For ten years, ONNO t-shirts have improved product sustainability by participating in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, neutralizing a portion of their product shipping and transportation emissions.  Because ONNO t-shirt company moves raw materials and finished product all over the globe, producing carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels (from boats, trains, and trucks), the company has chosen to balance the environmental impact  of those transportation emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s forest preservation, carbon emissions reduction and renewable energy projects around the world.   

Producing environmentally-conscious clothing is a complicated process.  Conventionally-grown cotton has been clearly identified as one of the world’s “dirtiest” crops, accounting for 16% of global insecticide releases – more than any other single crop, according to the nonprofit Environmental Justice Foundation.  Synthetic fabrics are, well, just that – synthetics, made from petro-chemicals, releasing large quantities of nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide, and producing toxic waste water, in their manufacturing processes, and are not biodegradable.   

ONNO t-shirt company produces its socially-responsible t-shirts using sustainable fibers from bamboo, hemp and organic cotton.  Their website provides great information about the fabrics used to make their more sustainably produced shirts.  And their long-term commitment to carbon emissions mitigation through investment in Carbonfund.org’s clean air projects makes the partnership between ONNO t-shirt company and Carbonfund.org a great example of true operational sustainability.

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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
  • evo
  • Federal Career Experts
  • Flavorus, Inc.
  • flowerpetal.com
  • Forever Cheese
  • Greenerprinter
  • Greenforce
  • Hacienda Owners Association
  • Hargrove & Associates
  • Hotel Carlton
  • LightHawk
  • Merriman
  • Modwalls
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • National Audubon Society
  • ONNO T-Shirt Company
  • Orbitz
  • Sastaa
  • SunEdison
  • Teas Etc.
  • UniRac
  • 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.   

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New Denver eatery in LoDo “Lower Downtown”, Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery, is doing things right.  Honor Society’s menu offerings reflect a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, providing its customers with dining choices full of nutrients and flavors from fresh, local, and prepared-from-scratch ingredients. 

Honor Society is committed to doing the right thing for customers, employees, communities and our world. As evidence, Honor Society chose to calculate its estimated annual operating emissions then make a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize the impact of those emissions.  Honor Society’s donation is supporting carbon emissions reduction, clean air and forest preservation projects.  In this way, Honor Society acknowledges and addresses the impact that food sourcing has on our planet. 

Honor Society’s restaurant is one of the few restaurants in the world to achieve the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Status from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The restaurant’s interior is designed through a concept they’ve coined “barn meets loft”.   This contemporary combination of natural reclaimed surfaces combined with clean contemporary sight lines hopes to inspire customers with not only the quality of their food, but also the comfort and natural aura of the dining environment. 

At Honor Society, caring for the environment we live in is equally as important as caring about the food that promotes healthy living and the communities that support us.  Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Honor Society in their efforts to offer Denver an environmentally responsible dining experience.   

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Dukes Coffee Roasters is a group of like-minded individuals who share a love and passion for great coffee while maintaining a focus on social and environmental responsibility.  Dukes is a proud member of 1% For the Planet, a not-for-profit network of businesses from around the world who have committed to creating a healthy planet. In the decade since ‘One Percent’ was founded, 1,400 member businesses have invested more than $100 million in environmental change. 

Through 1% For the Planet, Dukes has pledged 1% of annual sales to the preservation of the natural environment.  For the past two years, Dukes has chosen to support forest preservation and conservation projects through Carbonfund.org and to neutralize a portion of Dukes’ business operation emissions with their donation. 

For the folks at Dukes Coffee Roasters, coffee quality is more than just the flavour in the cup; environmental and social sustainability stand at the heart of everything the company does, dedicated to reducing any negative impact on the earth and supporting the communities that take part in their coffees’ production process.  All Dukes coffees are ethically traded and sourced from individual farms or small cooperatives. Each lot of coffee is traceable down to farm level, and there’s a preference placed on purchasing organically grown coffees when possible. 

The Dukes roasteries in Melbourne and Perth, Australia produce freshly roasted coffee each day.  Each lot is carefully selected and then profiled, tweaked and cupped rigorously before being made available to customers.  Dukes also serves the coffee it roasts in its own cafes and coffee bars. The Dukes team of baristas is also a vital part of the quality control process; they provide constant feedback to help tweak the coffee singles and blends. 

The Dukes Coffee Roasters’ approach to environmental responsibility within its own business is a great example of leveraging a commitment to the planet while reducing its own operational impact by supporting the protection and preservation of critical forestry around the world.  Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Dukes and with 1% For the Planet in these efforts.

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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.

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New Carbonfree®Business Partner Pacifica Beauty is a 100% vegan, cruelty-free natural beauty company committed to creating effective products that meet the highest beauty standards, while using natural ingredients and focusing on sustainable packaging and practices.  Guided by compassion, the team at Pacifica treats women, animals and the planet with love and respect. 

To enhance this commitment, Pacifica recently calculated its estimated annual operating emissions, including office energy usage, business travel, employee community and paper usage.  In order to neutralize the negative impact of its annual emissions, Pacifica made a donation to Carbonfund.org to support reforestation and forest preservation projects around the world.   

“Our company was founded with a belief that if compassion is our number one business practice, we have to be good stewards of the earth,” explains Brook Harvey-Taylor, President of Pacifica.  “We chose to work with Carbonfund.org as they are one of the most respected carbon partners in the industry.  They also make the process of becoming carbon neutral simple, clear and direct.”

Pacifica’s commitment to 100% vegan products also demonstrates a commitment to operating more sustainably.  The company focuses on using recyclable materials in all packaging as well as natural ingredients in their products.  These measures and their use of carbon offsets and clean energy to neutralize operating emissions, and to promote educational efforts to fight climate change, set Pacifica apart as a leader in the sustainable beauty products business.

 

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A good wealth management firm helps its clients get their financial house in order - a great one makes sure its own house is in order, and is accountable to clients and to operational sustainability as well.  New Carbonfree® Business Partner Waymark Wealth Management, located in Westborough, MA, does just this.  The firm made the commitment to neutralize its estimated annual operating emissions by joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program earlier this year and supporting Carbonfund.org’s forest preservation projects around the world.

The values based independent wealth management firm helps individuals and families align their personal values with their investments and financial decisions.  The firm also works to minimize its carbon footprint as much as possible.  Co-Founder and Managing Partner Sean Fair participated in the NYC People’s Climate March in 2014 with many other investment companies to show the need for the investment community to take the lead on investing in a sustainable manner.  The staff strives to operate as paperless as possible, and use recycled and 100% wind powered generated paper products when required.  The company car is electric, and this year, the firm is starting an annual golf tournament to support the local land trust.

“We are all a part of a very delicate and often times misunderstood ecosystem,” expresses Sean Fair, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Waymark Wealth Management.  “Environmental and social stewardship must be a priority for everyone if this world is to become the place we all want for our children and future generations.  Simply shirking ownership or kicking the proverbial can down the road is no longer an option.  We want to help people understand that with every dollar you spend whether it is at the grocery store, buying clothes, the car you drive or money invested in the stock market, you are essentially giving those companies “votes of approval” for how they do business.” 

“If we all want sustainability then we need to make sure that we are investing and spending our money with companies that are helping the world achieve that goal.  To that end, we are proud to partner with a great non-profit like Carbonfund.org to make sure our company is helping do its part.”

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Earth Day 2015 is here!

Celebrate with Carbonfund.org by supporting our latest forest preservation and biodiversity conservation project, the Envira Amazonia Project. Located in the far-western state of Acre, Brazil, the Envira Amazonia Project will conserve almost 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of fragile rainforest, protect thousands of plant and animal species, including many that are threatened and endangered, and provide forest conservation education, jobs and training, economic benefits, and health and education enhancements for the local people living on the land.

The Envira Amazonia Project is one of the world’s largest REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries) projects, and the project now is slated to be among only a handful of projects to earn triple Gold certification from the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) for exceptional community, exceptional biodiversity, and exceptional climate change adaptation benefits.  

In addition, the Envira Amazonia Project will mitigate the release of more than 12.5 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, produce the highest quality, third-party validated carbon credits, and ensure that these lands will not be converted to cattle ranches or suffer the ravages of deforestation.

To celebrate Earth Day 2015, we're offering an Adopt and Acre program in Envira Amazonia. Simply make donations in $50 increments for each acre, with a 10-acre minimum, using our "quick donation" field and you'll receive 5 metric tonnes of carbon credits per acre along with contribution to the biodiversity monitoring program, community education and jobs, and the long-term plans to build schools and health clinics.

We're also continuing to offer our Plant-a-Tree Dine-for-Free program for Earth Day celebration donations, if you prefer this option.

Please join us in celebrating spring, Earth Day 2015 and the introduction of our Envira Amazonia Project to our expanding forest preservation work in Brazil.

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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.

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Kivuto Solutions Inc., global leader in complex digital distribution, is announcing its continued partnership with the Carbonfund.org Foundation for the fourth year in a row. The partnership signifies Kivuto’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment through both its green distribution solutions and dedication to reducing its carbon footprint while offsetting the rest.

Kivuto has chosen to support Reforestation and Forest Preservation projects, which fight climate change by sequestering CO2 emissions from the atmosphere in trees and soil and improve local environmental quality.

For over 15 years, Kivuto has provided a green alternative for product distribution by eliminating the need to create and deliver boxed offers; providing an electronic distribution model that allows for effective and efficient delivery online. Studies have proven that using digital distribution solutions instead of traditional distribution methods can reduce carbon emissions by as much as 83 percent for a single product. Kivuto estimates that the approximately 30 million digital downloads Kivuto enabled for its customers over the past year reduced carbon emissions by approximately 42,000 metric tons.

This commitment goes beyond Kivuto’s green business model and carbon offsetting initiatives.   Kivuto’s employees continue to promote green alternatives on a daily basis and implementing company-wide initiatives for a more environmentally friendly workplace. Initiatives include recycling programs, campaigns to clean local communities, reducing waste at company lunches through reusable dishes and more.

Kivuto is looking forward to continuing its efforts to deliver green solutions, offset carbon emissions, take on new initiatives and become part of a greener community.

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