Delta Air Lines is to be the first U.S. airline to offer its customers an opportunity to help offset carbon emissions through a donation to The Conservation Fund. The Conservation Fund is a leading environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting land and water resources. Through the Delta program, customers will be able to buy trees that, once planted, will help absorb carbon dioxide, filter water, restore wildlife habitat and enhance public recreation areas. To kick off the program, Delta made a donation to The Conservation Fund for every customer taking a Delta mainline or Delta Shuttle flight on Earth Day, April 22, and is pledging a commitment to plant a tree for each of the airlines 47,000 employees.
As of June 1, 2007, customers who purchase a ticket online at delta.com will have the option to contribute toward the offset of carbon emissions associated with air travel through a donation to The Conservation Fund. A donation of $5.50 for a domestic roundtrip and $11 for an international roundtrip will go toward planting trees in the U.S. and abroad. European airlines such as SAS, Virgin and Silverjet have led the way in carbon offset programs. For more information on The Conservation Fund, visit http://www.conservationfund.org