The San Francisco Chronicle had a nice write up of the move by different events to offset some of their impact, by reducing their carbon footprint. So it was a pleasant surprise to find the Cooling Man project listed in their article. If you haven’t yet, visit the Cooling Man site–they’ve got a handy calculator that will allow you to estimate you and your camp’s carbon footprint, then offset it by investments in things like wind energy projects in the Dakotas. Or you can just chip to help offset your share of the estimated 27,000+ tons of carbon the entire event will generate. So far about 153 tons have been offset (about equal to burning the man)– a good start, but we’ve got a long ways to go, so if you can please do your part, too.
About the author: Tom Price
Tom Price is the former Executive Director of Black Rock Solar. Prior to that he was the Environmental Manager for Burning Man during the Green Man theme, and was in the Gulf Coast for six months during the genesis of Burners Without Borders. He's been attending Burning Man since 1997, and he's proud to say that his decade plus streak of breaking down from sun stroke on the playa on day three remains intact.