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The Sanctuary Introduces Carbon Offsets

The Sanctuary, a locally-owned and operated licensed cannabis retailer and delivery service, has become the first dispensary to utilize carbon offsetting via donation to California-based Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty (COTAP).

In committing to this innovative environmental and community benefit, The Sanctuary hopes to lead by example and encourages other businesses in the cannabis supply chain to calculate their annual mileage and facilities' carbon footprints and support the fight against climate change.

Heidi Minx, The Sanctuary's Chief Marketing Officer, notes, “It’s no secret that the packaging regulations, transportation requirements associated with testing and distribution, as well as indoor growing practices leave the cannabis industry in a less-than-desirable position with regard to carbon footprints and sustainability. Because California is a global leader in both cannabis cultivation and innovation, we believe we should lead by example."

"COTAP’s particular approach to carbon offsetting appealed to us greatly -- not only are they California-based, their work goes beyond just offsetting. They choose projects that support farmers and help ensure food security. As our industry looks to 4/20, we want to look two days later on the calendar -- 4/22 is Earth Day, and this is our way of contributing year-round. From my research, I believe we are the first dispensary in California to calculate and offset the emissions of our delivery vehicles’ and dispensary.”

Tim Whitley, Founder + CEO of COTAP notes, “We’re thrilled that The Sanctuary recognized COTAP as their choice for carbon offsets. There’s way too much filler and shake in our industry in terms of forest carbon projects which only profess to “do no harm” to local communities. By contrast, our tagline is “global climate justice” because we’re all about who benefits (the world’s poorest people), how they benefit (direct sharing of carbon revenue), and how much (projects share 60%+). We’d love to help more cannabis companies and their customers follow The Sanctuary’s lead by addressing their unavoidable emissions through COTAP’s empowering offsets!”


Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty (COTAP) is a California-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that funds projects around the world. Their mission is to empower individuals and organizations in developed countries to address both climate change and global poverty. COTAP counteracts carbon emissions through certified forestry projects in developing regions, creating transparent, accountable, and life-changing earnings for rural farming communities where income levels are less than $2 per day. Since 2011, COTAP has worked exclusively with projects certified by Plan Vivo, the world’s oldest voluntary forest carbon standard and the only standard which requires projects share 60%+ of carbon revenues with participating communities. COTAP’s long-standing efforts have funded small communities to plant trees and protect forests in Nicaragua, Mexico, Fiji, Indonesia, India, and Uganda. Ninety percent of the money given to the nonprofit goes directly into these programs with local farmers.


Based in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood of Sacramento, The Sanctuary is a licensed dispensary and delivery company, serving the greater Sacramento area. The Sanctuary prides itself on its community feel and customer service. The company believes in education for their team members, and strives to promote from within. In addition to their carbon emissions offsetting initiative, they are dedicated to their community and also support Weed For Warriors, Brother to Brother, and North Sacramento Youth Outreach.

License number C10-0000678-LIC.


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