Ever come down with Lyme disease?  Do you suffer from asthma?  Think climate change might have something to do with it?  Before you write off this thought as crazy consider the numbers.

The World Health Organization estimates that a minimum of 140,000 people currently die each year around the globe from the effects of climate change.  That number does not include the millions more who are made ill from diseases such as asthma, heatstroke or malaria nor does it account for those that are otherwise physically harmed, for example from extreme weather events.

As if these numbers aren’t bad enough, Americans are largely unaware of the impact climate change is already having on their health.  The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication conducted a nationwide survey this spring asking respondents to give, “their best estimates of the impacts of global warming on human health worldwide – currently and 50 years from now. The largest proportion of respondents (38% to 42%) simply said, ‘I don’t know.’ The next largest proportion (27% to 39%) said either ‘no one’ or ‘hundreds’ of people worldwide will die, be made ill or injured by global warming each year, either now or 50 years from now.”

“Only 18% to 32% of Americans said, correctly, that each year either ‘thousands’ or ‘millions’ of people worldwide will die, be made ill or injured by global warming, either now or 50 years from now.”

One look at the conclusion of the health chapter of the recently released 2014 National Climate Assessment demonstrates that hundreds of climate experts see the danger from the global warming review they conducted over the past four years, “Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, threats to mental health, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and disease-carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks. Some of these health impacts are already underway in the United States.”

We need to begin making the realization that global warming is here, it’s already killing some of us and there is no time to lose in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  Americans are especially prone to think that technology will save us.  Perhaps, but perhaps not.  A new study argues that climate engineering may not be the answer to averting a climate change catastrophe.  You know what will definitely help?  Reducing what you can and offsetting the rest.  Let’s get to it posthaste.

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ClimateStore Inc., located in Boston, MA, officially became a Carbonfree® Partner with CarbonFund.org.  The newly launched retail brand has a mission to make it fun and easy for people to reduce their carbon footprint, and launched its on-line brand, climatestore.com, this past Earth Day. The company seeks to close a gap in the retail space, namely, the lack of an easily recognizable retail brand focused entirely on climate change. 

ClimateStore hopes to tap into a growing market of climate conscious consumers, and carbon offsets play an important role in its sustainability strategy. To help realize its mission, ClimateStore purchased offsets from a portfolio of reforestation and forest conservation projects to offset emissions from its operations including energy use at its offices, freight and parcel shipping, employee commutes, and business travel. The company also relies on partnerships with like-minded organizations, like Carbonfund.org and 1% for the Planet, to support climate change awareness programs and forest conservation initiatives. 

“With the recent release of the latest UN IPCC report and U.S. National Climate Assessment, there can be no doubt this is a critical issue current for future generations. More people are asking what they can do to reduce their carbon impact” says Steven E. Bushnell, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of ClimateStore Inc. “There is a false perception that moving to a lower carbon economy will require giving things up or need extra effort. We take the opposite view; lowering one’s carbon footprint should be fun, easy and rewarding as we collectively secure the stable climate we all hope to live in.” 

The ClimateStore.com website provides summaries of climate science, issues an urgent call for action, suggests plans to reduce personal carbon emissions, and provides products to help people achieve a lower carbon footprint. The company launched with about 250 carbon saving products, including: energy efficient lighting, water saving devices, smart home technology, home décor, laundry items, travel gear and accessories. Each product is evaluated by ClimateStore staff to identify exact how it saves carbon - including the production, use, and disposal phases of the product’s lifecycle - and communicate their findings with a simple icon system and detailed product descriptions. 

Although the focus of the initial products are energy efficiency and upcycled materials, the company plans to expand its product offerings through partnerships including home solar and wind power. ClimateStore invites everyone from the Carbonfund.org blog to visit ClimateStore.com and welcomes suggestions and comments which can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Carbonfund.org supports carbon offset projects that clearly benefit the environment and fight climate change. A recent study highlights how projects such as ours offer even more than combating global warming alone. They can provide additional benefits ranging from employment to health, which is important to countries' economies and limited budgets.

Often the question is posed as whether to cut emissions or use the funds to stimulate the economy. But we can have the best of both worlds with certified carbon-cutting projects; particularly projects in poor countries. And the numbers add up to billions in additional benefits.

Carbon credit certifier, the Gold Standard Foundation, in a partnership with WWF Switzerland commissioned a peer-reviewed study from Australia-based Net Balance. Economists analyzed the environmental and socioeconomic benefits from clean energy or Gold Standard-approved carbon reduction projects.

The report found, "Robustly designed and audited greenhouse gas mitigation projects... deliver far more than carbon emission reductions, meaning it is no longer necessary to choose between climate and other environment and development outcomes."

The study analyzed more than 100 initiatives including building wind farms, planting trees, installing water filtration systems and distributing clean stoves to discourage people from burning wood or charcoal. Then the report identified areas beyond greenhouse gas cuts where there was a potential benefit from projects, such as local economies, employment, health and biodiversity.

The report gives a couple examples; the first shows how three water filtration systems throughout Africa and Asia deliver health benefits such as less air pollution, which is valued at more than $300 million annually. The second example illustrates how 54 Gold Standard-certified wind farms created jobs worth $12 million a year while contributing a total $100 million per year to countries' balance of payments.

Gold Standard Program projects generate carbon credits that can be bought by individuals, businesses and organizations to offset their own carbon footprints. Learn more about Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects at http://www.carbonfund.org/projects.

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Adrian Reif and Matt D’Amour share a love of yummy nut butter and of an idealism to help people eat better while caring for the environment.  Their love for fresh, healthy food led to grinding homemade nut butter batches, then expanding their fledgling Yumbutter brand into a company that could have meaningful impact.  Yumbutter crafts creative and inventive nut butter “potions” using organic, wholesome nuts, seeds, and superfoods to get more nutrition into each batch. With a mission to “Nourish the World” through what they call “Holistic Responsibility,” Yumbutter seeks to be the best organization it can be – from conception to consumption of food – and beyond. 

As part of their commitment to environmental responsibility, Yumbutter recently made the decision to join the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program and purchase carbon offsets in reforestation projects for over 250% of their annual administrative operation’s carbon footprint.  

“Carbonfund.org allows us to do more than we’re able to organizationally. We’ve desired to build a carbon negative business since the beginning and supporting reforestation projects get us closer to that goal,” explains Adrian, the Chief Goodness Warrior for Yumbutter.

Their Holistic Responsibility program is the result of asking the question: “How can a nut butter company improve people’s lives?”  They consider the company’s impact on the health and happiness of Yumbutter fans, supply chain partners, Mother Earth, employees, the business ecosystem, and people born into unfortunate circumstances.  So when customers spread Yumbutter, they’re actually supporting a shift in the way businesses are run.

Yumbutter is a Certified B Corporation, a new breed of company dedicated to positive social and environmental impact.  Certified B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency - a holistic measure of sustainability. Yumbutter also is a certified YouthTrade company for mission-driven companies run by young entrepreneurs.

Through their BuyOne:FeedOne program, Yumbutter and its customers have helped to feed over 14,000 children with malnutrition since mid-2012. Every time a customer buys one jar or pouch of Yumbutter, a small donation is made to help feed a child with malnutrition through a non-profit group in Guatemala providing holistic care to malnourished children and their mothers.  And with Carbonfund.org, Yumbutter helps nourish the environment by restoring and preserving forestry projects around the world.  

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Are your graduation robes made of recycled plastic bottles? Did you find your dress shoes at the secondhand shop?  Take the next step in greening your graduation with National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program and Carbonfund.org! 

Achieve a carbon-neutral graduation ceremony by investing in verified and validated carbon offsets that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects, at a special rate for Campus Ecology program campus partners.  Honor each graduate with the gift of carbon offsets to send them out into the world a little bit greener.   

The NWF Campus Ecology Program provides tools and resources to help students, staff, campus greening committees and sustainability officers “take a big step to make a smaller footprint” when it comes to campus greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the campus’s overall environmental footprint.

In addition to graduation greening programs, NWF Campus Ecology and Carbonfund.org can assist colleges and universities with various sustainability initiatives, including plans to reduce or neutralize emissions from facility energy consumption, grounds maintenance and operations, travel and events year-round.

For more information on how to offset your campus's graduation ceremony this spring or to purchase carbon offsets for other events, travel, and campus operations, please contact Linda Kelly at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Kristy Jones at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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It’s that time of year in the US – time to start thinking about income tax return preparation.  If you’re a self-preparer, you might be missing opportunities to lower your tax liability, a skill that is both an art and a science. The benefits of having a trusted tax expert as a partner to guide you through the process may pay off.

If you’re seeking a new resource for tax preparation and accounting services, there’s a team of tax and accounting professionals not only dedicated to best serving their clients but also to maintaining a commitment to environmental stewardship.  They utilize technology to serve U.S. clients around the world.

Adam Shay CPA, PLLC is a Carbonfree® Business Partner, a Certified B Corporation and a member of 1% for the Planet.  The firm believes that these programs reflect their values and goals of being successful business people while also contributing to the greater good and to solving societal problems. 

"We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and leading a new way to do business,” explains Adam Shay, CPA and Managing Partner.  “We chose Carbonfund.org because they have been a proven leader in the carbon offset field."

By joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, Adam Shay CPA is neutralizing estimated total annual emissions from office space, business travel, mailings and employee commuting. It’s good to know that there are tax and accounting professionals who place a priority on environmental stewardship.  Adam Shay and his staff exhibit these qualities in their commitment to operational sustainability.    

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States and Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil (January 28, 2014) – CarbonCo, LLC, a subsidiary of the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading climate solutions organization, is proud to announce the Purus Project, a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) forest conservation project, has officially issued serialized, verified emission reductions (carbon offset credits).

The Purus Project is one of only ten forest carbon initiatives in the world to achieve dual Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction.  This significant achievement means that the Purus Project successfully demonstrated a net positive impact on climate, community and biodiversity.  Verification is the only way for projects to issue offsets onto an environmental registry.

"Achieving dual VCS-CCBS verification is a major milestone," says Eric Carlson, CEO CarbonCo, LLC. "The Purus Project is a wonderful example of how REDD+ projects protect forests while fighting climate change and improving human well-being in developing countries. It is also a haven for endangered species."

The Purus Project is the first private REDD+ project developed in Acre and is aligned with the State's System of Incentives for Environmental Services.  Up to 34,702 hectares (85,714 acres) of privately-owned tropical rainforest within the Amazon Basin will be protected.  This important project also preserves endangered species and a wide range of ecosystem services, provides direct benefits to local communities, and mitigates the release of nearly 900,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in its first 10 years.   

CarbonCo, LLC provided financing and project development services for the Purus Project, while partnering with Carbon Securities and the local landowners' organization known as Moura e Rosa Empreendimentos Imobiliários LTDA.

"The carbon offset credits the Purus Project issues help our local communities while slowing global warming," said Normando Sales and Wanderley Rosa, Managing Directors of Moura & Rosa, "We are delighted to be part of a productive, efficient and cost-effective mechanism to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and mass deforestation."

The Purus Project mitigates deforestation through numerous locally-run activities including agricultural extension training, patrols of potential deforestation sites, through the planned building of better houses and by installing solar photovoltaic panels for local communities.

For sales inquiries, please contact Jarett Emert at 1-240-247-0628 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About CarbonCo LLC

CarbonCo, LLC ("CarbonCo"), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Carbonfund.org Foundation, is a limited liability company based in Bethesda, Maryland, which develops large-scale, carbon reduction projects by working with landowners, communities and national and local stakeholders to ensure large tracts of tropical forests are protected from deforestation, attain international certification, and create value for all project proponents.

To learn more, visit: www.CarbonCoLLC.com.

About Moura & Rosa: 

Moura e Rosa Empreendimentos Imobiliários LTDA ("Moura & Rosa") is the private landowners' organization founded by Normando Rodrigues Sales and Wanderley Cesário Rosa in February 2009 to align the twin goals of preserving tropical rainforests and benefiting local communities.

About Carbon Securities: 

Freitas International Group, LLC does business as Carbon Securities and works with CarbonCo LLC to identify and develop high quality carbon reduction projects in the Amazon Basin.  Main offices are located in Miami, Florida and associates in the Brazilian cities of Goiânia, Brasília, Rio Branco, Belém, and São Paulo.

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States and Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil (January 28, 2014) – CarbonCo, LLC, a subsidiary of the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading climate solutions organization, is proud to announce the Purus Project, a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) forest conservation project, has officially issued serialized, verified emission reductions (carbon offset credits).

The Purus Project is one of only ten forest carbon initiatives in the world to achieve dual Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction.  This significant achievement means that the Purus Project successfully demonstrated a net positive impact on climate, community and biodiversity.  Verification is the only way for projects to issue offsets onto an environmental registry.

"Achieving dual VCS-CCBS verification is a major milestone," says Eric Carlson, CEO CarbonCo, LLC. "The Purus Project is a wonderful example of how REDD+ projects protect forests while fighting climate change and improving human well-being in developing countries. It is also a haven for endangered species."

The Purus Project is the first private REDD+ project developed in Acre and is aligned with the State’s System of Incentives for Environmental Services.  Up to 34,702 hectares (85,714 acres) of privately-owned tropical rainforest within the Amazon Basin will be protected.  This important project also preserves endangered species and a wide range of ecosystem services, provides direct benefits to local communities, and mitigates the release of nearly 900,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in its first 10 years.   

CarbonCo, LLC provided financing and project development services for the Purus Project, while partnering with Carbon Securities and the local landowners' organization known as Moura e Rosa Empreendimentos Imobiliários LTDA.

"The carbon offset credits the Purus Project issues help our local communities while slowing global warming," said Normando Sales and Wanderley Rosa, Managing Directors of Moura & Rosa, "We are delighted to be part of a productive, efficient and cost-effective mechanism to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and mass deforestation."

The Purus Project mitigates deforestation through numerous locally-run activities including agricultural extension training, patrols of potential deforestation sites, through the planned building of better houses and by installing solar photovoltaic panels for local communities.

For sales inquiries, please contact Jarett Emert at 1-240-247-0628 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About CarbonCo LLC

CarbonCo, LLC ("CarbonCo"), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Carbonfund.org Foundation, is a limited liability company based in Bethesda, Maryland, which develops large-scale, carbon reduction projects by working with landowners, communities and national and local stakeholders to ensure large tracts of tropical forests are protected from deforestation, attain international certification, and create value for all project proponents.

To learn more, visit: www.CarbonCoLLC.com.

About Moura & Rosa: 

Moura e Rosa Empreendimentos Imobiliários LTDA ("Moura & Rosa") is the private landowners’ organization founded by Normando Rodrigues Sales and Wanderley Cesário Rosa in February 2009 to align the twin goals of preserving tropical rainforests and benefiting local communities.

About Carbon Securities: 

Freitas International Group, LLC does business as Carbon Securities and works with CarbonCo LLC to identify and develop high quality carbon reduction projects in the Amazon Basin.  Main offices are located in Miami, Florida and associates in the Brazilian cities of Goiânia, Brasília, Rio Branco, Belém, and São Paulo.

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the newest version of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building program at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia this week.  Since 1998, the LEED program is credited with transforming the built marketplace as the world's standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Among the many new provisions and improvements introduced in LEED v4, carbon offsets now may be used to mitigate Scope 1 or Scope 2 emissions on a metric tonne of carbon dioxide–equivalent basis and earn LEED points – up to two points for new construction projects and up to five points for existing building projects

This is an exciting new provision to the LEED program, and Carbonfund.org looks forward to assisting building project owners, design and construction professionals earn Scope 1 and 2 emissions neutralization points by supporting our third-party verified and validated carbon reduction projects.

Carbonfund.org visited the GreenBuild Expo hall this week, courtesy of our Certified Carbonfree® Product Certification partners at NSF Sustainability, to talk with green building product manufacturers and building project design professionals about the LEED v4 changes.  We were pleased to talk with some of our business partners exhibiting there, including Certified Carbonfree® Product partner Tandus Flooring, Spiezle Architectural Group, and IceStone, LLC.

"LEED v4 is a quantum leap for LEED," commented Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "Over the past 15 years, LEED has fundamentally revolutionized how we design, construct, operate and maintain our buildings and communities. LEED has created a completely new industry of business enterprise committed to energy savings and efficiency. LEED v4 is as much a testament to the achievements of LEED project teams around the world as it is to the green building community's ambition to create significant global and local change through resource-efficient, cost-effective green buildings."

If you’re involved with new building project development or an existing building renovation, please contact Carbonfund.org to discuss earning LEED v4 points for Scope 1 and 2 emissions mitigation.

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This month, Carbonfund.org celebrates our 10th anniversary!  In honor of this accomplishment, we’re urging our donors, supporters and business partners to plant 10 trees, and we’ll match your effort by planting 10 additional trees, now through 11/3/2013.

We are happy, proud and especially thankful for all of our supporters.  We appreciate partnering with you to combat global warming.  Making the choice to "reduce what you can, offset what you can't" makes you a critical part of the climate change solution.

Many people don’t know that deforestation is responsible for roughly 20% of global warming.  Fortunately, planting trees has a multitude of benefits; chief of which is absorbing carbon dioxide to reduce climate change.

Birthday cake and cards are great, but let’s plant more trees to celebrate our 10th anniversary.  Don’t forget we’ll add 10 trees and double your impact on reducing global warming.

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