From: Roger Greenway, ENN
Published December 7, 2011 02:12 PM

Chevrolet Carbon Story 4 Rockingham County Landfill

Americans create over 200 million tons of trash each year. As garbage in landfills decomposes, it creates a gas that is half methane (the primary component of natural gas), which has 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Instead of letting the gas escape into the air, landfill gas projects collect the gas and destroy it through either flaring, or using the gas to power electric generators or boilers. Thus garbage is turned into energy.

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As part of its Carbon Initiative Program, Chevrolet is supporting the Rockingham County (Virginia) Landfill’s methane capture and use program. Rockingham County Landfill collects the methane from the landfill and pipes it to Rockingham (Virginia) Memorial Hospital (RMH) where it will fuel boilers that produce steam, heat and electricity for the Hospital’s use. RMH is a LEED certified facility and one of the first hospitals to utilize landfill gas for the vast majority of their fuel needs.

Destroying landfill gasses helps to reduce odors and other hazards associated with Landfill Gas emissions, and it helps prevent methane from migrating into the atmosphere and contributing to local smog and global climate change.

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.

) 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. 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.

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