The AAR is making it easy for members to purchase Renewable Energy Credits when traveling to the AAR & SBL Annual Meetings. By simply clicking a box during the registration process, members can choose to give $15 to NativeEnergy.
The AAR’s Sustainability Task Force selected NativeEnergy because of its commitment to reducing greenhouse gases while supporting its sustainability projects. NativeEnergy helps assist Native American, farmer-owned, community-based renewable energy projects that create social, economic, and environmental benefits. These projects displace electricity from fossil fuels and reduce other greenhouse gas emissions.
The AAR and SBL are pleased to have collected a total of $9,555 from 606 participants attending the 2016 Annual Meetings in San Antonio for this carbon offset program. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check for $10,055. These funds were split towards two projects (see below). To learn more about NativeEnergy, visit http://www.nativeenergy.com/. To see statistics from previous annual meetings, please see here.
NativeEnergy Projects Supported by AAR and SBL
This year, we have decided to support two new projects: the Capricorn Ridge Wind Project and the Southern Ute Vent Well Project.
One of the supported projects is local to Texas in Coke County, dedicated to working with NextEra to utilize carbon offsets revenues to help accelerate the development of wind projects. NextEra is one of the largest wind energy developers in the United States. The Capricorn Ridge Wind Project was the first wind project in the United States to sell verified offsets under VCS. This project operates as a merchant plant, meaning it was built to serve the spot market. Most wind projects that are built in the United States rely on long-term contracts.
The other project is the Southern Ute Project, which works with Native American tribes in the San Juan Basin in southwestern Colorado. This basin is rich in fossil fuel resources and has been a source of coal, uranium, and natural gas for many decades. Methane once adsorbed to the coal seeps into the atmosphere at these outcroppings. Capturing this “fugitive” methane by using wells and putting it to a productive use is an effective way to address climate change.
The AAR and SBL are continuing this program in 2017. We currently have a 6.42% combined participation rate! We hope to maintain or improve on that as more members register in the coming months for the 2017 Annual Meetings. We encourage you to make this inexpensive commitment to helping make our meetings more environmentally friendly.
Thank you to all of our AAR contributors in 2016:
Ellen T Armour
Luke Beck Kreider
G. Clarke Chapman
John Paul Christy
Mary Ann Clark
Anne Marie Dalton
Barbara Jane Davy
Guido De Graaff
Martha L Finch
Ari M. Gordon
Lori Brandt Hale
M. Gail Hamner
Mary Jo Iozzio
Kristin Johnston Largen
Tone Stangeland Kaufman
Karen L. King
Catherine Hudak Klancer
Michael Le Chevallier
A. David Lewis
Joanne Maguire Robinson
Ellen Ott Marshall
Sarah McFarland Taylor
Barbara A McGraw
Sarah Morice Brubaker
Marcia Mount Shoop
Tam K. Parker
Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson
Rebecca Todd Peters
Andrea Marion Pinkney
Laura Schmidt Roberts
Caroline Schleier Cutler
A. Gregory Schneider
J. Barton Scott
H. Gregory Snyder
Timothy Van Meter
Nathaniel Van Yperen
Julia Watts Belser
Statistics from Previous Years
2015 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, San Antonio
The AAR and SBL collected a total of $9,405 from 627 participants. Along with a $555 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $9,960. These funds were split towards two projects: the Ghana Clean Water Project and the Ethiopia Clean Water Project. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 6.25%.
2014 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, San Diego
The AAR and SBL are pleased to have collected a total of $10,140 from 676 participants. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $10,640. These funds were split towards two projects: the Ethiopia Clean Water Project and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Natural Methane Capture and Use. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 6.85%.
2013 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, Baltimore
The AAR and SBL collected a total of $8,205 from 547 participants. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $8,705. These funds were split towards two projects: Ghana Clean Water Project and Farm Methane Reduction Project. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 5.35%.
2012 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, Chicago
The AAR and SBL collected a total of $7,560 from 504 participants. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL's staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $8,060. These funds were split between two projects: Indiana School Wind Project and Kenya Clean Water Project. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 4.72%.
2011 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, San Francisco
The AAR and SBL collected a total of $8,250 from 550 participants. In addition, the AAR and SBL earned $274.60 from the sale of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) vouchers. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $9,024.60. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 5.23%.
2010 AAR Annual Meeting, Atlanta
The AAR collected a total of $5,070 from 338 participants. Along with a $250 donation for the AAR’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $5,320. The AAR member participation rate was 7.00%.
2009 AAR Annual Meeting, Montréal
The AAR collected a total of $5,025 from 335 participants. Along with a $250 donation for the AAR’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $5,275. The AAR member participation rate was 7.70%.