GEO Outdoor Education Center and Retail Shop
Opening - September 2013
Get up close with nature and visit our exciting new retail destination and outdoor training center opening this spring. Located on four wooded acres just minutes from downtown Louisville in Southern Indiana, this multi-purpose facility will provide the perfect setting to shop, relax, plan your next outing and enjoy nature. The shop will sell outdoor gear and apparel for camping, hiking, backpacking, paddling and travel from top manufacturers including Lowa, Jetboil, Mountain Hardwear and Mountainsmith, as well as local and regional organizations.
The new facility, renovated almost entirely from reused, repurposed and recycled materials, will also offer trips, outdoor skill trainings, and an onsite adventure and environmental reference library.
Every Green Earth Outdoors adventure or training is designed to be a fun and memorable experience for you along with your family or group. The only impact we intend to make is a positive one; on the lives of those who travel with us and on this planet we all call home. We believe in and practice the Principles of Leave No Trace, minimize and offset our carbon emissions and participate in active stewardship toward our ecosystem. Green Earth Outdoors offsets 100% of the carbon emissions generated from our trips, programs and daily business operations and participate in many other global-cooling initiatives. Our business revolves around finding sustainable ways to bring families, young people and groups to the outdoors.
Carbon Offset Adventures
At Green Earth Outdoors, our mission revolves around finding sustainable ways to bring families, young people and groups to the outdoors. One of the ways we accomplish this is by minimizing and offsetting our carbon footprint. Green Earth Outdoors offsets 100% of the carbon emissions generated from our trips, programs and daily business operations by purchasing renewable energy certificates or “Green Tags” and participating in other global-cooling initiatives.
This voluntary program allows us to invest in the overall improvement of the environment by providing funds to acquire renewable energy certificates also known as "green tags." Green tags represent the environmental benefits associated with energy being created from environmentally friendly sources such as landfill, biomass (discarded plant material and animal waste), hydro, wind, solar or other renewable sources. The program also allows the opportunity to develop additional renewable energy from green energy contributions as it becomes economically feasible.
Presently, most of the renewable energy funded by Green Earth Outdoors comes from landfill and biomass generators, since they are the most economical and readily available sources of renewable energy in the Midwest.
Landfill energy is developed by capturing the methane created from decaying organic waste. Biomass is the burning of dead trees, tree branches, yard clippings, left-over crops, wood chips, bark and sawdust from lumber mills and livestock manure.
Want to know how to reduce your carbon footprint? Before you can change it, you first need to know how much carbon dioxide (CO¬2) you and your family create. Calculate your personal impact using the EPA’s online Personal Emissions Calculator and discover ways to minimize its effects. Go to www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html.
Green Earth Outdoors maintains a commitment to improving the environment through support of global-cooling initiatives and hands-on participation in grassroots events and activities. From providing education programs to youth and outdoor groups, volunteering and encourage participation in conservation projects, supporting businesses that focus on reducing their environmental impact and partnering with other like-minded organizations, Green Earth Outdoors actively seeks ways to give back and maintain our natural world.
We know that purchasing carbon offsets isn’t a complete solution, the ultimate goal of course being to eliminate our carbon footprint all together. Be assured as technology and techniques become available that brings us closer to this goal, Green Earth Outdoors will do its part to support such initiatives.
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