Footprint Adventure: These carbon cities offset your carbon footprint when you visit

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A new challenge in the Gunnison Valley community is turning miles into pedals, running, walking and meandering into carbon offsets.

Whether you drive or fly to your favorite routes, this has an impact on CO2 emissions. Starting May 15th, Gunnison and Crested Butte visitors will be able to offset the carbon footprint of their trip by downloading CBGTrails app.

For every mile you record walking, cycling, running, or hiking, the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association “burns” pre-purchased UPCO2 tokens to support community offsetting projects. With the tokens, qualified projects can convert their greenhouse gas reductions into tradable emission credits.

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Offset Carbon With CBGTrails App

Understanding carbon offset payments is complicated. Use of CBGTrails app is free and easy. Download the app, create an account, and start recording when you get to the starting point.

A 23-mile bike ride in Gunnison Valley turns a round-trip trip from Denver into a climate-neutral ride. The app allows you to keep track of your carbon offsets while you are on the move. You can also view a graph of all user activity against the community goal, as well as the use of carbon credits.

Visitors who track their human-powered recreation on the app are contributing to the community’s goal of offsetting 4,253 tons of carbon, equivalent to over 9 million pounds of CO2.

Users can also track others’ carbon offsets when they tune in to offset carbon footprint when traveling to the Gunnison Valley. Every 100 miles of human activity offsets a ton of carbon emissions.

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According to Sustainable Travel International, tourism roughly makes up 8% of carbon emissions global. And while individuals can plan ahead and buy credits to offset their own trip, The Gunnison-Crested Butte Initiative – Prepayment for Visitor Loans – is a unique approach to motivating visitors to relax outdoors.

The free app also provides returning visitors with the most complete hiking maps of the Gunnison Valley. Gunnison County is home to more than 2 million acres of public land that spans five wilderness areas, a national park, and the largest body of water in Colorado. This area offers almost endless outdoor adventures.

For more information on the carbon offset program and what is going on in the Gunnison Valley, visit gunnison-crestedbutte.com.

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