Graduation Gifts: Offset your graduate's carbon footprint
The program is not cheap, but if you want to make a difference going green this way is likely to make a bigger difference than a pack of CFL light bulbs for the graduates first apartment. To offset the carbon footprint of a high school graduate, $6,000 in offsets would need to be purchased. For a college graduate the cost would be $7,500 and for a working adult the price jumps up to $25,000! The prices are high but even if you can't afford to offset your favorite grad's carbon footprint for life you can purchase offsets in smaller amounts by donating to Terrapass in honor of the graduate.I don't see anyone in my family opting for this as a graduation present. Never mind how eco-conscience anyone in my extended family is; if one of my relatives dropped $7,500 on offsetting my carbon footprint rather than my student loan debt I would question their financial aptitude. In either case, high school or college, unless the student had a full ride or had parents who paid for the full 4 years of college I fail to see how this would be the best use of money. Call me an environment hater if you want but giving the gift of green towards a college or trade education is a better use of money in my opinion. If you still want to make an impression, have the graduate promise to make donations to an organization like Terrapass upon graduation or make taking public transit for college and the first few years of graduation a requirement of the gift!