Wednesday, 08 June 2011 08:40
It’s summertime – kids are out of school and….restless! They’re bored, they’re begging for things to do, they want to go see their friends, go to the corner store, go to the movies, go to the mall… So how can a family come together to beat the summer boredom blues and turn summertime into productive time for everyone? Help your kids learn the value of saving their allowance, and help them learn valuable life lessons about working, saving, spending and giving through ThreeJars. ThreeJars makes managing allowance fun and easy for 5 to 13 year old kids and their parents. Kids learn to manage their “money” through saving, spending, and charitable giving jars – with guidance from Mom and Dad. With ThreeJars, you can relax knowing that all your kids’ allowance is in one spot, with automated payment, tracking, and access through our safe, secure, IOU system. Sign-up is quick and easy, and you can assign chores, projects, and more with just a few clicks. Rather than cash, parents pay allowance with IOUs, representing real money. At sign-up, you will set amount, payday, and decide how allowance IOUs will be divvyed-up between your child’s SAVE, SPEND and SHARE Jars. The ThreeJars system is a parent’s best tool to teach their child how to responsibly manage money. Kids learn important money-management life skills. Your child will save a portion of every IOU dollar earned, until it becomes habit. That’s important for keeping spending and borrowing under control later. The system encourages kids to be thoughtful about spending, and teaches them to set goals, budget, and learn from money mistakes. Kids may request to use their SHARE Jar IOU money to make a donation to a charitable cause they learned about on ThreeJars or to withdraw cash for charity off the site. One of the charitable causes that ThreeJars supports is Carbonfund.org. Kids can make donations to support our energy efficiency, renewable energy and reforestation projects. In addition to earning allowance, your child may also earn extra IOU bucks by requesting (or you suggesting) one-time projects around the house. If your family links allowance to chores, you can dock allowance payment for incomplete chores via the ThreeJars website. Progress reports are emailed weekly. Choose from chores on the site or personalize your own. And parents can deposit money from grandma, birthday gifts or eyen babysitting through the ThreeJars account. ThreeJars was recently featured in an online video on Yahoo! Finance. Check it out for some inspiration on how you and your kids can make allowance, household chores, saving, giving, and money management fun! Keeping track of the family’s finances has never been easier. Check out ThreeJars to help your kids learn how to manage their allowance, their chores and their charitable giving, all in one convenient and organized spot.
Thursday, 10 March 2011 18:11
It’s almost springtime, but the winter weather is hanging on in the northern U.S. The little ones are getting restless, yearning to play outside, and tired of the same games and books. But don’t despair – there’s help. Green Kid Crafts is a family-owned, green company that offers natural, sustainable, and responsible choices for arts and crafts projects. The kits are an inexpensive tool for parents and teachers to use to educate children about recycling, reducing waste, and protecting the environment. Green Kid Crafts provides fun and sustainable do-it-yourself craft kits for kids ages 2 through 8. Each Green Kid Craft kit subscription provides: • Craft materials that are kid-friendly, earth-friendly, and safe • Three different craft kits delivered once a month - that’s a lot of sustainable crafting! • Kit that include everything needed to complete the craft (you just supply glue, markers, and/or scissors) • A monthly featured craft with a unique and multicultural focus to enrich and entertain your creative child • Great gifts for eco-conscious parents • The flexibility to customize your kits to reflect the holidays and cultures that you wish to celebrate Craft subscriptions can be ordered in three, six or twelve month subscriptions. Green Kid Crafts strives to be natural, sustainable, and responsible, and has established standards for these goals. And Green Kid Crafts is a carbon neutral business, choosing to offset 100% of the carbon dioxide generated by their business and help fund the development of renewable energy projects across the United States. “As the Climate Change Coordinator with the Alaska Center for the Environment, I know too well how important it is to offset carbon emissions," says Penny Bauder, Owner of Green Kid Crafts. "I believe that every person, every business has the power to make a difference, which is why Green Kid Crafts chose to become a Carbonfund.org partner.” Order your Green Kid Crafts subscription today, and help your little crafters create new treasures while learning about their environment.
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 08:27
Today is Give to the Max Day, a one-day fundraising event that will unite local Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC communities to support nonprofits serving the area. The goal is to get thousands of local residents to support their favorite regional charity, raising millions in donations and grants in just 24 hours! Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington is a day for Washingtonians to come together to raise as much money as possible for area nonprofits in 24 hours, starting at midnight on November 9 through midnight on November 10. By engaging thousands of residents to support their favorite charities in one day, Give to the Max Day is trying to break the national record for the best online giving metropolitan region event, showcasing the Greater Washington region's strong community. Give to the Max Day is an innovative event that provides a new way for local residents to give, and create a stronger nonprofit community for the DC area. Washingtonians have a long tradition of giving and this event will help celebrate generosity. The Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to be part of this initiative. Anyone wishing to be a donor can simply visit the site Give to the Max Day website and use the search function to either browse for organizations of their interest or find a specific organization of their choice to make a donation. They can also manage their charitable giving by recording online and offline contributions and storing receipts. The minimum donation on Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington is $10, and there is no maximum donation limit or maximum to the amount an organization may receive. The Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington organizing committee consists of the Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, United Way of the National Capital Area, and Razoo.
Monday, 24 October 2011 14:48
Things break. You drop your iPod, trip over your Mac's power cord, or your display wears out. Wear and tear is normal, but throwing away repairable devices shouldn't be. The goal of iFixit is to provide everyday consumers with everything you need to fix things yourself. “You can fix it. We make it easy,” assure the iFixit team. iFixit is a repair community of people showing people how to fix things. They help thousands of people repair their devices every day. And every time you fix something, you help the planet by keeping hardware out of landfills. iFixit was started in 2003 by Luke Soules and Kyle Wiens in a college dorm room, when they started out fixing an old iBook together. There were no instructions on how to do it, so they started the way everyone does: the hard way. They tinkered, fiddled, broke some tabs and lost a few screws. But they fixed it! And the concept for iFixit was born. Easy-to-use repair instructions didn't exist -- yet. Most consumer devices lacked repair instructions, so Luke and Kyle wrote some instructions and posted them online, for free. For the first time, it was easy for someone with no technical background or experience to take apart a Mac. Their step-by-step instructions were enabling people to repair Macs they wouldn't have been able to repair on their own. Next, iFixit created a collaborative community for self-taught device repairers to share what they know online. All repair information is collaboratively edited. If you ask an interesting question or write a useful answer, other people may come along and categorize it with tags or edit the text. The goal is to build a database of solutions to hardware problems that is useful for years to come, to give people the information, parts, and tools they need to make their things work as long as possible. The answers to repair questions provided on iFixit.com are free, and will always be free. iFixit sells parts for device repair, to fund their mission of helping people fix things. iFixit provides useful information about electronics recycling and the global problems created by e-waste. And iFixit maintains a business partnership with Carbonfund.org to offset its business operation and travel emissions, and to help support Carbonfund.org's mission and projects leading the effort to address climate change. As Luke and Kyle put it, “We're all in this thing together, and if we work together we can fix the planet. Join us.”
Friday, 22 July 2011 11:05
Looking for the best in durable, attractive, versatile and sustainably-manufactured surfaces for countertops, desktops or tables? Check out the award-winning durable surfaces from IceStone, LLC, committed to creating surfaces for homes and commercial space that are healthy, high-design and sustainable. Their products offer classic and contemporary styles with 21st century intelligence. Whether your project calls for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, desktops, or conference tables, IceStone offers cutting-edge design and positive environmental results. IceStone’s manufacturing process mixes 100% recycled glass in a cement matrix, diverting hundreds of tons of glass from landfills each year. And IceStone operates out of a green renovated, day-lit factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, creating green jobs for U.S. workers in an eco-friendly, safe, and respectful environment. IceStone is not an engineered stone product; it is a durable surface made of 100% recycled glass in a cement matrix and contains no toxic ingredients such as resins. IceStone is proud to be the first and only durable surface in the world to receive the coveted Cradle to Cradle™ Gold certification, which assesses products on a number of criteria, such as the use of safe and healthy materials, design for material reuse and recycling, efficient use of energy and water throughout production, and the instituting of strategies for social responsibility. IceStone products come in a variety of versatile shades, ranging from soft, earth-toned neutrals to rich, saturated colors. The surfaces come with a high polish but can be honed or sandblasted to achieve your desired look and texture. And unlike petrochemical based materials, IceStone surfaces do not fade with UV exposure. IceStone surfaces are 100% recyclable via mechanical grinding and reforming, and they may also be repurposed into tiles, landscaping material and roadbed aggregate. And IceStone’s triple bottom line - a commitment to social, environmental, and financial returns - sets it apart from other organizations. They’re leading a renaissance in US manufacturing and strive to create a collaborative and diverse work force. IceStone has adopted goals for energy conservation, carbon emissions, water use, and waste management, and invested in a water recycling system to capture and reuse all process water from our manufacturing operations. Presently, IceStone is offsetting 100% of their energy use with wind-power renewable energy certificates purchased from Carbonfund.org. Over 90% of their manufacturing and business operations waste is recycled, repurposed or composted. The White House Council on Environmental Quality visited IceStone in mid-June to showcase IceStone as a prime example of how companies can successfully create green jobs in the United States. The Chairperson of the Council, Nancy Sutley, said "It's great to see what's going on here at IceStone, the sustainable manufacturing, great to see what's going on at the [Brooklyn] Navy Yard, the revitalization of this community, the jobs being created here." Check out the beautiful surfaces and shades of IceStone, and incorporate these sustainable surfaces into your next remodeling or construction project.
Friday, 01 July 2011 13:45
It’s summertime and family vacation travel is underway! Are you baffled by the myriad search engines and sites for booking the best in hotel bargains? Want to seek out hotels with sustainability goals and the best green practices? Welcome to HotelsCombined.com, the hotel price comparison search engine website that combines all hotel deals, from all major travel websites into one free, quick and easy search. HotelsCombined.com is the world’s leading hotel search engine visited by over 10 million people each month, featuring over 2,500,000 hotels deals in 50,000 destinations across 220 countries. The site streamlines the largest amount of real-time domestic and international hotel deals into one simple and efficient format, aggregating prices from prominent online travel agents and hotel chains, including Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Agoda.com, Booking.com, Priceline.com, Travelocity.com, HotelClub.com, Hilton Hotels, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Best Western, Marriott and many more. Want to know the best bit…it’s FREE!
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Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:56
Founded in 1993, HealthyHome is one of the oldest providers of green products in the country and one of the first to offer these products online. They are a privately held company dedicated to sustainability, energy efficiency, and lower environmental impacts from the products they sell. HealthyHome offers green paints, stains and coatings, flooring, lighting, beds and bedding, cleaning supplies, garden and outdoor products, air and water filtration systems and many other products. Each product meets their standards for sustainability, safety, efficiency, low carbon footprint, and economy. HealthyHome continually searches for new products that help customers live, build and renovate greener. Online shopping is easy and is supplemented with product information and recommendations. Being early in the green building market has given HealthyHome an historical perspective on what people are looking for and what products on the market can meet those expectations. Over the years, the folks at HealthyHome have seen the green market evolve and shift focus from low toxicity to energy efficiency. And one of HealthyHome’s customer benefits are the “Green-Eyed View” blogs, providing expert advice on green ideas for a healthy home and world. Because limiting their carbon footprint is one of their important values, HealthyHome offsets their own carbon emissions via a partnership with Carbonfund.org, supporting a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 16:00
Seeking leaders with a unique combination of business acumen, innovation and environmental conscience? Enlist the expertise of the executive search professionals with Haywood Search, LLC. Haywood Search is a generalist boutique search firm with a successful track record across a wide range of industries and executive placements. Through their commitment to learning their clients’ business demands and challenges, and bringing clients the executive talent that drives growth and profitability, Haywood Search establishes long-term relationships with their clients and delivers the highest level of consultative executive search services in the industry. Susan Hay, co-founder and Managing Partner at Haywood Search LLC, brings extensive experience in the executive search field, as well as personal experience holding several key positions in human resources management for major national corporations. Susan's commitment to passing on a healthy environment to the next generation and to issues of sustainable and fair business practices are strongly integrated with her work. She resides in New Hampshire with her family, and she is a Board Member for Land For Good - a non-profit organization committed to keeping New England's working land working. Carrie Wood, co-founder and Managing Partner at Haywood Search LLC., spent 20 years helping to grow Virgin Atlantic Airways, learning from the master of entrepreneurs, Sir Richard Branson. She brings her career-long passion for people and service excellence to her work in executive recruiting. Having lived in rural Bangladesh as a child, and been inspired by Sir Branson's environmental leadership, Carrie believes that strong business results can be successfully combined with social and environmental responsibility. Carrie is committed to urban cycling as a method of transportation and when outside of the city, enjoys wilderness hiking and backpacking. Haywood Search carries the firm’s environmental consciousness into its daily operations. Because their work requires face-to-face meetings with both clients and with potential candidates, Haywood Search has committed to offset the carbon impact of their travels by partnering with the Carbonfund.org. They manage office operations with great attention to their environmental footprint and continually seek ways to reduce any negative environmental impact. To learn more about the expertise and customized executive search services, please contact Haywood Search.
Tuesday, 03 May 2011 16:32
FlowerPetal.com proudly announces the launch of its “Heroes and Mamas” campaign to help exceptional servicemen and women send flowers this Mother’s Day. Recent victories in the war on terror stand as a testament of the bravery and diligence of United States’ active-duty military men and women, and there is much cause for celebration. Throughout times of war and peace, much is still required of these individuals, preventing them from experiencing the full joy of reconnecting with loved ones. The “Heroes & Mamas” campaign, run through Facebook, will remind people that servicemen and women remain in harm’s way on a daily basis, and that we must always be aware and thankful for their continued service – especially on Mother’s Day. FlowerPetal.com co-founder Mark Benjamin explains, “The world’s finest warriors don’t simply materialize from thin air, they are the products of Moms who nurture and support their development every step of the way. We’re hoping to help some very tough individuals convey tender sentiments to the women who’ve always had their backs.” Participation begins May 1st . Change your Facebook profile picture to the Mothers’ Day image found on FlowerPetal’s Facebook Page. For each profile picture change, FlowerPetal.com will donate $1 toward a flower fund used to deliver flowers to the mothers of select servicemen and women during the week of Mother’s Day. Here's how easy it is: 1. Change your profile picture to the hero image below. (Select “Save image as” and “Edit My Profile >> Profile Picture” in Facebook) 2. Let the folks at FlowerPetal.com know you made the change by sharing a thankful message to U.S. heroes on their Facebook Wall. (They’ll be including some of the messages in the gift packages) 3. Share this page with friends and family so we can make a large impact! 4. Treat yourself to a 20% discount at FlowerPetal.com using the code "HEROES" upon purchase to brighten the life of a loved one About FlowerPetal.com - Founded in 2003, FlowerPetal.com is the service leader in online flower delivery. FlowerPetal.com prides itself on paying its 100% American workforce a living wage and on being a conscious steward of planet Earth by offsetting all carbon associated with its flower deliveries. The recipient of many industry awards for satisfaction and value, FlowerPetal.com continues to strive toward creating a more enjoyable experience for its customers. FlowerPetal.com delivers flowers in all 50 states and Canada. This blog is reposted from a FlowerPetal.com press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/mothers-day/flowers/prweb8359814.htm
Friday, 16 December 2011 11:41
As the New Year approaches, many businesses are re-evaluating their business strategies to achieve stronger results in 2012. And many of these businesses seek out a consulting partner to help make their plans a reality. gravitytank is an innovation consultancy that helps clients grow their businesses, define breakthrough products and services, enter new markets and strengthen their positions. Clients come to gravitytank to do things like clarify customers’ needs, reinvigorate a brand, or disrupt an industry. The consulting professionals at gravitytank ask productive questions and pursue meaningful answers—uncovering what people truly need and want. They have a bias for action—making ideas tangible to learn from them and building the conviction necessary to sustain new thinking. Gravitytank clients’ success is evident in the marketplace—new $100 million brand platforms, renewed growth in declining businesses, and record new product sales. “We’ve been called partners, vendors and collaborators, but mostly, we’re called again,” declares the gravitytank website. Over 90% of their clients work with gravitytank a second and third time because they consider the relationship to be a competitive advantage in their differentiation and success. Gravitytank maintains a focus on environmental responsibility and sustainable operations as well. They use Carbonfund.org for annual business travel emissions offsetting, purchase only green cleaning supplies, recycle all paper, participate in Chicago’s recycling service, and turn off lights in unused spaces. “We are committed to sustainable practices here at gravitytank and the Carbonfund.org site is by far the easiest to use among all carbon offset and reduction organizations,” states Erin Huizenga, Lead - Business Development/Marketing at gravitytank. If your business needs to rethink its brand, image or marketing strategies, join the successful companies that have partnered with gravitytank to enhance their business success.