Monday, 26 July 2010 12:19

10 Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties

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Many young people & college grads seek to make a difference. Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties by Libuse Binder provides a roadmap for making a difference in your life or can get you started on the path. The book provides firsthand perspectives and practical ideas, which are needed at a time when the economy has sputtered and money's tight. Climate change author Bill McKibben noted,  "Everywhere I go around the planet, I find young people, fresh from college, leading the new green movement. With savvy and heart, they're making a real difference—and as this book shows, you can too." Libuse wrote the book after moving from Hollywood film production into writing, teaching and advocating for the environment. The book's suggestions can be valuable for anyone wishing to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the world but make a lasting impact toward a better future. Libuse provides steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint, support eco-conscious businesses and develop and plan your career. Check out all the 10 ways and order your own copy (available in print or as an e-book) here. We thank Libuse for including Carbonfund.org as a resource and a link to our site, where you can calculate your carbon footprint.
  1. CarbonFree® Certified is the first and leading carbon neutral products label in the US.
  2. Certified products are now available in 15 countries on five continents.
  3. Leading companies such as Domino Sugar, Motorola and Anvil Knitwear have certified products CarbonFree®.
  4. Much like Energy Star® certification differentiates appliances and other products, CarbonFree® certification distinguishes products as carbon neutral, climate-friendly.
  5. The certification process consists of three essential steps: calculating a product's carbon footprint, reducing the product's footprint, and offsetting to attain carbon neutrality (which supports innovative carbon reduction projects).
  6. Calculating the carbon footprint of a product requires a life-cycle assessment (LCA), including the supply-chain or manufacturing of a product, through ultimate recycling/disposal of it.
  7. Carbonfund.org worked with the renowned Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management to jointly develop the rigorous Product Certification Carbon Footprint Protocol to guide how LCAs are done.
  8. The certification program provides incentive for companies that lower a product’s carbon footprint by at least 10 percent.
  9. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the product certification program includes experts on business carbon management.
  10. Companies can choose from a variety of third-party validated renewable energy, reforestation or avoided deforestation, and energy efficiency projects to support by offsetting.
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Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:26

What 10 Minutes on Care2.com Can Do

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Where can you send an e-card, sign a petition, find a healthy recipe for dinner and get the most recent cause-related news? Care2 has it all. With more than 50 employees, 15 million members, 600 nonprofit partners and hundreds of responsible advertisers, Care2 is promoting their causes by recruiting new donors, volunteers and grassroots advocates from civically active members who want to make a difference. Care2 is dedicated to making it easy for everyone to live a healthy, green lifestyle and impact the causes they care about most. So how does it work? Well, here was my 10-minute Care2 experience today. First I sent my husband a “Just Cuz” e-card, where I was able to pick from many cute messages that were sure to make him smile. Then, I signed the petition “Demand Clean Energy Jobs Now” from one my favorite causes Repower America. Since I had no plans for dinner, I clicked over to the Green Living section and grabbed a black bean tostada recipe for tonight. I feel like I just accomplished so much in only 10 minutes! Before I left the site I checked our one of the ways that Care2 is supporting Carbonfund.org, which is through their “Free Click to Donate" program. Members' “free clicks” generate donations from Care2 sponsors. 100% of the donations raised in the global warming section go directly to Carbonfund.org, which we then use to support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally. These projects are reducing carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.

“Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to get involved and make a difference. Care2 members love to be able to help offset their carbon footprint through our partnership with Carbonfund.org,” says Care2 CEO Randy Paynter.

For information, please visit us at Care2.com.
Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:44

New EPA Map Identifies Worse US Polluters

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come out with a simple and easy-to-use tool to educate you about your friendly neighborhood polluters. Click here to explore their interactive map of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the United States.  You can search quickly by state or create a more specific custom location search (though the latter doesn’t seem to work quite as well). The coolest feature is the option to select specific pollutants or polluting industries. So let’s say you’re researching the paper industry, writing a compelling report about the environmental impact of paper factories in your state.  You can use checkboxes to narrow down your search to return only the examples that pertain to your thesis.  Results include the name and location of facilities, as well as the quantity and variety of emissions. One very important thing to note about this map: the data set used does not reflect total U.S. GHG emissions, only those from the largest facilities. So don’t be duped into believing the total is this low!    

Today’s blog highlights our Retail Category winner, Overstock.com. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions 

In 2011 Overstock.com, now known as O.co, initiated a CarbonFree® shipping program on all of their Worldstock items. This program, free to customers, illustrates wonderfully how companies can be good to both people and planet. Overstock.com gives all net profits from the Worldstock Fair Trade department to fund philanthropic projects in several countries. Worldstock funds have helped in the construction of an earth bag house, rain water harvesting tanks (to provide clean water to the orphans), composting toilet and shower units, just to name a few. Worldstock Fair Trade returns 60 to 70 percent of the sales dollars to the artisans that make the items for sale on Overstock.com’s site, which allows them to improve their economy, educational systems and communities. Now, by shipping carbon neutral, Worldstock items have the least impact on the Earth they seek to protect. This successful, socially responsible department would not be possible without the leadership of President, Jonathan E. Johnson.

About Overstock.com

Overstock.com is a technology-based retail company offering customers a wide variety of high-quality products, at great value, with superior customer service. The company provides its customers with the opportunity to shop for bargains by offering suppliers an alternative inventory distribution channel. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Overstock.com is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market System and can be found online at http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 23:07

Meatless Monday Helps Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Did you know that American meat consumption has doubled since 1960?  Or that the water needs of livestock are huge, far above those of vegetables or grains?  An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.  The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide, far more than transportation. Annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow, but cutting down on meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.

Eating less meat can also deliver a wealth of health benefits such as reducing your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.  Not to mention the financial benefits considering meat often costs more than grains, fruits, and vegetables.   There is no need to give up meat altogether, simply reduce your consumption.  On the days that you do eat meat, look for locally raised options to further lower your carbon footprint and help the local economy.

You can save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel by forgoing meat one day a week.  Meatless Monday has a nice ring to it.  Read more and get meat-free recipes at http://www.meatlessmonday.com/.

Today’s blog highlights our For Planet and People Media Category award winner, National Geographic Society. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions.

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888, including areas of geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.  National Geographic has paid special attention to the impact of their own activities on the Earth and has truly lived up to Carbonfund.org’s motto to Reduce what you can, Offset what you can’t™.  National Geographic recently worked with WWF to reduce CO2 emissions from operations by 80 percent by the end of 2010 and to reduce CO2 emissions from its magazine paper and printing materials supply chain by 10 percent by 2015.  In 2007, they achieved LEED-EB Gold, and the NGS Headquarters also has placed these buildings in the top 25% of the most energy-efficient buildings in the USA. National Geographic keeps more than 60 percent of all its waste out of landfills, their employees are able to compost their lunch leftovers as well as the cafeteria's special compostable takeaway containers, cups, and straws. And this is in addition to a robust HQ recycling program including electronics, ink toners, metals, plant materials, and most building and office supplies. What they have been unable to reduce on their premises, they have offset with Carbonfund.org for -four years. This work would not be possible without the employee-driven efforts of their GoGreen Committee, and specifically Hans Wegner.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 09:35

Dell - For Planet and People Lifetime Achievement Award

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Today we would like to highlight our Lifetime Achievement award winner, Dell, Inc. in our For Planet and People Blog Series.

Dell has been a long-term partner with Carbonfund.org and Conservation Fund  to run their Plant-a-Tree for Me program. The program allows Dell customers to offset the carbon dioxide emissions related to the use of their Dell products by helping to regrow and protect forests. One hundred percent of all customer donations directly support Dell's nonprofit partners - The Conservation Fund and Carbonfund.org - in their quest to plant millions of trees that will help trap carbon dioxide as they grow and protect the precious resources of our planet. Dell has been consistently commended for their attention toward climate issues in the IT industry, in part due to the leadership of Michael Dell and the commitment of Dell's Sustainability team.  Carbonfund.org is pleased to present Michael Dell and the Dell Sustainability team with our annual Lifetime Appreciation award for their partnership now and into the sustainable future.

"We are delighted and humbled to receive this award, made possible in large part by the generosity of our customers whose donations fuel Dell's Plant-a-Tree program,” said Bruno Sarda, Director of Sustainability Operations.

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