and Global Warming have the potential to be the most
significant challenges mankind has ever faced. In recent
years, the scientific consensus on the reality of
human-induced Climate Change has solidified greatly.
Recently, several studies have indicated that our actions over
the next ten years could be critical in determining how severe
the long-term results of Global Warming are going to be.
In order to prevent a potentially huge impact on the world our
children will be living in within just a few decades, action
must be taken now. More information on this issue can be
found at many sites, including: ClimateCrisis.org
the Natural Resources Defense
, and the Union
of Concerned Scientists
As a small step towards dealing with
Climate Change, Original Code Consulting has made a commitment
to become a Zero Net Carbon Dioxide Emissions Company.
In order to accomplish this goal, several mechanisms are being
used to reduce our carbon emissions and to compensate for
those that remain. For several years, all the
electricity used by Original Code has been generated through Wind
, a program of Xcel Energy in which those who sign
up agree to pay an additional small amount for each kWh of
electricity used in order to subsidize the extra expense of
wind-generated power. Besides electricity, most of the
other sources of carbon dioxide (energy use) that Original
Code incur result from automobile travel and air travel.
Several organizations have programs through which one can
offset the carbon emissions from these and other sources
through the purchase of credits that support green
energy, energy efficiency, or other means of carbon dioxide
reduction. One such organization is Native Energy
uses credits purchased in this way to support the development
of wind farms owned by Native Americans. Another option,
which Original Code is currently using to offset carbon
emissions, is the Carbon
. Credits paid to the Carbon Fund are used in
a number of ways to fund emission reductions.
As of September, 2006, Original Code has
fulfilled our pledge to become Carbon Neutral via the
mechanisms listed above!
In 2011, OCC installed a solar voltaic
system, and now 75% of our electricity comes from the sun
(with the remainder coming from wind).
Original Code also supports Boulder CarShare
local non-profit that allows members to have affordable access
to a number of jointly-owned vehicles. By making it
possible not to own a car, or to avoid buying a second car,
CarShare hopes to reduce overall use of single-occupancy