DeVry University Joins Team USA to Offset Carbon Emissions through BP Target Neutral Program

Encourages others traveling to Games to offset through free BP Target Neutral

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., August 03, 2012 - In conjunction with BP and its not-for-profit Target Neutral program, DeVry University today announced it will help offset the carbon emissions associated with the 2012 Olympic Games by encouraging those who are traveling to London to offset their travel, at no cost, through Target Neutral.

Last week, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and BP announced that all travel for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams would be offset through Target Neutral. DeVry University, an Official Education Provider of the USOC, will join Team USA and other Worldwide and USOC partners, such as Dow Chemical, GE, McDonald’s, United Airlines and Hilton, in offsetting travel emissions for the Games.

“We are delighted to join Team USA and BP to help mitigate and neutralize the travel emissions associated with the Games,” said David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. “The program not only enables DeVry University employees supporting Team USA to travel to the Games more sustainably, but also raises awareness among our students, alumni and university partners about how we can take action and offset their travel emissions for free.”

This initiative is part of a program to help offset the more than 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) associated with travel to and from the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Supported by Target Neutral, a BP-developed non-profit program designed to reduce, replace and neutralize carbon emissions, the initiative is expected to offset the highest number of journeys to a single event.

As the Official Carbon Offset Partner of the London 2012 Games, BP is offering to offset the travel of all ticketed spectators to and from the Games. The aim is to neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from spectator travel to and from the Games as much as possible. The carbon released into the atmosphere by London 2012 spectators is estimated to be the second largest source of carbon outputs related to the Games.

“Of all of our efforts to make the Games as sustainable as possible, Target Neutral is a great way to engage as many people as we can – whether they are traveling to the Games or not,” said Kevin Phelan, senior vice president for BP Target Neutral. “Working with DeVry University is a unique and effective way to engage a wide range of students, faculty and those interested in sustainability, and I encourage as many people to participate as possible.”

How to Participate in Target Neutral

Whether traveling by planes, cars or public transport to London 2012, spectators will be able to offset their carbon emissions, free of charge, by simply registering their journey via two simple options:

  • Online or Facebook: Ticketholders can sign up online for free through the website at or Facebook app at:
  • In the Olympic Park: Ticketholders can register to offset their travel with Target Neutral while attending the Games at Olympic Park.

To date, more than 345,000 people have shown their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint by registering with Target Neutral.

About DeVry University

Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with more than 90,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada. The university’s mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 95 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University’s outstanding faculty members, work in the fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers.

DeVry University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, DeVry University, an official education provider of the United States Olympic Committee and a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV) is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv, Facebook/DEVRYUNIVERSITY or visit

About BP Target Neutral

Target Neutral was set up in 2006 as part of BP’s broader commitment to practical sustainability. It is a not-for-profit carbon management program, which encourages consumers to reduce, replace and neutralize their carbon emissions from transport. BP covers Target Neutral’s operating costs ensuring that all the money paid to offset is used to support genuine carbon offset projects that also have positive local environmental and socio-economic benefits.

BP Target Neutral is a founding member of ICROA, the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance which has recently merged with IETA, the International Emissions Trading Association.

For more information, please visit or view our Target Neutral video.


DeVry University
Donna Shaults, 630.353.9013

<< Back