The Obama administration and the EPA have officially moved to improve vehicle fuel economy standards, which would save drivers money on gas and reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the lifetime of a vehicle. The improvement will require automakers to provide new vehicles with a fleetwide average of 35.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2016, up from 27.3 MPG in 2011 - about a 30% gain in fuel efficiency. While critics of the move quickly point out that the improvements in technology would add to the prices of vehicles, the savings in fuel will more than offset the initial cost of the vehicle. The New York Times reports that owners of a new car that meets the higher fuel efficiency standard in 2016 will save about $3,000 in fuel over the life of their car - all while polluting less. In aggregate, the new vehicles sold are expected to help save roughly a billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
The US EPA requires 31 industries to track and report their emissions beginning in 2010 through the Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting Rule finalized on October 30, 2009. EPA recently announced that they are expanding the scope of their GHG mandatory reporting rule to include more of the oil and natural gas sector, large fluorinated gas emitting sources and carbon sequestration. These sources would be required to track their emissions beginning in 2011. Public comment is currently open on this proposed rule expansion. The mandatory reporting is separate from EPA regulations announced yesterday on reducing carbon emissions. The regulations announced yesterday could be enforced in the event Congress does not pass a climate bill.
Saturday, 13 February 2010 09:47 Written by Amy Givler
Behind the scenes at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) has worked on establishing and integrating 12 key sustainability efforts in the Winter Games. Along with raising awareness and encouraging carbon reductions from participants and viewers alike, they are the first Olympic Games to take an integrated approach to reducing and reporting their carbon footprint. VANOC has also incorporated LEED standards in venue design and construction, and focused on energy savings in transportation, food services, and waste management. VANOC has also managed to reduce its carbon footprint through supporting projects in Vancouver’s province, British Columbia. The 2010 Carbon Legacy Portfolio will source and support carbon offsets from BC-based clean technologies. These include biomass gasification systems for renewable heat and power production and high-efficiency commercial building heating systems. Additionally, the Organizing Committee launched the 2010 Sustainability Stars program. The program recognizes projects by Games partners and sponsors that demonstrate positive and measurable social, economic and environmental impacts. You can visit this site to learn more about VANOC's efforts.
Friday, 29 January 2010 19:54 Written by Emily Pugliese
The new EnviroCitizen.org - an online green community offering information and products for sustainable lifestyles - has partnered with Carbonfund.org to make it easy for shoppers to purchase eco-friendly products and also reduce their carbon footprint. EnviroCitizen.org supports our Truck Stop Electrification and New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy projects. With products like cleaning supplies, furniture, personal care items, building supplies and much more, EnviroCitizen.org is committed to assisting individuals and businesses choose products that will help them live more lightly on the earth so that we can leave the earth in a better state for each future generation. EnviroCitizen.org offers a comprehensive array of eco-friendly products and services available today. Their team works every day to bring them to you, provide ideas, and help you choose a greener lifestyle. You will also find useful and interesting information on EnviroCitizen.org and a forum to help you engage with others to learn and share new ideas. Visit www.envirocitizen.org!
Monday, 14 November 2011 08:56 Written by Linda Kelly
When under the mattress or locked in the attic isn’t good enough, turn to the team at KL Security Enterprises to store your valuables and collections, including irreplaceable data and software. Think safes, vaults, fireproof file cabinets & ioSafe rugged hard drives. With a complete focus on the customer experience, KL Security is helping clients protect their valuables & collections, their digital photos & video of their lives and their experiences. They are helping businesses protect their vital data and documents, so they can focus on growing their businesses. At the end of the day, it’s about peace of mind – a quality focus on doing their jobs to the best of their ability so their customers can focus on what matters most to them. KL Security Enterprises brings over 40 years combined experience in the safe and security industry, and offers a full line of fire safes, depository, floor, wall, and GSA approved safes. They also provide complete consulting and installation services for vault doors, modular vaults and pneumatic air tube systems for banks, commercial applications and manufacturing facilities. KL Security Enterprises, Inc began as a family owned business, and continues to maintain its hometown values. In addition to safes, hard drives and banking equipment, KL Security Enterprises offers GSA Locksmith services as well as nationwide delivery & installation services. And KL Security Enterprises maintains a strong commitment to environmental responsibility in its overall operations. “Our commitment to the environment runs deep and by partnering with Carbonfund.org, we ensures that every bit of CO2 emissions is accounted for. Every safe and vault that we ship to each and every one of our customers across the United States can take comfort that the emissions are offset through reforestation, renewable energy and energy efficiency,” says Johnny Klemme, CEO. “We’re doing our part to effect positive change in the world in which we live, work and play, and we hope our customers value this commitment as much as we do.” In addition, KL Security Enterprises recycles all materials used in their office, to be turned into sustainable products for packaging, playgrounds and more. They have partnered with Resolve Earth Solutions to reduce the waste sent to landfills. KL Security also participates in local tree-planting initiatives to improve the value to wildlife and the air we breathe. If you’re seeking the best in security, for your valuables, collections and data, check out the services that KL Security Enterprises has to offer.
Friday, 05 June 2009 13:09 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Carbonfund.org's newest CarbonFree(r) Partner, Modern Eco Homes, is kicking off summer with a new promotion: "Find the Keys to Sustainable Youth Contest!" Contestants will participate in an online scavenger hunt for answers to a set of questions about Sustainable Youth, the sponsor of the promotion. If you can correctly answer the questions, you win a Total Immune Performance Regimen Package. This package consists of three anti-aging products valued at over $200 that will revitalize your skin. The prize package creams are all vegan and organic, so you can rest assured that you'll be winning environmentally-friendly products. You're also supporting a CarbonFree(r) Partner by entering the contest! If you like what you see, Sustainable Youth is offering a discount on all regularly priced items on your first visit - just use code 10modernecohomes during checkout. The contest ends on June 11th, so visit Modern Eco Homes to learn the details and enter for a chance to win!
Thursday, 31 December 2009 09:22 Written by Paul Burman
Food helps define societies and brings people together. As we enter the second decade of the new millennium, this will becoming increasingly true as population increases and new energy demands put added emphasis on global food supplies. Food can be used to generate electricity. Many Americans know that corn is a vital ingredient to many current ethanol blends, but did you know that many different foods can be used to generate ethanol? Scientists are exploring the energy capacity of potatoes, yams, and onions (among other foods). The goal of all this scientific tinkering is to find a biofuel that can provide more energy per unit of input than corn cost effectively. There is also the increasing use of food byproducts or waste for energy. Carbonfund.org, for example, supports the Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester in California to reduce methane emissions, which are more potent than CO2 emissions, and lessen the impact of global climate change. Combating climate change will require innovative solutions such as this. You can learn more about waste-to-energy and methane reduction projects here.
A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience states that global CO2 emissions have risen 29% since 2000 and 41% since 1990. Moreover, in spite of the global economic downturn, emissions still rose 2% globally in 2008, the most recent year of record. The increase in emissions is attributable to many factors, but most notably the increased emissions of developing nations. The graph indicates that whereas developed nations emissions have basically plateaued over the last 19 years, developing nations emissions have risen dramatically. Emissions from countries like China and India have more than doubled since 1990. To contextualize some of the growth of developing nations emissions, a quarter of developing nations emissions can be attributed to increased international trade. Whereas most of this new study reinforces suspicions that we all already had (namely, we haven't done a darn thing to reduce emissions, so naturally they would rise), it also sheds light on a newly observed trend of the global carbon cycle. Terrestrial and oceanic carbon sinks are disappearing. 45 percent of the global carbon stocks are currently in our atmosphere - up from about 40 percent 50 years ago. This is probably the result of two factors:
- We are emitting more carbon, outpacing the land and ocean's natural ability to absorb CO2
- We are destroying natural carbon sinks like trees, meaning that there are fewer places for atmospheric CO2 to go