Rainforest Trust is pleased to announce that GO Airport Express is donating proceeds from ridership to help us protect rainforests and other threatened habitats around the globe. Under the Penny-per-Passenger program, GO Airport Express, Chicago’s premier ground transportation company, will donate one cent for every individual who books a ride to or from O’Hare or Midway airports.
The company transports almost one million passengers per year, meaning approximately $10,000 will be donated annually to support Rainforest Trust’s efforts to buy and protect critical lands.
“The Penny-per-Passenger program is part of the GO Airport Express mission to broaden its green efforts,” said John McCarthy, company president.
“A shared ride is an environmentally friendly ground transportation option,” he explained. “With six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions.”
“Now, we’re even greener. The more people who ride, the more money will be generated for Rainforest Trust, funding direct action to save tropical forests,” McCarthy added.
Rainforest Trust Director Byron Swift agrees.
“The destruction of tropical rainforests accounts for 20% of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere by man and is the major contributor to the loss of biodiversity on the planet,” Swift said.
“Preventing this destruction by preserving existing forest is the most efficient and effective way to mitigate climate change and preserve biodiversity, and we deeply welcome this support from GO Airport Express and its passengers.”
Founded in 1853 as the Parmelee Transportation Company, GO Airport Express currently transports more than one million passengers annually to and from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports. Its door-to-door services are offered to and from downtown Chicago, as well as most Chicago neighborhoods and its surrounding suburbs. It is also a founding member for GO Airport Shuttle, offering transportation in airports worldwide.