In alignment with our principles of working together, focusing on what we can control, and holding ourselves accountable, ATA has made a long-term commitment through the Decarbonization Fund to mitigate the impact of our carbon footprint by contributing for each trip taken by an ATA staff person, traveler, student or program staff. Through this fund, ATA committed to investing a minimum of $10,000 in 2022 in Cool Effect, a US nonprofit that supports projects that reduce carbon emissions while advancing other UN Sustainable Development Goals. The size of this fund will grow as business resumes post-pandemic and we will assess where to invest funds on an annual basis.

As 2023 draws to a close, we are thrilled that the fund has reached over $94,000 to date (over $64,000 raised in 2023). Staff volunteers have worked with Cool Effect to choose the three projects below for ATA’s 2023 contribution.

To bolster our commitment, ATA will match any individual contributions made by staff! For those interested in offsetting their own personal carbon footprint in 2023, ATA will match your donation. ATA contributes $25 per person/per flight. This is approximately the cost to offset an economy round trip flight NYC-San Fran or NYC-London.

Please make your donation to one of the three projects below and forward your receipt to Accounting by Dec. 1 to have your 2023 donation matched!

Where Does The Money Go?

Cool Effect is home to over a dozen projects around the globe, all working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions everyday.

More than 90% of each dollar you donate goes directly to helping our projects, with a small fee of only 9.87% to help us cover credit charges, research, and possible registration fees.

Here’s a breakdown:

  • 1.5% Research Fee
  • 2–4% Credit Card Fee
  • Registry Fee (where applicable)
  • Remainder for Cool Effect Administration Fee

Who is Cool Effect?

Cool Effect works with the world’s best carbon-reducing projects, giving people an easy way to effectively fight climate change. Combining science and transparency, our approach allows individuals to verifiably reduce carbon emissions and help transform communities around the world.