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Automaker to Offset Carbon Emissions of Projected Consumer Use

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Carbonfund.org today announced a new long-term strategic partnership with Volkswagen of America, Inc. to make a significant contribution towards the global challenge of climate change. The first initiative of this partnership, the Volkswagen Carbon Neutral Project, is one of the most ambitious carbon offsetting projects ever undertaken in the United States. From September 1, 2007, until January 2, 2008, every vehicle sold by Volkswagen will have its carbon emissions offset for the first year of ownership.

Carbonfund.org will offset the carbon emissions of each new Volkswagen sold by supporting the land acquisition and reforestation of 1,100 acres of habitat in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, Louisiana. The project is designed to meet internationally recognized carbon offset standards and certifications. The offsets will be based on the average annual emissions* for each different type of model sold in the four-month period.

“Carbonfund.org and Volkswagen of America share a common goal of fighting climate change and being part of the solution toward a clean energy, low-carbon world,” declared Eric Carlson, executive director of Carbonfund.org “We are committed to working together to reduce the threat of climate change for our and future generations. This is the first time a car company and its community of owners have mobilized on this scale to offset carbon emissions, and we are proud to be playing an important role in this process.”

This ambitious initiative is only the start of a wide-ranging partnership between Carbonfund.org and Volkswagen of America that will encourage customers to continue to offset their emissions via a carbon calculator on the Volkswagen of America micro site hosted by Carbonfund.org. This opportunity will be extended to all members of the Volkswagen community and to everyone who is looking to offset their carbon emissions.

For the first time, visitors to the Volkswagen of America website (http://www.vw.com) will also be given the carbon footprint calculation of their choice of vehicle, in addition to statistics on fuel efficiency, speed, and price, when they use the “Build a VW” feature.

“This project is just the beginning,” explained Adrian Hallmark, executive vice president of Volkswagen of America, Inc.  “Volkswagen is committed to finding new alternative fuels, engine and manufacturing solutions to create additional ways for its community of owners to continue to feel good about owning a Volkswagen.”

*For the Volkswagen of America partnership, the average annual emissions for each different type of model will be determined on the basis of the latest available U.S. Government data (http://www.fueleconomy.gov).


Carbonfund.org is a leading national non-profit that educates the public about the dangers of climate change and makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund.org promotes affordable carbon reduction strategies and supports renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects that reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions. Carbonfund.org combines education and outreach with affordable high-quality carbon offsets to help drive the price of clean technology below its dirty counterparts. Carbonfund.org works with more than 200 businesses and organizations to offset their offices, travel, events, shipping and production emissions. For more information, please visit: http://www.carbonfund.org/vw


Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.  Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat Wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.  Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.

 

 

CES Reduces Carbon Footprint, Incorporates Sustainable and Energy Efficient Practices for Las Vegas Event

Silver Spring, MD, November 28, 2007 – Carbonfund.org, the nation’s leading voluntary carbon offset provider, today announced that it has partnered with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) to help reduce and offset the carbon emissions for the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which will be held January 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The largest consumer technology tradeshow in the world, CES is taking unprecedented steps to reduce the impact the show will have on our planet by implementing a host of sustainable and energy efficient practices.
“As the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, we are also the first tradeshow of our size to reduce our carbon footprint,” CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a recent statement.

CES will offset approximately 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions that will be associated with the event by supporting a combination of certified renewable energy, reforestation, and energy efficiency projects. CES and Carbonfund.org are also providing the show’s attendees the opportunity to offset their travel to and from the event. Attendees may do so by visiting http://www.carbonfund.org/ces.

The CES is consolidating meetings and cutting down on travel, resulting in an estimated net savings of more than 700 million travel miles. Seventy-five percent of all food containers and utensils will be fully biodegradable and all surplus food will be donated to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. Recycled carpet will be used throughout the tradeshow’s central hall, while all attendee literature will be printed on post-consumer recycled paper. Non-hazardous cleaning supplies will be used by the convention center staff and all batteries and electronics used by the show will be recycled and diverted from landfills.

CES believes that through a combination of reductions and offsets, it will be fully accounting for its carbon footprint, making the show a carbon-free event.

“Kudos to the International CES for taking positive steps to help our environment,” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said. “I am confident that our partnership with CEA will not only help to eliminate the carbon footprint of this event, but will be part of a wider commitment to promote understanding of the simple carbon-saving changes that people can make in their daily lives when using electronics.”
For more news on the 2008 International CES visit http://www.CESweb.org.

About CEA
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $148 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at http://www.CE.org

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects where they are most cost effective. Carbonfund.org works with over 300 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, Allstate, and Lancome.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 13:14

Carbonfund.org Offsetting Over 2 Billion Pounds

 

 

Carbonfund.org is pleased to announce it has received donations to offset over 2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road for one year.

“This milestone is a testament to the desire for change,” said Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson. “Our supporters are showing leadership in the fight against climate change and in the transition to a clean energy future. We are all responsible for climate change and we all must be part of the solution.  High-quality verified carbon offsets at an affordable price are a critical way to drive new technology, market transformation and be part of the solution for our and future generations.”

Carbonfund.org makes it easy and affordable for individuals and businesses to take leadership role in the fight against climate change. Carbonfund.org’s model of seeking carbon reduction projects that meet the highest international standards and offering them at an affordable price has fueled our continued growth over the past year, with partners like Volkswagen and Allstate joining us in the fight against global climate change by instituting groundbreaking carbon emission reduction programs.

Meanwhile, our flagship Return to Forest project, based in Nicaragua, in partnership with Paso Pacifico, is being developed under the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standards and will seek eligibility under the recently announced Verified Carbon Standard. Return to Forest is reforesting 850 acres, about the size of Central Park.

Carbonfund.org is already among the leading voluntary carbon offset providers in the world, while individuals and businesses are showing no sign of slowing down when it comes to looking for ways to reduce their impact on our planet.

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 400 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme.

 

 

Progressive Family Farm on Big Island Launches Cutting-Edge Program to Offset Production Emissions

Carbonfund.org in partnership with Tropical Traders Specialty Foods, LLC, today announced the launch of the first U.S. food product to be certified CarbonfreeTM – Royal Hawaiian Honey. All carbon emissions generated in the production and shipping of the honeys are calculated and offset through the support of reforestation, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Carbonfund.org’s CarbonfreeTM label designates products that have undergone a rigorous “life cycle analysis” to determine how much carbon emissions the product is responsible for, from the gathering of raw materials to the electricity used in production and the shipping of products to their final destination on the shelves.

In the case of the Royal Hawaiian Honey line, certification includes the energy used in the extraction of silica from the ground to manufacture its glass jars, the production and printing of its label, the amount of energy used in bottling the honey, and shipping from the Big Island to markets as far away as New York City. Royal Hawaiian Honey is distributed by Tropical Traders Specialty Foods.

“CarbonfreeTM certification for our Royal Hawaiian Honey line is a seamless extension of our commitment to organic agriculture. We are simply taking that dedication to the next level,” Rebeca Krones, Co-Founder of Tropical Traders said. “By taking responsibility for its carbon footprint and investing in renewable energy sources, the Royal Hawaiian Honey line is an example of how the American food industry can make a difference.”

“We are extremely pleased to certify the Royal Hawaiian Honey line as CarbonfreeTM,” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said. “Tropical Traders is at the vanguard of a huge transformation in the way consumers choose to spend their dollars, one that will see individuals looking for the CarbonfreeTM label on products just as they look for the organic label on food or the Energy Star label on appliances.”

There is an enormous amount of energy used in the growing, packaging and shipping of food in this country. An estimated 17 percent of the energy consumed in the United States goes into getting our food to market – over 100 billion gallons of oil per year.

About Tropical Traders
Tropical Traders Specialty Foods, LLC, is a wholesale specialty food company focusing on hand-crafted, artisanal goods. In 2005, the company launched with its Royal Hawaiian Honey brand, a line of three gourmet and organic single-source varietal honeys produced on the Big Island of Hawaii. The company has offices in Captain Cook, Hawaii and Oakland, California. For more information visit:http://www.tropicaltradersfoods.com

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects where they are most cost effective. Carbonfund.org works with over 300 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancome.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 13:12

Train Travel Gets Even More Green

 

 

Carbonfund.org and Amtrak Partner to Allow Passengers to Offset Carbon Emissions from Train Travel

Silver Spring, MD, December 17, 2007 – Carbonfund.org and Amtrak are pleased to announce that every passenger traveling with Amtrak now has the option to offset the carbon emissionscaused by their train trip, making what is already a green travel decision even greener.

Choosing to travel by rail is already a greener travel option, per passenger mile, than travelling either by car or plane. The average CO2 emissions per passenger mile travelling by rail are .18kg, compared with .21kg for car travel and .35kg for air travel. See a comparison of the carbon emissions caused by rail, car, and plane travel here.

“Rail travel is already recognized as a more sustainable travel option in countries around the world. We hope this partnership with Amtrak will lead people to take a second look at choosing rail travel in this country, too.” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said. “Amtrak is helping to make an extremely sustainable travel option even greener for millions of people. We’re pleased to have Amtrak join us in leading the fight against global warming.”

“By choosing to travel by rail, Amtrak passengers are already a step ahead because the carbon footprint generated by their trip is smaller than that of most other modes of transportation,” said Roy Deitchman, Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety for Amtrak. “Because it is more energy efficient, traveling by rail contributes less per passenger mile to greenhouse gas emissions than either cars or airplane. Rail travel also helps to reduce highway congestion in major urban centers.”

In addition to other energy-saving initiatives, Amtrak has committed to a 6 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from its diesel locomotive fleet from 2003-2010. Amtrak is a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange.

About Amtrak
Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 21,000-mile route system. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com.

About Carbonfund.org 
Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsetsenable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 400 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme.

 

 

Beyong the Organic Label, Florida Crystals and Carbonfund.org Partner to Introduce Organic Sugar Line to Carbon-Conscious Consumers

Silver Spring, MD – March 19, 2008 – Carbonfund.org and Florida Crystals Corporation today announced the CarbonFree® certification of Florida Crystals Organic Sugar, marking a growing trend of businesses that are bringing carbon-conscious consumerism directly to their customers and a growing number of eco-conscious consumers who scrutinize food production methods and seek products that minimize climate impact.

The average American consumes approximately 107 pounds of sugar a year, according to a 2003-2004 United States Department of Agriculture Food Intake Survey.  With a new line of sugar that offers an organic and CarbonFree option, consumers can take a further step to combat global warming even at the grocery store. Meanwhile, A new study shows that roughly half of all consumers now consider questions of sustainability in their purchasing decisions, with particular focus on the food and beverage industry.

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Carbonfund.org certified Florida Crystals organic sugar CarbonFree after a rigorous life cycle analysis (LCA) performed by Europe’s premier carbon management consultants, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management. They determined the product’s carbon footprint by assessing the primary inputs of planting and growing the sugar cane, through the harvesting, milling and packaging processes, to the product’s final delivery to store shelves. Each product’s carbon footprint was rendered neutral through greenhouse gas cutting measures, specifically, through Florida Crystals’ production of renewable energy.

CarbonFree product certification entails four main steps:
● Determine the product’s carbon footprint through an LCA
● Certify and register the product as CarbonFree
● Offset the product’s footprint through the support of greenhouse gas reduction projects
● Conduct annual review and recertification

“CarbonFree certification and labeling is the next big trend in environmentally responsible living,” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said. “Florida Crystals is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing awareness among consumers of the impact their buying decisions have on the planet. We’re very proud to have them as a partner.”

“Florida Crystals certification is unique,” said Luis Fernandez, Florida Crystals’ Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Unlike other manufacturers who rely on the purchase of carbon credits from third parties, we are able to provide our products’ carbon neutrality through our own production of renewable energy. We have a strong commitment to the environment and continue to invest in the expansion of our renewable energy program. We are proud to receive CarbonFree certification.”

Other Carbonfund.org CarbonFree products include:
● Tropical Traders’ Royal Hawaiian Honey
● Ecofuture’s THEbulb
● Yakima racks and other products
● April Third Studios’ Elusion 2-Disc Special Edition (DVD & CD)

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 650 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Allstate, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme.

About Florida Crystals

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company guiding its sugar from the field to the table with Florida Crystals® natural and organic brands. We are the first American sugar certified CarbonFree by Carbonfund.Org. Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy for sugar operations as well as 60,000 homes, which also helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels.  Florida Crystals® is made from pure sun-sweetened sugar cane but it’s “less refined” than traditional sugar, so it delivers a flavor that’s unique and absolutely delicious. To learn more about our CarbonFree certification and our earth-friendly practices, visit us at http://www.floridacrystals.com.Beyong the Organic Label, Florida Crystals and Carbonfund.org Partner to Introduce Organic Sugar Line to Carbon-Conscious Consumers

New World-Class Consumer Label

 

 Brings CarbonFree Sugar to Shelves

Silver Spring, MD – March 19, 2008 – Carbonfund.org and Florida Crystals Corporation today announced the CarbonFree® certification of Florida Crystals Organic Sugar, marking a growing trend of businesses that are bringing carbon-conscious consumerism directly to their customers and a growing number of eco-conscious consumers who scrutinize food production methods and seek products that minimize climate impact.

The average American consumes approximately 107 pounds of sugar a year, according to a 2003-2004 United States Department of Agriculture Food Intake Survey.  With a new line of sugar that offers an organic and CarbonFree option, consumers can take a further step to combat global warming even at the grocery store. Meanwhile, A new study shows that roughly half of all consumers now consider questions of sustainability in their purchasing decisions, with particular focus on the food and beverage industry.

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Carbonfund.org certified Florida Crystals organic sugar CarbonFree after a rigorous life cycle analysis (LCA) performed by Europe’s premier carbon management consultants, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management. They determined the product’s carbon footprint by assessing the primary inputs of planting and growing the sugar cane, through the harvesting, milling and packaging processes, to the product’s final delivery to store shelves. Each product’s carbon footprint was rendered neutral through greenhouse gas cutting measures, specifically, through Florida Crystals’ production of renewable energy.

CarbonFree product certification entails four main steps:
● Determine the product’s carbon footprint through an LCA
● Certify and register the product as CarbonFree
● Offset the product’s footprint through the support of greenhouse gas reduction projects
● Conduct annual review and recertification

“CarbonFree certification and labeling is the next big trend in environmentally responsible living,” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said. “Florida Crystals is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing awareness among consumers of the impact their buying decisions have on the planet. We’re very proud to have them as a partner.”

“Florida Crystals certification is unique,” said Luis Fernandez, Florida Crystals’ Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Unlike other manufacturers who rely on the purchase of carbon credits from third parties, we are able to provide our products’ carbon neutrality through our own production of renewable energy. We have a strong commitment to the environment and continue to invest in the expansion of our renewable energy program. We are proud to receive CarbonFree certification.”

Other Carbonfund.org CarbonFree products include:
● Tropical Traders’ Royal Hawaiian Honey
● Ecofuture’s THEbulb
● Yakima racks and other products
● April Third Studios’ Elusion 2-Disc Special Edition (DVD & CD)

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 650 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Allstate, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme.

About Florida Crystals

Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company guiding its sugar from the field to the table with Florida Crystals® natural and organic brands. We are the first American sugar certified CarbonFree by Carbonfund.Org. Our renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy for sugar operations as well as 60,000 homes, which also helps us reduce our use of fossil fuels.  Florida Crystals® is made from pure sun-sweetened sugar cane but it’s “less refined” than traditional sugar, so it delivers a flavor that’s unique and absolutely delicious. To learn more about our CarbonFree certification and our earth-friendly practices, visit us at http://www.floridacrystals.com.

 

 

Carbonfund.org Leads International Web of Partnerships to Fight Climate Change

Ventura, Calif. - April 23, 2008 -  Paso Pacífico, Carbonfund.org, the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), and the Rainforest Alliance announce an innovative reforestation project, Return to Forest, aimed at combating climate change, conserving biodiversity and supporting local communities in Nicaragua. This exciting project is using carbon finance to restore hundreds of acres of moist and dry tropical forest in Central America’s most critically endangered ecosystems and was awarded the highest standard “Gold” rating of the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards.

Deforestation causes up to 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally. Responsible reforestation projects thus carry great potential for mitigating climate change. Nicaragua, a country that has forestland covering about 40 percent of its area, lost about 20 percent of its forests between 1990 and 2005, much of it the result of cattle ranching and agriculture. For the past three years, Paso Pacífico, a California-based nonprofit conservation organization, has been working to restore and protect natural ecosystems in Nicaragua.

“Small developing nations are often ignored within the climate change debate,” said Sarah Otterstrom, executive director for Paso Pacifico, “yet they are a key piece of the solution. Paso Pacifico’s efforts in Nicaragua capitalize on the great ability of tropical forests to reduce greenhouse gases while also contributing to its sustainable development.”

The organizations Return to Forest project is using carbon finance to reforest about 1,000 acres (406 hectares) of land in the southwestern region of Nicaragua to mitigate climate change while supporting local communities and conserving biodiversity. The Rivas Isthmus in southwestern Nicaragua is a rural area that is home to a wealth of biodiversity including sea turtles, yellow-naped parrot, and spider monkeys. It is also a region where nearly a quarter of the population lives in extreme poverty. Through the planting of some 70 varieties of native tree species, Paso Pacífico and Carbonfund.org aim to restore a biological corridor in the region and will offset the emission of an estimated 170,000 tons of CO2 over the next 40 years.

The Rainforest Alliance, a nonprofit conservation organization based in New York, served as the third-party independent certifier to evaluate the project proposal to standards that ensure support for local communities, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. “By earning the highest rating to the CCB standards, Paso Pacífico and Carbonfund.org have proven this project is designed in a way that will conserve biodiversity and support local communities while mitigating climate change,” said Jeff Hayward, verification services manager at the Rainforest Alliance. “Carbon finance holds great promise in helping restore endangered ecosystems such as Central America’s tropical forests, and the Rainforest Alliance congratulates both organizations on the launch of this ambitious project.”

The project organizers also aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting alternative livelihoods through activities such as sustainable agriculture and ranching. In addition, the program supports forest-based activities including sustainable tourism and the harvesting of non-timber forest products. Paso Pacífico is involving local residents in reforestation efforts, providing employment opportunities and offering training on sustainable agriculture and tourism, among other things.

“Paso Pacifico’s Return to Forest project is just the sort of high-quality multiple benefit forest carbon project that the CCB Standards aim to identify,” said Joanna Durbin, director of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance. “Local farmers are closely involved in the project design and implementation and they benefit directly from the carbon revenues, not by degrading native forests but by restoring them, bringing global climate benefits as well as improving habitats for endangered wildlife.”

Carbonfund.org, a Maryland-based nonprofit carbon offset and climate change solutions provider, assisted with creating the project and is the primary funder of the project. Carbonfund.org is facilitating the purchase and the sale of the carbon that will be sequestered through the project. “Return to Forest is a landmark project for Carbonfund.org.  It’s not only offsetting 170,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, but also restoring tropical dry forests which are an endangered ecosystem,” said Eric Carlson, executive director of Carbonfund.org.  “The project also gives back to the local community and is creating opportunity for more eco-tourism. We’re very proud to celebrate this accomplishment with Paso Pacifico, the Rainforest Alliance and the CCBA. The partnerships formed between these organizations should serve as model for future reforestation projects that will both positively impact the local community and help mitigate global climate change.” 

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org works to reduce the threat of climate change by promoting cost-effective carbon reductions and supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions. For more information, visit http://www.carbonfund.org.

About Paco Pacifico

Paso Pacífico is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to protect Central America’s Pacific slope ecosystems.  The non-profit implements projects in environmental education, sustainable agriculture, forest restoration and wildlife conservation.  Through these actions Paso Pacifico is creating western Nicaragua’s first biological corridor. For more information, visit http://www.pasopacifico.org.

About Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance

The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance sets international standards to evaluate land-based carbon projects that mitigate climate change, conserve biodiversity and support sustainable development. For more information, visit http://www.climate-standards.org.

About Rainforest Aliiance

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. For more information, visithttp://www.rainforest-alliance.org.

 

 

Las Vegas, NV, July 21, 2008 – GoGreenTube.com announced today that it is offsetting its carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org, one of the country’s leading carbon offset organizations. GoGreenTube.com will offset one pound of carbon dioxide for every video watched on GoGreenTube.com. This commitment establishes GoGreenTube.com as a leader in the environmental education community and demonstrates the proactive steps GoGreenTube.com is taking in the fight against global climate change.

GoGreenTube.com is an environmental education website whose mission is to educate viewers about green products and green lifestyle options. Additionally, GoGreenTube.com sought a way to get viewers more involved with helping the environment.  Carbonfund.org’s values aligned perfectly with those of GoGreenTube.com, and offered a service that benefitted environmentally-conscious GoGreen viewers.

“Global Warming is very real concern, I am thrilled that GoGreenTube.com and Carbonfund.org were able to partner to do our part in reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide” said Mike Shell, founder of GoGreenTube.com.

“GoGreen Tube is a great concept with a great mission, and we’re excited to have them as a partner. They are a working example of an organization that is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and leading the fight against climate change,” Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson said.

View Carbonfund.org’s GoGreenTube.com videos here.

About GoGreenTube.com


GoGreenTube.com is an environmental education website, that entertains and educates viewers one video at a time.

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org is one of the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organizations, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects where they are most cost effective. Carbonfund.org works with over 700 corporate and nonprofit partners including Discovery, Volkswagen, Amtrak, Dell, Orbitz, Staples, and JetBlue.

 

 

Unique “RecyCool” Program Helps Reduce Global Warming, Offset the Effects of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Recycle Unwanted Cell Phones, Smartphones, PDAs and Handheld Devices

Toronto, Ontario, July 22, 2008 - The Wireless Source, Canada (and affiliates: PhoneBack Canada, The Charitable Recycling Program, and Wireless CellBack) and Carbonfund.org today announced the launch of a new and unique program – RecyCool – integrating cell phone recycling with the battle against climate change.

RecyCool makes it easy and affordable for any business, event or organization to reduce or eliminate its climate impact by recycling used mobile phones.

RecyCool captures pre-owned cell phone value for reuse and lets partners and participants exchange this value for certified carbon offsets to help:
• Lighten their carbon footprint
• Combat climate change
• Reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions

The burning of fossil fuels produces greenhouse gasses that trap heat, creating a greenhouse effect that is warming the Earth.  Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing global society. We all need to make every effort to reduce our emissions as much as we can and to offset the remainder. As Carbonfund.org says: “Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t™”.

While we can all change our habits and activities to reduce our carbon footprint, there is only so much we can reduce. That’s where carbon offsets can help. Carbon offsets are simple. We are all responsible for harmful carbon dioxide emissions, whether through driving, flying in an airplane, heating and cooling our homes and offices, watching TV, running a business, or going to a concert. Carbon offsets represent the act of reducing an equal amount of carbon elsewhere in the world to counterbalance the carbon emissions from our own energy-using activities (our “carbon footprint”). By supporting projects that reduce carbon dioxide emissions, carbon offsets enable us to reduce our climate impact and balance out the carbon footprint left by our emissions.

The RecyCool Program provides two smart and simple ways to earn carbon credits with recycled cell phones, smartphones, and PDAs in order to help reduce our carbon footprint and work towards becoming carbon neutral:

‘Ten-For-A-Tonne’: Collects used wireless devices donated by consumers and community members as part of a concert, conference, or event, at a drop-off location, at an office recycling day, or from a door-to-door collection campaign. A carbon offset of 1 tonne is earned for every 10 functional digital phones recovered.

Handset Exchange For Climate Change:  This program is designed for enterprises, businesses, government offices, and departments and large organizations that often have large quantities of late-model phones that are regularly upgraded or replaced. Owners and managers can receive substantial carbon offsets in exchange for these late-model wireless handsets, depending on the specific make, model, and condition of the phones. A high reuse value means that a single handset could earn as much as 1, 2 or 3 tonnes (or more) of carbon offset, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of business operations and activities.


“The Wireless Source, Canada and affiliates are very concerned about global warming. Considering the implications of climate change, carbon offsets through Carbonfund.org are a natural extension of our work in the pre-owned wireless telecommunications handset recovery, remanufacture and reuse sector,” said Gordon Weis, President of The Wireless Source, Canada. “The RecyCool Program establishes our businesses as environmental leaders and demonstrates the proactive steps we are taking in the fight against global climate change.”

“We are extremely excited to partner with The Wireless Source, Canada and its affiliates PhoneBack Canada, The Charitable Recycling Program, and Wireless CellBack in the development of the first-of-its-kind RecyCool Program,” said Eric Carlson, Founder and Executive Director of Carbonfund.org. “By recovering and recycling pre-owned cell phones—things everyone has, doesn’t want anymore, but doesn’t know what to do with—many groups, activities, events, and businesses can easily help reduce their carbon footprint, strive for carbon neutrality, and combat climate change at little or no cost.”


The RecyCool Program is a unique and effective ‘triple sustainability’ initiative for all Canadians
Environmental Responsibility … Social Responsibility … Financial & Global Climate Responsibility

 

About The Wireless Source, Canada

The Wireless Source, Canada (TWSC), the Canadian division of The Wireless Source—a global leader in the reuse and recycling of mobile devices—specializes in used and pre-owned cell phone remanufacturing and remarketing. Services include reverse logistics, recovery, trade-in, rebate, and recycling programs for the ‘wireless’ industry (dealers, carriers, and handset OEMs) as well as for businesses, retailers, charities, and consumers. Through our sister enterprise, PhoneBack Canada, we also provide The Charitable Recycling Program, which enables cell phone recycling and fundraising for local charities, community activities, and groups and businesses. PhoneBack Canada is also the ‘enabling’ partner for several privately branded national recycling programs.  An additional program, Wireless CellBack, is strategically designed to recover pre-owned, late-model devices using a make/model value database for organizations, enterprises, and wireless retailers and dealers.

The Wireless Source, ISO 14001 certified for environmental management and assurance, is one of a handful of full-service, vertically integrated cell phone recycling companies and stands among the largest of such companies in North America. Testing, refurbishment, remanufacturing, and remarketing are done ‘in-house,’ with complete chain of custody and assurance of information security and responsible handset disposition.
http://www.TheWirelessSource.ca http://www.CharitableRecycling.cahttp://www.WirelessCellBack.com

 

About Carbonfund.org

Established in 2003, Carbonfund.org is one of North America’s oldest and leading carbon reduction and offset organizations, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses, and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects where they are most cost effective. “Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t™”.

Carbonfund.org has worked with hundreds of corporate and non-profit partners including the Consumer Electronics Association, Discovery, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, JetBlue Airways, Environmental Defense, Lancome, Amtrak, Allstate, Staples, Earthwatch Institute, National Wildlife Federation, Social Venture Network, Green Building Council, and many more.
http://www.carbonfund.org

 

 

Avis and Budget to Offer Customers Opportunity to Offset Emissions

Parsippany, N.J., July 22, 2008 — Avis Budget Group, parent company of Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car, today announced an alliance with Carbonfund.org, one of the leading international non-profit organizations providing carbon offset solutions to individuals and businesses. This alliance will enable Avis Budget Group to offer its corporate and retail customers a variety of carbon offset options to enable them to minimize the environmental impact of their daily, weekly or monthly vehicle rentals.

“At Avis Budget Group, we are very concerned with how our business affects the environment,” said Ronald L. Nelson, chairman and chief executive officer, Avis Budget Group. “Teaming up with Carbonfund.org will help us advance our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our fleet.”

Customers of Avis and Budget will be able to make donations to Carbonfund.org online via avis.com and budget.com to offset the emissions from their rental car use as a separate transaction from their vehicle rental. The donations go towards the ongoing purchase of carbon offset credits, which fund a variety of environmental projects aimed at reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

The alliance with Carbonfund.org adds to the many environmental initiatives of Avis Budget Group, which is already partnering with its corporate customers to assist them with their individual carbon reduction targets. The Company is also creating a formal environmental management system (EMS), which is being designed to measure and manage environmental aspects of the Company’s operations in accordance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 guidelines. The EMS will cover air, water and land quality issues, landfill contributions, resource depletion and conservation, solid/liquid waste, odor/noise emissions and other environmental aspects.

“We are very pleased to work with a company such as Avis Budget Group, which is extremely conscious of its environmental impact,” said Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson. “Together we will be able to make a positive impact on the future of the environment and set a standard for offsetting emissions for rental cars.”

Avis Budget Group also offers its customers a variety of vehicle choices for reducing environmental impact. Out of a fleet of more than 375,000 vehicles, 63 percent of the fleet is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Certified and one-fourth of the fleet is rated at 32 miles per gallon or better. The fleet also includes gas/electric hybrid vehicles for rent in compact, full-size and small SUV car classes.

In addition to its fleet and field operations practices, Avis and Budget offer services such as eToll electronic toll collection and where2® GPS navigation systems that can help reduce environmental impact from rental car use. Avis Budget Group offers customers eToll services in more cities than any other company, which allows travelers to skip cash payment lines. Studies found that paying tolls electronically reduces hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions and also reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides. where2 GPS navigation systems provide real-time traffic alerts which help drivers avoid getting lost as well as traffic jams and road construction, reducing unnecessary driving time and thus reducing emissions.

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 900 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Allstate, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme. Website:http://www.carbonfund.org.

About Avis Budget Group

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR) is a leading provider of vehicle rental services, with operations in more than 70 countries. Through its Avis and Budget brands, the Company is the largest general-use vehicle rental company in each of North America, Australia, New Zealand and certain other regions based on published airport statistics. Avis Budget Group is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. and has more than 30,000 employees. For more information about Avis Budget Group, visithttp://www.avisbudgetgroup.com.Avis and Budget to Offer Customers Opportunity to Offset Emissions

Avis Budget Group Forms Allianc

 

e with Carbonfund.org

Parsippany, N.J., July 22, 2008 — Avis Budget Group, parent company of Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car, today announced an alliance with Carbonfund.org, one of the leading international non-profit organizations providing carbon offset solutions to individuals and businesses. This alliance will enable Avis Budget Group to offer its corporate and retail customers a variety of carbon offset options to enable them to minimize the environmental impact of their daily, weekly or monthly vehicle rentals.

“At Avis Budget Group, we are very concerned with how our business affects the environment,” said Ronald L. Nelson, chairman and chief executive officer, Avis Budget Group. “Teaming up with Carbonfund.org will help us advance our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our fleet.”

Customers of Avis and Budget will be able to make donations to Carbonfund.org online via avis.com and budget.com to offset the emissions from their rental car use as a separate transaction from their vehicle rental. The donations go towards the ongoing purchase of carbon offset credits, which fund a variety of environmental projects aimed at reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

The alliance with Carbonfund.org adds to the many environmental initiatives of Avis Budget Group, which is already partnering with its corporate customers to assist them with their individual carbon reduction targets. The Company is also creating a formal environmental management system (EMS), which is being designed to measure and manage environmental aspects of the Company’s operations in accordance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 guidelines. The EMS will cover air, water and land quality issues, landfill contributions, resource depletion and conservation, solid/liquid waste, odor/noise emissions and other environmental aspects.

“We are very pleased to work with a company such as Avis Budget Group, which is extremely conscious of its environmental impact,” said Carbonfund.org Executive Director Eric Carlson. “Together we will be able to make a positive impact on the future of the environment and set a standard for offsetting emissions for rental cars.”

Avis Budget Group also offers its customers a variety of vehicle choices for reducing environmental impact. Out of a fleet of more than 375,000 vehicles, 63 percent of the fleet is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Certified and one-fourth of the fleet is rated at 32 miles per gallon or better. The fleet also includes gas/electric hybrid vehicles for rent in compact, full-size and small SUV car classes.

In addition to its fleet and field operations practices, Avis and Budget offer services such as eToll electronic toll collection and where2® GPS navigation systems that can help reduce environmental impact from rental car use. Avis Budget Group offers customers eToll services in more cities than any other company, which allows travelers to skip cash payment lines. Studies found that paying tolls electronically reduces hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions and also reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides. where2 GPS navigation systems provide real-time traffic alerts which help drivers avoid getting lost as well as traffic jams and road construction, reducing unnecessary driving time and thus reducing emissions.

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting high-quality verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org works with over 900 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Allstate, Volkswagen, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense, and Lancôme. Website:http://www.carbonfund.org.

About Avis Budget Group

Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR) is a leading provider of vehicle rental services, with operations in more than 70 countries. Through its Avis and Budget brands, the Company is the largest general-use vehicle rental company in each of North America, Australia, New Zealand and certain other regions based on published airport statistics. Avis Budget Group is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. and has more than 30,000 employees. For more information about Avis Budget Group, visithttp://www.avisbudgetgroup.com.

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