NCGA Partners with Pur Projet to Plant Forest and Reduce Carbon Footprint

24 September 2013

Today, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is proud to announce a new partnership with Pur Projet, an international collective that develops socio-environmental projects to regenerate, revitalize and preserve the ecosystem in partnership with disadvantaged communities. In efforts to enhance its sustainability goals, NCGA is working with Pur Projet to regrow forest in northern Peru along the Huayabamba River.

"As a co-op, we're very environmentally conscious. We're also a national organization with 134 co-ops in 36 states, and serving our co-ops well results in a lot of travel," said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer for NCGA. "In 2012, we logged about 2.5 million air miles, emitting roughly 450 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We were looking for a way to mitigate this environmental impact. Rather than simply buying and trading carbon credits, we wanted to neutralize our carbon footprint in a more meaningful and lasting way."

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