Silver Spring, MD, July 25, 2006 - Carbonfund.org is excited to announce that its newest partner, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills of Kimberton, PA, will be offsetting the emissions of its entire annual electricity usage with renewable energy certificates retired by Carbonfund.org.
Located on 432 acres of farms, gardens, and woodlands, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is part of the international Camphill movement that provides programs and services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. The center has long been committed to reducing its impacts and supporting clean energy is another way it meets its goal of being “a model of sound ecological living.”
“Clean energy is a vitally important piece of our plan to move toward a ZeroCarbon world,” said Eric Carlson, Executive Director of Carbonfund.org. “We’re proud to work with Camphill Village Kimberton Hills to offset their carbon and provide support to the quickly expanding clean energy markets.”
“So many people and organizations are working to become better world citizens, and this is one of those ways. We are glad to partner with Carbonfind,” said Michael Babitch, administrator in Kimberton Hills.
For Kimberton Hills, Carbonfund.org will permanently retire 201,425 kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs). These RECs are certified by the leading renewable energy certification organization, the Center for Resource Solutions. These RECs will offset approximately 253,796 lbs of CO2, the main pollutant responsible for causing climate change. This is the equivalent of taking 22 average American cars off the road for a year.
About Camphill Village Kimberton Hills
Founded in 1972, Kimberton Hills’ mission is to encourage individuals, especially those with special needs, to discover and develop their potential in a physically, socially and spiritually therapeutic environment. One hundred community members with and without disabilities live together as “expanded families” in 17 households on a 432-acre farm in Kimberton, Chester County. Work enterprises range from the bakery, café (open to the public four days a week), CSA gardens, and dairy farm to craft workshops such as the weavery, pottery and woodshop. Nurturing and improving the land through the practice of organic, biodynamic agriculture and raising environmental awareness are also important to our work at Kimberton Hills.
Kimberton Hills is part of the international Camphill movement that provides programs and services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Karl Koenig, MD, started the first Camphill center in 1940 in Scotland; Camphill now includes over 100 independent communities in 16 countries worldwide.
Dr. Koenig and the Camphill movement were inspired by Anthroposophy, the work of Rudolf Steiner, Ph.D. (1861-1925), an Austrian philosopher and educator. Anthroposophy embraces a spiritual view of the human being and the cosmos, and recognizes the spiritual nature and wholeness of individuals, regardless of handicap.