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.
Pakpour Consulting Group believes that environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility, and as civil engineers tasked with providing safe, clean water and air to the communities it serves, PCG chose to be at the forefront of the fight against global warming and hope to lead other civil engineering firms to follow suit so it can become the first industry to achieve carbon neutrality.
“As a certified green business in Alameda County, going to a zero carbon footprint was the natural next step for us. Environmental stewardship is everyone's responsibility, and as civil engineers tasked with providing safe, clean water and air to our communities we should be at the forefront of the fight against global warming,” stated Joubin Pakpour, P.E., president of Pakpour Consulting Group. “We hope other civil engineering firms will follow suit so we can become the first industry to achieve a zero footprint.”
"Carbonfund.org’s mission is to improve the world by helping people reduce their environmental footprint. Their goal is to provide a forum for the massive and growing, but mostly unconnected majority of people – whether they think of themselves as citizens or business people, parents or consumers, activists or theorists who want to do the right thing. Action is impossible without information. Pakpour Consulting Group is proud to be working with Carbonfund.org."
Pakpour Consulting Group provides comprehensive municipal civil engineering design and construction management services for a wide variety of public projects. Services include serving as contract district engineer, water distribution systems engineering, civil plan review, transportation engineering, sewer and storm drainage design, hydrology studies, program management services, constructability review and construction management.
Since 2007, Pakpour Consulting Group has monitored, measured and ultimately neutralized its environmental footprint. Pakpour Consulting Group offsets the carbon emissions used in producing its supplies such as paper and packaging and its office electricity by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction, clean air technology and forest preservation projects. In the past five years, Pakpour Consulting Group has neutralized over 500,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions through Carbonfund.org – the same quantity of emissions produced by the average passenger car driving almost 550,000 miles.
“As part of this process we scrutinized almost all of our day to day operations and through innovative approaches, we now recycle 80% of our waste and have reduced our paper usage by 13% while the company has doubled in size,” stated Pakpour.
In addition to the operational emissions measurement, reduction and mitigation, Pakpour Consulting Group is helping to restore the natural resources used to manufacture paper and other office supplies through tree planting, watershed restoration and conservation projects. Carbonfund.org appreciates the commitment to environmental leadership and action that Pakpour Consulting Group continues to demonstrate through these company-wide efforts.
A good idea is easy to spread, and a great deal really catches on at this holiday gift-giving time of year.
Carbonfund.org’s tree-planting campaigns have always attracted individual and business donors to support these affordable and high-impact environmental initiatives, and the Plant-a-Tree Dine-for-Free campaign adds the incredible value of two, three, even five times the donation value in Restaurant.com dining rewards.
Carbonfund.org business partner ITA Group, a leader in events, incentives and recognition programs, recognized the appeal of this program and is now offering the Plant-a-Tree Dine-for-Free program in its points-based rewards catalog. Top performers of ITA Group clients can redeem points to plant trees through Carbonfund.org’s program and receive the Restaurant.com dining rewards.
“The dining rewards component really adds to the trophy value of Carbonfund.org’s tree-planting program,” said Larisa Mendenhall, Director of Individual Awards. “We’re pleased to offer our program participants this unique opportunity.”
In its 50th year creating and managing events, incentives and recognition programs, ITA Group helps clients engage, retain and reward their workforce. ITA Group’s programs help to keep employees “checked in” and believing in what they’re doing every day. Alignment of people and mission is crucial in moving companies forward. It’s also critical to furthering important sustainability initiatives and helping to restore and preserve our environment. ITA Group makes it possible for their clients to do both by offering the Plant-a-Tree Dine-for-Free rewards program.
What are you doing to incent, reward and thank your employees, neighbors, friends, teachers, community and family this year? Check out the Plant-a-Tree Dine-for-Free program for a high-value high-impact option!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Environmental Triple-Play is a Win-Win-Win: Plant Trees – Triple Your Donations in Dining Rewards – Enter to Win a Caribbean Vacation
Carbonfund.org Foundation Launches Most Ambitious and Rewarding Tree-Planting Campaign to Date
(Bethesda, MD - July 16, 2013)
The Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading climate solutions nonprofit organization, is thrilled to announce the launch of its most ambitious – and rewarding – tree-planting campaign ever. With an aim to plant 50 million trees worldwide, Carbonfund.org has created a win-win-win making it easy to support tree-planting projects while receiving free dining rewards and entering to win a Caribbean vacation.
** Plant 50 trees for $50 – Get Back $100 in Restaurant.com dining gift certificates!
** Plant 75 trees for $75 – Get Back $200 in Restaurant.com dining gift certificates!
** Plant 100 trees for $100 – Get Back $300 in Restaurant.com dining gift certificates!
That’s double – even triple - your donation dollars in dining rewards!
And Enter to win a fabulous week-long vacation for two to beautiful Turks and Caicos! It’s a win-win-win!
It’s Simple. Here’s all you do:
1 – Go to Carbonfund.org Facebook page, LIKE the page and enter the Caribbean trip sweepstakes
2 - SHARE the trip sweepstakes to earn FIVE more trip entries
3 – Go to Carbonfund.org/plant-trees-dine-free:
- Plant 50 trees for $50, Receive $100 dining rewards
- Plant 75 trees for $75, Receive $200 dining rewards
- PLANT 100 FOR $100, RECEIVE $300 DINING REWARDS
"This is an incredible win-win-win offer! Simply enter to win a Caribbean vacation sweepstakes, then plant trees and receive twice or three times your donation dollars in Restaurant.com dining rewards, which can be used on over 50,000 restaurant deals nationwide. This is a great deal for both people and our planet” exclaims Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. "Carbonfund.org was founded with a mission to make it simple and affordable for individuals and businesses to help improve the environment and fight the effects of climate change, and this environmental triple-play is our most ambitious effort yet!"
Deforestation is a critical global issue, accounting for about twenty percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally as well as the destruction of habitats, soil erosion, loss of economic opportunities, and degradation of water quality.
Tree-planting projects are simple, affordable actions anyone can support today to help mitigate the effects of climate change. Be part of the solution – join the Carbonfund.org Environmental Triple-Play tree-planting campaign, enjoy the rewards, and help to save the environment!
Proceeds from the Environmental Triple-Play will support tree-planting projects around the world that help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and local communities. Our goal is to plant 50 million trees … one meal at a time.
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About the Carbonfund.org Foundation
Carbonfund.org Foundation is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a low-carbon future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through climate change education, carbon reduction projects, and public outreach.