We hear a lot about carbon dioxide when it comes to the environment, and it’s true that our cars output this greenhouse gas into the air. But, it’s not the only issue we need to pay attention to.
With a focus on offsetting carbon emissions and helping make the atmosphere cleaner, Stop & Shop’s Restore program seeks out organizations across the country already in the thick of things when it comes to cleaner air (get it?). One Restore project is called Terra Verdigris #2, located in Claremore, Oklahoma. This project focuses on nitrous oxide, a harmful compound that can lurk an average of 114 years in the atmosphere; much longer than CO2.
Nitrous oxide (commonly known as nitrous) is often the result of a high-temperature interaction between nitrogen and oxygen; and often in the air. In everyday life, offsetting the emissions from our car engines helps reduce the impact of this gas. Within industry, you’ll find the gas within agriculture, particularly from fertilized soil and animal waste. It’s even a byproduct within some wastewater treatment plants. These are other potential areas to target when thinking about reducing the amount of nitrous oxide in our environment.
Terra Verdigris #2 decreases nitrous oxide in the air by adding in an extra step within the reactor where it appears. This stimulant removes the ability for the harmful gas to escape into the atmosphere. Gas levels are checked to ensure the process is working and offset reductions are continually tracked against a baseline period to verify the project is doing good. Simply put, they know what they’re doing is effective.
During one Terra Verdigris #2 project, the organization reduced emissions into the atmosphere by 526,066 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent within less than a year.
Terra Verdigris #2 is doing their part to help make the air we breathe a little cleaner, and so is Stop & Shop. Simply fill up, and Restore works with the local community to support environmental efforts as well as investing in worldwide environmental projects.
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