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Carbon offsets: An investment or excuse? [video]

Apr 1, 2009  
By Monica Chapman and Andie Walla  
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Carbon offsets: An investment or an excuse? Click here to cast your vote.

Outlook's sustainability debates will run each Wednesday throughout April. Check back next Wednesday to watch Economics Professor Richard Vedder and Sustainability Coordinator Sonia Marcus duke it out over the topic of local purchasing.



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Earth Month 2009:  http://www.ohio.edu/sustainability/earthmonth2009.htm 

Published: Apr 1, 2009 11:05 AM  

On this series? 

Environmentalism is a global priority. That's a fact no one is willing to contest. But within the sustainability arena, there is still plenty of room for debate on how to best achieve goals.

In conjunction with Ohio University's designation of April as Earth Month, Sustainability Coordinator Sonia Marcus takes on faculty members from across the academic spectrum, addressing some of the most controversial issues facing the environment, both locally and globally. These debates showcase the wide diversity of opinions that coexist within the community of environmental advocates.

In today's debate, Marcus and Environmental and Plant Biology Professor Art Trese weigh the value of purchasing carbon offsets as a means to address climate change. In the past, Trese has purchased carbon credits on the university's behalf, in addition to offsetting his personal energy consumption. Perhaps most notably, Trese purchased carbon credits to offset travel to and from the 2007 Residence Challenge Cedar Point trip.



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