Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

It's 2:00 a.m. in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, north of Manaus, Brazil. Biologist Claude Gascon is looking for tree-frogs, which come out to sing and mate at night. The Rainforest is full of wonders and creatures to study. Claude loves his work and is one of thousands of scientists, from the tropics to the poles, for whom cutting-edge science is a great adventure and for whom a life of research is a "PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE." Now the "PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE" Project, a set of integrated scientific teaching modules, invites teachers and students to: EXPLORE Antarctica, a whole continent dedicated to cutting-edge research. • EXPERIENCE the Amazon Rainforest, home to the greatest diversity of plants and animals on Earth. • EXCITE minds and imaginations by flying to the planets with NASA Missions. • ENLIST leading scientists and engineers as mentors for your students, and partners in your teaching. "PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE" uses an integrated suite of videos, hands-on activities, online resources and proven results. P2K'S MultiMedia materials provide everything you need to allow your students to do real science alongside real scientists while experiencing some of the most exciting and challenging places on Earth. Participants in "PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE" don't just watch science being done - they DO IT for themselves! Each PASSPORT Module provides a Teacher's Guide full of hands-on activities embodying key curriculum content and the National Science Standards, including student worksheets, sample hands-on supplies, resource videos, CD-ROMS and more. Supported by the National Science Foundation, a three-year evaluation produced solid evidence of positive student learning outcomes. P2K'S use of integrated video, online and hands-on materials had powerful effects. Student interest in science and technology was up 20% when all three media were used together.  And teachers with decades in the profession report that P2K has re-energized their careers and attitudes and provided them with the best and most practical example of how to use new tools, new educational technologies and new teaching practices successfully. So if your science curriculum needs a boost, check out the amazing teaching modules at PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE and help create the next generation of scientific adventurers.

Planning that memorable must-go-perfectly event in the Bay Area?  Park Avenue Catering is the leading full-service event specialist and caterer in the North Bay area of California and your liaison to wine country living and cuisine.  Their business is built on a solid foundation of superb food, exceptional service, and flawless execution. Park Avenue Catering has been creating memorable experiences in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area since 1986. Bruce Riezenman is the Executive Chef and owner of Park Avenue Catering, the first Green Certified caterer in Napa and Sonoma counties. He is the author of Pair It!, a food and wine pairing application for the iPhone and Droid. Bruce has cooked and taught food and wine pairing throughout the world and has been a Guest Chef at the James Beard House in New York City three times. Chef Riezenman was one of the early leaders in local and wine country cuisine, going back over 25 years. He continues to grow, learn, and lead, offering his personal passion for food and wine to you. Park Avenue Catering strives to bring joy and prosperity to their community through wholesome food, gracious hospitality, and philanthropic giving. By employing sustainable practices and creating opportunities for growth, they support quality of life for the Park Avenue Catering family, their community, and the world at large.  Park Avenue Catering offers only sustainable seafood choices; serves shade-grown, fair trade coffee; is trans-fat-free; and uses rBST-free dairy products.  In addition, Park Avenue Catering pursues a variety of initiatives to lower business emissions, then purchases carbon credits to support Carbonfund.org's renewable energy and reforestation projects to offset the business emissions they can't eliminate. Park Avenue Catering are specialists in event planning and venue selection, for weddings, social, corporate or non-profit event catering. Be it a corporate soiree or a winery wedding, Park Avenue Catering will help to create a memorable experience for you and your guests. And with GreatPairings.com, Bruce has created an ever-evolving guide to bringing joy into your own home. In Perfect Match, you will learn an easy method for pairing wine and food perfectly, using simple ingredients from your pantry and your personal sense of taste. Likewise, Great Pairings focuses on wine in a way that is approachable for everyone. Fresh is a celebration of the fresh lifestyle at home, from shopping to cooking to entertaining. In Wine & Dine, we take the show on the road, highlighting how people are savoring food, wine, and life. Throughout the site you'll find ideas on wine country living, recipes and tips, as well stories about the people and places that make life feel extraordinary. "I see food and wine as opportunities to enjoy the things in life that truly matter: health, happiness, family and friends. Here's to creating a life you can savor, every day. Enjoy!" Bruce

Spring is in full swing, and the weekly buzzing of lawn mowers fills the air – with noise and carbon emissions that remind us that our lifestyles produce regular harmful emissions. But if you live in the Springfield, MO area, you have a clean alternative. Go Green Lawn Care offers the Ozarks’ first zero carbon footprint lawn care service. And they don’t just offer the best quality in lawn care; they do it with up to 75% less noise and far less of the pollution that typically goes along with lawn care. Go Green Lawn Care accomplishes this by using solar power to charge all of their electric lawn care equipment during the day and using Envirogard propane powered commercial zero turn mowers which burn 8000% cleaner than the typical zero turns. On top of that, any emissions from their trucks or cleaner burning propane zero turn mowers are offset by purchasing verified emissions offsets from Carbonfund.org. Lawn maintenance services include: • Mowing, trimming, edging, and blowing • Fall Clean Up • Soil Testing • Organic Fertilization • Mulch Installation So, to move to cleaner and quieter lawn care services, contact Go Green Lawn Care today.
Looking for that perfect crunchy topping for hot dogs, hamburgers, soup, salad, pizza, potatoes, casseroles and more? Try Loeb’s Onion Crunch, a crispy fried onion topping made from sweet onions that are naturally low in carbohydrates and cholesterol. Made from 100% real onions, they are a great addition to your favorite foods and recipes. Onion Crunch contains 0 grams of trans fat, has low sodium and no cholesterol, so sprinkle on as much as you want. Yes, these crispy, crunchy onions are that good! It’s the “Crunch you will Crave”. Check out the Onion Crunch recipes and the video introducing Onion Crunch to rave reviews. Specially selected sweet onions are lightly fried in high-quality vegetable oil and then seasoned to give them an absolutely delicious taste.  Use Onion Crunch to bring crispiness and a roasted onion flavor to poultry, fish, salads, sandwiches, dips, soups, spreads, scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, pizza, burgers and hot dogs. These crispy fried onions are sustainable with a shelf life of over one year. And Onion Crunch is certified Carbon Neutral by CSA (Carbon Solutions America), purchasing carbon offsets that are created through the capture and destruction of methane gas from the New York State Landfill Methane Project, one of the projects supported by the Carbonfund.org Foundation. Onion Crunch is available in a variety of grocery and convenience stores – use the handy store locator to find Onion Crunch near you, or order online by the bottle or the case. You can also order t-shirts and caps promoting your new favorite snack. Enjoy the taste of crispy, crunchy roasted onions in a convenient, ready-to-sprinkle topping. Crispy, crunchy, yum yum yum!
The National Airline of the Sultanate of Oman has taken a significant step by becoming the first company in the Gulf to produce an annual report through a carbon-neutral production process. The annual report was produced by globally renowned Smart Media - The Annual Report Company who is a partner of The Carbonfund.org Foundation. Smart Media prints and delivers to their clients annual reports that are produced in a carbon-neutral process. All emissions related to writing, design, photography, project consultancy, project management and printing of the annual reports has been calculated, and corresponding carbon credits have been purchased through Carbonfund.org, in support of our energy efficiency, renewable energy and reforestation projects. Oman Air is on a major investment phase. Previously a regional airline, Oman Air is now rapidly becoming a top class international airline. In fact their annual report sports the theme "Gold Standard" to bring out the airline's aspiration of investing in the best of everything. They have created one of the best business classes in the world, with their business class seat judged among the top three in the entire world by Skytrax recently. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Smart Media in the carbon-neutral production of annual reports for leading organizations like Oman Air.
Spring is around the corner -- time for the wanderlust to set in. If you’re looking for the perfect eco-adventure, check out the dazzling destinations and creative itineraries featured by the folks at Global Basecamps. Global Basecamps is dedicated to inspiring, empowering and simplifying independent travel to the world's most beautiful and important destinations. The founders of Global Basecamps believe that conservation and capitalism can work hand in hand to protect the planet's cultural and ecological resources and that independent travel furthers the exchange of the ideas, understanding and common heritage necessary to create positive change. And now Global Basecamps is offering a great opportunity for you and a friend to win a great getaway to explore the Inca Trail and trek your way to Machu Picchu. Enter the Inca Trail Giveaway on Global Basecamp’s Facebook page and get an additional entry for each friend you invite to enter the contest.  Enter on Twitter by Tweeting about the giveaway and filling out the entry form, and for every Twitter follower that enters through your link, you get an extra entry.  Or comment on the Global Basecamp blog, using the same email you used to enter the contest, and you’ll get additional entries. Global Basecamps believes that the best trips involve multiple stops, multiple environments and multiple experiences. Although they no longer live out of backpacks for six months at a stretch, the team at Global Basecamps has found a way to recreate the excitement and sense of discovery in a shorter period of time. It's called basecamping: finding a property that truly helps you to explore an area on short day trips. Global Basecamps scoured the planet to find the hotels and lodges that can help pack as many experiences into a couple of days as possible. Don't have enough time to circumnavigate Patagonia? Check out one of their lodges in Southern Argentina and after three days you'll feel like you had. Got a little more time? There's no better way to check life experiences off of your list than by doing multi-day excursions…that's where the true adventure lies. Travel is about choices and every trip is unique. As a Carbonfund.org partner, Global Basecamps has planted a tree for every one of their trips from the Inca Trail to the coast of Vietnam--and will continue to do so. As travelers trek through Machu Picchu or boat through Halong Bay, Global Basecamps is planting trees in Nepal. Reforestation projects are one of the best ways to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that's in the atmosphere. To date, Carbonfund.org has supported SeedTree’s planting of over 315,000 trees in 21 communities throughout Nepal. The sweepstakes ends on April 1st, so enter early and enter often!  Invite your friends along. Soon, you may be trekking to one of the most magical ancient places on earth!
Thursday, 20 October 2011 13:25

NewGrass® Takes Being Green to a New Level

NewGrass® stands alone in the synthetic grass industry in its combination of pricing, quality, service and commitment to being 100% eco-friendly. If you’re considering an artificial lawn application, NewGrass will save time and money today and in the long run … in addition to aiding water conservation, reducing the use of pesticides and helping create a healthier environment. NewGrass is a popular choice for outdoor spaces where children play because it’s eco-friendly and made from recyclable materials, helping to conserve water and eliminate fertilizer and pesticides, therefore avoiding chemical exposure for kids. The eco-friendly synthetic grass is often used in parks, schools, backyards and playgrounds, and earlier in 2011, NewGrass was selected by the NFL and Gatorade for the Super Bowl NFL Junior Training Camp. As a synthetic turf, NewGrass can be installed permanently or can be installed temporarily for multipurpose areas. In a recent installation in Vail Colorado, an area used as an ice skating rink in the winter was converted to NewGrass for other uses in the summer. NewGrass is dedicated to being 100% eco-friendly – made with renewable and recycled resources, and totally recyclable. The EnviroCelTM   backing on NewGrass replaces over 90 percent of the petroleum-based polymers found on previous generations with bio-based compounds that are derived from domestically-grown soybeans. On the ground, the backing offers greatly improved drainage, resulting in longer product lifespan. It also means faster and more consistent drainage, which is better for the aggregate base underneath a NewGrass installation, as well as for the surrounding landscaping. The backing of NewGrass also incorporates post-consumer PET plastic from soft drink and water bottles. That makes it – and the entire product – 100 percent recyclable. NewGrass believes that being environmentally conscious means more than conserving water. It means being 100 percent eco-friendly … in their products and in their corporate responsibilities. That commitment is one reason NewGrass was accepted as an Ally in the EPA GreenScapes Program. And NewGrass maintains a Carbon-Offset Pledge. For every square foot of NewGrass installed, the folks at NewGrass make a donation to the Carbonfund.org Foundation, doing their part to contribute to the fight against climate change. These contributions further support their commitment to a safer, greener environment and the reduction of harmful carbon dioxide emissions. The donations to Carbonfund.org help climate change education, carbon offsets and reductions, and public outreach. They also help NewGrass reduce its carbon footprint. So, if it’s time to consider a switch to high-quality, environmentally-conscious synthetic turf, contact NewGrass for your estimate today.
Original Moxie creates hair care products “for the rest of us” – real people, not models or glossy fashion magazines. Moxie creator Rachel Blistein is “one of us” - just a regular person with 'challenging' hair and a knack for creating truly awesome hair products. Rachel personally crafts each product, from customizing herbal infusions to sourcing pure, natural ingredients and fine-tuning Moxie's iconic essential oil fragrances. She’s also a life-long nature lover, so the Moxie products are made from organic, unrefined ingredients that are as chemical-free and environmentally friendly as possible. Original Moxie is committed to using natural ingredients not just because they work, but because they create less of an environmental impact than their chemical counterparts. Natural ingredients also tend to be fully biodegradable and easily composted. “The dried herbs that go into the Original Moxie herbal infusions are lovingly collected and turned into our compost heap, which will, in turn, yield rich, black soil for our gardens,” Blistein said. "Moxie" means bucking convention and doing things your own way -- with spunk, spirit and style -- and that's exactly what the folks at Original Moxie have done. Original Moxie helps customers diagnose their hair care needs based on a combination of three characteristics: Density, Dryness, & Degree of Curl. Original Moxie's exclusive 3-D Diagnostic System™ eliminates the guesswork by helping identify the products that fit the “real you.” As part of its commitment to environmentally safe hair care products and environmentally sound business practices, Original Moxie “reduces, reuses, and recycles.” They minimize the use of disposable products and tools, reuse shipping boxes when possible, exclusively package hair products in recyclable bottles, and have partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset emissions from other business operations that can’t be eliminated. Get your Moxie going and visit www.originalmoxie.com to learn more.
Carbonfund.org Foundation announces a collaboration with The Mutual, a new social enterprise launching today, to be the organization’s official "Air" Cause Partner. Carbonfund.org is proud to be one of the environmental charities partnering with The Mutual in this exciting new concept. The Mutual helps individuals and businesses live and operate more sustainably by connecting them to environmental non-profit Cause Partners in an incentive based model that inspires and rewards positive behavior change. Individuals join for as little as $10 per month and select the environmental non-profit to which they wish to donate. In return, they get unlimited access to program Perks like VIP service, early access to tickets and discounts from partner businesses such as Brooklyn Brewery, uncommon goods and Zimride, in effect creating an "economy for good". The Mutual has taken the best of reward programs and charitable giving and merged the two in a model that provides incentives to both individuals and businesses to participate. “The problem with bringing about significant change is that no one has made it easy. With The Mutual, we make doing good easy and advantageous for individuals and businesses. It’s really just bringing the business and philanthropic worlds a little closer together in a practical way. We call it profitable activism,” said Dan Vallejo, CEO and Co-Founder of The Mutual. The membership model also provides an enticing alternative to daily deal sites for businesses. There is no cost for businesses to join The Mutual, and The Mutual does not take any cut of the deals offered. Members can either choose a specific cause or spread their donation equally across all five causes, which the Company calls the Smart Model. The Mutual believes the Smart Model allocates members' donations across the right blend of areas to create the greatest collective impact on the environment, and 80% of membership dues go directly to the selected charity or charities. Cause Partners include: • Carbonfund.org – Air • Oceana – Water • The Trust for Public Land – Earth • World Resources Institute – Reform • Center for Ecoliteracy – Education “We are very excited to be partnering with Carbonfund.org as our official Air Cause Partner. We spent months doing due diligence on potential partners and have identified the five that we believe are the best at what they do. Carbonfund was an easy choice as the leader in the offset space. We love how personal and real an offset feels. We’re certain Carbonfund’s measured results will help drive engagement with our individual members.” Said Dan Vallejo, CEO and Co-Founder of The Mutual. For more information about The Mutual, or to sign up today, click here.
Modwalls® is “Making Tile Modern” with easy online shopping and colorful collections inspired by mid-century architecture and modern design. Back in 2005, while searching for tile products for their own home renovations, founders David Bousfield and Rebecca Lonergan were frustrated with the lack of colorful modern tile options available, the high prices and extended lead time to receive tile products. With their backgrounds in high tech, David and Rebecca knew they could bring a traditionally brick and mortar retail experience online. Their goal was to design and stock the modern tile products they were seeking, make these products available for immediate delivery via online purchase, and to provide customer service equal to or better than the hands-on assistance offered at traditional tile showrooms. Modwalls began by offering glass mosaic tile in many colors with custom blending options. From that single product beginning of Brio® glass mosaic tile, they’ve created several other lines, including their Lush® clear glass subway tile with clean modern edges, and colorful retro inspired ModDotz™ porcelain penny round tile.  Since 2008, Modwalls has expanded to offer several sustainable tile options including Viridian™ Recycled Glass Tile, ModRocks™ 100% post-consumer Recycled Glass Pebbles, and CorkDotz all Natural Cork Mosaic Penny Rounds made of end cuts from a wine cork manufacturer.  All of these products are mesh mounted in square foot sheets or larger as noted, for easy modular installation. The Modwalls staff has grown to a small team of dedicated customer care and shipping professionals. In addition, Modwalls partners with HOPE Services and their workshop of developmentally disabled clients to produce their custom Brio® glass mosaic blends locally. The team at Modwalls is working to reduce their operational carbon footprint in a number of ways. They design and sell glass, porcelain and cork tile collections which emit no VOC’s, and carry an ever expanding line of products made with recycled content including tile grout made of 80% post consumer recycled glass dust. Their packing material is recycled and recyclable, and they donate imperfect and discontinued tile products to Resource Area for Teachers and school art programs, diverting them from landfills. Modwalls is also a CarbonFree™ Partner with Carbonfund.org, offsetting their business shipping emissions by supporting renewable energy projects that reduce emissions while creating cleaner energy sources. “As an online retailer we are concerned about the carbon emissions generated by the shipping of our products. Carbonfund.org is a key partner in our initiative to reduce our company’s carbon footprint,” says Rebecca Lonergan, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Modwalls. Check out the colorful, creative and sustainable tile products from Modwalls for your next remodeling project.
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