In conjunction with BP and its not-for-profit Target Neutral program,
DeVry University today announced it will help offset the carbon
emissions associated with the 2012 Olympic Games by encouraging those
who are traveling to London to offset their travel, at no cost, through
Last week, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and BP announced that all
travel for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams would be offset through
Target Neutral. DeVry University, an Official Education Provider of the
USOC, will join Team USA and other Worldwide and USOC partners, such as
Dow Chemical, GE, McDonald's, United Airlines and Hilton, in offsetting
travel emissions for the Games.
"We are delighted to join Team USA and BP to help mitigate and
neutralize the travel emissions associated with the Games," said David
J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. "The program not only
enables DeVry University employees supporting Team USA to travel to the
Games more sustainably, but also raises awareness among our students,
alumni and university partners about how we can take action and offset
their travel emissions for free."
This initiative is part of a program to help offset the more than
400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) associated with travel to
and from the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Supported by Target Neutral,
a BP-developed non-profit program designed to reduce, replace and
neutralize carbon emissions, the initiative is expected to offset the
highest number of journeys to a single event.
As the Official Carbon Offset Partner of the London 2012 Games, BP is
offering to offset the travel of all ticketed spectators to and from the
Games. The aim is to neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions resulting
from spectator travel to and from the Games as much as possible. The
carbon released into the atmosphere by London 2012 spectators is
estimated to be the second largest source of carbon outputs related to
"Of all of our efforts to make the Games as sustainable as possible,
Target Neutral is a great way to engage as many people as we can -
whether they are traveling to the Games or not," said Kevin Phelan,
senior vice president for BP Target Neutral. "Working with DeVry
University is a unique and effective way to engage a wide range of
students, faculty and those interested in sustainability, and I
encourage as many people to participate as possible."
How to Participate in Target Neutral
Whether traveling by planes, cars or public transport to London 2012,
spectators will be able to offset their carbon emissions, free of
charge, by simply registering their journey via two simple options:
Online or Facebook: Ticketholders can sign up online for free
through the website at bptargetneutral.com/us
or Facebook app at: apps.facebook.com/targetneutraloffset.
In the Olympic Park: Ticketholders can register to offset their
travel with Target Neutral while attending the Games at Olympic Park.
To date, more than 345,000 people have shown their commitment to
reducing their carbon footprint by registering with Target Neutral.
About DeVry University
Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector
universities in North America, with more than 90,000 students enrolled
in the United States and Canada. The university's mission is to foster
student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education
integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than
95 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented
undergraduate and graduate degree
programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and
geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of
study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information
Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts &
Technology, DeVry University's outstanding faculty members, work in the
fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences
that prepare them for high-growth careers.
DeVry University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.
DeVry University, an official education provider of the United States
Olympic Committee and a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV) is based in
Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us
on Twitter @DeVryUniv, Facebook/DEVRYUNIVERSITY or visit newsroom.devry.edu.
About BP Target Neutral
Target Neutral was set up in 2006 as part of BP's broader commitment to
practical sustainability. It is a not-for-profit carbon management
program, which encourages consumers to reduce, replace and neutralize
their carbon emissions from transport. BP covers Target Neutral's
operating costs ensuring that all the money paid to offset is used to
support genuine carbon offset projects that also have positive local
environmental and socio-economic benefits.
BP Target Neutral is a founding member of ICROA, the International
Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance which has recently merged with
IETA, the International Emissions Trading Association.
For more information, please visit bptargetneutral.com/us
or view our Target Neutral video.
Donna Shaults, 630.353.9013