Monday, 26 July 2010 17:50

Better Health from a Smaller Footprint

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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.
Monday, 26 July 2010 12:19

10 Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties

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Many young people & college grads seek to make a difference. Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties by Libuse Binder provides a roadmap for making a difference in your life or can get you started on the path. The book provides firsthand perspectives and practical ideas, which are needed at a time when the economy has sputtered and money's tight. Climate change author Bill McKibben noted,  "Everywhere I go around the planet, I find young people, fresh from college, leading the new green movement. With savvy and heart, they're making a real difference—and as this book shows, you can too." Libuse wrote the book after moving from Hollywood film production into writing, teaching and advocating for the environment. The book's suggestions can be valuable for anyone wishing to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the world but make a lasting impact toward a better future. Libuse provides steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint, support eco-conscious businesses and develop and plan your career. Check out all the 10 ways and order your own copy (available in print or as an e-book) here. We thank Libuse for including Carbonfund.org as a resource and a link to our site, where you can calculate your carbon footprint.
The advent of e-cards and e-vites has enabled us to reduce the amount of paper waste we produce for birthdays, weddings, dinner parties, etc. Now you can also send birth announcements without paper waste. Nursery Notice is an online birth announcement service that creates announcements in the form of personalized websites. Each Nursery Notice site is customized with the baby’s birth details, photos, and a guestbook for family and friends to sign. A site is quick and easy to set up, and customers can rest assured that each Nursery Notice is private and secure. There’s no paper, postage, or mail delivery involved with the creation of a Nursery Notice site. Here at Carbonfund.org, our motto is “Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t” and as a CarbonFree® Partner, Nursery Notice embodies this. Learn more about how your company can become a partner here: www.carbonfund.org/business.
Thursday, 22 July 2010 16:32

Brands Stand Out with Carbon Neutral Labeling

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With the large number of products in the marketplace, how do brands stand out? Making quality products is critical these days, but so is differentiating a product and making it more climate-friendly to be sustainable. A good example is the GoECOlife™ line of products for home, small and large offices. GoECOlife™ has certified a number of products CarbonFree®, the first carbon neutral product certification program and label in the US. Herman Chang, CEO of GoECOlife™ parent INTEK, says consumers should not have to sacrifice "style, functionality, or quality of product" when buying sustainable products. INTEK recently signed a letter of intent to merge with Lexon Technologies, Inc., which makes recycled toner. The consumer value of GoECOlife™ products including CarbonFree® Certified products were a major driver of interest in INTEK's offerings. Lexon Technologies' CEO James Park said, "We’re truly excited about the synergies that both companies share with each other... The main stimulus for this [merger] was the tremendous growth potential of the GoECOlife™ brand and the strong demand for products associated with this brand." Check out CarbonFree® Certified GoECOlife™ products here. Certified carbon neutral products are now available from other leading brands as well including Motorola Renew mobile phones, Florida Crystals and Domino sugars, and AnvilRecycled™ apparel. Learn more about Carbonfund.org's product certification program.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 17:59

Shark Attacks Building in Silver Spring

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It’s everybody’s favorite time of the year again; Shark Week is back and kicks off August 1 on the Discovery Channel. This year, Shark Week is celebrating its 23rd anniversary, making it the longest-running event on cable. To promote the event, Discovery Channel has installed “Chompie” on the outside of the Discovery Communications headquarters building in Carbonfund.org's hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland. Chompie is a 446-foot inflatable shark that required the services of a professional rigging company. Discovery's headquarters building is also known for being Platinum-Level LEED certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for sustainable site development, water and energy savings, materials selection and environmental quality. 446 feet is the measured distance from the tip of the shark’s nose to the back of his tail. Each piece averaged 1,280 man-hours to sew the fabric together. That's a total of 6,400 hours that went into bringing Chompie to life! Discovery Communications is a Carbonfund.org partner and offsets corporate carbon emissions. Be sure to check out Shark Week on August 1 and learn more about our business partnership program at www.carbonfund.org/business.
Monday, 19 July 2010 10:25

June Sizzle Makes Record Books

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June 2010 was the hottest June on record around the world, besting the 20th century average by 1.22°F. This according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nat'l Climatic Data Center. What's more, 2010 is poised to possibly be the hottest year on record. NOAA has regularly collected detailed land and ocean surface temperatures. Heat waves are an environmental and public health concern. In addition to causing deaths among elderly and other individuals, heat waves threaten food supplies from crop failures and other impacts. They also cause massive amounts of energy use to keep homes and buildings cool. Read how heat waves in the East Coast could become common in the US.
You've heard the term energy independence associated with getting the nation to produce more clean, renewable energy. A family in Washington, D.C. is trying to become energy independent on their own, installing 52 solar panels at their home with Astrum Solar to generate over 13,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. The solar power will provide between 75-85 percent of the home's electricity use. The home solar panel system is the largest in the nation's capital. The homeowners, Shelley Cohen and Mike Gala, used available federal and municipal incentives in D.C. and ended up paying about 10 percent of the $60,000 cost for the system. As it will cover most of their home's energy needs, the couple anticipates the system will pay itself back in a couple of years. “Our family is committed to living a green urban lifestyle and to reducing our carbon footprint by making our home energy efficient, using renewable energy, and reducing consumptive behavior,” said Cohen. “Our project benefited from a partnership with the D.C. government, and we encourage others in the District to take advantage of the incentives being offered for renewable energy project development in the city.” Cohen and Gala have used their background in architecture and environmental project development to make their urban dwellings greener since they married in 2001. Steve Thomas from the TV show Renovation Nation helped the couple with their renovation, which included a concrete countertop made of recycled glass and planting trees in the backyard to add natural shade. The couple wants their home to ultimately be carbon neutral. Learn about everyday ways that you can reduce, offset your carbon footprint by visiting www.carbonfund.org. Also, you can learn more and check out photos from the couple's home renovation effort here. Photo Credits: Washington City Paper and Planet Green/Renovation Nation
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:19

Meet the New Green Activists: Investors

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Shareholders care about climate change and energy; in fact, they’re demanding action from the companies they invest in. How do we know this?

According to ClimateBiz of Greener World Media, the number of shareholder resolutions filed with public companies in 2010 has grown from 2009. Eighty-eight US and Canadian companies received a combined 101 shareholder resolutions relating to climate and energy, a 48.5 percent increase.

Investors are demanding more disclosure and action on risks related to climate change and energy. Of the 101 resolutions filed this proxy season, 51 have been withdrawn by investors after their demands were met with action or commitments. Resolutions are generally withdrawn when a company satisfactorily takes steps to address shareholder demands.

The environment is a top-of-mind concern for consumers. Shareholders increasingly are taking note of corporate sustainability initiatives as well. Learn about how your company can take action on climate change by visiting www.carbonfund.org/business. You can read the full ClimateBiz article here.