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Thursday, Apr 22, 2021

[AE75] Associated Engineering reaches our goal to become carbon neutral

Globe on green grass

As we celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2021, we take a look back at our legacy of achievements and milestones over the years, as chronicled in our company newsletter that began publishing in 1967...

Originally appeared in AE Today, December 2011 issue

Associated Engineering has fulfilled our corporate commitment to become carbon neutral through the purchase of carbon offsets from Envirotrade, a Mauritius-based company that sells carbon offsets to support forest conservation. Associated Engineering’s investment supports reforestation and sustainable agricultural initiatives in the rural communities of Mozambique. Through Envirotrade, we are helping communities and families by giving, reviving, and/or generating local agriculture and forestry industries, thus providing incomes and food supply for locals.

Kerry Rudd, President & CEO, advises, “We selected Envirotrade because they work in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh and the European Commission, and are a credible vendor. They work with Plan Vivo, who provide third party verification. The reforestation project has been validated by the Rainforest Alliance at the Gold level for Climate, Community, and Biodiversity; it is the only project in the world to have achieved this standard.”

Our investment in carbon offsets from Envirotrade is in addition to our in-house initiatives to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, including use of video conferencing to reduce travel, office waste reduction and recycling, office energy reduction, and local purchasing practices.

Kerry adds, “We will continue to put aside funds for investment in carbon offsets. We are continuing to evaluate local carbon offset programs, so that we can use our carbon offset fund to invest in green-house gas reduction in the communities where we live and work.”