EarthColor builds partnerships with organizations focused on developing environmentally sustainable solutions. Together we can pool our resources to create solutions that have a more immediate impact on the environment.
Paper is a key raw material for EarthColor as a printer. We feel it is our duty to ensure that the paper we use is sourced from sustainably managed forests so that this renewable resource is available for future generations. Since 2011, we have partnered with the Appalachian Carbon Partnership to do our part in sustainable forest management and in reducing our carbon footprint.
By purchasing ACP carbon credits sourced from the Central Appalachian forest, we are directly affecting the viability the forests, small landowners, family tree farmers, and people in our southeastern forest lands. Our partnership demonstrates how carbon trading can benefit American landowners and forests while reducing the effects of climate change. We are off to a great start, with 1,000 metric tons of carbon offsets purchased from ACP in 2014.
ACP is a program created by the Mountain Association of Community Economic Development (MACED), a 35 year-old organization and EarthColor partner that works in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia to create economic opportunities, strengthen democracy and support the sustainable use of natural resources.
The Appalachian Carbon Partnership program currently has enrolled 47 landowners owning over 28,600 acres of forestland in Kentucky and Virginia. There are an additional 25 landowners who are actively pursuing enrollment in those states, with another 300 landowners covering over 185,000 acres in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia who have shown interest in the program.
Our partnership with MACED / ACP is another part of our journey to drive responsible forestry and reduce our carbon footprint. To learn more about the ACP, click here to visit their website.
This achievement and others will be highlighted in the 2015-2016 edition of EarthColor’s Sustainability Report which will be available later this year. If you’re interested in receiving a copy please register here.