Ivan Chan

Ivan Chan

Carbonfund.org President Eric Carlson today appeared with author and professor Robert H. Frank at a National Press Club Newsmaker Event. The topic, selected by a committee of the Press Club, was an economic assessment of carbon offsets, particularly in context of the cap-and-trade climate legislation in Congress. Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed the landmark climate bill, which now awaits debate and a vote in the Senate.npc3 Speaking at the event, Eric said, "The great thing about cap-and-trade is that the environment gets its piece upfront. The cap is set at the right level with slow reductions and the market has to figure out how to get there." For example, quality carbon offsets can be a cost-effective way to reduce carbon footprints. Carbonfund.org offers third-party validated and certified offsets meeting the highest accepted standards. To reach the approx. 80% reduction in 2050 set by the climate bill recently passed by the House, about a 2% - 3% reduction annually would be required. This goal, said Eric, is extremely doable. Dr. Frank, who recently published The Economic Naturalist's Field Guide: Common Sense Principles for Troubled Times and is a New York Times economics columnist, noted that the climate bill incentivizes emissions reductions through cap-and-trade. It's a sensible approach that places a set level of overall reductions for the nation. In addition, the most efficient operations, or companies, are rewarded while less efficient companies in terms of their energy use and carbon emissions, are encouraged through this process to be more efficient. Read more about the climate bill in this blog post.
We can all fight climate change, and as the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization, we have updated our website with new features & resources to help. Individuals and businesses can reduce what they can, offset what they can't easily and stay connected on climate change news and developments. Get information and tips on reducing your climate impact. View our blog and twitter feeds to learn what we, our supporters and partners are doing about global warming—and how you can help. Visit our site, which also sports a new look. From easy steps to reduce your carbon footprint at home, to offsetting your commute or vacation in support of innovative carbon reduction projects around the world, you can find it on our website. Also, learn about CarbonFree® products and why they matter. Test your "Climate IQ," and view our featured video on reducing your climate impact while on-the-go. Check out our site and leave a comment on this posting to let us know what you think. Thanks!
CFDIn the DC metro area, it's Car Free Day, encouraging commuters to consider alternatives to driving. If more people biked, took transit or walked, not only would it free up some room on the highways and roads, it would reduce air pollution and encourage exercise. In fact, the DC metro area has some of the lowest air quality in the country. Although as a region DC has some avid runners and great trails, more people could take advantage of the area's outdoor offerings especially on weekends. The events are in conjunction with World Car Free Day, each Sept. 22. Learn more about the events around Car Free Day here. Also, you can offset your carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org in support of outstanding projects that are reducing carbon emissions in the US and abroad. Get started- calculate your carbon footprint!
About one-quarter of all the food prepared in the U.S. gets thrown out, according to the EPA. That's 31 million tons of food each year, much of which decomposes in landfills to produce methane—a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2. The foodservice company Sodexo is creating awareness about food waste among college students, linking waste to climate change. Sodexo's campaign, "Stop Wasting Food,"  is a follow-up to an Earth Day campaign in 2008 which resulted in 340 campuses eliminating the use of food trays. The current campaign urges students to take only what they can eat at campus dining facilities. Tom Post, Sodexo's president of campus services, said, "We are so careful to source and serve food for our customers in a sustainable way but if locally-sourced food ends up in a landfill then we're simply creating another environmental problem. The good news is that by simply thinking before we eat, we can trash our wasteful habits and dramatically reduce food waste today." In addition to methane from food waste, it entails disposal and therefore carbon emissions from transporting the waste. Food waste is also wasted resources. To reduce waste, Sodexo said it had helped National Geographic reduce water consumption by 18 percent in its cafeteria between 2006 and 2009. The company also assisted Cox Communications with improved recycling and composting, cutting waste by 80 percent. Learn more about how you can reduce your climate impact by visiting Carbonfund.org's Save Energy page: www.carbonfund.org/saveenergy.
Monday, 26 July 2010 17:50

Better Health from a Smaller Footprint

An average consumer can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars (when you count services) on care for one's body. To reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of products and promote wellness, Acure Organics provides products that are free from sulfates and other additives, synthetic fragrances, artificial ingredients and preservatives. Instead, Acure Organics uses fair trade, natural and organic ingredients. Acure Organic's Kristy Guerra says, “I founded Acure Organics as a way to honor my grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years. I wanted to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while also providing healthy products that promote healthier living and a greener planet.” She donates $1 for each product sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Acure Organics also offsets emissions from its operations, supporting Carbonfund.org’s projects that are fighting climate change. If you wonder what those various ingredients mean, Acure Organics provides a walkthrough of ingredients found in its products and what it suggests you avoid. You can also learn more about our business programs and support Carbonfund.org by visiting www.carbonfund.org/business.
bambecoThank you Bambeco for including offsetting one's holiday travel with Carbonfund.org as a holiday green tip. Bambeco is a stylish eco-retailer launched on Earth Day and has quickly developed a fan following. The company's mission is to offer an appealing, comprehensive selection of green products. Check out their seasonal and holiday home furnishings at www.bambeco.com. calcsThis holiday, and year-round, you can affordably and easily calculate your travel carbon footprint, or choose from preset options based on miles traveled. Whether you're traveling by car, train, bus or plane, you can calculate and offset your carbon footprint. Also, learn how you can reduce the carbon footprint of your travel with these energy saving tips.
Monday, 04 October 2010 15:53

Make Your Airplane Seat Carbon Neutral

The video on-demand and hi-tech conveniences that were predicted for home living rooms are more often found aboard airplanes today. You can watch a movie, catch the latest music video, order a meal... even reduce your carbon footprint by offsetting your flight. Travel writer Paul Eisenberg notes in his FoxNews piece that Virgin America is the first airline to offer its guests the ability to offset in-flight using their seatback entertainment system. Virgin America partnered with Carbonfund.org to make offsetting possible to fliers either at the end of their ticket purchase or in-flight. The donation supports third-party validated carbon reduction projects, including the Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester which captures heat-trapping methane from farm waste and helps protect groundwater. Carbonfund.org is working with travel and transportation companies in different industries to fight climate change and reduce the climate impact from being on the go. You can learn more about our partnership or calculate and offset your Virgin America flight by visiting www.carbonfund.org/virginamerica.
The Obama administration today reiterated its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 and will rely on EPA regulation if Congress does not legislate to curb emissions. “I think EPA will be an important piece of the total equation, and there will be legislative progress also, though I cannot tell you when it’s going to be,” said U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern at a press conference following further international climate talks in Geneva. “I’m in no sense whatsoever writing off legislation over time, and I’m quite sure the president isn’t either,” he added. The administration might achieve an emissions reduction of 17 percent, compared with 2005 levels, by first implementing EPA regulations planned for next year that would set national limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
Friday, 02 July 2010 16:11

A July 4th Show Not to Miss

A July 4th show is one of the most patriotic and, for fans, exhilarating experiences when a great show's followed by fireworks. The Honey Brothers, a new-wave folk band, is bringing their brand of music to the nation's capital July 4th, playing a rooftop concert at the W Washington D.C. Hotel. For clarification, "With a respectful (awed, even) nod to the Beatles," the band says, "we’ll be performing on a rooftop, but this absolutely will not be our farewell concert." The Honey Brothers is New York-based and has worked with Carbonfund.org to reduce their carbon footprint as a band. Their green credentials is also represented by drummer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier, who has presented the Planet Green TV show Alter Eco on environmental themes such as organic foods and building greener. The band's show this Sunday will be at 7pm, before the fireworks. Please call (202) 661-2478 for info on tickets. If you're not in the Washington area this weekend, you can keep in tune with the band about the show and its plans at their facebook page. While you're at it, fan our page too.
Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:55

5 Green Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

img3If you’re one of the lucky ones getting a tax refund this year, here are five ways that you can use your refund to help the environment and fight climate change. 1. Make energy efficiency improvements in your home, such as with Energy Star qualified windows and appliances. An energy efficient replacement can reduce your heating, cooling or electricity bill while reducing your home's carbon footprint. And you may qualify for a tax credit, such as for 30% of cost up to $1,500 for energy efficient improvements! img42. Buy eco-friendlier goods such as those labeled fair trade, CarbonFree® Certified, or organic. Each represent action taken to make goods more socially or environmentally responsible. 3. Reduce, offset your carbon footprint. Find out what your footprint is by calculating it and take actions to reduce what you can and offset what you can't by supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects. 4. If you drive, be sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready to handle the stresses of summer heat or congestion. Take public transit when you can, but if you need to drive, getting a tune-up and having your tires checked and properly inflated (this alone can save 400-700 pounds of CO2 each year) save gas and help keep your vehicle out of the junk yard. img55. With the economy recovering, consider investing in environmentally responsible companies or mutual funds. For companies, see if they have clearly articulated and taken steps to reduce their impact on the environment or improve the sustainability of their operations. You can view their annual or corporate social responsibility reports, or check out a list like Carbonfund.org's partners who are fighting climate change. For mutual funds, a starting point can be the Social Investment Forum. Learn more on actions you can take to reduce your climate impact here. Good luck this Tax Day, and try using some of your refund, if you get one this year, to help the environment!
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