Early in 2020, our parent company Vertical Supply Group (VSG) embarked on a plan to develop an Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) plan. As a part of this plan, we worked with a 3rd party agency to perform a comprehensive audit of VSG’s overall carbon footprint. They took into account our operations, travel, heating, cooling, vehicle usage and more.
Following this analysis, VSG sought a partnership with an organization that was aligned with our mission of environmental sustainability. Through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we have achieved carbon neutrality through offsetting 100% of carbon emissions in 2021 with the purchase of qualifying carbon credits. To further our commitment, we have partnered with Arbor Day in a multi-year relationship to help us become a more sustainable company both internally and externally.
"Choosing to focus on the future is what the Arbor Day Foundation does best," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "We are excited to be working with companies who feel the same, like Vertical Supply Group. They too understand the importance that sustainable business practices will have on the environment and the future."
VSG contributions will support the Foundation's work in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley through the purchase of carbon credits. The ongoing restoration work that takes place in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley is vital for countless people and wildlife in the region. In addition to the carbon offsets, VSG has invested in planting 5,000 trees in Florida’s Econfina Creek watershed project. This reforestation project supports several cities, including Panama City. Natural disasters like Hurricane Michael devastated the land in 2018, and now the region is ready to be replanted again.