The Chevrolet Carbon Stories, Part 3 Metrolina Greenhouse
It's no secret that all buildings, whether residential or business, need energy for heat. No building is a better example than a greenhouse, which traditionally uses fossil fuels to create enough heat to grow plants. That’s a lot of energy expended. But what if we can substitute fossil fuel for biomass, especially waste wood or tree trimmings / waste from forests in place of fossil fuels?
As part of its Carbon Reduction Initiative, Chevrolet is supporting Metrolina Greenhouse in North Carolina. Metrolina grows over 70 million plants a year and is one of four greenhouse projects from the same developer that is utilizing biomass burners for heating the greenhouse instead of fossil fuel burners. The greenhouses grow plant materials that are shipped all over the U.S. The biomass fuel is mostly wood that would otherwise be destined for the landfill, or low value wood from forest thinnings. This type of biomass meets the United Nation's Clean Development Mechanism’s "Definition of Renewable Biomass."
This project will reduce fossil fuel consumption, divert waste from landfills and improve the quality of air for the community surrounding it. Over the next few years, Chevrolet will be investing in projects that will help reduce up to 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Every carbon-reducing project Chevrolet invests in will be based in the United States, and each will be focused in one of three areas: renewable energy, energy efficiency programs, and forestry (including conservation). Chevrolet has chosen projects they believe will make a lasting difference in communities across the country. Progress is already underway, and Chevrolet estimates it will take up to five years to achieve the initial goal. There's still a lot of work to be done, but every project is a step in the right direction.
Please visit the Chevrolet.com Carbon Stories (http://spr.ly/carbon) page to learn more about their Carbon Initiative, the projects they are supporting, and monitor their progress. You can also participate in the Chevy Tree Project (http://spr.ly/treeapp) on Facebook. When you plant a virtual tree on your Facebook page, Chevy will plant a real tree in a US National Forest— up to 175,000 trees.http://spr.ly/carbon) page to learn more about their Carbon Initiative, the projects they are supporting, and monitor their progress.