The CalendarsQuick website and the paper printed from it have an environmental impact. We're reversing this by partnering with One Tree Planted to support reforestation efforts in California, where species appropriate trees are planted such as Pine, Redwood, Maple, Cedar, Giant Sequoia, and Walnut. We're committed to planting more trees annually than are used by measuring consumption and staying ahead of it.
Rainforests are an important part of our world, storing massive amounts of carbon, providing habitat for an estimated half of the world's animal species, while helping to regulate earth's temperature and weather patterns. We're funding conservation projects through Rainforest Trust, specifically ones that protect rainforests currently under threat of human encroachment.
The first project is the protection of Amazonian rainforest in Peru (the second largest country with Amazon land behind Brazil). This project, with the support of their local partner CEDIA, titles land to indigenous communities so that rainforest is protected from economic activity such as logging, mining, resource extraction and cutdown for agriculture. Protection of this land improves the odds for endangered species such as the White-bellied Spider Monkey, Giant Otter and Black-faced Black Spider Monkey.
Another project is the protection of Upper Guinea Forest in Liberia. Rainforest Trust is working with their local partner, the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia, to engage four local clans in the establishment and protection of five Community Forests spanning over 300,000 acres. This land is home to the Chimpanzee, Pygmy Hippopotamus, and the Upper Guinea Red Colobus (all endangered).
Rainforest Trust is able to use 100% of its donations toward their projects thanks to their board members who financially support all administrative costs of the organization.
Did you know that global internet usage is estimated to give off as much
2 as the entire airline industry each year? Many of the data centers that power apps, websites, and the "cloud" run on fossil fuels to generate the enormous amounts of electricity needed to power and cool them.
We used the Website Carbon Calculator to
estimate CalendarsQuick's carbon emissions, and have committed to offset a minimum of 20 times our annual
2 impact back into renewable energy projects such as the Capricorn Ridge Wind Project in Texas.
This website uses energy-efficient serving patterns such as static resource browser caching (so the same files are not transferred back to your browser repeatedly), compression, minification, only transferring images when they are scrolled into view, image crushing, and others.
To further reduce our impact, we're evaluating options to move to a data center that runs on 100% clean energy.
Rainforest Acres Secured
We want to make sure many more trees are planted than consumed through the use of this website. To estimate the number of trees processed for pulp for all of the calendars printed from CalendarsQuick since 2006, we started with the volume estimates described in this Sierra Club Q&A which boils down to an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of paper from eight average-sized 45 foot tall pines (10,000 to 20,000 sheets of paper per tree).
Another source estimates one tree of similar size produces around 8,333 sheets of paper. We'll use this lower, more conservative estimate.
Based on the total number of printable calendar file downloads from CalendarsQuick users since 2006, a conservative high estimate is 4,851,679 sheets of paper used as of now. This number factors in for some possible double-printing and counts the pages of files with multiple calendars (batch print files).
4,851,679 / 8,333 = 582.22
Assuming every calendar file downloaded from this site was actually printed, this means that 582.22 trees have been used for calendar paper since late 2006, or about 42 per year.
That's 517 more trees planted than used. And we're just getting started!
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