At Carbonfund.org, our motto is Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can't. As we all do a bit of spring cleaning and prepare for Earth Day, I wanted to share some ways to reduce our energy consumption and help our planet.
- Use solar garden lanterns instead of conventional lights to highlight your patio or garden - they can last for twenty years! For example, you can use promo code 10OffLampPosts to save 10% on solar lamp posts and get free shipping.
- Consider a rain barrel for your side or back yard. Rain barrels not only curb high water usage, but they decrease the amount of storm water runoff in city drains after heavy rains. Plus, they're stylish.
- Plant a tree! Trees absorb carbon dioxide, control water runoff, and provide a great weekend activity for your family. If you don't have space to plant a tree, or to make a donation to support our tree planting effort, please participate in our Million Tree Challenge.
Friday, 26 March 2010 11:35 Written by Paul Burman
The 2010 Dairy Sustainability Symposium, April 14-15 in Chicago will be offsetting its emissions through support of the Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester Project of Carbonfund.org. The event organized by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) provides a forum for members of the industry to learn more about how to make their operations cleaner and greener. A focus of the Dairy Sustainability Symposium will be how to reduce carbon emissions and save money through energy efficiency measures. Carbonfund.org will be presenting on carbon footprinting and life cycle assessments of products and the production process. The Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester Project collects waste from ten local dairy farms, captures the associated methane emissions and transforms it to clean, renewable energy. Methane is a greenhouse gas about23 times more potent than CO2, and a byproduct of bovines in dairy production. In addition to reducing more than 8,000 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions from the atmosphere each year, the biodigester also helps keep the region’s groundwater cleaner. By offsetting the emissions of the Symposium, including attendees’ travel and participation, the dairy industry is taking another step towards industry-wide comprehensive emissions reductions. In December, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy made a commitment to reduce dairy emissions 25% by 2020.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:29 Written by Greg Taylor
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 15:04 Written by Ivan Chan
Looking for the next big "app" for your iPhone or Android phone? CauseWorld lets you donate to charities of your choice, including Carbonfund.org, for free while you shop! CauseWorld enables users to accumulate "karmas" when visiting various stores which can then be used for donations. No purchase is required. The mobile phone application is free to download and use via Apple iTunes here or via the Android Market on one's phone. With grants from Citi and Kraft, CauseWorld is able to distribute funds to the charities that users select. The updated app includes a social layer, meaning you can now sync it up with Facebook to share your experiences and donations you're making with friends. Also, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is sponsoring a way for users to earn extra karma points by scanning barcodes on individual items with one's iPhone. The app helps connect users with products they may be interested in, while earning karmas that they can then use for donations. The app has been lauded by TechCrunch, featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, and was recently highlighted at the popular South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festival in Austin, Tex. There, TechCrunch and CauseWorld teamed up to offer attendees double karmas when one checked in with the app at any of over 50 venues around the city including the Austin Convention Center. To learn more about the app, or download the updated app now for your phone, please visit www.causeworld.com.
A major hurdle for potential climate change legislation has been cleared: comprehensive health care legislation has passed the House and will soon become law. While the battle to ensure that more Americans will have access to affordable health care has no direct impact on climate change, the battle over the details of the bill has consumed the attention of Congress and America for more than a year now. With the health care debate essentially over for this session, Congress may be free to take on other reforms - specifically that of climate change. Recognizing this opportunity to act, Democratic Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking for climate change legislation in 2010. The letter was signed by 22 Democrats, including important swing votes like Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Roland Burris of Illinois, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Jon Tester of Montana, and Mark Warner of Virginia. Climate change legislation passed in the House last year, but legislation in the Senate has been stalled ever since. Currently, the best hope for legislation may come from Sens. Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman, who are drafting legislation that may achieve bipartisan support. It is widely believed that in order to pass a bill of this nature through the Senate, a super-majority of 60 will be necessary. The advantages of comprehensive climate change legislation are many. Well constructed legislation would:
- Reduce carbon emissions according to science-based targets;
- Provide clarity for US businesses and promote investment in clean technologies;
- Create new 'green jobs' and help the US maintain competitiveness in an increasingly green global economy;
- Remove the need for the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant - a particularly contentious issue for some;
- Establish the US as a leader in the clean energy future;
- Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.
Monday, 22 March 2010 13:26 Written by Ivan Chan
Friday, 19 March 2010 17:31 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Celebrate spring with a special promotion from CarbonFree® Partner Teas Etc.! Teas Etc. is an online retailer of premium loose leaf teas, herbs, and Rooibos. The company is USDA certified to package and distribute organic products and has a complete line of 100% organic teas. They are deeply committed to recycling efforts in their local area, utilize chemical-free cleaning products, and use biodegradable packing peanuts in their shipments. They offset their annual business emissions with Carbonfund.org and offer their customers the option of offsetting the shipping emissions of their order. Until Monday, March 22nd, Teas Etc. is offering 20% off everything with free shipping on any $60 order or more in the continental U.S. Additionally, they will plant a tree through Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge campaign for each order! Simply use promo code SPRING during checkout. Visit Teas Etc. at www.teasetc.com. Carbonfund.org congratulates Teas Etc. for participating in our Million Tree Challenge campaign. Together, we can plant one million trees and help fight global warming! You can learn more about the campaign here.
Friday, 19 March 2010 12:27 Written by Paul Burman
A new University of Melbourne led study has concluded that butterflies are changing their lifestyles and living patterns because of global warming. The study noted that butterflies are emerging 10 days earlier than they did just 65 years ago, a change that corresponds with rising temperatures and earlier springs. The earlier to rise butterflies in the Melbourne area have been casually linked to the measured rise in temperatures of 0.14°C per decade in Melbourne, and the warming has been shown to be human-induced (anthropogenic). Another recent study also has found that mountain butterflies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California are moving up in elevation to flee from warmer temperatures. A big reason why scientists are extrapolating conclusions from the lives and habits of butterflies is because we have always looked at butterflies. Their beauty and elegance capture the attention of people, and therefore the records that have been kept regarding their habits have been very detailed for a long time. These changes in butterflies may seem small, but they are a great indicator of the larger changes going on in the world. Please do your part to reduce your own carbon footprint. You can visit www.carbonfund.org to learn more about reducing and calculating your carbon footprint.