ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® has teamed up with Strive™ - Reduced Emissions Fuel, currently available at ALON 7-Eleven gas stations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa, Texas, to offset emissions for carbon neutral hot air balloon flights. In addition to reducing the harmful emissions of nearly 100,000 gallons of propane, Strive™ will also plant a tree in the Santa Fe National Forest on behalf of each 550 hot air balloons participating in the popular event.
"As our goal is to create a fun, celebrated event each year in Albuquerque, we also want to leave the city better off than when we arrived. Teaming with Strive™ allows us to do that since we are offsetting harmful emissions that are put into the atmosphere as a result of each balloon flying with propane," says Paul Smith, executive director for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. "We are positively impacting the environment through those offsets and by planting trees in our national forest. ALON 7-Eleven has been one of the Fiesta's valued sponsors for years, and we're excited to continue working with them on such a great initiative for the second year in a row."