Friday To-Do: Hot Springs Village Audubon Society Monthly Meeting

Audubon_LOGO_STACKED_COLORJoin the Hot Spings Village Audubon Society for its monthly meeting, tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Coronado Center in Hot Springs Village. For more information, visit http://www.audubon.org/chapters/hot-springs-village-audubon-society.

Thursday To-Do: Audubon Society of Central AR Monthly Meeting

Audubon_LOGO_STACKED_COLORJoin the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas for its monthly meeting, tonight at 7 p.m. at Fletcher Library in Little Rock. For more information, visit the website at www.ascabird.org.

Tuesday To-Do: The Ozark Society – Pulaski Chapter Monthly Meeting

Join the Ozark Society – Pulaski Chapter tonight at 7 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church (corner of I-430 and Cantrell Road) in west Little Rock. David Johnston, a registered professional geologist who specializes in geohazards and environmental geology, will discuss “Geology 101.” Johnston works for the Arkansas Geological Survey and will discuss the recent seismic activity in the Fayetteville Shale areas of the state, specifically the Faulkner County areas. For more information, visit www.ozarksociety.net.

Monday To-Do: Central AR Beekeepers’ Association Monthly Meeting

Interested in keeping bees? Wanna meet fellow beekeepers? Then, come to Central Arkansas Beekeepers’ Association’s monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 13 at the Levy Church of Christ (5124 Camp Robinson Road) in North Little Rock.

Monday To-Do: Conway Green Drinks

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Start your month off right with a good Green Drinks! Faulkner County Supporters of Sustainable Communities presents Conway Green Drinks – A Social Mixer Where People Exchange Green Ideas.

WHAT: Conway Green Drinks

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. on January 13

WHERE: La Lucha Space (2035 Prince Street , Conway 72032)

Come out and socialize with others interested in sustainability and the environment! For more information about Conway Green Drinks, contact Nancy Allen at nancy.allen@gmail.com

Saturday To-Do: Plant Services Used Plant Sale

For great bargains on used plants, visit Plant Services (5514 Crystal Hill Road) in North Little Rock this Saturday, between 9 a.m. to noon. I have bought several gently used plants for amazing prices. Can’t make it this Saturday? Don’t worry. Plant Services has a used plant sale every second Saturday of the month.

Green Travel: Buy Carbon Offsets

I love to travel, but I hate to fly. Did you know that airplanes pump out more than 600 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year? That’s nearly as much CO2 as the African continent annually emits. No wonder flying has become, for many, climate change’s Public Enemy Number One.

Despite my aversion to flying, I find myself on a plane from time to time. Eddy and I recently flew to Charleston, South Carolina, to visit his family. We decided to buy carbon offsets to balance out our emissions (and to stop me from whining about all the CO2 emitted by our travel).

We bought our offsets from Carbonfund.org. Carbonfund.org is a nonprofit organization based in Silver Spring, Maryland, that provides carbon offsetting and greenhouse gas reduction options to individuals, businesses, and organizations. Carbonfund.org purchases and retires certified carbon offsets on behalf of its donors. Donors are given a choice of project type to which they may donate, including renewable energy, reforestation, and energy efficiency projects. Carbonfund.org is a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange and is a Founding Member of the American Carbon Registry.

Since this was our first time buying carbon offsets, I was bracing for a couple of hundred dollars to balance out emissions from our travel. Well, it cost us $13.89. Now, that’s affordable. I’ll let the readers guess to which project we donated.

I found buying carbon offsets to be easy and painless. I’ll continue to reduce my carbon footprint, but, as Carbonfund.org says, what I can’t reduce, I will offset.

Interested in offsetting what you can’t reduce? Visit www.carbonfund.org.