Wednesday, 15 June 2011 09:27 Written by Alterra Hetzel
Carbonfund.org is thrilled to share this press release from CarbonFree Partner Virgin America announcing a huge stride in aviation sustainability. Virgin America is the first airline to purchase this new commercial aircraft engine touted as one of the most fuel-efficient in the world. Virgin America today announces that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP™ engine to power 30 new Airbus A320neo aircraft scheduled to begin delivery in 2016. In addition, the airline has selected the CFM56-5B engine to power 30 of its current technology A320s on order. The engine orders have a combined value of $1.4 billion at list price. In January, the airline announced it would nearly triple its fleet size with an order for 60 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft – including the first commercial order for the new eco-efficient Airbus A320neo. Together, the A320neo and the LEAP™ engine promise to deliver one of the world’s most fuel-efficient commercial aircraft, with more than 15 percent improved fuel efficiency, corresponding improvements in carbon efficiency and double digit reductions in NOx emissions. Virgin America estimates this will deliver a fuel cost savings to the carrier of $1.9 million per aircraft per year. To celebrate the new LEAP™ technology and its own growth, the carrier today launches a “Flyers, Start Your Engines” fare sale. To further mark the milestone order, CFM International and parent companies GE and Snecma (Safran Group) will purchase carbon offsets for the first 5,000 flights booked today at www.virginamerica.com. “Choosing LEAP™ gives us the best of all worlds – the most advanced technology, significant fuel savings, consistency with our current fleet and the reliability of CFM,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “Our airline is known for taking a different approach to amenities, design and service in order to make travel better. But we’re just as committed to finding new ways to make travel more sustainable, even as we grow. The A320neo and the LEAP™ engine together will create one of the world’s most fuel-efficient commercial aircraft. Our investment today will ultimately help us take a major leap forward in terms of efficiency.” Virgin America’s current A320 Family fleet is powered by the CFM56 engine and is up to 25 percent more fuel efficient than other domestic fleets and one of the most carbon-efficient in the U.S. on an RPM basis. The LEAP™ engine and the A320neo with the new wing tip “Sharklets” will yield even greater efficiencies. Compared to aircraft powered by today’s best engines, the A320neo with the LEAP™ engine will provide more than 15 percent improved fuel efficiency and equivalent reductions in CO2 emissions, double digit reductions in NOx emissions, reduced engine noise and lower operating costs. Based on Virgin America’s use and operation of the aircraft, it is estimated that the LEAP™ advances will offer Virgin America an annual fuel savings of $1.9 million per aircraft at current fuel prices. With the LEAP™ engine, the A320neo aircraft will also offer increased performance range and emit 3,600 fewer tons of CO2 per aircraft on an annual basis. “Flyers, Start Your Engines” fare sale tickets start today from $79, restrictions, taxes and fees apply. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT June 20, 2011, and travel must occur between August 24, 2011, and November 16, 2011. Tickets are on sale today and can be purchased at Virgin America’s Web site (www.virginamerica.com) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474). To mark the order, engine manufacturer CFM International and parent companies GE and Snecma (Safran Group) will purchase Carbonfund.org offsets for the first 5,000 flights booked today at www.virginamerica.com. Carbonfund.org, the nation’s leading nonprofit carbon offset provider, offers independently verified projects which are focused on emissions reduction and energy efficiency. Virgin America was the first U.S. airline to allow guests to offset the carbon footprint of their flight from the air – via Carbonfund.org offsets offered on the Red™ in-flight entertainment platform. The airline voluntarily offsets the carbon footprint of its headquarters operation on an annual basis. For more on the program, visit: www.carbonfund.org/virginamerica Since its launch in August 2007, Virgin America has created 2000 new jobs and grown to serve multiple destinations across North America. As one of the few growing U.S. airlines, Virgin America continues to expand its fleet, growing from its current 39 aircraft to a projected fleet of 52 aircraft by mid-2012.ï¿½ The low-fare airline has expanded service to Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun and Chicago in the past six months alone. The airline will add 500 new jobs on annual basis and expand to two-to-three new destinations per year over the next several years. Known for friendly service, beautifully designed cabins and inventive amenities, like touch-screen entertainment at every seat, Virgin America has swept the major reader-based travel awards since its launch, including ï¿½Best Domestic Airlineï¿½ in Condï¿½ Nast Travelerï¿½s Readersï¿½ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisureï¿½s Worldï¿½s Best Awards. “Virgin continues to lead the industry at making airline travel more sustainable,” said Mindy S. Lubber, president of Ceres, a coalition of investors and NGOs that works with companies on sustainability challenges. “Its purchase of highly-efficient new engines demonstrates that business expansion can be done in a way that is beneficial to both the environment and the bottom line.” With investments in the A320neo, LEAP™ engines and green buildings, the California-based Virgin America is committed to improving its efficiency – even as it grows. The airline is also proud to be affiliated with the Virgin Group, which has committed to reinvesting all profits from Virgin-transport related businesses to renewable fuels research and other initiatives that combat climate change. LEAP™ is a product of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE.
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:35 Written by Paul Burman
Carbonfund.org partner Virgin America was recognized as the Most Eco-Friendly Airline in the SmarterTravel Editors' Choice Awards. The green achievements are a major reason why Carbonfund.org was so thrilled to partner with Virgin America to help them further reduce their carbon footprint. Some of the green initiatives that Virgin America has undertaken:
- Supporting LEED Certified building standards for select facilities/terminals;
- Offering preferential parking for hybrid cars;
- Operating a fuel-efficient fleet of airplanes that save money and carbon emissions;
- Publicly listing the airline's carbon footprint;
- Offsetting the emissions of their corporate headquarters with Carbonfund.org;
- Enabling passengers to offset when purchasing their travel or in-flight through their touch-screen RED system.
Monday, 07 February 2011 12:25 Written by Alterra Hetzel
The idea behind Virgin America is to "build a new kind of airline from the guest up," and that includes flying in the face of conventional ideas about sustainability. Founded just four years ago in 2007, Virgin America is growing fast and keeping a focus on their environmental impact the whole way. In their recently released sustainability report, Virgin America details green measures taken as well as the principles that guide future environmental decisions. These “Sustainability Principles” include a commitment to transparency, leadership in carbon efficiency, investment in sustainable growth (things like LEED-certified buildings and terminals) and collaboration with industry groups and partners like Carbonfund.org. So what did the report find? The Virgin America fleet is 25% more fuel efficient than the U.S. average and, for their second year of operations, will continue to lead the nation in carbon efficiency with a .7% reductions in GHG emission despite the overall growth in its fleet and operations over the year. Virgin America recycles on 39% of their flights and has committed to increasing aluminum recycling to 50% by January 2011 and to 75% by 2012. In 2011, they are also pursuing Gold or higher LEED certification for the Virgin section of a new San Francisco terminal – a first for a major airport terminal in the U.S. In addition, through their partnership with Carbonfund.org Virgin offers guests the ability to offset their in-flight travel with the touch-screen entertainment platform. This is a new, innovate way to engage customers in sustainable travel while they're actually flying. Virgin also annually offsets their corporate headquarters' emissions. One of the projects that Virgin supports is the Truck Stop Electrification project, which reduces tailpipe emissions from some of the heaviest emitters of all: the 18-wheelers that transport our consumer goods all over the country. The project installs a small device in trucker cabins that eliminates the need to keep the engine running for power during rest stops. The technology in this device allows truckers to heat and power the interior of their truck, run the radio and check email without forcing the engine to burn diesel, saving a gallon of diesel per hour of operation. To learn more about Virgin America's sustainable practices, click here to read their full sustainability report.
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.
One of our business partners, Clean Air Lawn Care, is up for an Entrepreneur of the Year award. They're a very cool business--they use electric mowers, organic fertilizers and recycle all their clippings. Please take a second and vote for them! The Emerging Entrepreneur Award from Entrepreneur Magazine selects innovative startup businesses who stand out among their peers. After being chosen as a semi-finalist, the winner must be selected by the online community at http://www.entrepreneur.com/e2009/vote/emerging.php#432 The winner will be featured in the January ’10 and December ’10 issues of Entrepreneur Magazine. It’s a tremendous honor to be working with a company that has been selected one of the 5 semi-finalists for this award. We hope you will join us in helping to push them to the top! The contest ends on Monday, so vote now! And for those of you on twitter, please tweet this: RT @Carbonfundorg Vote Ends Monday! Help innovative green business win prestigious #Entrepreneur Award http://bit.ly/om3ao #green #eco Read the press release:
Clean Air Lawn Care Nominated for Emerging Entrepreneur 2009 Fort Collins, CO – Clean Air Lawn Care CEO, Kelly Giard, has been nominated to be Entrepreneur Magazine’s Emerging Entrepreneur of 2009! This is an incredible honor for all of Clean Air Lawn Care and a testament to the changing face of business – a commitment to being green, setting high ethical and environmental standards, and being an example to others. Clean Air Lawn Care is a lawn maintenance business that uses clean electric and biodiesel powered equipment. The vehicles hauling this equipment have mounted solar panels which charge the electric equipment during the workday. The equipment is clean and quiet; the fertilizer is organic; the business is carbon neutral. Clean Air Lawn Care is the pioneer of sustainable lawn care franchising. In the October 2008 print issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, Clean Air Lawn Care was identified as one of the top 5 green franchises in America. The January 2009 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine showcases the Franchise 500 and Clean Air Lawn Care again is listed as one of the major players in a green franchise movement. The sustainable company has been receiving other national attention as well. In May of this year, the company graced the cover of Turf Magazine, an indication that change is indeed coming to the lawn care industry. Noting the sustainable methods used by Clean Air Lawn Care, the magazine stated, “Clean Air may have a jump on competitors who are clinging to traditional techniques.” Why Sustainable Lawn Care… • 5-10% of the nation’s air pollution comes from gas powered lawn equipment. • In one hour, one gas lawn mower can pollute as much as an SUV driven 23,600 miles. • The company saves $10,000 a year on gas and spends less than $500 to charge the equipment through renewable energy. • Electric lawn mowers cut noise emissions by 50%-75%. Through the use of electric equipment powered by renewable energy, Clean Air Lawn Care removed 32,000 pounds of air pollution equaling over 1,000,000 vehicle miles in 2008. The positive impact of Clean Air Lawn Care’s business is parallel with growth. The company’s growth equals a larger reduction in national air pollution. The online vote is taking place at http://www.entrepreneur.com/e2009/vote/emerging.php#432 Watch the video and learn how Clean Air Lawn Care is starting a revolution in lawn care and changing the way America mows the lawn.
Friday, 25 March 2011 11:06 Written by Jordana Fyne
Carbonfund.org is thrilled to be nominated in TreeHugger's annual Best of Green Awards. We love what we do, and it's great to be recognized, but awards like these really are a testament to supporters like you who share and spread our mission to reduce and offset our climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. So let's spread the love, folks. Tweet your vote. Thanks for your support!
Monday, 24 August 2009 14:09 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Our partner Clean Air Lawn Care is up to exciting things! In addition to offsetting their business footprint, their lawn maintenance service helps reduce CO2 emissions by providing alternatives to gas powered equipment and chemical fertilizers. According to their CEO and founder Kelly Giard, approximately 5-10% of US emissions are from lawn maintenance equipment. Clean Air Lawn Care uses electric mowers and truck-mounted solar panels to charge its equipment. They are currently in the running for Entrepreneur Magazine's Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2009! As a finalist, they are competing against several other businesses in the "Emerging" category. Help make Clean Air Lawn Care the next big thing! To vote, click here and view their video and company bio. To see if the service is available in your area, check out their website.
CarbonFree® Partner Tradepal has been nominated for the "Best New Startup of 2009" at the Crunchies Awards in San Francisco. Tradepal is an online social marketplace that enables users to trade items with their friends. They built a trading model inspired by the efficiency and clarity of financial markets, yet easy for anyone to use. Tradepal Members trade with friends, make new friends, save money and the environment. They need the support of everyone possible so that their idea of a green, online, social marketplace that has REUSE as a mantra can survive and thrive among other marketplaces. The deadline to vote is TOMORROW, 12/4 so please vote today! Click here to vote: http://is.gd/558Qy. The 2009 Crunchies is the third annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, Internet and technology innovations of the year. Media co-hosts include TechCrunch and VentureBeat. The ceremony takes place in January in San Francisco.