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Canadian Olympic Team and Offsetters partner on carbon neutral team

June 12, 2012

2012 Canadian Olympic Team travel to London to be offset

VANCOUVER, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ – The 2012 Canadian Olympic Team’s travel
to London will be carbon neutral, the Canadian Olympic Committee and
Offsetters announced today.

The COC is partnering with Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon
management solutions provider, to offset the emissions associated with
the Team’s travel to London 2012, including athletes and their
equipment, coaches, and mission staff.

“Along with sport and culture, environment is one of the three
dimensions of the Olympic Movement and we are thrilled to continue our
leadership role in this area,” said Christopher Overholt, Chief
Executive Officer and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic
Committee. “The 2012 Canadian Olympic Team’s travel to the 2012 Olympic
Games will leave no carbon footprint, thanks to our partners at
Offsetters.”

“Building on our legacy of making Vancouver 2010 the first carbon
neutral Olympic Games, Offsetters is proud to be partnering with the
Canadian Olympic Committee to send a carbon neutral team to London,”
said James Tansey, CEO and Founder of Offsetters. “By supporting the
Olympic Team, we hope to educate, engage and inspire Canadians to take
action on climate change.”

The Team’s travel emissions are being offset with a mix of high-quality
projects that promote the shift to a low-carbon future. All projects
are developed to best in class standards from Canada and around the
world.

“This is a great initiative by the Canadian Olympic Team and
Offsetters,” said three-time Olympic rower and 2008 Olympic silver
medallist David Calder. “Canadians can take pride in knowing that the
2012 Canadian Olympic Team is carbon neutral.”

“This is an issue that means a lot to athletes,” said two-time Olympic
snowboarder Justin Lamoureux. “We fly all over the world for training
camps and competitions and we want to do everything we can to minimize
our effect on the environment.”

“The David Suzuki Foundation applauds the Canadian Olympic Committee’s
commitment to send a carbon neutral team to London this summer. Many of
our athletes are first-hand witnesses to the effects of climate change
on their sports and therefore represent much needed champions for the
collective action needed to make our communities green and healthy,”
said Ian Bruce, Team Lead, Climate Change and Energy, David Suzuki
Foundation.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE 

The Canadian Olympic Committee leads the achievement of the Canadian
Olympic Team’s podium success and advances Olympic values in Canada. 

Independent and predominantly privately funded, the Canadian Olympic
Committee delivers resources that Canada’s elite athletes need to
perform at their best and give their everything every day. 

The backbone of Canada’s Olympic movement, the Canadian Olympic
Committee works with National Sport Federations to prepare the Team for
the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games. 

By sharing our athletes’ stories, we inspire all Canadians through the
power of sport: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

About Offsetters
Offsetters is Canada’s leading carbon management solutions provider,
based in Vancouver, BC. Founded in 2005, the company helps
organizations and individuals understand, reduce, and offset their
climate impact. Offsetters was the first official supplier of carbon
offsets in the history of the Olympic movement with the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Offsetters is proud to assist
leading organizations manage their carbon footprints. For more
information and a full list of all of Offsetters clients and
achievements, visit www.offsetters.ca.

SOURCE Offsetters Clean Technology


Source: PR Newswire