Lutheran office buys carbon credits

Ecological modeling
While it can’t cut back on travel for church business, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has indicated, it hopes to elevate its ecological modeling to make up for the heavy environmental cost of air travel.

The Washington, D.C., office of the ELCA decided to start purchasing carbon offsets a few months ago, after implementing more routine changes like printing double-sided, turning off lights and recycling.

Air travel was “an area of pretty major energy use that we really couldn’t cut back on but which we could try to offset,” said Mary Minette, the director for environmental education and advocacy at the ELCA.

 

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