• <b>Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!</b>

Carbon offset my study abroad program

At CEPA, we care about people, the environment, and feel responsible to protect the planet for future generations. Our goal is to work toward creating study abroad programs with limited impact on the environment. 

1. Estimate your CO2 emissions



2. Determine how many trees and CERs are needed to offset the amount of CO2 you calculated above

Choose from our preset offset options below which use average daily CO2 emission amounts set by the UNFCCC 2017 Data released in 2019 

Source: Provided by the Green Initiative for CEPA.

CO2 emissions in kg
Number of trees and CERs needed to offset the amount of CO2Minimum donation needed to plant and maintain 1 or more tree(s) and purchase 1 or more CERs 
333 kg or less1 tree/1 CERs$10Donate
334 - 666 kg2 trees/2 CERs$20Donate
667- 1,000 kg3 trees/3 CERs$30Donate
1,001 - 1,300 kg4 trees/4 CERs$40Donate

What happens next?

Your donation will be used in two ways to:

  1. Help fund the reforestation and ecological projects in the Osa Conservation Area of Costa Rica that address climate change and support the local community.
  2. Purchase CERs green bonds from UN recognized carbon reduction projects 

You will receive an official certificate from us stating the exact amount of CO2 which has been offset and the number of trees which will be planted.

What are CERs?

UN-certified emission reductions credits, so called CERs, are generated from Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, which are partly funded by the investment you make when purchasing offsetting credits. Offsetting funds existing projects, which encourages them to continue reducing emissions, while spurring the development of additional emission-reduction projects.

CDM offers a robust portfolio of UN CERs to choose from. With more than 8000 registered projects in 105 developing countries, and 27 project types, credits are available to help meet a wide variety of sustainability and social responsibility objectives. 

These projects also bring additional sustainable development benefits to the communities where they are located, contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. See examples of the projects your offsetting supports. 

(Source: UNFCCC website)



Offset your flight(s)

If you would like to offset your domestic and international flights, you can calculate the total carbon emissions at the ICAO website. Once you know how much CO2 needs to be offset, you can donate through CEPA’s Carbon Reduction Project in Costa Rica and also through CEPA's Carbon Compensation through Certified Emission Reductions (CER's).

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).