It is a common sight across this country, bulldozers felling trees making way for new subdivisions and shopping malls, often the property becoming available because it was the only financially viable option for the original landowner. In Georgia, however, Valley Wood Inc. hopes to change all that by giving landowners the option of forest sequestration. Valley Wood Inc is part of the Chicago Climate Exchange program which is an initiative to help off set carbon emissions.
Richard Ramey, owner of Valley Wood Inc., manages “tree plantations” or carbon offset farms, which allow the land to generate income and hopefully prevent them from being sold for development.
The Georgia carbon offset farm was recently profiled on “Attainable Sustainables” a program airing on MXTV and created by MXenergy, a leading independent energy provider and a carbon neutral company itself. MxenergyTV is a creation which attempts to make the public more aware of energy programs and how they affect the planet.
“At MXenergy we feel very strongly about our obligation to maintain carbon neutrality,” says Marjorie Kass, MXenergy Managing Director and MXTV host. “When you walk through this forest you instantly see the value of these trees and the numerous benefits they bring to the environment. By allowing our customers to purchase carbon offsets and our involvement in this forest it presents a tangible way for people to grasp the impact each one of them can have on our environment.” The planting of these trees directly helps to offset carbon emissions that are created by our lifestyles in the form of emmisions from our cars, houses and the energy we use.
The trees purchased through the CCX registered afforestation program naturally sequester carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. This project was developed with the sole purpose of creating a permanent solution for sequestering greenhouse gas emissions. The Georgia climate offers an excellent environment for such a project due to its abundant rainfall, warm temperatures and longer growing seasonThe climate in Georgia is perfect for planting trees as well as having those trees mature and having a positive effect on our environment by offsetting harmful green house gases.
John Ramey, son and co owner of Valley Wood, says carbon neutrality is a reasonable goal for everyone and we should all work towards achieving that goal and therefore protecting mother earth for future generations.
“If you are willing to pay to have your carbon footprint measured, you can be carbon neutral.” Ramey says. MXenergy is proud to be a carbon neutral energy company. Doing its part in the fight against global warming is an important aspect of this energy companies overall business model.
MXenergy TV, or MXTV for short, can be found on Cablevision iO Channel 654 in the Northeast United States. “Greener Trees” is just one of many programs focused on energy efficiency and “green living.” The complete episode and others can be viewed at http://mxenergy.com/mxenergytv video archive.html. If you do not have Cablevision just follow the link and see the episodes on Mxenergy’s website.
MXenergy customers can also visit the MXenergy Wizard website to learn how they can purchase carbon offsets for themselves.