Wednesday, 04 August 2010 21:50 Written by Ivan Chan
Washington, DC is noticeably one of the greener cities today, with a recent boom in energy-efficient building and renovation, shoppers using reusable bags and restaurant menus with organic or sustainably produced fare. Founding Farmers, the city's first LEED-certified restaurant for greener design and a Carbonfund.org partner offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, has won a Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Restaurant. A restaurant that is succeeding in operating greener and serving up great food is a big accomplishment and an example for others given the city's very competitive restaurant scene (and many foodies). The District Department of the Environment is making a case study of Founding Farmers available at its website. The city notes that Founding Farmers "focuses on sourcing food and products that have been grown and harvested through sustainable agricultural methods, from the meats, poultry and produce, to the beverages, spirits and wines. Just six months after opening, the restaurant was named a Certified Green Restaurant™ by the Green Restaurant Association for daily operational practices to reduce waste..." The city also notes that Founding Farmers offsets its remaining business carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org. The offsetting supports third-party validated projects that are reducing carbon emissions, such as clean, renewable energy. Founding Farmers will be accepting the award presented by Mayor Adrian Fenty's office on Thursday. You can view the other award winners here. Stay tuned to our twitter feed for more on this news!
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 18:20 Written by Michelle Lam
Ecotourism is the fastest growing segment in the travel industry. Within a few years, ecotourism is expected to generate hundreds of billions of dollars for the global economy, while helping to conserve habitats and endangered species. According to The Daily Green, there is no cut-and-dry or universally agreed upon definition of ecotourism, but it encompasses traveling to destinations in a sustainable and low-impact way. More precise enthusiasts may define ecotourism as traveling to natural and protected areas. [caption id="attachment_5256" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona"][/caption] The Daily Green compiled a list of the best ecotourism websites based on general overview and country-specific information. Orbitz is among those honored, as the company has put together a great ecotourism hub for information and planning tools. One can search for eco-friendly hotels as well as eco-friendly destinations. Orbitz also partners with Carbonfund.org to offer customers the option to offset flights booked through its website in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects around the world. Image Credit: Charles Conner, US National Park Service
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 16:05 Written by Michelle Lam
Carbonfund.org is proud to work with many champions for the environment and leaders in different industries. When it comes to rowing, Filippi and its US counterpart, Elite Rowing, Inc., manufacture high-performance equipment. Over 70 national rowing teams have raced Filippi boats and subsequently won hundreds of medals in World Championship and Olympic competition since 1986. The company is the official supplier to the Italian Rowing Federation and US Rowing. Over 70 other national rowing teams choose Filippi, including Canada, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, South Africa, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt and Brazil. Click here to see the full list of teams that Filippi supplies. For its quality control in manufacturing, Filippi has been awarded ISO 9000 certification. To demonstrate its environmental leadership, Filippi is reducing its business carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org and supporting projects that fight climate change. Learn more about our business programs here.
The decision to buy a home or property is typically one that involves great deliberation. Prospective buyers consider the home’s exterior features, interior amenities, neighborhood, surrounding schools, etc. But green features are important to homebuyers too. According to the Certified Staging Professionals (CSP) International Business Training Academy, 92% of people surveyed said “green” features are important when buying a property. Staging is essentially increasing the appeal of a home to secure the highest value. CSP Int'l Business Training Academy is reducing and offsetting its carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Participants in the CSP Certified Eco-Professional Program learn about building certification programs such as LEED and best practices in green building. As an example of "green" features, we recently covered green roofs and white roofs in the Carbonfund.org myClimateMinute newsletter. You can read the article here.
Monday, 02 August 2010 11:03 Written by Greg Taylor
In early 2009, the Maldivian government proclaimed that their country would be the first in the world to become carbon neutral. The website Roadha.com is helping to realize that goal by becoming the first Maldivian CarbonFree® Partner. After calculating their footprint from energy usage, business travel and commuting, Roadha.com is offsetting its carbon footprint in support of Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated reforestation projects. The Maldives are poised to take serious action on its carbon footprint. Standing about 7 feet above sea level, the country is dangerously exposed to rising sea levels, with experts predicting the country could be underwater by the end of the century. The BBC reports that the Maldives will build wind and solar renewable energy facilities to power the country’s electricity grid, investing $110 million a year to make the transition. They will also use sugarcane ethanol to meet their motor fuel needs and significantly cut down their carbon footprint.
Derived from plant material or animal waste, i.e. biomass, biofuels are a form of renewable energy. Biodiesel is one type of biofuel that is made from vegetable oils, animal fats, and recycled grease and can be used as fuel for vehicles or as an additive to reduce the levels of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons from diesel-powered vehicles. You can read about other advantages of biodiesel in this article at Care2, "Butter Could Run Cars." Carbonfund.org partner CIMA Energy Group is helping lead the way towards the development, promotion, and servicing of the alternative and renewable energy market. Working with its parent company, Caravan Trading, LLC, CIMA Energy Group specializes in alternative energy technology such as biofuel feedstock. As part of its commitment to a greener future, CIMA has also partnered with local state and federal agencies to support green-collar job development. You too can support third-party validated renewable energy projects, including biomass projects that convert methane from manure to energy, by offsetting your carbon footprint or making a donation. Learn more here.
Friday, 30 July 2010 12:07 Written by Ivan Chan
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!
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 19:59 Written by Ivan Chan
The government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today released its State of the Climate in 2009, saying a detailed review of 10 climate indicators points out that "global warming is undeniable." The indicators, from surface and sea-surface temperatures to measurements of heat content in the oceans and sea levels, have all trended higher. Moreover, in the past 30 years, each decade has gotten warmer with the 2000's being the warmest on record. "The NOAA Report, in confirming the certainty and severity of climate change, is a call to action for policymakers, business leaders and individuals to reduce our climate impact," said Eric Carlson, President, Carbonfund.org. "What makes this report compelling is that it shows the problem is far greater than rising sea levels and heat waves. World food supplies, public health and the viability of many populated areas are also in jeopardy." Over 300 scientists from 48 countries analyzed the climate data. "When we follow decade-to-decade trends using multiple data sets and independent analyses from around the world, we see clear and unmistakable signs of a warming world," said Dr. Peter Stott, contributor to the report and head of climate monitoring and attribution at the UK Met Office Hadley Centre. NOAA has issued a video summarizing the report and an executive summary. You can also download the full report. Read about how you can reduce your climate impact here, and support innovative, third-party validated projects that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions.