The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly created a National Program of standards for light-duty vehicles that lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel economy. Cars and light trucks' GHG emissions standards in the 2012 model year, the first year of the 14-year program, were 296 grams of GHG/mile. The EPA reports automakers' overall GHG performance was, on average, 286 grams of GHG/mile, which is 9.8 grams of GHG/mile below what the 2012 standards required. The EPA says, the automobile industry is "off to a good start".
GHG emission standards are projected by the EPA to cut 6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases over the lifetimes of vehicles sold in model years 2012-2025. The agency released a Manufacturers Performance Report last week that evaluates how the automobile industry is doing in meeting GHG emissions standards. The report shows that the industry lowered tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions in 2012 and also used optional flexibilities included in the standards.
Some of the flexibilities include emissions credits transfer among manufacturers on a yearly basis and for improvements in air conditioning systems. The EPA's reasoning in allowing these flexibilities is that they will result in higher emissions reductions, lower compliance costs and more options for consumers.
Speaking of which, the report indicates consumer preference is playing an increasing role. Americans bought lower emission vehicles in the first year of the program than required by the 2012 GHG standard.
The EPA will wait to issue formal compliance determinations for the 2012 model year until 2015 because of the program’s multi-year structure. However, the agency plans to continue tracking compliance and expects to produce annual manufacturers’ performance reports for the program.
In more good news from the EPA, their most recent Fuel Economy Trends Report shows fuel economy improved by 1.2 mpg in 2012 compared to 2011, which is the second biggest improvement in the last 30 years.
Adrian Reif and Matt D’Amour share a love of yummy nut butter and of an idealism to help people eat better while caring for the environment. Their love for fresh, healthy food led to grinding homemade nut butter batches, then expanding their fledgling Yumbutter brand into a company that could have meaningful impact. Yumbutter crafts creative and inventive nut butter “potions” using organic, wholesome nuts, seeds, and superfoods to get more nutrition into each batch. With a mission to “Nourish the World” through what they call “Holistic Responsibility,” Yumbutter seeks to be the best organization it can be – from conception to consumption of food – and beyond.
As part of their commitment to environmental responsibility, Yumbutter recently made the decision to join the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program and purchase carbon offsets in reforestation projects for over 250% of their annual administrative operation’s carbon footprint.
“Carbonfund.org allows us to do more than we’re able to organizationally. We’ve desired to build a carbon negative business since the beginning and supporting reforestation projects get us closer to that goal,” explains Adrian, the Chief Goodness Warrior for Yumbutter.
Their Holistic Responsibility program is the result of asking the question: “How can a nut butter company improve people’s lives?” They consider the company’s impact on the health and happiness of Yumbutter fans, supply chain partners, Mother Earth, employees, the business ecosystem, and people born into unfortunate circumstances. So when customers spread Yumbutter, they’re actually supporting a shift in the way businesses are run.
Yumbutter is a Certified B Corporation, a new breed of company dedicated to positive social and environmental impact. Certified B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency - a holistic measure of sustainability. Yumbutter also is a certified YouthTrade company for mission-driven companies run by young entrepreneurs.
Through their BuyOne:FeedOne program, Yumbutter and its customers have helped to feed over 14,000 children with malnutrition since mid-2012. Every time a customer buys one jar or pouch of Yumbutter, a small donation is made to help feed a child with malnutrition through a non-profit group in Guatemala providing holistic care to malnourished children and their mothers. And with Carbonfund.org, Yumbutter helps nourish the environment by restoring and preserving forestry projects around the world.
Children Make Lifetime Memories at 78 Year Old Traditional Summer Camp
(Moultonborough, NH – April 25, 2014)
Envision children having fun and playing outside all summer long, free from many of the distractions they face today. That, in a nutshell, is what Camp Quinebarge is all about. It's a traditional co-ed summer camp for 100 great kids aged 7-15, situated under a forested canopy on 65 acres in Moultonborough, NH, backing up to Red Hill and facing our 1,250 feet of crystal clean lakefront on Lake Kanasatka.
If you are interested in giving a child the opportunity to enjoy a traditional camp experience, enhanced with environmental themes and activities, the time to act is now. Space is limited and preferred sessions are filling fast. Please register by May 1, 2014. The 2014 camp season runs from June 29 - August 16.
"We're proud of Quinebarge's camper-to-staff ratio of 3:1," says Camp Director, Liz Schwartzer. "This ensures that each child receives the attention and assistance he or she needs to have a great summer. Our staff are passionate about children and dedicated to making each child's experience unique and special."
Kids don't have to look far at Camp Quinebarge to find an activity they like. Founded in 1936, there are over 20 traditional and modern, outdoor and indoor activities. All of the activities focus on nature and the environment such as archery, paddle boarding, mountain biking, sailing, swimming, hiking, camping, pottery and ceramics, a climbing wall, ropes course and zip line.
"We believe children should experience mountains and rivers and the wonderful, natural environment around them," says Eric Carlson, Carbonfund.org Foundation's President. "There are so many great places to see and challenges to explore in New Hampshire, we encourage every parent to send their child to Quinebarge this summer."
Complete online registration and download paper forms at http://campquinebarge.com/registration.
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About Camp Quinebarge
Camp Quinebarge, founded in 1936, is a small, co-ed summer camp for kids aged 7 to 15, offering a traditional camp experience where children learn, grow and make everlasting friendships. Quinebarge is located in the heart of New Hampshire's Lakes and Mountains region, covering over 65 acres and boasts some of the finest camp facilities in the country where children enjoy exploring environmental themes in a fun way. Part of the Carbonfund.org Foundation’s mission is education; acquiring Camp Quinebarge extended that mission in a unique way by offering the additional dimension of an environmental learning center on top of the camp's already long and storied tradition. Quinebarge is a non-profit, independent Camp certified by the American Camp Association.
About the Carbonfund.org Foundation
The Carbonfund.org Foundation is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a low-carbon future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through climate change education, carbon reduction projects, and public outreach.
The Carbonfree® Business Partnership program makes it affordable for businesses of all sizes and on any budget to enhance sustainability by neutralizing estimated annual carbon emissions from business operations.
Our newest Carbonfree® Business Partner, VitaDepot.com, recognized the benefits of the program and the parallel with its own mission to make healthy living available to anyone, on any budget. VitaDepot provides the finest organic and natural products, including all the top brands for vitamins, supplements, whole foods, sports nutrition and more, at the best price possible to its online customers. The company is dedicated to supporting customers in their efforts to live a healthier lifestyle by offering supplements that are organic and free of genetically modified organisms (GMO), pesticides, and other chemicals.
“People want to eat healthier, feel better and live longer,” explains Jesse Tomalty, Co-Founder of VitaDepot. “This not only includes supporting our customers in their efforts to live a healthier lifestyle, it also includes making the world a greener, more sustainable and clean place to live.”
VitaDepot works to minimize its impact on the environment and to make the world a greener and more sustainable place to live. Besides partnering with the Carbonfund.org to mitigate its operational emissions, VitaDepot:
- purchases shipping materials that are biodegradable and that have been made from recycled material;
- recycles or reuses all bubble wrap, boxes, paper, packaging peanuts and other shipping material received from our product manufacturers; and
- minimizes packaging materials by using boxes and shipping materials that are more properly sized to the items.
Carbonfund.org welcomes VitaDepot to the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program and encourages other businesses and individuals to “reduce what you can, offset what you can’t™”.
Earth Day is here! It's a great day to plant trees and here is your chance to enter a drawing for a $500 Restaurant.com eGift card and also we'll plant 100 trees on behalf of the winner. For every $25
donation to plant 25 trees, you'll receive an entry into the contest. So if you donate $50 to plant 50 trees, you'll receive two drawing entries!
Please use this link - https://carbonfund.org/plant-trees-dine-free?partnercode=ED14Contest
Participants receive a dining rewards eGift card through Restaurant.com, which is good on over 50,000 deals nationwide and never expires. Select from three simple tree-planting options:
- Plant 25 Trees for $25, Receive a $50 eGift Card
- Plant 50 Trees for $50, Receive a $100 eGift Card
- PLANT 100 TREES FOR $100, RECEIVE A $500 eGIFT CARD!
Our goal is to plant 10,000 trees in Haiti for Earth Month. Haiti has faced significant natural disasters of late, primarily earthquakes and landslides. The worst effects of these natural disasters are linked to deforestation and unsustainable land management.
Also, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, whose history is marked with political instability and poverty. When you plant trees in Haiti, your donation helps us provide agricultural techniques and 400,000 seedlings to 800 farmers over the next year. Additionally, you'll be entered into our contest for a $500 Restaurant.com eGift card!
Choose to make a difference and plant trees on Earth Day.
This is the second in a monthly blog series about our forest conservation projects in Brazil. This month's blog highlights the extraordinary wildlife present at the Purus Project. We write about some of these amazing animals but hope you will take a few minutes to enjoy the photos!
The Southwestern Amazon, specifically along the Purus River in the State of Acre, Brazil, is home to our Purus Project. This forest conservation project covers approximately 85,714 acres and achieved validation and verification to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and to the Gold Level of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) for the Project's exceptional biodiversity benefits.
The Purus Project is located within one of the World Wildlife Fund's ecoregions, which represent "the most distinctive examples of biodiversity for a given major habitat type." The Project achieved exceptional biodiversity benefits because during a rapid biodiversity assessment from August to September 2009, at least two endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List were identified at the Purus Project. These endangered flora species are Car-cara (scientific name is Aniba rosaeodora) and Baboonwood (scientific name is Virola surinamensis).
Anecdotal observations of biodiversity on or next to the Purus Project include:
- Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
- Amazon River Dolphins (Inia geoffrensis)
- Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus L.)
- Great White Herons (Ardea alba)
|Local Fauna at Purus Project in August 2011 (Photo Credit: Brian McFarland)|
One of the ways the Purus Project monitors biodiversity is by using motion-sensitive cameras to photograph medium-to-large mammals. The motion-sensitive cameras took pictures of a short-eared dog and a jaguar, both considered near threatened by the IUCN Red List. Also captured by the motion-sensitive cameras, are photos of a giant anteater and a lowland tapir, which are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Other wildlife photographed include a puma, otherwise known as a mountain lion, along with an ocelot. Furthermore, the photograph of the short-eared dog is only the second photograph ever taken of a short-eared dog in the State of Acre!
Ocelot Photographed at Purus Project
Short-Eared Dog Photographed at Purus Project
Puma Photographed at Purus Project
Giant Anteater Photographed at Purus Project
Lowland Tapir Photographed at Purus Project
We hope exploring the Purus Project's extraordinary biodiversity has whetted your appetite for more information about our forest conservation projects in Brazil. Next month we are featuring a post about how the Russas and Valparaiso Projects are benefitting local communities.
For over 28 years, Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the premier yacht charter and public dining cruise company in Southern California. With the largest fleet of luxury entertainment yachts in Los Angeles and Orange County, Hornblower prides itself on exceeding expectations with uncompromising quality and exceptional service.
Hornblower joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2008 by calculating and offsetting the emissions from their office and charter boat operations at their Newport Beach facilities, which serves the greater Los Angeles region. Through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership, Hornblower supports carbon emission reductions achieved through energy efficiency, renewable energy and forestry projects around the world. In addition, Hornblower has taken the unique step of offering a path for their own customers to join their efforts to “Respect Our Planet”, by giving them an opportunity to offset their own carbon footprint related to cruising with Hornblower, as part of the ticket price.
“Hornblower Cruises & Events is dedicated to find ways to provide our guests with a unique dining experience while doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint. Our partnership with Carbonfund.org makes this possible.” Explains Rebecca Milkey, Director of Marketing for Hornblower Cruises & Events Southern California.
Maintaining their Carbonfree® Partnership program is part of Hornblower’s corporate environmental outreach program, Respect Our Planet, which guides the company’s principles and programs. Through Respect Our Planet, Hornblower is committed to conducting operations in the most environmentally friendly methods possible, educating along with motivating tour guests to make positive changes in their lives and creating outreach and education around the preservation of the habitats in the communities they serve.
Are your graduation robes made of recycled plastic bottles? Did you find your dress shoes at the secondhand shop? Take the next step in greening your graduation with National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program and Carbonfund.org!
Achieve a carbon-neutral graduation ceremony by investing in verified and validated carbon offsets that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects, at a special rate for Campus Ecology program campus partners. Honor each graduate with the gift of carbon offsets to send them out into the world a little bit greener.
The NWF Campus Ecology Program provides tools and resources to help students, staff, campus greening committees and sustainability officers “take a big step to make a smaller footprint” when it comes to campus greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the campus’s overall environmental footprint.
In addition to graduation greening programs, NWF Campus Ecology and Carbonfund.org can assist colleges and universities with various sustainability initiatives, including plans to reduce or neutralize emissions from facility energy consumption, grounds maintenance and operations, travel and events year-round.