As a nonprofit ourselves, we know the array of factors that go into starting and then managing a nonprofit organization. Strategic planning, management, capacity building and fundraising must be well thought out in order for a nonprofit to accomplish its mission. Carbonfund.org partner EMD Consulting Group, LLC lends its experience and provides guidance and support in these areas and identifies challenges and opportunities. EMD Consulting Group has helped a number of nonprofits develop their fundraising, marketing plans, economic feasibility studies, program development and much more. The Group has worked with nonprofits with very diverse missions from the Judevine Center for Autism to the University of Michigan Museum of Art. EMD Consulting Group is not only in the business of helping socially responsible organizations, but it demonstrates its own corporate social responsibility by partnering with Carbonfund.org to reduce its climate impact. To learn about how your company can partner with us, visit www.carbonfund.org/business.
2010 is poised to be the hottest year on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center reveals that hundreds of daily maximum temperature records have been broken or tied recently. This follows the hottest June on record, and the fact that in the past 30 years, each decade has gotten warmer. The temperature trend, besides making climate change undeniable, urges us as a nation to get beyond the question of climate change—to taking action. In the last century, it took our nation less than 10 years to go from scientific inquiry to acting on the problem of acid rain. After studying the problem in the 1980s, Congress and the first Bush administration in 1990 cleared a series of amendments to the Clean Air Act that included a successful cap-and-trade system to control emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. The EPA then issued in 2005 the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which further reduced emissions. These actions reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide by approximately 40 percent from 1990 levels and nitrogen oxides by more than half. Yet it’s been decades since all of us were warned about climate change, and this time the ramifications are much, much greater. The data has confirmed that climate change is happening, and as NOAA’s recent State of the Climate report shows—food supplies, public health and the viability of many populated areas are in jeopardy, in addition to rising sea levels and severe floods & heat waves. It’s time to act, and act now. The nation needs to pass comprehensive climate legislation urgently and each of us should do what we can to reduce our climate impact. Moreover, businesses that are already reducing their impact should be commended, not penalized for taking initiative. If we are going to create the green jobs our nation needs, improve our national security and fight climate change, the buck stops with Congress—to pass strong climate legislation that effectively reduces our country’s emissions and commits the nation to a clean energy future. Image Credits: EPA, MSNBC
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 14:44

One-Stop Shopping for Healthy, Natural Foods

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You could easily get lost in Live Superfoods’ vast selection of healthy and natural foods.  From their berries, nuts, snacks, meal replacements and supplements, nobody could blame you for not knowing where to start your shopping spree. Luckily for us, Live Superfoods has made it easy to find exactly what you want with their colorful labels for Organic, Raw, Kosher, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Wild Harvested, and Eco-friendly packaging products. Live Superfoods makes it easy to stay healthy and reduce your carbon footprint. For example, a vegetarian diet can save over 3,000 pounds of carbon emissions a year. Eating organic helps reduce the demand for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Take a look at Live Superfoods’ extensive inventory. And for some great tips on healthy living, check out the fabulous blog.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 08:29

Taking a Premier, Annual Event to a Greener Level

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Nevada’s only accredited art museum takes its premier annual event to a new, greener level. The Annual Taste for Art, the Nevada Museum of Art fundraiser that connects art, wine and food enthusiasts with fantastic art and cuisine, is offsetting the event's carbon footprint in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Also, a tree will be planted for each paid ticket. Taking place August 20th from 6-9 pm in Reno, this year’s event is sure to please in all senses. Tickets are still available online – $65 for members and $75 for non-members. If I were in Reno, I know where I’d be next Friday. If you can’t make it out to the Taste for Art, be sure to take a look at the museum’s premier exhibits from your computer screen.
An ice island four times the size of Manhattan and half the height of the Empire State Building broke off an ice shelf in Greenland. This follows recent studies showing dramatic losses in ice mass from melting ice in Greenland and average temperatures from global warming about 4 degrees Fahrenheit higher since the last decade. The ice island–measuring 100 square miles–separated from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. Head researcher, Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware, said, "The freshwater stored in this ice island could keep the Delaware or Hudson rivers flowing for more than two years. It could also keep all U.S. public tap water flowing for 120 days." Greenland's ice sheet holds an estimated 20 percent of the world's ice. Climate experts and scientists predict that if current trends of warming continue, the Arctic Ocean could become ice-free in summer months within just decades, contributing to rising sea levels and coastal flooding. As individuals and businesses, we can all make a difference. Please take steps to reduce your carbon footprint, and support third-party validated carbon reduction projects today. You can learn more by viewing this video:
Monday, 09 August 2010 11:03

Brammo Helping Meet the Need for (Clean) Speed

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As an avid cyclist and motorcyclist, I can tell you that there is nothing better than getting around the world on two wheels. The wind in your hair, the agility and the freedom make the experience second to none. Both the bike and the motorcycle provide me a lot of fun and give me practical transportation, but I always felt there could be a greener alternative for motorcycles to generate the power. Brammo, Inc., an Oregon-based electric motorcycle manufacturer sports a small fleet of electric motorcycles that can get you from point a to point b without using a drop of gasoline. Their electric motorcycles are designed for performance, with their Empulse model being able to reach speeds of over 100+ and has a range of over 100 miles. That kind of speed would keep me happy, though it could also get me in trouble. Recently, Brammo worked with Carbonfund.org to offset their participation in the Red Bull Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA in support of our third-party validated carbon reduction projects. They offset their travel to and from the event and mitigated the impact of the electricity used to power the electric motorcycle! So if you get your motorcycle license, try an electric motorcycle and offset your remaining emissions with Carbonfund.org to support our projects. Like Brammo, we are fast and clean.
Thursday, 05 August 2010 16:59

Making Your Fairytale Wedding a Greener Wedding

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Every girl has fantasies of her fairytale wedding and I am certainly not immune to this. I want to have a September wedding at a gorgeous venue overlooking the water. At the same time, I am also conscious of my carbon footprint and considering my large family–18 aunts and uncles and countless more cousins–my wedding is bound to have a large footprint. I’m determined, however, not to compromise my desire for a big wedding with my desire to preserve the environment. [caption id="attachment_5228" align="aligncenter" width="285" caption="Harrison Hurwitz via Style Me Pretty"][/caption] Luckily, there are a number of resources for brides-to-be who want to make their weddings more environmentally-friendly. Green Bride Guide, for instance, is an entire website dedicated to planning a green wedding. Prospective brides can access tips, information and a directory of green vendors, as well as search for greener honeymoon destinations.

There is also the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS), which is an international organization of dry cleaners that specializes in gown cleaning, restoration and preservation. The wedding gown is perhaps the most important aspect of a wedding for a girl. AWGS enables brides to preserve the beauty of their wedding gowns through ZeroCarbon restorations, which means emissions are offset to support third-party validated carbon reduction projects.

Just this week, the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists announced that it has partnered with Green Bride Guide to provide expert content and offer greater access to what's green- and wedding- related.

The AWGS has also created a destination wedding kit for purchase, which includes offsetting. You can learn more about offsetting your own wedding at our website here. Image Credits: Style Me Pretty and AWGS
Thursday, 05 August 2010 16:02

Creating Harmony Between Building and Landscape

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All too often, we place heavy emphasis on the interior of a space and can neglect exterior aesthetics. Anne Penniman Associates, LLC shows people the inherent potential of an area’s surrounding landscape. For residential projects, Anne Penniman Associates strives to create organic extensions of clients’ homes. The company also works with private organizations, institutions, and communities to revitalize neighborhoods and public domains. With each landscape design project, Anne Penniman Associates translates its clients’ vision into balance between form and function. As an extension of its core business, the company is committed to sustainable and low-impact design practices. For each site design, the company’s landscape architects utilize local contractors and local materials when possible, and consider biodiversity aspects in plant selection. Their commitment also extends to the office and beyond–from energy-efficient lighting to employee car pooling, to offsetting carbon emissions through Carbonfund.org in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Learn more about how you as an individual or business can take steps to reduce your own carbon footprint.