At CEPA, we care about people, and the environment, and feel responsible to do our part to protect the planet for future generations.
Since 2018, we have made sustainability a priority in our organizational, operational, and programming decisions.
Our goal is to continually work toward creating study abroad programs with limited impact on the environment.
Starting in 2022, CEPA pledged to voluntarily offset the on-site carbon emissions created by all of our study abroad programs.
The offsetting will be used in two ways:
- To help fund the reforestation and ecological projects in the Osa Conservation Area of Costa Rica that address climate change and support the local community.
- To purchase CERs green bonds from UN-recognized carbon reduction projects
An official certificate stating the exact amount of CO2 which has been offset and the number of trees which will be planted is available upon request.
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.