Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson is one of the leading construction defect law firms in Colorado, Minnesota, and Texas, representing property owners and community associations with construction defect claims against developers, builders, subcontractors, and their insurance companies.
Since 2007, the firm also has maintained a commitment to operational sustainability by participating in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program with Carbonfund.org. Through the program, the firm has neutralized a portion of their annual operating carbon emissions and consistently supported carbon emissions reduction, mitigation and clean air technology projects with their annual program donations. Over the past ten years, the firm has grown, as has its commitment to this important environmental program. To date, the firm has neutralized over 2 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to mitigating the environmental impact of burning 103,000 gallons of gasoline.
For over fifteen years, Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson has represented thousands of property owners and community associations faced with construction defects, which can be a catastrophic and frightening situation for a property owner or community association.
When a property owner or community association hires Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson to handle their construction defect claims, the firm secures expert engineers to investigate the issues and determine repairs, negotiates with builders, developers, and subcontractors to seek a fair and reasonable settlement out of court, and if necessary, advocate on their behalf at trial or arbitration. After resolution, the firm remains available as a resource for clients as they hire contractors and perform repairs.
This type of commitment to client service and construction defect resolution is mirrored by the firm’s long-term commitment to operational sustainability. Carbonfund.org congratulates Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson on its tenth anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner and the firm’s demonstrated leadership in environmental responsibility.
With the success of COP21 in Paris last December, and the record number of companies and organizations around the world making significant pledges to reduce their carbon emissions, Carbonfund.org is thrilled to celebrate thirty-five of its business partners that have maintained carbon emissions reduction and mitigation programs continuously for the past ten years.
These organizations have shown long-term and consistent leadership in maintaining environmentally responsible business operations. Programs vary from tree-planting campaigns to recognize customers or employees and to celebrate Earth Day, to product shipping or travel and event-related emissions offsets, to full annual operational carbon neutrality.
Our tenth anniversary partners have supported innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, clean air technology and critical forest preservation projects around the world.
Together, these thirty-five organizations have mitigated the negative impact of an astonishing 375 million pounds of greenhouse gases - equivalent to removing 35,810 passenger cars from the roads for a year! In addition, they’ve planted 10,400 trees in reforestation and tree-planting initiatives around the world, to celebrate Earth Days, customers or employees.
Carbonfund.org’s Tenth Anniversary Business Partners include:
- A2 Hosting
- Air Charter Team
- Bath ASU
- Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C.
- Boston Trust & Investment Management Company – Walden Asset Management
- Brynmorgen Press
- Calvert Group
- CREDO Mobile
- Detour, LLC
- Eagle-Eye Tours
- Earth Science Naturals
- EcoBrander Promos
- Federal Career Experts
- Flavorus, Inc.
- Forever Cheese
- Hacienda Owners Association
- Hargrove & Associates
- Hotel Carlton
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- National Audubon Society
- ONNO T-Shirt Company
- Teas Etc.
- Unitarian Universalists – General Assembly (actually their 11th Anniversary!)
- USGBC-New Jersey Chapter
“It is both humbling and heartening to see this extensive list of organizations and businesses, of all sizes and in all industries, that have maintained a steadfast commitment to environmental responsibility and supporting the projects and the mission of Carbonfund.org,” exclaimed President and Co-Founder Eric Carlson. “With this type of leadership and dedication, these organizations continue to set the standard for others to follow. I am so honored to be able to recognize these long-term partner organizations.”
Each of these business partners and organizations is receiving a special Carbonfree® Partner – 10 Years logo, and Carbonfund.org will be planting 100 trees in honor of each tenth anniversary partner to thank them for their long-term partnership.
Watch this space, as we’ll be publishing a blog dedicated to each of our ten-year partners, to share more about their leadership in environmental sustainability.
The historic 1854 Twenty Mile House – a former stagecoach stop – is a stunning and secluded eco-estate on a 200-acre riverside property, surrounded by the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. For over 150 years, the Twenty Mile House charming guest house and private cabins have hosted eco-weddings and provided a haven for those looking for a truly relaxing getaway from their busy lives.
For the past five years, Twenty Mile House also has participated in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, neutralizing almost 400,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s clean air technology, forest preservation and carbon emissions reduction projects. To date, this sustainability program has reduced the same quantity of greenhouse gases as are sequestered by planting almost 4500 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for ten years.
The Twenty Mile House Eco-Wedding packages include use of the spectacular grounds, featuring lush forest, beautiful gardens, serene creeks, flowing rivers and star-filled sky. Dining options include organic and locally-sourced options, and the wedding staff helps couples create the destination wedding experience that best suits their dreams. The Twenty Mile House offers an onsite Wedding Fair for couples who have booked their wedding date or are interested in learning more about the eco-wedding options. For families and visitors, the list of activities in extensive, featuring local hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking and canoeing, fishing, golf and winter skiing.
Twenty Mile House marries back-to-nature experiences with environmental responsibility, and Carbonfund.org congratulates the staff on their fifth year as a Carbonfree® Business Partner.
Toronto-based Counting Opinions takes seriously its responsibilities to its customers and to its own operational sustainability. Since 2011, the company has participated in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, neutralizing over 470,000 pounds of greenhouse gases by supporting clean air technology and carbon emissions reduction projects around the world. These emissions reductions have the same environmental impact as avoiding the use of over 24,000 gallons of gasoline.
“We live in an ever-increasingly complex, global macrocosm. Evidence clearly indicates that humanity is negatively impacting global climate,” states Frank Biss, VP Sales and Operations at Counting Opinions. “As such, each and every one of us has a responsibility to minimize our negative impacts and find ways to more effectively co-exist with nature. The consequences of not doing so are catastrophic. Carbonfund.org in our view exemplifies these most urgent efforts.”
Counting Opinions provides organizations in the libraries community with innovative, comprehensive, cost-effective ways to capture, manage and measure performance data, including open-ended customer feedback, qualitative and quantitative data, trends, benchmarks, outcomes and peer comparisons. Its applications work across all browsers and platforms; are fully hosted in a secure professionally managed IT facility; and require minimal or no customer IT involvement.
Counting Opinions is a true "virtual" company - all staff members work from their respective homes, thus eliminating the carbon dioxide produced and time consumed by daily trips to and from the office. The staff utilizes only electronic communications, minimizing the need for printed documents and conduct sales and support calls by either telephone or electronically, thereby minimizing the company’s "travel footprint." Each year, Counting Opinions makes a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize remaining operational emissions that it cannot eliminate. In our opinion, these actions count, and Counting Opinions is leading the performance data and customer feedback technology field with its continued commitment to sustainability.
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.
In 2010, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation accounted for about 27% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the second largest contributor of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions after the electricity sector. It is a fact that vehicle fuels will be used – and the resulting carbon emissions released into the atmosphere – by fleet drivers across the country. No matter how fuel-efficient the vehicles or how fuel conserving the driving routes and techniques employed, fleet drivers contribute considerably to transportation-related emissions. To address the issue, innovative CarbonFree® Business Partner 360Fuelcard.com is helping fleet drivers across the country by providing the ability to save money on their fuel, support local business, and help to reduce their fleet’s carbon emissions.
While many companies want to do their part to help the environment, it is not always possible to find a simple and a cost effective solution. 360Fuelcard has teamed with Carbonfund.org to offer an easy way for all environmentally conscious company fleets to make a difference. When commercial vehicle fleets use the 360 Fuelcard to purchase fuel, 360Fuelcard.com will donate 10% of all profits to Carbonfund.org to help offset the CO2 produced by fleet fuel emissions.
360Fuelcard.com was founded by veterans of the fleet card industry with over 60 years of combined experience. They understand the needs of the merchants who accept their cards and the fleets that come to their sites. And they take their own environmental responsibility seriously. For the past five years, 360Fuelcard.com has taken the additional step to neutralize its own annual operational emissions as a CarbonFree® Business Partner, supporting Carbonfund.org’s clean air technology and carbon reduction projects.
“When we started 360Fuelcard we knew we wanted a program that gave something back to the community,” explains Steve Fowler of 360Fuelcard.com. “Understanding that our program helps people purchase a necessary product that causes harm to our environment made a carbon offset offering an obvious choice. We reviewed several companies and our decision to choose Carbonfund.org was an easy one. Five years later, we are sure we made the right choice – honest people offering real programs that make a difference.”
Carbonfund.org is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Cause.it to provide a simple way that mobile app users can share their favorite causes and earn points towards “cool stuff” along the way.
By sharing envirosearch.org on Cause.it, users will help Carbonfund.org plant trees and support clean air technologies. And as Cause.it users share envirosearch.org, they’ll be earning points to redeem through Cause.it for goods and services available in their own communities.
"We wanted to bring awareness to all of the great environmental initiatives that Carbonfund.org has going on and really liked the cause that envirosearch.org was out to support. We feel bringing increased awareness to efforts such as envirosearch.org truly helps technology change the world," emphasized Cause.it creator Gagan Dhillon.
Share envirosearch.org on Cause.it to spread the word and help plant more trees.
As part of Carbonfund.org’s mission toward a ZeroCarbonTM world, our programs make it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. This focus on simplicity and affordability made it a natural to expand our partnership with CarbonFree® Business Partner Propel Fuels to create an at-the-gas-pump CarbonOffset program supporting clean air technology.
Last May, Carbonfund.org partnered with Propel Fuels, a retailer of renewable fuels that began offering consumers the ability to offset their driving emissions at the Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton, California any time they fill their gas tank. Customers may select the CarbonOffset option at the pump, and the funds will go towards Carbonfund.org’s clean air projects that spur technology developments to reduce carbon emissions.
Since CarbonOffset was launched in May, customers have chosen to contribute $1.00 per fill to fully offset the emissions from their fuel purchase more than 1,000 times. The two-month pilot has offset more than 160,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions at this single station, which is equivalent to taking 84 cars off the road in the same two-month time period. CarbonOffset contributions from the program’s first year of operation will help support Carbonfund.org’s Truck Stop Electrification project, which improves air quality around truck stops and surrounding communities and offers drivers, employees and residents a cleaner and quieter environment with fewer harmful air pollutants.
"The early success of Propel's CarbonOffset program is strong evidence that consumers are ready and willing to support clean energy, especially if the cost and benefits are clear," said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. "Thanks to Propel, thousands of drivers can vote with their dollars to support clean energy and domestic, renewable fuels."
If the CarbonOffset program continues at its current rate of participation, the program has the potential to offset more than 5 million pounds of carbon emissions over the next five years at this station alone, making a measurable contribution to emission reductions and a cleaner environment. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner in this ground-breaking program and to facilitate a simple and cost-effective method for vehicle emissions offsetting through supporting clean air technology.