Port Chester schools become 1st district in nation to become carbon neutralPosted: Updated:
Port Chester Public Schools is the first district in the U.S. to become carbon neutral under a United Nations program on climate change.
To achieve that status, the district had to calculate exactly how much carbon they were emitting on a yearly basis, and then find and fund an organization that specializes in carbon reduction credits to offset its emissions.
The schools have helped offset emissions from a geothermal facility in India since joining the Climate Neutral Now initiative last spring.
Gabriel Tellez, a fifth grader, says he's proud of the role his school is taking and feels privileged to be on the front lines of changing the planet.
“We're in the middle of global warming, so we can stop that by keeping the world healthy,” he says.