Summer is fast approaching, and as temperatures climb and everyone heads to the beaches, thoughts turn to the delights of creamy, cool summer ice creams. New Carbonfree® Business Partner Beachy Cream is helping to satiate ice cream lovers through its store in Santa Monica and through grocery stores and restaurants in the broader southern California area. Beachy Cream manufactures and sells only certified organic ice cream, all of which is made in small batches, with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, such as dairy products from Straus Family Creamery and produce from the local farmer’s markets.
This year, Beachy Cream made the important decision to join the Carbonfree® Business Partnership, to expand on its responsibilities as a Certified Santa Monica Green Business and to neutralize 36 metric tonnes of operating emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon emissions reduction, clean energy and forestry preservation projects.
“At Beachy Cream, we are committed to organic because we believe it is the best hope our planet has for improving our environment and all living beings,” explains Ann Ryan, CEO and Founder of Beachy Cream. “We are honored to be partnered with Carbonfund.org and share its vision, values and goal to fight global warming.”
With tempting flavors like Strawberry Balsamic Swirl and Candied Ginger, along with several vegan flavor options and hot dogs, chili, grilled cheese and more at the Santa Monica shop, Beachy Cream is sure to lead the organic ice cream revolution and stand out as a sustainable business operation as well. Carbonfund.org is pleased to welcome Beachy Cream to the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program.
Salsa Labs helps nonprofits ignite action and fuel change by growing and engaging a base of support through its all-in-one online engagement platform. But for their own annual business activities, Salsa has chosen to mitigate the impact of their fuel consumption by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon emissions reduction, clean air technology and forest preservation projects.
Since joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2010, Salsa has neutralized almost a million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the emissions created by driving a passenger car over a million miles.
“Carbonfund.org shares our core values of making the world a better place," comments Tammy Sproule, Director of Marketing at Salsa. "Their commitment to the environment and fighting climate change is inspiring and we look forward to this partnership.”
With Salsa, organizations can easily organize their supporters and chapters, fundraise, advocate, communicate through email and social media, host events and measure results. The company currently empowers more than 3,000 organizations and their more than 92 million donors, members, activists and fans.
Earlier this year, Salsa announced the release of its newest software, Solis. Designed to help growing nonprofit organizations – including many environmental organizations -- take full advantage of online communications, outreach and fundraising, Solis guides its users step-by-step through developing email, donation, social sharing and online CRM tools, all in one application.
“By integrating all the tools nonprofits need as well as proven best practice guides and tips within the application, we save organizations more than just time. We can lead even the smallest nonprofit to success,” said Charles Parsons, Director of Product Development.
Carbonfund.org commends Salsa Labs for creating scalable solutions for nonprofit and advocacy groups of all sizes, and for maintaining an ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility for its own operations.
New York-based Carbonfree® Business Partner Carma was founded in 2008 by a group of automotive and technology enthusiasts who wanted to make data from vehicles accessible on the internet. The first hardware Carma developed was for a European technology firm to transmit vehicle data over a GSM cell network to vehicle emissions monitoring software.
As part of their own sustainability initiatives, Carma joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2011 in order to neutralize their own estimated annual operating emissions. Over the past five years, Carma has mitigated the impact of almost 795,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions through its support of Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world. That’s equivalent to planting and growing over 9000 tree seedlings and letting them grow for ten years.
Environmental responsibility and information regarding climate impact has always been an important part of Carma’s business philosophy and its products and systems development. In 2013, Carma launched CarmaLink.com, a cloud vehicle monitoring solution for small businesses which needed real-time vehicle management with a simple interface.
Early adopters to this new technology include the Boston Duck Tours, which uses the automatic vehicle location (AVL) to track the location of tour groups, monitor engine speed and safety information. Other customers include the Town of Bethlehem Highway Department (Delmar, NY), which uses the efficiency reporting to cut down on engine idle time and stay on top of engine trouble codes for their trucks.
Carma’s parts and manufacturing processes are sourced locally whenever possible, which allows Carma to decrease the carbon footprint from transportation of goods. They also use a low carbon, up-cycled plastic resin in their electronics, made from old water bottles, which reduces the total energy requirements for production.
Lastly, Carma leases rather than sells electronics to customers, allowing the devices to be reused and re-leased rather than thrown away at the end of a contract.
The philosophy behind CarmaLink is to make fleets more efficient, saving money and fuel by:
- implementing an idle reduction program to limit the amount of time a driver can idle the engine before triggering an alert to their manager, and
- by implementing a safety policy that includes a top speed limit for all vehicles, saving even more fuel. If a driver exceeds the set limit, the hardware records the time/location and speed of the vehicle for a report.
Carma reminds its customers - as does Carbonfund.org - that keeping a vehicle well maintained is important to ensure the best fuel economy which means heeding engine warning lights and fixing engine problems that can lead to inefficient combustion and lower fuel consumption percentage. CarmaLink also monitors for low tire pressure, as keeping tires properly inflated can increase fuel economy up to 3%.
Carbonfund.org applauds Carma’s efforts to help businesses of all sizes to monitor the efficiency and reduce the climate impact of their fleet, while maintaining its own carbon neutral operations through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership.
Carbonfree® Business Partner AArete, an international management consulting firm with specialties in supply chain optimization, performance improvement practices and strategic cost reduction, has renewed its annual operational emissions neutralization program with Carbonfund.org for the sixth year. In that time, AArete has neutralized over 2,300,000 pounds of carbon emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s energy efficiency and carbon reduction technologies projects. That’s equivalent to removing from the atmosphere the carbon emissions produced by an average passenger car that drives almost 2.5 million miles.
Sustainability is one of the guiding principles of AArete’s corporate culture. The firm is consistently committed to safeguarding our environment and conserving natural resources – not only through day to day actions but through their recommendations to clients.
“AArete is committed to creating a culture that makes the environment a top priority,” explains Skip Behm, CFO & Managing Director of AArete. “Partnering with Carbonfund.org just reinforces our promise to promote sustainability within our company and to our clients.”
AArete provides consulting within various industries to attain bottom line improvement. AArete offers proven methodology that will provide stellar solutions to three primary business concerns:
AArete leads its industry in exceptional client services and in continuous commitments to maintaining environmentally responsible operations. Carbonfund.org appreciates the partnership with AArete and congratulates the firm and its staff for their ongoing efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.
“Let us walk softly on the Earth with all living beings great and small, remembering as we go, that one God kind and wise created all.”
This ancient Native American saying guides the environmental, ethical and operational decisions at GoMacro, a Wisconsin-based, family-owned nutrition bar company and a new Carbonfree® Business Partner. GoMacro completed a comprehensive analysis of their annual operating emissions, including all product shipment emissions, then neutralized those emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world. Their support will produce the same environmental benefit as planting 14,700 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.
GoMacro’s mission is to produce wholesome, healthy snack bars, following their belief that food and food quality impact health, happiness, and well-being for all. GoMacro MacroBars are USDA certified organic, Non-GMO project verified, vegan certified, gluten-free certified, kosher certified, soy-free and uniquely macrobiotic. By adhering to these high standards for product ingredients, GoMacro helps to maintain the biodiversity of ecosystems throughout the world, while simultaneously providing nutritious food.
GoMacro supports fair trade by using organic ingredients produced with sustainable farming techniques and tray packaging made from 100% post consumer waste. They reinvest in their communities, their workforce and the world through donations, education, environmental responsibility and a devotion to the well-being of all living things. GoMacro believes in feeling good about what we eat; how it tastes, how it’s made, and how it sustains the environment. Their environmental commitment to neutralizing their operational emissions through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program further demonstrates their mission to walk softly on the Earth we share.
Earthbound Expeditions believes that travel is more than a race to check off sites and monuments; that when done right – and responsibly - travel is perhaps the very best way to learn about different cultures and people without damaging their lands or the environment.
Through Earthbound’s proud partnership with Carbonfund.org, Earthbounders are actively reducing their carbon footprint and helping to ensure that the planet’s many wonders are preserved for future generations. The Carbonfund.org motto, “reduce what you can; offset what you can’t,” fits perfectly with Earthbound Expeditions’ long established philosophy of supporting locally-owned businesses, promoting education and embracing the concept of “slow” travel.
By using Carbonfund.org’s easy-to-use carbon calculator, Earthbound Expeditions is able to determine the size of your carbon footprint for any specific trip. Earthbound then sets aside a portion of the trip proceeds and purchases carbon credits that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.
Over its five years as a Carbonfree® Business Partner, Earthbound Expeditions has neutralized over 7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, the same quantity of emissions as sequestered by planting 82,500 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.
Earthbound is committed to supporting environmental education, community businesses and providing travelers with a one-of-a-kind, authentic travel experience while offsetting guests’ carbon footprint. Earthbounders stay in locally owned hotels, utilize the talents of locally trained lecturers, dine in small, family-owned establishments and support projects like the Alamar Organopónico Co-op farm in Cuba and the Greening Project in South Africa. In addition to regularly scheduled trips, Earthbound Expeditions also offers custom, hand-crafted overseas adventures for schools, universities, garden clubs, families and public radio stations.
Travel is often a life-changing experience. When you join Earthbound Expeditions, you can be confident that you are supporting local businesses, workers, schools and communities, while knowing that the carbon emissions generated by your travel are responsibly neutralized through the partnership between Earthbound Expeditions and Carbonfund.org.
The New Year is a great time for individuals and businesses to reevaluate their recycling efforts and overall carbon footprint and seek to reduce their impact every day. Currently less than 35% of US households recycle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides great information about how to increase recycling efforts in your everyday living, and how your efforts will help your community.
Paper Culture, a Carbonfree® Business Partner for the past seven years, and online retailer of personalized cards, gifts and wall décor, evaluates and optimizes reductions in their carbon footprint on a regular basis. Through its seven-year participation in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership, Paper Culture has neutralized operational emissions equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 12,615 tree seedlings, then growing those trees for ten years.
They make sure that all of their business practices fall under their four pillars for sustainable operations (aka T.R.E.E):
1. Trees – Plant a tree with every order
2. Responsibility – Offer only eco-friendly products
3. Ethos – Operate sustainable business practices
4. Education – Help through community outreach and teaching
After evaluating the packaging in which products were sent to customers, the folks at Paper Culture felt there was an opportunity to engage and reinforce the importance of recycling and the power of planting one single tree. With most of their customers being parents with young kids, they also wanted it to find an interactive approach.
As a result, they came up with the ReversibleBox. The outside of the box is printed with eco-friendly water-based inks and is much more than just pretty typography; it's a reminder of the true impact of trees, from the air we breathe to the natural habitat they provide. On the reverse side of the box is a tree pattern with the recommendation that customers reuse the box the next time they need to send a package, store old photos or any other use they can imagine. In addition, the box contains tree seed packets with planting instructions.
Since the company plants a tree with every order, Paper Culture wanted their customers to be able to plant a tree of their own so they could enjoy and teach the benefits to the next generation.
Paper Culture CEO & Co-founder Christopher Wu says, "We are in a fortunate position to be able to connect to the future generations through our customers. We loved the idea of parents and their kids planting trees together, which creates both a teaching moment and the appreciation for one of earth's finest gifts."
Since the inception in 2009, Paper Culture has been providing modern and eco-friendly products, including personalized holiday cards, birth announcements, birthday invitations, gifts and wall decor. Carbonfund.org appreciates Paper Culture's ongoing commitment to reducing and neutralizing its operational emissions through its support of Carbonfund.org's reforestation projects around the world.
The year is off to a strong start for Pleasanton, California’s Hacienda Owners Association. After a year of community, green business and environmental awards and recognitions, Hacienda Owners Association has renewed its Carbonfree® Business Partnership program for 2015. With this year’s renewal, Hacienda Owners Association has neutralized almost 770,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over the program’s nine years. That’s equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions sequestered by almost 9000 tree seedlings planted and grown for ten years.
Hacienda is the largest development of its kind in Northern California. Over 11 million square feet of existing, mixed-use, transit-oriented space is occupied by some 650 companies that locally employ approximately 18,000 people. The project provides a home to everything from small offices to regional centers to large campuses for company headquarters. In addition, Hacienda also features homes to some 4,000 residents, featuring a full spectrum of living choices from stylish rental units to single family detached homes.
Operationally, Hacienda has advanced several initiatives to promote a sustainable workplace. These efforts start in the park's management office, which has been recognized as a green business under the Alameda County Green Business Program. Hacienda's management office went through a rigorous analysis to be certified as a business in good standing under the program and has worked with the county and other Hacienda businesses to help them to achieve the same certification.
“In addition to managing our business using a number of best practices required for this designation, we felt it was important to further demonstrate our commitment to these efforts by supporting Carbonfund.org,” explains James Paxson, General Manager at Hacienda. “We believe that Carbonfund.org’s mission clearly aligns with our objectives and we have encouraged other businesses within our development to likewise consider Carbonfund.org as a component of their own sustainability strategy.”
Many Hacienda programs advance activities that help accomplish a number of sustainability goals. Last year, Hacienda was recognized by the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM, a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation, as one of twenty-eight organizations nationwide offering excellence in commuter benefits. Hacienda was also presented with the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's Green Business Award as part of their 51st Annual Community Service Awards presentation in 2014. Carbonfund.org is proud to continue its partnership with Hacienda Owners Association in promoting a long-term commitment to environmentally responsible operations.
For many businesses, a commitment to environmentally-responsible operations is an easy decision and a natural extension of their overall mission. This continues to be the case for Carbonfree® Business Partner Tenfold Fair Trade Collection, which seeks to achieve its goals in part through our simple and affordable annual carbon emissions mitigation program.
Tenfold Fair Trade Collection offers a unique collection of creative, fairly traded, eco-friendly products from all over the world, through its retail store located at 181A Potomac Street in Harper’s Ferry, WV, or via its online site, and is dedicated to the principles of the fair trade system of exchange that guarantee prompt and fair wages to artisans for their work. Joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program two years ago, after making various operational emissions offset donations to Carbonfund.org since 2010, was the easiest and most affordable way for Tenfold Fair Trade to improve the sustainability of its operations.
"It is extremely important to us to do our part to protect our environment. Unfortunately we are not located in an area that allows retail electricity competition, so we are presently unable to purchase green power,” explains Martha Ehlman, President of Tenfold Fair Trade Collection. “Partnering with Carbonfund.org allows us to fulfill our commitment to support the continued growth and use of renewable energy sources. We are delighted to partner with a fellow Green America member. We are as committed to the care of our planet as we are to the care of our global neighbors."
Tenfold Fair Trade Collection is committed to issues of social justice and environmental responsibility. The artisans they promote reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible, as does the Tenfold Fair Trade Collection in its own operations. As a Green America Certified organization and a regular contributor to the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, Tenfold Fair Trade continues to work to elect officials that share a commitment to the protection of our environment and the growth of renewable energy.
And their environmental activism does not stop there. On July 29th of this year, Martha Ehlman of Tenfold Fair Trade Collection joined almost three dozen WV Eastern Panhandle Sierra Club members on a journey to Washington, D.C. Eleven of their group, including Martha, elected to testify at the EPA hearing regarding the Clean Power Plan, and another dozen spoke to an aid from WV’s Senator Manchin's office for at least a half an hour, pressing for a commitment to the Clean Power Plan.
Tenfold Fair Trade Collection seeks to offer current generations of artisans and consumers the ability to meet their needs without compromising the sustainability of future generations, by actively considering the implications of their decisions on the environment and promoting responsible stewardship of resources. The Carbonfree® Business Partnership program is one way the organization meets its goal to “reduce what it can, offset what it can’t™.”
Want more proof that businesses of any size can make a difference in our environment, our communities and our overall well-being? Consider Rubber Soul Yoga Studio in Athens, Georgia, as they renew their commitment to maintaining a Carbonfree® studio for the fifth consecutive year.
In addition to soothing and healing mind and body, Rubber Soul works to raise awareness about the urgency of climate change by showing documentaries, discussing lifestyle choices, and encouraging personal and political transformation at their studios.
"Rubber Soul encourages non-violence in every aspect of one's life. We can reduce our impact and offset the rest,” asserts Cal Clements, Director of Rubber Soul & Adventure Club. “Carbonfund.org has offset projects in India, the birthplace of yoga.”
To augment their Carbonfree® studio, the folks at Rubber Soul have replaced the paper towels in the bathroom with red automotive towels, which Cal washes each week. They quietly encourage a vegan/vegetarian diet, since industrial food processes are a big contributor to greenhouse gases. Rubber Soul is also a donation studio, where class participants pay what they can. Cal believes that making less money and therefore spending less money creates a lighter load on the planet. These actions and beliefs, coupled with the Carbonfree® commitment, help Rubber Soul achieve the differences they seek to make in the lives of their class participants and their greater community.