Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

Looking for a new approach to healthy living and natural treatments? If you live in the midwest, within 250 miles of Chicago, you have a wonderful alternative source. Inner Ecology™ Botanical Pharmacy and Online Prescription Service aims to facilitate the practice of East Asian botanical medicine in the Chinese tradition and to support a strong community of professional excellence in the greater Chicago area, in ways that consistently promote both human and environmental well-being. As practitioners and patients of East Asian Medicine (EAM), the folks at Inner Ecology have a strong personal and professional interest in preserving the wisdom gathered over centuries and in doing their small part to forge a sustainable path for its continued evolution. They are eager to serve their customers and their patients in this spirit and to boldly ask, together, what a more sustainable medicine could mean. Ever mindful of the connection between human health and environmental context, the staff at Inner Ecology does their utmost to make decisions that are kind to the earth and all its inhabitants. From the careful sourcing of herbs to their bicycle delivery service, from selection of packaging with high PCW recycling percentages to their commitment to staying local, Inner Ecology lives this commitment daily. The Inner Ecology pharmacy carries well over three hundred medicinals of plant, animal and mineral origin in both raw and granular forms, which enables them to carefully select the highest grade medicinals available for your specific formulae and with your well-being in mind. Inner Ecology actively seeks suppliers who cultivate direct relationships with growers and who demonstrate real investment from soil to shelf. As the medicinals arrive at their pharmacy, Inner Ecology staff follows time-honored traditions of organoleptic (“sense-derived”) analysis in order to further confirm their cleanliness, freshness, and accurate identification. Sourcing superior quality medicinals that have been cultivated, tested, processed, packaged, transported, and stored with attention to safety, fair labor practices, and sustainability has been a primary concern of Inner Ecology’s from the start. Beyond the quality of the products, Carbonfund.org believes this is a business worthy of your support because of Inner Ecology’s commitment to environmentally-safe and sustainable practices, which includes:
  • Carefully sourcing the medicinals with attention to the sustainability of cultivation methods and certified absence of pesticides;
  • Ensuring that any endangered medicinal bears a CITES certificate to guarantee safe sourcing;
  • Using Energy-Star rated appliances wherever possible;
  • Employing passive solar heat during the winter through large SW-facing windows and shades to block rays in the summer;
  • Identifying packaging choices that are biodegradable and have the highest post-consumer waste recycling percentage;
  • Transporting themselves to the office by foot, bicycle, or public transportation;
  • Offsetting their total estimated carbon footprint via Carbonfund.org.
But as more and more people seek out East Asian Medicine as a mode of healing, the demand for these herbs increases, and so does its collective footprint. One of Inner Ecology’s partner organizations, High Falls Garden, has been working hard to stimulate domestic cultivation of medicinal plants and herbs. By building demand for the use of raw medicinals, networking with farmers interested in cultivating specialty crops, and promoting education, Inner Ecology intends to do their part in the conversation about the sustainability of their medicinal practices.
It’s back-to-school time! Are you ready to stock up on earth-friendly supplies? At OfficeFrog.com, you can shop for all of the office and back-to-school supplies you’ll need to make your workplace and your backpack more earth friendly.  OfficeFrog.com was founded with a simple goal…make every workplace more earth friendly. Everything they offer carries with it an easy way of “giving back” to replenish the earth. OfficeFrog believes in benefiting the earth’s ability to replenish the natural resources consumed in the manufacturing of office products used every day. Their stewardship efforts to replenish the earth’s resources are clearly seen with the products they offer to customers, the reusable boxes that products are shipped in, the ongoing donations they make to plant trees throughout the world, and the reduction of their operation’s carbon footprint through support of Carbonfund.org’s energy efficiency projects.  OfficeFrog also provides a simple way for shoppers to select green products already identified as the most earth friendly items in their category as well as the best performing products for your office.  Whether you choose Friendly, Friendlier, or Friendliest, you’ll shop knowing that every time you make a purchase from OfficeFrog.com, you are always “doing your part” to help our environment recover in the most natural way possible.  “So we’re asking you to get started and join all of us in the effort. It’s not just about buying the office gear we sell…nor is it all about hugging a tree or saving a frog. It’s about preserving forests, protecting life, and acting responsibly. It’s about choosing to connect yourself and your workplace with a movement which will literally affect our world…our one and only world. Thank you for choosing OfficeFrog.” - Dave Shapiro & David Conner, Co-Founders of OfficeFrog.com
The chill in the air here on the East Coast is a sharp reminder that winter is on its way. If the thought of cold makes you cringe, consider turning your thoughts to the Southern Hemisphere. While we’re settling into autumn, New Zealand is blossoming into spring and Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd has just the ticket for you. Not only does Queenstown Heritage Tours specialize in sightseeing tours into Skippers Canyon and the Wakatipu Basin, they also come highly, and environmentally, recommended. Queenstown Heritage Tours has been recognized again as one of the New Zealand’s leading tourism businesses by Qualmark - New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance system. To earn the prestigious quality mark, Queenstown Heritage underwent a comprehensive on-site assessment to ensure it met general quality criteria focused on service, fleet in use, safety and business management systems in place. “We presented to our Qualmark assessor a comprehensive fleet management sheet which was developed in-house in order to prove an acceptable industry standard for our fleet,” said Yasmine Sander Ickenroth, owner of Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. “This new fleet management sheet forms not only the basis for our Qualmark assessment but further more enables us to monitor our carbon footprint.  Our commitment to the Queenstown community, the co-operation with the Department of Conservation as well as our partnership with Carbonfund.org made it clear to our assessor that we truly deserve to be recognized as one of the country’s leading tourism businesses,” Sander Ickenroth said. We’re also pleased to share that Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. annually offsets its operational carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org and is committed to be part of the global movement of businesses and organizations that are leading the fight against global warming.  Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. is committed to monitoring its energy consumption, fuel usage and kilometres travelled by its customers as well as the kilometres travelled by its employees to and from work. Those activities are a part of its environmental impact management initiative. “Like last year, we calculated our carbon footprint with an online calculator and offset the 35 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions that could not be omitted during the past 12 months,” explains Sander Ickenroth.  By offsetting their non-avoidable operational emissions, Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. supports Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated reforestation projects. "It was very important for us to work with an organization that supports certified projects that are internationally recognized and comply with set standards," Sander Ickenroth said. "We also sought an organization that offered verification by independent auditors. Carbonfund.org met these criteria." So, escape to spring this fall, and book your Skippers Canyon adventure with Queenstown Heritage Tours.
Everybody knows the difference between how we feel on a bright sunny day versus a dark grey day. One of the reasons for this is the difference in the spectrum between bright sunlight and obscured, or artificial, light.  Having evolved millions of years under full sunlight , one would expect this spectrum to be the ideal, balanced and healthy for the human mind and body. Thus to see well and feel good, we need to receive all wavelengths of light. The goal of Viva-Lite® is to offer its customers a balanced source of light, including a continuous balanced light spectrum and temperature, as close to sunlight as possible. And Viva-Lite achieves this with energy-efficiency as well. Viva-Lite is one of the world´s leading suppliers of healthier and greener lighting solutions providing full spectrum daylight and energy-efficient products in form of bulbs, lamps, fixtures and other technology for homes and offices alike. Energy-efficiency and the human health aspects are at the core of Viva-Lite’s business. The energy saving full spectrum daylight bulbs help to increase energy-efficiency and raise working and living standards for people around the world. "Until about one hundred years ago, we spent 90 percent of our daytime outdoors under natural light. Today, it's quite the opposite. Houses, cars, offices, schools, or shopping malls are all built to be energy-efficient and well insulated, protecting us from the sun's natural light and warmth. As a result, we are continuously exposed to artificial lighting; it’s no wonder we feel distressed and sometimes depressed." Toby Ruckert, Founder Viva-Lite® The Viva-Lite energy-saving bulbs offer the full colour spectrum of sunlight, including some vital UV constituents. They are economic and design alternatives to the conventional low-consumption bulbs, with the added healthful advantages of energy-saving performance, visibility and enhanced well-being. The brilliant white light radiates like a ball of light, similar to a light bulb, and offers excellent lighting values. The energy-saving lightbulbs achieve up to 80% energy efficiency compared to conventional bulbs. And Viva-Lite strives to achieve corporate sustainability and environmentally sound practices by reducing the use of toxic substances such as mercury, and working to develop mercury-free alternatives, reducing packaging and waste by using environmentally friendly materials, supporting and promoting safe recycling methods, and avoiding unnecessary CO2 output by intelligent energy consumption, forecasting, optimizing storage, forwarding and warehousing facilities. For the emissions Viva-Lite cannot avoid, they have chosen to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset a portion of their business emissions. “Partnering with Carbonfund.org seemed to be the reliable and proven choice for offsetting emissions generated during the manufacturing process of our products,” says Toby. Viva-Lite also offers news and educational information on its website and via its blog, to help consumers understand the benefits of full spectrum lighting. For more information, please visit http://www.viva-lite.com/ and choose your country for details about their products.

The husband and wife team of Crab Apple Kids have it right – create a convenient, one-stop online shop for a lovely collection of unique, stylish and high-quality children’s clothing. Their inspiration is simple: they’re the parents of three beautiful children who often serve as models for their online fashions.

Crab Apple Kids features baby, toddler and children’s clothing for every occasion, including special events such as christenings, holidays and new baby gifts.  Their collection of Christening Gowns and dresses is absolutely outstanding.  The line also features matching family collections, perfect for family portraits, special occasions, or  “multiples.” Crab Apple Kids makes an effort to recycle where possible. They recycle and reuse shipping boxes wherever possible, a practice that cuts packaging their products almost in half. “Crab Apple Kids is a children’s store, and we feel anyone purchasing from us has their children’s and grandchildren’s best interest at heart—and so do we.” Their decision to become a Carbonfund.org small business partner, by donating to Carbonfund.org to support renewable energy, reforestation and avoided deforestation, and energy efficiency also reflects their environmentally-minded business sense. The CrabAppleKids.com shopping site gives customers the option to shop by size, brand, category and occasion. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, free shipping for purchases over $50, and hassle-free returns. Check out the trendy and fashionable styles for your children at: www.crabapplekids.com.
Envision Technology Marketing Group, Inc. (ETMG) is a 100% virtual marketing communications agency that provides high technology companies with a comprehensive range of marketing services, including project management, writing and editing, design and production capabilities. ETMG’s scalable business model gives clients the option to choose the services they need to meet current and long-term tactical and financial objectives. ETMG has operated as a virtual company since its inception in 1998– a decision that has made a positive impact on its bottom line as well as the environment. ETMG does not maintain commercial office space or use any commercial janitorial services. Employees do not commute and therefore do not contribute related harmful CO2 emissions into the environment. Every employee works from home, connecting with their clients and with each other by maximizing the use of virtual business tools such as instant messenger, webinars and social media sites. In this way, ETMG has managed to streamline project workflow as well as business operations while maintaining a miniscule carbon footprint. While being virtual has its inherent environmental benefits, it wasn’t enough. ETMG stepped up its environmental commitment by implementing green policies throughout the company and has purchased hundreds of tons of carbon offset credits that will go towards several energy conservation measures. ETMG partners with Carbonfund.org to offset their carbon footprint in an effort to neutralize the impact their operations have on the environment. Further, ETMG donates 500 pounds of carbon credits through Carbonfund.org for every new purchase order opened by a client. And ETMG has reached its goal of becoming 100% carbon neutral and has been certified as a “Green Business” by the Bay Area Green Business Program—a program that distinguishes small to medium-sized businesses that protect, preserve and sustain the environment.  Read more about ETMG's process in their "Becoming Green Certified" blog posting. “We’re at a time when being environmentally sustainable is a better way to do business, not just because it’s the right thing to do,” said Michael Grodin, principal of ETMG. “We are planting a seed to encourage our employees and customers, no matter how environmentally conscious they may already be, to become more green in ways that are meaningful to them. Leading by example multiplies the effect of being green and every small step counts.” Click here to learn more about the exceptional marketing services offered by ETMG.
Need a healthier night’s sleep?  Then have a look at Essentia Mattresses. They make the only natural memory foam in the world!  Essentia memory foam is free of petroleum, formaldehyde, toxic chemicals and contains no volatile organic compounds. The secret?  Essentia memory foam is actually made from rubber tree sap but reacts the same way traditional memory foam would.  Made with natural latex, organic essential oils, plant extracts and water Essentia natural memory foam has all the comfort of memory foam but without all the toxins that could make you sick. Essentia takes pride in using only the highest quality natural ingredients in its products, so you get health and comfort without compromise. Essentia products also feature a Zebrano striped cover which is both stylish and functional, made with 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified unbleached organic cotton. Essentia’s product line includes mattresses, support pillows, crib mattresses and even something special for the four-legged members of your family. Essentia is one of only 2 companies that produce its own foam. Instead of importing latex like most companies do, Essentia imports the natural rubber tree sap to make their natural memory foam. This uses close to 80% less space than importing the finished latex foam. They also cut down significantly on fuel consumption in transportation by importing the sap, and also by the way they ship their mattresses. Essentia actually compresses and rolls the mattresses, so they use 75% less packaging and take up less space in a truck.  All product boxes are made from 80% post consumer recycled paper. Essentia also has recently expanded their environmental commitment by joining the CarbonFree® Partnership program, offsetting a portion of their operational emissions by supporting the projects and mission of Carbonfund.org. Jack Dell’Accio, the founder of Essentia, explains: “It’s important for us to set the example for everyone that we need to take every step possible to leave this earth a greener place. We need to make this mark, especially in the mattress industry which traditionally isn’t overly concerned about consumer health or the impact on the earth. This is why Essentia is more than a brand; we have a commitment to comfort and quality, without compromise. A partnership with Carbonfund.org was a natural step for us to help everyone move towards the future, when the world is green again.” You can experience Essentia for yourself at an Essentia retail location, online or by giving them a quick call to learn more. Also, Essentia mattresses come with a 60-day money back guarantee, a 20-year warranty and free shipping to the Continental US and Canada. If you thought that was cool, it gets better: Essentia is offering a 10% Eco-Driver discount on your Essentia purchase. And while you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for their monthly contest for a chance to win a Comfort Pillow!
When under the mattress or locked in the attic isn’t good enough, turn to the team at KL Security Enterprises to store your valuables and collections, including irreplaceable data and software. Think safes, vaults, fireproof file cabinets & ioSafe rugged hard drives. With a complete focus on the customer experience, KL Security is helping clients protect their valuables & collections, their digital photos & video of their lives and their experiences. They are helping businesses protect their vital data and documents, so they can focus on growing their businesses. At the end of the day, it’s about peace of mind – a quality focus on doing their jobs to the best of their ability so their customers can focus on what matters most to them. KL Security Enterprises brings over 40 years combined experience in the safe and security industry, and offers a full line of fire safes, depository, floor, wall, and GSA approved safes. They also provide complete consulting and installation services for vault doors, modular vaults and pneumatic air tube systems for banks, commercial applications and manufacturing facilities. KL Security Enterprises, Inc began as a family owned business, and continues to maintain its hometown values. In addition to safes, hard drives and banking equipment, KL Security Enterprises offers GSA Locksmith services as well as nationwide delivery & installation services. And KL Security Enterprises maintains a strong commitment to environmental responsibility in its overall operations. “Our commitment to the environment runs deep and by partnering with Carbonfund.org, we ensures that every bit of CO2 emissions is accounted for. Every safe and vault that we ship to each and every one of our customers across the United States can take comfort that the emissions are offset through reforestation, renewable energy and energy efficiency,” says Johnny Klemme, CEO. “We’re doing our part to effect positive change in the world in which we live, work and play, and we hope our customers value this commitment as much as we do.” In addition, KL Security Enterprises recycles all materials used in their office, to be turned into sustainable products for packaging, playgrounds and more. They have partnered with Resolve Earth Solutions to reduce the waste sent to landfills. KL Security also participates in local tree-planting initiatives to improve the value to wildlife and the air we breathe. If you’re seeking the best in security, for your valuables, collections and data, check out the services that KL Security Enterprises has to offer.
Need a way to advance employee training in your organization at “the speed of business”? Articulate can help! The innovative New York company offers rapid e-learning software tools and training strategies that empower anyone to create engaging courses, presentations, quizzes and surveys that “make everyone look good” and produce results. Articulate’s end goal is to make each customer an e-learning hero. With its impressive roster of corporate clients – some of the largest and best-regarded companies in their respective industries – Articulate has the proven tools and track record to help any organization with its e-learning and training needs.

And for the sixth consecutive year, Articulate products have been named Best of E-learning in the annual Elearning! Magazine readers’ choice awards. Articulate earned the top spot in five categories in the 2010 survey, the most in a single year and more than any other company.

Articulate also gives back to the community and to the environment. Articulate helps empower e-learning in the developing world by donating $250,000 of its software through LINGOs, a consortium of humanitarian relief and development organizations. This year, Articulate became a carbon-neutral organization by donating to support Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction projects. If your organization needs to hit the ground running in the new year, check out some of Articulate’s award-winning e-learning programs to give your employee training the boost it needs.
It’s been a busy Earth Week, and it finally culminates today and through the weekend with many Earth Day events planned. Find an Earth Day Event in your community, get involved, go green and help save our planet! Looking for inspiration? Here are a few of the great events and service projects of some of our Carbonfund partners: The City of Savannah, Georgia hosts Earth Day Savannah 2011 on April 23 in Forsyth Park. The 2011 theme is "Conserve, Recycle, Grow" to emphasize the importance of creative reuse and environmental conservation. The Festival, with over 80 exhibitors, will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The annual Earth Day Festival is a central part of the City of Savannah's year-round environmental activities. It is the largest Earth Day environmental-education and outreach event in Georgia. The morning’s RecycleRama helps residents recycle items that cannot be disposed of or placed in regular recycling pick-ups. The 3-hour special recycling event averages 700 cars, and last year, the collection included 8500 gallons of paint, 1000 tires, and over 270 pounds of unused or expired medications. As part of Earth Day Savannah’s RecycleRama, Bethany Jewell, Founder of Ethos LLC, a local Savannah climate consultancy, is offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from all those idling cars through Carbonfund.org. Need some new kicks? PlanetShoes.com extended Earth Day to Earth Month with its plant-a-tree matching donation to Carbonfund.org’s Million Tree Challenge. During April, any customer making a purchase on PlanetShoes.com can choose to plant a tree for $1 and earn a 15% discount on their purchase (discount ends at midnight on April 22nd), and PlanetShoes.com will match their tree-planting donation. Be sure to check out their Daily Catch one-day sale items as well. Drexelius Chocolates offers its customers some simple tips to go green on Earth Day. Follow their simple tips and enjoy some of the best chocolate available, with free shipping on orders over $25. Investment management firm Silver Lake continues its environmental stewardship by offsetting emissions related to their annual meeting again this year. The firm has expanded its investment strategies to include a focus on innovation in the energy and natural resources sector. In addition, many of Silver Lake's employees dedicate their time and energy towards philanthropic activities. In addition to employees' direct community involvement, Silver Lake makes monetary donations to charitable organizations that its employees choose each year. Over the past several years, Silver Lake employees elected to make donations to more than 100 charitable organizations across a broad range of missions including education, research, support and community outreach, environmental protection, public policy advocacy and human & animal rights. And Girl Scouts Troop 5020 is already busy at work on a project for Earth Day 2012! The Cadettes of Troop 5020 are working on their Silver Award, which is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can achieve. As part of the Silver Award, the troop will be hosting an Earth Day 2012 event geared to Girls Scout between the ages of 6 and 13. The event will provide activities and information regarding the damage being done to our earth and what we can do to help. Event attendees will be encouraged to bring in change to create donations going to Carbonfund.org’s Million Tree Challenge.
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