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About Us

We built this company upon the conviction that social change comes from the small steps individuals take every day. Gradual changes in our actions leads to major changes in society. Change does not come from the top, it comes from people doing what's right.

We are not simply in the business of credit cards, debit cards and payroll cards . . . We are in the business of changing the world. Our cards are a means to this end.

We believe in the science of global climate change. It is one of the greatest challenges, if not the greatest challenge, facing our planet. Without individual action, global climate change is likely to affect every aspect of our existence, from our ability to feed ourselves—to where we can live—and what species survive. We each can act to fight global climate change and embrace sustainability.

Sustain:Green offers an innovative way to take concrete actions every day, and foster social change with every swipe. Every time our cards are used, a concrete contribution to the fight against global climate change is made. We reduce your carbon footprint (or the carbon footprint of the item you purchased) by retiring carbon offsets and provide funding to reforestation projects.

The Sustain:Green cards allow you to bank with people who share your values and see more than just a bottom line measured in dollars. We give equal weight to our business, environmental and social missions. We hope you will join us in our mission.

About Our Name

We named our company Sustain:Green because it defines our attitude. Often, it takes an attitude for new action to occur. Sustain: Green is about taking action on behalf of a greener world, where our actions today have consequence for us all in the future—and future generations.

The founders of Sustain:Green combined their backgrounds in finance, green technology, and carbon markets, with their passion for sustainable living, to create a financial services product with social value.

It enables Sustain:Green users to have the convenience of a standard prepaid debit or credit card with benefits that can contribute to changing the world.

Why Sustain?

"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."
Ancient Proverb

SUSTAINABILITY IS ABOUT

  • Using the planet's resources in a responsible manner
  • Preserving resources for future generations
  • Informed choices
  • Promoting sustainable practices and lifestyle

SUSTAINABILITY IS NOT

  • Anti-technology
  • Anti-industry

Sustainability seeks to meet the needs of the present, without damaging ecosystems and compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainability is a long-term approach to environmental protection, which acknowledges the connections between the environment, the economy and social responsibility.

Sustainability

Our Partners

Mata No Peito

Mata no Peito is a coalition initiative to support local organizations and communities to protect and replant forests throughout Brazil. When Sustain:Green, or any of the other participants, purchases and retires certain carbon offsets provided by Nike, all of the money is donated to a fund that will provide seed capital to innovative forestry projects. The Mata no Peito coalition will demonstrate we can all work together to achieve meaningful, positive environmental impact.
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American Carbon Registry

Sustain:Green works closely with American Carbon Registry®, a non-profit enterprise of Winrock International, in several areas. Sustain:Green purchases and retires offsets registered on American Carbon Registry which comply with its science-based standards that ensure precision and rigor in the measurement of emissions reductions and environmental benefits. Nike has been working with American Carbon Registry's parent organization Winrock International as a founding partner of the Mata no Peito initiative focused on protecting and recovering forests in Brazil. The funds Sustain:Green provides to retire ACR-registered Nike offsets will be pooled with other corporate and individual contributions to the Mata no Peito initiative to provide funding to projects that protect and replant forests in Brazil—improving livelihoods within these communities.
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Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball

Sustain:Green was a sponsor and carbon offset partner for the Seventh Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball, held on January 21, 2013, in honor of President Obama's re-election. This bi-partisan celebration has become a Washington tradition as the environmental and clean energy communities gather to welcome a new Administration and make headway towards a more sustainable future. Sustain:Green retired carbon offsets to mitigate the climate impact of the Ball and presented a certificate commemorating this event. Honored Guests at the Ball included: Ken Salazar, Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior; Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy; and Steven Chu, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy.
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Our Business Mission

Our Business Mission

To create credit and debit cards that generate an environmental benefit every time they are used.

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Our Environmental Mission

Our Environmental Mission

To help foster a healthy environment for current and future generations by using our cards to:

  • Provide funds to reduce CO2
  • Provide funds for reforestation
  • Educate and raise environmental awareness
  • Promote sustainable practices and lifestyle

Our Social Business Model

Our Social Business Model

As a Social Business, we use our business to generate funds for our environmental goals, rather than seeking donations. We look beyond the standard corporate model of profitability, and instead have adopt a "triple bottom line" where our social and environmental mission are given equal weight as our economic business mission.

Generate profit through goods and services, rather than grants or donations

When you use a Sustain:Green card, you help fund our fight against climate change, rather than just add to the profits of a large bank.

Use the business marketplace to address social goals

Our prepaid debit cards and credit cards are designed to match the financial benefits and services of regular prepaid debit and credit cards, while also contributing to our mission of fighting global climate change. As you use our cards, you take concrete actions to reduce your carbon footprint, fund of green projects such as reforestation, eliminate greenhouse gases, and demonstrate how small steps can help solve large problems.

Target long term change rather than an immediate single-instance project

Our carbon footprint tools help cardholders measure their environmental impact in order to live more sustainably, and enables them to engage their family and friends.

Invest revenue in a social and/or environmental goal as part of the bottom line, measuring success by social impact rather than in pure monetary terms

We eliminate at least two pounds of CO2 for every dollar of purchases made on our cards, and provide funds for reforestation.

Sustain:Green is a partner in the Mata No Pieto initiative, which is focused on the reforestation of Brazil’s rain forests.

Sustain:Green is always interested in speaking with organizations interested in partnering with us, particularly if it involves helping build awareness of our mission or providing additional benefits to our cardholders. We also welcome inquiries from the media. For any of our cardholders who need assistance, please call us at the number on the back of your card or click here

Contact Information and Press Coverage

Contact Information and Press Coverage

SUSTAIN: GREEN is always interested in speaking with organizations interested in partnering with us, particularly if it involves helping build awareness of our mission or providing additional benefits to our cardholders. We also welcome inquiries from the media. For contact information, click here.

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