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.
Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:50 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Carbonfund.org Partner Go Green Tube is your one-stop destination for environmental and eco-friendly web videos. Go Green Tube boasts an enormous collection of videos that discuss green technologies, products, services, and environmental news. After you register, every video you watch generates a carbon reduction of one pound! Carbonfund.org super fan and activist Andrew Lasken created the video below. It's a fun explanation of carbon offsets and how they can help fight climate change. Enjoy!
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 11:27 Written by Greg Taylor
CarbonFree® Partner GrooveTickets is helping concertgoers be more eco-friendly in the way they rock. GrooveTickets is now a Carbonfund.org partner for the third year in a row supporting our carbon reduction projects. It's one of the ways GrooveTickets cuts down on its environmental impact. Customers can work with GrooveTickets entirely online – cutting down on mailings and ticket printings to save paper. By operating in a largely paperless office, GrooveTickets has done what many ticketing companies strive to do. Further, they have taken great strides to increase their office energy efficiency by using a water filtration system so employees don't need to purchase bottled water. They recycle all paper and plastic materials, and have installed energy efficient lighting and timed settings on their climate control system. And as business travel can make up a large part of a business' carbon footprint, GrooveTickets uses video conferencing to reduce carbon emissions. So whether you’re watching Beyond Wonderland this weekend in San Bernardino, CA or rocking out to 311 in Hawaii, GrooveTickets is a great way to go. Check out what’s coming up in your neighborhood at www.groovetickets.com!
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:01 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
From March 16th - 28th, the 18th annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital will present 155 poetic and thought-provoking films that delve into diverse topics such as farming, natural gas, even bee colonies. Over 60 of these films are Washington, D.C., United States, and World premieres that celebrate the environment and highlight the increasing challenges to life on Earth. A special focus of this year's film festival will be on our food: how it is produced and distributed and the myriad effects our food has on the environment. A few of the most anticipated films include Gasland, chronicling the natural gas industry, and Sweetgrass, about a group of Montana shepherds. Films like these add to one of the strongest lineups in Environmental Film Festival history. With a full schedule of films playing at locations throughout Washington, DC, be sure to get your tickets soon! A list of films and locations can be seen here with full show times.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 10:45 Written by Amy Givler
Mac-Gray, the leader in campus laundry services, is helping campuses reduce their campus laundry emissions through its “Lighten the Load” initiative. Working with Carbonfund.org, Mac-Gray has now teamed with fourteen college and university campuses around the country to reduce 100 percent of the greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted from their laundry equipment. The initiative involves offsetting over 21 million pounds of GHG emissions. "We recognize that the first step in lessening laundry's carbon footprint is reducing energy consumption, which is why we recommend the most water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers. We then rely on our 'Lighten the Load' initiative to offset unavoidable emissions," said Michael Calderaro, Mac-Gray's Vice President of Campus Laundry. Mac-Gray will be supporting three methane destruction projects of Carbonfund.org which were selected based on criteria set forth by the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment 2008 Voluntary Carbon Offset Protocol, in that they must represent immediate and verifiable GHG emissions reduction. The destruction of methane from such projects is important in the fight against global climate change because methane is approximately 23 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Such projects not only reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere, but also help protect an area's local groundwater, reduce localized air pollution, control odor and produce power for regional electricity grids. "In selecting a laundry services company for our campus, our University chose Mac-Gray because it is a company that cares about the environment and is willing to invest their own money to offset the carbon footprint that our washers and dryers produce. This partnership is an important part of the university's overall sustainability initiative," says Ron Dalton, director of housing at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. The 14 colleges and universities now participating are: Colorado College, Colorado State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, Salisbury University, Stonehill College, University of Montevallo, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, USC Aiken, USC Upstate and Western Carolina University. To learn more, please visit: www.cleanandgreenvision.com.
Monday, 15 March 2010 17:31 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
During my undergrad days, I would often spend nearly $500 per semester on textbooks and other required reading for my classes. With four classes every semester, that is over $100 per class! I wasn’t even a science major – some of my friends spent even more. Enter BookRenter.com, a CarbonFree® Partner who can save you hundreds of dollars per year on your textbooks and required reading. What’s more, they are offsetting the round-trip carbon emissions from their textbook rentals! BookRenter allows you to rent hassle-free and simply ship your books back when you’re done. If you want to keep a few, no worries. You can turn the rental into a purchase. Not only is renting textbooks cheaper, but can be a more sustainable choice. There is no need for piles of unwanted books outside your campus bookstore. This semester (and next!), rent textbooks with BookRenter.com to save money and prevent unwanted books at the end of your semester. You can also enter their St. Patrick’s Day sweepstakes on Facebook!
Friday, 12 March 2010 17:38 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Carbonfund.org Partner Electrum Marketing is a unique branding agency that excels at helping businesses find, get and keep customers. They specialize in identifying what sets their clients apart, optimizing their delivery of that product or service, then finding cost-effective ways to promote it to their target audience. From strategic planning to website design, they offer a full menu of branding services to clients throughout Florida and beyond. Electrum's services include consulting, graphic design, website design, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, brand delivery and training, mystery shops and customer satisfaction surveys. Electrum was able to reduce 35 tons of C02 generated annually by the agency by donating to Carbonfund.org to support reforestation projects. Energy efficiency in their office has improved with the installation of compact fluorescent lighting, reduced consumption, programming the thermostat, and sealing the door and windows. For more information on how Electrum Marketing can help you find, get and keep more customers, visit www.electrummarketing.com.
The New York Times has reported that both China and India have agreed to sign on to the Copenhagen Accord to reduce emissions. China and India are two of the largest emitters of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions. The Accord, reached at the United Nations Conference of the Parties (or COP15) meeting in Copenhagen last December, commits all the signatories to reduce emissions to help keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) from pre-industrial levels. To date, over 100 countries have signed on to the Accord. While the Copenhagen Accord is non-binding, it may prove to be the precursor to a legally binding global agreement. The world's largest emitters like the US, Canada, India and China will have responsibility for some of the largest reductions, but even small nations will be provided incentives to reduce. A key component of the Accord is the inclusion of up to $100 billion a year in subsidies for developing nations to adapt to climate change impacts and implement cleaner technologies. With India and China on board, hopefully this paves the way for the US to take strong action on climate change. The climate bills that have been debated in Congress have stalled for the time being, but may get another shot for a vote before the year is up. While their passage is nowhere near a given, at least one excuse for inaction (what about China and India?!?!) is no longer on the table. Image Courtesy of The New York Times