Through its membership with the innovative Carbon Capturing Companies (or C3) program, the Aquarium recently offset its 2013 carbon footprint via the planting of trees at Soaring Eagle Park in Sammamish.
The Seattle Aquarium is a founding member of the C3 program, which was launched in 2012 by Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy) and recruits businesses to commit to calculate, reduce and mitigate their carbon output. Additional founding members include Pearl Jam, Nordstrom, the Seattle Sounders FC, the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Mariners and Woodland Park Zoo.
Through the program, conifer trees native to the Pacific Northwest are planted and maintained in parks, rights of way, transportation corridors and other natural areas to offset the partners’ carbon output. This is the second year that trees have been planted on the Aquarium’s behalf—last year’s trees were planted along the West Duwamish Greenbelt. All trees planted via the program will sequester thousands of tons of CO2 over their lifetimes, and contribute to the health of our region’s waterways and marine environment overall.
The Aquarium’s membership with C3 helps sequester our annual carbon footprint of approximately 400 metric tons per year. Of the 500 trees planted at Soaring Eagle Park, over 80 were in mitigation of the Aquarium’s 2013 carbon output. We also contribute staff and/or volunteer to help plant the trees we purchase.