44th Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Flight Goes Carbon Neutral with STRIVE™

  • By Strive Fuel Team
  • 05 Oct, 2015

STRIVE™ to Offset all Flights & Plant 550 Trees in Santa Fe National Forest During Festival

We're proud to announce that this year's Balloon Fiesta flight will be carbon neutral thanks to Alon 7-Eleven with Strive Fuel! 

To reduce its carbon footprint, the  Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® has teamed up with the  STRIVE™  - Reduced Emissions Fuel Program, currently available at select ALON 7-Eleven gas stations inAlbuquerque, to offset emissions from all balloon flights during the event. In addition to negating nearly 100,000 gallons of propane, the world's most sustainable fuel program will also plant a tree in the Santa Fe National Forest on behalf of each 550 hot air balloons participating in the popular event.

"Every year we look for new and innovative ways to improve the Balloon Fiesta. Partnering with STRIVE for these offsetting and tree planting programs in our backyard lessens our impact on the environment and creates a lasting legacy in the Santa Fe National Forest," says Paul Smith, executive director for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. "ALON 7-Eleven has been one of the Fiesta's valued sponsors for years, and we're excited to work with them on their latest initiative."

Created through a partnership between ALON Distributors and GreenPrint, the STRIVE Fuel program reduces carbon emissions sustainably and counteracts the negative effects they can have on the atmosphere, climate and lifestyles. To offset the balloon flights, STRIVE will invest in U.S. based carbon reduction projects to eliminate emissions that harm the atmosphere. The projects are certified and verified to sequester carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. In addition, STRIVE Fuel is partnering with The Arbor Day Foundation to plant 550 trees in the Sante Fe National Forest, ensuring a long-term localized carbon reduction solution for the balloon emissions. All of this is in addition to the ongoing investment STRIVE Fuel is making in Albuquerque to offset tailpipe emissions for ALON's customers and to plant trees locally in partnership with Tree New Mexico and Keep Albuquerque Beautiful.

"The Balloon Fiesta is an important event to the city of Albuquerque and one that we look forward to every year," states Eric Corley, regional manager in Albuquerque for 7-Eleven. "We launched STRIVE to improve our community and make an impact on the footprint we leave behind. Being able to do the same for this internationally-acclaimed event is an honor and something we hope to make a lasting tradition."

For more information on where to find stations, visit  www.strivefuel.com/stations  or look for the icon in the  GasBuddy  mobile application.

About the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an annual festival of hot air balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. It is the largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world. For details on events, schedule, entertainment and photographs visit our website www.balloonfiesta.com and follow us on Twitter @BalloonFiesta and Facebook.

About Alon/7-Eleven

Headquartered in Dallas, ALON Brands markets ALON motor fuel products at more than 800 locations and is the largest 7-Eleven licensee in North America. For more information about ALON Brands, visit  www.alonbrands.com .

About  GreenPrint

Headquartered in Atlanta, GreenPrint is the world's leading innovator of carbon neutral fuel solutions. GreenPrint enables consumers to drive their cars, heat their homes, and live their everyday lives without leaving a carbon footprint. The company's patent-pending solutions also provide municipal and commercial fleet managers and petroleum retailers the ability to build goodwill, enhance brand loyalty, and/or increase market share. For more information visit  http://www.GreenPrintCorp.com .

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By Strive Fuel Team 14 Sep, 2017

Now looking forward there will be a huge need for disaster relief that will include clean-up, supplies and donations. Here are some ways you can help:

 

1. Donate Money. The simplest way you can get involved in the relief help is to donate monetarily. Families have lost everything and will have to rebuild their homes and their lives. Look around your local town and you will see companies and businesses all over supporting relief efforts. It might be a dollar at checkout at the grocery store. So give what you can, every little bit will help! If you are looking for the easiest way to get involved, you can text HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to automatically give $10. You can also look at the Red Cross website to donate .

2. Donate Time. Volunteer your time to the relief effort. There are a lot of opportunities, but also a lot volunteers. If you are thinking or wanting to volunteer, talk with the program you are assisting and make sure that the best way you can help is through volunteering. Sometimes, in these situations, there can be too many volunteers where other donations are needed more. If more volunteers aren’t needed, there are plenty of other ways to help.

3. Donate Supplies. What better time than now to clean out your closet? Have good-conditioned clothes that aren’t being worn? Donate them to the Hurricane victims as many have lost everything. This is a great opportunity to gives to the disaster victims. The Salvation Army is a great resource for donating supplies! Affected areas will need water and food to keep displaced victims fed and hydrated. They will need cleaning supplies and anything that will help repair damage. If you are wanting to get involved and offer aid, check out The Salvation Army donation page to learn how you can best help.

  

Natural disasters can be completely devastating, but they can also bring together communities. Please give where you can and keep affected areas in your thoughts as they begin to rebuild!
By Strive Fuel Team 17 Aug, 2017

If you’re not in one of these cities with totality, don’t worry! You will see a sliver of the moon go over the sun, and will still be able to see the eclipse, you just won’t be in total darkness. If you are in totality, this means that from your viewpoint you will be in complete darkness. So, if you’re close to a city that will be in totality, head out on a road trip to the nearest city! Did you know this is the first solar eclipse to go over the US since 1918? Take the kids out of school and experience a solar eclipse together!

The eclipse will start at the Northern tip of Oregon and go across the US to the East Coast of South Carolina. At the start of the eclipse, in Oregon, the sun will actually rise totally eclipsed. This is a rare sight and over 500,000 people are estimated to travel and see it! However, it is estimated that the most people will be traveling to South Carolina because it is the closest destination for the entire Eastern Seaboard. There is an estimated 2 million people traveling to see the eclipse in totality. In total, it is estimated that 7 million people might travel to the path of totality. So be safe on the roads as you travel!Fill up with our fuel with reduced emissions so that your carbon footprint will be reduced while you travel to enjoy the eclipse.

By Strive Fuel Team 28 Jul, 2017

Take Inventory

Before you hit the store for student’s must have school supplies, take an inventory of what you already have. Didn’t use all those colored pencils or pens last year? That’s great! They can be used for this year. Avoid last minute impulse purchases, and don’t over buy. Ask yourself, “Is it really going to get used?” Make a supplies list and stick to it. Think of all the money you can save as well!

 

Choose Greener Products

When purchasing school supplies, opt for the greener choices. Purchase biodegradable pencils and refillable pens so when they do run out, they aren’t sitting in landfills for years to come. Choose recycled paper products, and buy supplies with less packaging (it’s all going to get thrown away anyway.)

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