Offset your Carbon Footprint and Invest in Sitka's Future
We all love Sitka. Residents and visitors alike fall in love with the clean air and water, the striking landscapes, the diverse wildlife and the tight knit community that are found here. And we can all do something to take care of Sitka now and into the future.
The Sitka Carbon Offset Fund uses donations from travelers and residents to reduce Sitka’s carbon footprint - mitigating the impacts of climate change - while helping our neighbors.
Your carbon offset purchase stops greenhouse gas emissions from oil heating systems by funding conversions to energy efficient, air-source heat pumps that run on Sitka's renewable hydroelectricity.
Offset Your Carbon Footprint
We suggest contributing at least $33 per 1 ton of CO2 emissions produced. Common activities with corresponding donation amounts are listed below.
Our Heat Pump Program
We fund conversions from fossil fuel based heating systems to electric air-source heat pumps through a tiered, income-based award system. We focus on serving lower income Sitkans who otherwise couldn't access this clean technology. We also provide seed funding for heat pump conversions for organizations with financial need.
Every conversion reduces greenhouse gas emissions, benefits the City of Sitka electric fund (keeping community costs down) and saves the recipient household money. It's a win-win-win!
Do you want to get your household or organization off of fossil fuels? Are you in need of financial assistance? Fill out an application today.
Carbon Offset Fund Stories
With this new heat pump, I’m now able to heat the soap studio and my kid’s play area, keeping us warm and we don’t have to smell diesel while working here or even playing in the yard. This is huge for us.
I was hoping to get a heat pump but I didn’t know how I was going to do it financially. Sitka Carbon Offset made it possible and then the soap money paid for the remainder!” says Grutter.
The Average life span of a heat pump is 15 years, so you're displacing oil heating for at least 15 years and making it way more likely that you're going to stay with that new renewable energy technology in the long run.
Fighting Climate Change
Offset funds can make a difference locally. But to address climate change, we must collectively and individually reduce the carbon dioxide we produce by pushing for societal change, adapting our behaviors, and mitigating the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable.
Take action for policy change
Sitka Carbon Offset Fund is a project of the Sitka Conservation Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. All contributions to the fund are tax deductible as a charitable donation.
The Fund is administered by a Local Advisory Committee. Current members are Chandler O'Connell, Doug Osborne, Eric Jordan, Michelle Putz and Toby Campbell. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact us.