Consulting firm goes to new heights to draw attention to climate change

David LaGreca

A Grand Junction-based greenhouse gas consulting and verification company has gone to new heights to draw attention to the effects of climate change.

Ruby Canyon Engineering fielded a team to climb Pico Orizaba in Mexico, at 18,491 feet in elevation the third highest point in North America.

“There are few ways to better capture public attention than mountaineering and few better places to see the ravages of climate change than in alpine environments,” said David LaGreca, an environmental scientist at Ruby Canyon Engineering and member of the team.

The mission included employees of Ruby Canyon Engineering in the United States and Mexico and involved climbing through alpine and glaciated terrain.

Pico Orizaba is one of only three mountains in Mexico where glaciers remain. Recent studies project the peak will have the only remaining glacier within a decade, LaGreca said.

Ruby Canyon Engineering plans additional trips across North and South America to raise awareness about the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and support policies to reduce emissions.

Ruby Canyon Engineering offers a range of services related to greenhouse gas emissions, including consulting, inventories, emissions reporting and third-party verification. The firm works with compliance and voluntary carbon markets in the United States and internationally. The company also offers services related to coal mine methane capture. For more information, visit www.rubycanyoneng.com.