offCents is a mobile application with one mission: Reduce carbon emissions from transportation! The application incentivizes you to take clean forms of travel and offset any carbon intensive travel. When you agree to offset your transportation, we purchase carbon offsets on your behalf. Every time you offset you earn our offCents coins that can be redeemed for great rewards!
We have spent a great deal of effort developing technology to automatically detect and distinguish between clean and carbon-emitting travel. Car rides, planes, and trains are converted to a travel carbon footprint. Conversely, walking, biking, ride sharing, and mass transit convert into free carbon offset Credits. Receiving earned Credit for good behavior enables you to reduce the impact of unavoidable carbon-intensive travel. You may purchase additional Credits to become in balance, or carbon neutral, should your monthly travel emissions exceed offset Credits earned. Finally, you are rewarded for using your Credit to offset. For each Credit used to offset CO2 emissions, you will receive one offCents coin.
A Credit represents 1 lb of actual carbon offsets or verified emission reductions (VERs) from our projects we support. Earning Credits are offCents way of encouraging low emissions travel. Each Credit earned can use to offset higher emissions travel. For each Credit used, whether purchased or earned, offCents retires carbon offsets, or VERs, on your behalf and you’ll receive an offCents coin redeemable for rewards.
Carbon offsets are a market based approach to create projects that reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Offsets are generated from scientifically verified projects that reduce carbon emissions. For every metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon reduction, a project receives one offset. Developers of that project can sell their offsets in order to finance the operations of new and existing projects. For example, selling offsets can make owning and protecting a forest as or more lucrative than deforesting it for profit.
offCents is an active buyer of carbon offsets, or VERs, from verified carbon reducing projects. Each month we purchase carbon offsets on your behalf that correspond to the amount of CO2 lbs you offset. The carbon offsets we acquire are validated and verified by the most reputable standards as set forth by the Climate Action Reserve, American Carbon Registry, and Verified Carbon Standard. Each month you will receive a certificate representing the CO2 you eliminated from polluting our atmosphere.
Carbon offsets can be bought and sold again until they are retired. When offsets are retired, they can never be sold or claimed again. offCents buys and retires offsets. We never resell them. You can view our carbon offset retirements on our projects page. In addition to publicly listing our retirements, a third party conducts an annual audit of all offCents retirements.
We are continually updating our methodology to be as accurate as possible in calculating your carbon footprint. Please see our carbon methodology page for more details.
Paying for carbon offsets fund carbon reducing projects. Although many of us care about the environment, we cannot stop using transportation in our daily lives. By purchasing offsets, you help fund a project that will reduce carbon emissions equal to the carbon you create from transportation.
Please check our projects page to view the projects your offsets support.
The price to offset a ride is displayed on each trip card. If you select 'Offset', you are agreeing to pay to offset the ride. offCents will charge you monthly. You can find your billing date via 'More' > 'My plan & payments'.
We think doing good for the environment is a great thing. However, as global warming is reaching a tipping point, it is also becoming a threat that requires immediate action. While we want to reward our active users, we also want to encourage new people to participate. Please continue to check back for rewards that you may redeem with coins.
The effects of global warming may not be disruptive to you; however, the negative impacts will only continue to worsen if worldwide carbon emissions are not reduced. We believe that offCents is valuable to all of us! Plus you can do two great things by just walking or biking. 1. reduce CO2 in our atmosphere and 2. earn rewards.
A ride card may take several minutes to appear after the end of a trip. If a ride card still does not appear, check that location services in iOS settings is set to 'Always' for offCents. Also, check for any available updates for offCents in the App Store. If you are still having trouble, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, you can always add a trip manually.
Please check the settings on your device for offCents. offCents requires access to your Motion & Fitness in order to determine the steps you take walking or distance you bike. Once this permission is granted, you can start reducing carbon emissions by just walking!
No, offCents will sleep and do its work to track and offset your transportation emissions with minimal power. You should notice that offCents battery usage is very low. Of course, if you are opening offCents to check out our great rewards, on screen time will cause offCents use to be a little higher. But the magic of tracking and removing carbon from our atmosphere takes very little power!
We are a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). This means achieving a public benefit is a core goal to our company. We issue annual reports to disclose our impact.
No, however, most certified B Corp’s must also be a PBC. PBC is a legal corporate structure and B Corp status is granted based on the B Lab’s Impact Assessment. We are currently in the application process to be a Certified B Corp.