizations around the country by presenting the annual Chapter Awards during Member Day at the conference.
Cleaner and Greener is a program of Leonardo Academy, a charitable nonprofit dedicated to addressing issues affecting people and the environment on an interdisciplinary basis.