We Are Neutral: Carbon Offsetting at the Local Level

While 80,000 fans will be enjoying the music of Bonnaroo, a Gainesville team of dedicated employees will be working to eliminate the festival’s massive carbon footprint.  The company We Are Neutral sent 18 people to help with this purpose and set up a booth in Planet Roo to help spread the word.  The We Are Neutral team is known as the Carbon Shredders at the festival. Their goal is to calculate the impact of Bonnaroo on the environment and create carbon credits to offset it.

We Are Neutral does must of it’s work from their Gainesville office. They are located on AW 4th Ave. in the Indigo Green building. The company tracks climate change at the local level while providing help to lower-income families to reduce their utility bills. Their mission is to “design and implement programs that promote social and environment resilience” with the tools of carbon offsetting. 


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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