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Better World Auto Club strives to be a profitable example of social, economic, and environmental responsibility by supporting consumer advocacy, sustainable transportation development, and environmental projects that remedy the adverse impacts of travel.

We are not promising the world.  We are just doing our part to make it better. 

Here is how:

1. Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is:

Our 1% Promise for Clean-up Efforts:
We are committed to giving away an amount equal to 1% of our revenue (not profits, which are much smaller) to environmental cleanup and advocacy.

Our donations are largely in the form of carbon offsets. Offsets help neutralize the greenhouse gas pollution that is associated with the burning of fossil fuels. When you drive in your car or fly in an airplane, harmful gases (including CO2) are released into the atmosphere. Our Foundation carefully screens and selects offset projects to neutralize emissions that are directly contributing to global warming.

Contributions have been committed to the following projects:

Replacing out-of-date oil-burning boilers for Portland (OR) Public Schools
Maintaining and enlarging the Greater New Bedford LFG Utilization Project.
Maintaining the Sexton Energy Des Plaines landfill methane recovery and destruction project.
An electrically-charged plasma torch that destroys HFCs in Monterrey, Mexico.
A steam generator that runs on waste heat from petroleum processing in Visakhapatnam, India.
A separator that turns nitrous oxide into oxygen and nitrogen in Lu Cheng City, China.
Steel recycling facilities in Bakersfield California, where new metal shredders can tackle buses and even airplanes.

Small steps to a better business

2. Green Operations:

Being green isn’t just about spending money on environmental projects.  Many things we do are small but they keep our daily operations in line with our public advocacy.

We offset all the emissions associated with our headquarters’ operations in Portland, OR
Our web hosting is solar-powered.
Our paper membership materials are recycled from 100% post-consumer waste.
We use eco-friendly ink in all of our printers.
Our plastic membership cards are 100% recycled and recyclable.
And, of course, we recycle office materials and equipment.
In 2012, we began offsetting all the carbon emissions from our nationwide fleet of roadside service providers. We also began offering prizes to reward ecologically-friendly towing providers.

Small steps to a better industry

3. Driving Change: 

We believe in the power of consumer based change.  We don’t lobby with your membership dues, period. We do act by working to keep you informed and engaged, so you will speak up for what you believe in both with your voice and with your money. 

Check out and sign up for our advocacy e-newsletter Driving Change, a part of our regular e-newsletter, Kicking Asphalt.

Better World Club has:

Asked congress to close a $100 billion corporate tax loophole.
Promoted Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program.
Supported California’s continued efforts towards a 3-foot passing rule for bike safety.
Advocated for non-corn ethanol production over corn based ethanol.
Encouraged members to participate in Bike To Work week.
Sponsored The World Naked Bike Ride (a naked spotlight on biking and the social/environmental state of transportation) in Portland, OR.
Spoke out against and asked members to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Small steps to a better world

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