Tuesday, 08 September 2009 13:57 Written by Ivan Chan
With the healthcare debate in full swing, the climate change debate is on the back burner. But work on legislation and getting it passed in the Senate continues. Politics Daily Columnist Jill Lawrence interviewed former Sen. John Warner, who had some interesting remarks. As for the status of legislation in the Senate, he said, "The leadership of the Senate, primarily [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid, made a very wise decision at this time. All the committees that have a part of the jurisdiction are putting in their own recommendations for legislation. Therefore six committees are now preparing a bill to be submitted to Senator Reid the last week or so in September." Warner, who had co-sponsored an earlier bill while in the Senate, also referred to the loss of white pine forest in the western US from climate change. "I went to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, to give a speech... I was just absolutely heartbroken. The old forest, the white pine forest in which I worked [as a Forest Service firefighter], was absolutely gone, devastated, standing there dead from the bark beetle. I said to the forest ranger." As the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Warner's concerns about global warming includes national security. He cites the example of Somalia, where prolonged drought conditions further destabilized the country, already experiencing political and economic instability. "Where you have fragile nations... a serious climactic problem will come along, with a shortage of food or water, and often those governments are toppled... This political instability and weakness is given the final tilt by a problem associated with climactic change." You can read more of the interview here.
Friday, 04 September 2009 15:59 Written by Amy Givler
Carbonfund.org is proud to offset the Leaders of the Ethosphere Institute Forum (LEIF), sponsored by Enclave Rising, the Enclave Rising Foundation, and The Ethosphere Institute, a sustainability advocacy initiative comprised of thought-leaders across multiple disciplines in both the public and private sectors. LEIF’s mission is to generate awareness about the importance of a sustainable future by assembling select members from the sustainable business community. In addition, LEIF aims to support sustainable development, hospitality, tourism, education, housing, and infrastructure initiatives while promoting sustainable best practices within multiple industries on an international scale. LEIF will convene professionals and thought-leaders from a multitude of backgrounds, industries, and interests to create a universal definition of sustainability and to define the parameters of genuine sustainability. Kim Slicklein, CEO and founder of Enclave Rising and organizer of LEIF notes, “Enclave Rising has created a truly unique event that will convene top thought-leaders in sustainability and we are pleased to have the support of Carbonfund.org, the leading nonprofit organization in carbon offsets. Carbonfund.org will offset the LEIF 2009 event so as to mitigate all travel and energy consumption utilized during the event. Carbonfund.org recognizes the importance of their role as part of this ground-breaking sustainability initiative that will drive change and transformation around the world.” Distinct from traditional conferences, LEIF will convene approximately 100 top thought-leaders and industry-wide experts to create a Think Tank. The LEIF Think Tank will establish and shape a collective vision and action plan for a sustainable future. Speakers and Participants Include: Paul Hawken Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Journalist and Author, Natural Capital Institute Erika Harms Executive Director for Sustainable Development, United Nations Foundation Mike Italiano President & CEO, Founder / Director / CEO Board, US Green Building Council Director, Sustainable Furniture Council CEO, Capital Markets Partnership Tim Cole Chair Elect, USGBC Board of Directors; Director of Environmental Initiatives and Product Development, Forbo Flooring Systems Michela O’Connor Abrams President & Publisher, Dwell Lewis P. Jones Managing Director, JP Morgan Craig Zurawski Executive Director, Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments; President Braun & Zurawski, Inc. For more information and to register go to www.enclaverising.com/leif.
Friday, 04 September 2009 12:28 Written by Chris Driver
Next weekend, on September 12th and 13th, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre will be hosting the Monolith Festival, presented by one of our partners, Esurance. Carbonfund.org is excited to be taking part in this festival by offsetting the event. In addition to being a CarbonFree® event, Monolith Festival is keeping things green with the Third Annual Reforestation Project. The Reforestation Project will be taking place on Wednesday, September 9th at the Townview Plaza Community at 1699 Hooker Street in Denver to help plant trees in this developing urban community. Esurance is also working to retrofit and environmentally standardize homes in this area. Monolith Festival also happens to feature one of the best lineups a music lover could come across this year, featuring over 50 bands including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Of Montreal, Phoenix, and Passion Pit. If you are heading out to Red Rocks to attend the Monolith Festival, you can offset your travel on the special page for Festival attendees. And you can buy tickets to the Monolith Festival by clicking here.
Thursday, 03 September 2009 10:46 Written by Amy Givler
The last month of summer is always a time to devotedly enjoy the last days of freedom and sun. While many of us in the office went on vacation, our work to stop global warming never stopped! Check out these the top blog posts from the month of August. 1. @Carbonfundorg reaches 1000 followers! Tweet Tweet! Carbonfund.org’s twitter mosaic is all the rage. In August, we passed a big milestone and reached 1000 followers, and we posted this awesome mosaic of all our friends. We’re shooting to reach 2,500 in September, so please follow us and YOU can be a part of this work of art! Molecule Eats Carbon Dioxide From the world of the weird and wonderful, Maryland scientists recently discovered a molecule that “eats” carbon dioxide. Will this be the solution that helps us avert catastrophic climate change? 3. Tips for College Students to Keep it Green and Keep Some Cash School is back! While parents relish their new-found freedom, their kids are off to school and helping us keep it green—and for a good reason. They’re the ones that will feel the effects of this global warming mess our parents made. 4. YouRenew.com Makes Splash with Giant iPhone 3GS If you’re like me and you have iphone envy, you might have found a dandy man this month. Carbonfund.org partner, Rich Littlehale, Co-founder of YouRenew.com dressed up in a giant Iphone in Manhattan this month to try to get people to recycle their old phones. Hot! 5. Energy Efficiency & Our Economy Want an extra $1.2 trillion in your pocket? How about 23% reductions in global warming emissions by 2020? A new report shows us how to get there through efficiency alone—now doesn’t that just sound smart? 6. ‘Cash For Clunkers’ Car Rebate System Begins It’s not just here at Carbonfund.org where “Clunker” became the logophile’s latest lust. Nearly 700,000 cars were traded in through this program, saving consumers’ money, stimulating the economy and reducing pollution for old and inefficient vehicles. Don’t forget to check out our recap of the program here: http://www.carbonfund.org/blog/global-warming/carbon-reduced-economy-stimulated-cars/ 7. Protect Your Skin this August with EcoStinger Hot summer sun can’t fight Carbonfree Partner Ecostinger. They make sun protective clothing for all your outdoor clothing needs! And you’ll get a discount for being a Carbonfund.org supporter... 8. Rising Food Prices from Global Warming a Serious Threat to Urban Poor The moral imperative to solve global warming is no more clear than when you’re looking at impacts to the urban poor. Heat waves, droughts and extreme weather will affect agricultural production and will raise food prices, putting an extreme burden on those who are already struggling to survive at under $1 a day.
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 14:19 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Benton Consulting Group has been offsetting its emissions with Carbonfund.org for the past two years. As a 1% For the Planet member, their donations for carbon offsets are the equivalent to the CO2 emissions from over 21,000 gallons of gasoline consumed or the carbon sequestered by nearly 5,500 tree seedlings grown for ten years! Today we congratulate Benton Consulting group for their commitment to offsetting their carbon footprint and being a two year CarbonFree Partner with Carbonfund.org. In addition to their offsetting, Benton Consulting Group focuses on productivity consulting. Their productivity system and methodology produces measurable increases in individual and organizational performance and satisfaction by altering how people think about, approach, and manage their work. They have helped organizations such as Boeing and Microsoft increase conversions, reduce meeting times, and recover numerous hours per day. So what does this mean for the environment? Let's take one example: their systems helped reduce time spent on email and the number of messages in their inbox. According to a report by McAfee and ICF, the average carbon footprint of one email is .3 grams of CO2. A year's worth of email at a typical medium-sized business can use a whopping 50,000 kWh. Benton Consulting Group is not only saving businesses time, money, and sanity, but they're helping reduce our energy need. Learn more at Benton Consulting Group.
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 17:36 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Metropolitan Food Service is a family owned and operated food service management company based in Long Island, NY. They provide Colleges and Universities in the local area with customized dining, vending, and catering services that meet their needs. Their goal is to inspire and fuel the minds of their customers with fresh, nutritious, creative meals with a focus on convenience, affordability, and sustainability. As a CarbonFree Partner, MFS offsets its corporate footprint in addition to implementing a wide range of environmental initiatives including:
- Local, vegan, and organic snack items for the On the Go Healthy Vending Program
- Local produce and meat
- Biodegradable and sustainable packaging
- Recycling of their waste cooking oil
- Reduced bottled water use
- Sustainable cleaning products and methodologies.
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 15:06 Written by Ivan Chan
The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) awarded its 2009 Larson-Notari Award for distinguished service and contributions to the field of renewable energy and its 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award. CRES, based in Golden, Colo., is a nonprofit organization working to increase awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of renewables and energy efficiency. Winner of the Larson-Notari Award is Carol Tombari, Manager of Stakeholder Relations at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. At NREL, she works on electric utility and economic development issues. Prior to this, she was president of Mountain Energy Consultation, specializing in pubilc policy and programs on renewables, efficiency and the environmental impact of energy use. She has also led three delegations of state energy officials to China to discuss policies to facilitate the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency. CRES' 2008 Volunteer of the Year is Jerry Stevenson, Co-Chair of CRES' 2008 Colorado Renewable Energy Conference. Stevenson was recognized for his energy and dedication to the event; he volunteered while working as an engineer for the US Forest Service. The next Colorado Renewable Energy Conference is slated for June 18-20, 2010 in Montrose, Colo.
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 11:03 Written by Ivan Chan
The Fulton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is the first CarbonFree® Green PTA in America. “We are very proud to join CarbonFree® Partner companies and organizations like Discovery Communications, Avis, Amtrak, 41pounds.org and others to help the environment, support energy independence, and help make the transition to a clean energy future possible,” states Fulton PTA President Brian Meshkin. “It is our hope that we will teach our kids and lead by example to encourage progress from the grassroots.” As a CarbonFree® Green PTA, Fulton offset its carbon footprint with a donation to Carbonfund.org, which calculated the carbon emissions from the building usage and attendee transportation to meetings and activities for the 2009-10 school year. Fulton’s donation supports Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated carbon offset projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation which are reducing global warming emissions today. The PTA will also hold a fundraiser where members and friends can make their homes and cars CarbonFree® with 20 percent of the tax-deductible donations supporting the PTA’s environmental initiatives. Additionally, the Fulton Elementary PTA is reducing its paper and ink consumption by 50 percent, supporting its Environmental Committee’s Chesapeake Bay Day assembly and the school’s soil conservation garden at Fulton Elementary as multi-disciplinary learning experiences, and embarking on other environmental initiatives. The Green PTA Program involves: • Becoming a CarbonFree® PTA Partner by reducing, offsetting the carbon footprint of a PTA’s activities • Reducing paper and fossil fuel-based ink consumption through increased use of electronic mediums • Establishing an environmental or wellness PTA committee that promotes more environmentally conscious choices by families such as carpooling • Completing a Green School certification application in the PTA’s state (if available) • Incorporating environmental protection initiatives in PTA projects “With the great families, teachers and administrators at Fulton Elementary, we are pleased to lead the way and plant a seed here that will hopefully grow and flourish as other PTA’s join us,” said Meshkin.