Dell Teams with Schools to Offset Computing's Carbon Impact

Dell Teams with Schools to Offset Computing's Carbon Impact

Working with K-12 educators, Dell Computer announced that it will work with attendees of this week's National Educational Computing Conference in Atlanta to plant 1,000 trees.

The company will plant a tree on behalf of the first 1,000 attendees who pledge to join Dell in sharing environmental best practices in their communities and classrooms.

"Today's students and teachers are part of the 'Re-Generation,' which means they have a crucial role to play in improving the earth we all share," said Karen Bruett, Dell's director of K-12 business development. "By joining with conference participants to plant trees, we are adding to our ongoing efforts to partner with customers to become the greenest technology company on the planet."

Dell has already developed its "Plant a Tree for Me" program, which enables customers to offset the emissions associated with the energy used to power their technology, and is now expanding it to include educators and school computers. The carbon offsets are developed through Dell's partnerships with the Conservation Fund and Carbonfund.org, non-profit organizations that plant trees in sustainably managed reforestation projects. During its average 70-year lifespan, a single tree can trap about 1.3 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere -- roughly the emissions that would result from a road trip from Maine to California.

Through the program, customers in the U.S. can donate $2 for a notebook and $6 for a desktop to offset emissions resulting from the production of electricity used by the product during its average lifetime. The "Plant a Tree for Me" program is currently available to businesses and consumers in the United States and was recently expanded to the European market.