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Carbon Reduction Fund

Photo by Lillian Moskeland

The Loretto Community Carbon Reduction Fund receives donations from anyone who wishes to support projects within Loretto or projects connected to Loretto which help heal and balance Earth’s natural ecosystems.

The fund was established in honor of Sister Anthony Mary Sartorius who, throughout her years as Motherhouse service coordinator, planted countless trees, bushes and flowers at Loretto Motherhouse. 

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How will the funds be used?

Five people, two on the roof of a one-story building and three on the ground, hoist a solar panel up to be installed on the roof.
Teamwork is the key as Del Price, SVBHC Board President, and Monica Robinson, Executive Director of the Center, prepare to pass a solar panel up to the crew on the roof of Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Center.
Photo by Jeff Heie

Donations to the Carbon Reduction Fund will be used for Loretto or Loretto-related projects which:

1. Prevent the output of greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions into the atmosphere (e.g. the installation of solar panels, or a charging station for an electric car),

2. replenish Earth by sequestering ghg emissions from the atmosphere (e.g. the planting of trees and deep-rooted plants and grasses),

3. provide education on carbon emission / ghg reduction and prevention,

4. secure infrastructure, equipment, and support needed for the health of plantings (e.g. irrigation, fencing, tools, an arborist, etc.)

Woman in a mask stand in the back of a pick-up truck with crates of saplings.
Photo submitted to Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund by Fondo Quetzal, Guatemala

To contribute, click the “Donate” button below and select “Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund” from the dropdown menu on the following page.

To read more about carbon emissions, how to prevent them, and recommended donations, click the topics below.

How can I address carbon emissions from necessary travel?

There are many online calculators which use a variety of criteria for calculating what it takes to account for carbon emissions from travel. To keep things simple, we suggest using the following chart as a basic guide.

Flight Emissions

Flight LengthMileage/ExampleApprox. Carbon EmissionsSuggested Donation $50/ton*
Short<400 miles
Ex: Louisville-Atlanta, roundtrip
1/3 ton CO2$17
Medium400-1500 miles
Ex: Denver-Louisville, roundtrip
1 ton CO2$50
Long1500-3000 miles
Ex: Louisville-Los Angeles
1.5 tons CO2$75
Extended>3000 miles
Ex: Denver – London
4.5 tons CO2$225

Car emissions

Some carbon calculators provide very specific information based on the make of your car, the year your car was manufactured, your driving habits, etc.

To keep things simple, we suggest that you calculate your emissions from car travel by keeping track of how many gallons of gas you use.

  • 100 gallons of gas = approximately 1 ton of carbon emissions and we suggest a donation of $50/ton of carbon*
  • 100 gallons of gas – $50 donation
  • 50 gallons of gas – $25 donation
  • 25 gallons of gas – $12 donation

You can also use this handy household carbon footprint calculator.

* Why are we suggesting $50/ton when some programs suggest a much lower donation?

Our suggested donation takes into account the social cost of carbon, which includes the global economic damage caused by carbon emissions. Extreme weather events, for example, cost businesses, families, governments and taxpayers billions of dollars due to the destruction of property. Other devastating impacts of climate change include the spread of disease, sea level rise, and increased food insecurity, all of which have negative economic consequences.

This article from the Environmental Defense Fund provides an overview of the social cost of carbon.

For questions or more information, please contact us through the form below.

Our misuse of Earth’s generosity, while improving conditions for many, is not improving them for all and is fraying the web of life. The most vulnerable among us, those least responsible for this global threat, suffer the impacts of a warming climate unfairly and unjustly.
COP23 (UN Climate Change Conference) Interfaith Statement