In a world that is increasingly interrelated, the Compton Foundation seeks to foster human and ecological security by addressing contemporary threats to these inalienable rights. The foundation supports responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology, both personal and global, allowing for the full richness of human experience. The Foundation envisions a world in which humans live in harmony with each other, and in sustainable balance with the earth. Dorothy and Randolph Compton believed that world peace would only be possible if the conditions that brought about war could be eliminated. As a result they focused their funding on the problems of the rapid growth of the human population, the depletion of natural resources due to population growth and increasing consumption levels, the accompanying degradation of the environment, and the chaotic status of human rights in much of the world. Dorothy and Randolph’s vision is still alive today and still very much a part of the Foundation’s legacy. Times have changed and the Foundation recognizes new approaches and new problems, but it continues to honor the Founders’ ideas and values and the world challenges they met with such passion. In its Environment and Sustainability grantmaking, the Compton Foundation seeks a balanced and healthy relationship between humans, other life, and the planet. The Foundation believes it is possible to pursue a holistic and sustainable vision that blends concern for environmental conservation and economic viability, links urban and rural priorities, supports land and water health, and views humans as one part of the natural world. The Foundation has chosen three focus areas in which to make a meaningful contribution to realizing this vision in the United States: I. Advancing ecologically healthy, economically sustainable, and socially just visions for the care and use of fresh water; II. Promoting community-based strategies to support healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities; III. Reducing the US contribution to global climate change. The Compton Foundation’s internal Environmental and Social Sustainability Policies address many areas that ensure that the Foundation, its work and its staff are living the same mission as the Foundation espouses. Public transit costs for commuting staff are subsidized, flexible work hours are encouraged so that staff can avoid traffic congestion, and the Foundation applies carbon offsets to all Foundation related air travel by staff, Board members, guest speakers and Compton Fellows. The Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to partner with the Compton Foundation to help them reach their goal of achieving no net emissions related to the Foundation’s travel. The Foundation actively votes its proxies for environmentally and socially responsible corporate policies, and it maintains at least 85% of the Compton Foundation endowment in environmentally and socially screened investments. As shareholders, the Foundation co-signs letters to corporate management requesting more environmentally sustainable practices. And in their offices, Compton Foundation staff use 100% post-consumer recycled paper, re-use paper whenever possible, buy local, organic (or pesticide-free), and fair-trade foods, buy sustainably-produced office supplies, and purchase 100% biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning supplies. The Foundation subsidizes up to five days of paid volunteer activity at a nonprofit organization for each staff member every year, matches on a 2:1 basis charitable contributions of $100 or more made by staff and Board members, up to a total of $9,000 per person per year. The Foundation will continue to be a partner with all working for a positive future. Over the next three years, The Compton Foundation will maintain or increase the level of grant dollars that support policy, advocacy, and organizing and underserved communities. The Foundation takes its role as private trustee of the public benefit very seriously and as such will do its part to support people working for democratic, positive social change.
bikeandrollThe Union Station Bike Transit Center, dubbed the first commuter bike station on the East Coast, in D.C. is having its grand opening and accepting memberships online. To learn about the offerings and memberships at the 100+ bike facility, visit the Bikestation site. Bike and Roll, a leading bicycle rental and tours company, is handling the day-to-day operation of the Center, located adjacent to Union Station.
Today, Carbonfund.org announced the opening of the public comment period for Version 3 of the CarbonFree® Product Certification Carbon Footprint Protocol. The public comment period on this document will be open from Friday, Nov. 20 until Close of Business, Monday, Dec. 21. Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Product Certification label is aimed at increasing awareness of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the products we buy, as well as providing companies the opportunity to reduce and offset their product’s carbon footprint. Currently, you can find the CarbonFree® certified label on select Motorola phones, Florida Crystals Sugar, Anvil T-shirts, and Grounds for Change coffee. For a complete listing of all the CarbonFree® certified products, click here. Carbonfund.org has worked with international bodies to develop a rigorous protocol that provides the guidelines and boundaries for determining the carbon footprint of CarbonFree® certified products. Click here to download the latest version of the protocol for comment. Please submit all comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business, Monday, Dec. 21.
As the world's most successful annual workplace giving campaign, the CFC helps charities solving some of the world's toughest problems—including climate change. You too can support Carbonfund.org's programs and projects to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. Choose CFC#62681. Learn more about Carbonfund.org's innovative programs and projects by clicking here. These projects are reducing emissions today while helping the nation transition to a clean energy future, create jobs, and benefit from a better environment for all. Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and 2010 marks the second year that we have been a part of this important campaign. If you care about climate and the environment but aren’t a federal employee, you can make a tax-deductible donation anytime directly at our website: www.carbonfund.org. 2010 is also the second year that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton serves as Honorary Chair of the CFC. "In my prior work as First Lady and Senator, and now as Secretary of State, I have traveled the world and seen firsthand the incredible determination and dedication charitable organizations invest on our behalf to combat the challenges people face," she said. Secretary Clinton made these video remarks. If you have trouble viewing the video, please click here.
ColoradoLendingSourceLarge2Carbonfund.org partner, Colorado Lending Source, has helped Colorado’s small businesses obtain development loans for nearly 20 years. Now for the third consecutive year, they have done this CarbonFree®. By investing in Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects, CLS has offset its carbon footprint and has taken other steps as well to reduce its footprint. CLS has also implemented a variety of sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing its environmental impact. CLS gives its employees Eco Passes, encouraging them to opt for public transit and webinars. It has also reduced energy use in-house through a variety of programs, such as turning out its lights for an hour in the Lights Out Lunch program, using motion detector lights to conserve energy in offices, and encouraging its employees to recycle. To learn more and view their resources, you can visit their website at: www.coloradolendingsource.org.
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 15:06

Coloradans Recognized for Work on Renewable Energy

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The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) awarded its 2009 Larson-Notari Award for distinguished service and contributions to the field of renewable energy and its 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award. CRES, based in Golden, Colo., is a nonprofit organization working to increase awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of renewables and energy efficiency. logoWinner of the Larson-Notari Award is Carol Tombari, Manager of Stakeholder Relations at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. At NREL, she works on electric utility and economic development issues. Prior to this, she was president of Mountain Energy Consultation, specializing in pubilc policy and programs on renewables, efficiency and the environmental impact of energy use. She has also led three delegations of state energy officials to China to discuss policies to facilitate the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency. CRES' 2008 Volunteer of the Year is Jerry Stevenson, Co-Chair of CRES' 2008 Colorado Renewable Energy Conference. Stevenson was recognized for his energy and dedication to the event; he volunteered while working as an engineer for the US Forest Service. The next Colorado Renewable Energy Conference is slated for June 18-20, 2010 in Montrose, Colo.
COA1College of the Atlantic, the first college known to become carbon neutral, is now offsetting its emissions through Carbonfund.org and supporting the truck stop electrification project. Available in over 30 states around the country, the project enables long-haul truck drivers such as those carrying freight across states to avoid idling their engines for power and for heat/air conditioning. Drivers can instead get connected to equipment at truck stops to, for example, power and heat their cabs, which can save about a gallon of diesel an hour and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other tailpipe emissions. “Colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to demonstrate that acting wisely to address the challenge of climate change is both the right thing to do as well as the smart thing to do. Higher education has a fundamental responsibility to move beyond business as usual, and set an example for our students and for society. Inaction in the face of the indisputable knowledge we have about a future dominated by the consequences of climate change would be inconsistent with our values and our mission.” said David Hales, president of the College. COA2COA, which became carbon neutral in Dec. 2007 following a pledge to be the first, is a member of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) program. The College recently filed its Climate Action Plan with the program, detailing further steps to reduce carbon emissions. Already, the College has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint, including: - a comprehensive energy audit and energy efficiency improvements to campus buildings. - using renewable electricity - opening six energy-efficient student residences in August 2008 - using heavy insulation for campus buildings (the College is in Maine after all!) - heating buildings with renewable wood pellets and using water-saving toilets The college is also looking into heating buildings with biomass fuel. Carbonfund.org is excited to work with College of the Atlantic in continuing to achieve its carbon neutrality goals! Learn more about the truck stop electrification project here. Carbonfund.org is also a proud member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Thursday, 07 January 2010 16:59

It's Cold Outside! Is Global Warming -Really- Over?

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Most people in the Northern Hemisphere are deep within the clutches of winter's cold. Washington, DC (where I live) received record levels of snow in December, and January has been cold enough to keep me indoors more than I care to admit. This same story is playing out all over the United States. With the cold - crops in the Southeast that are not accustomed to the cold are freezing, and the normally adept American heartland is coping with wind chills that are dipping well into negative figures. So what is the deal? Did we already solve the climate crisis with reductions and carbon offsets? Does this prove that global warming was never happening in the first place? Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is no. While your actions to reduce your carbon footprint today are immensely important, there is a lot more work to be done as the existence of cold weather does not disprove the existence of man-made global warming. Even in a warming world, there will still be winter and there will still be seasons. It is easy to forget those hot summer days when it is 10 degrees outside, but it doesn't mean that the summer wasn't hot. The easiest to understand write-up (that I found) about this cold winter is offered to us by the Christian Science Monitor Bright Green Blog. To paraphrase the three reasons why cold weather doesn't negate global warming (and I highly suggest going over to read the piece):
  1. It's not actually that cold - it is cold right now, but it is not like every place is setting record lows. Some might even say that winters like this are more like the winters we used to have; but due to a recent string of warmer than average winters this one just feels colder.
  2. Some places are really hot right now- Australia and New Zealand are currently in the midst of record heat waves, and Bulgaria is close to 72 degrees right now. The 2000s were the hottest decade on record, with the 1990s closely trailing. In fact, over the last ten years, the only continent to not experience warmer than average temperatures was North America.
  3. Nobody said it would never get cold again - Winter is supposed to be colder than Summer - and a cold streak is perfectly reasonable in winter. But with global warming, the incidence of record cold days to record warm days has shown a measurable and significant drop over the last 60 years.
There are other reasons for why this cold weather doesn't mean an end to global warming explained in the article that I do encourage you to read. My take on the weather is two fold:
  1. People have short-term memories - it is hard to remember the summer heat when you are bundled up, your toes are cold and your nose is running like a faucet.
  2. People confuse weather with climate - it is nearly impossible to link any single weather event to global warming - hot or cold, catastrophic or normal - there are just too many factors at play. So one cold streak doesn't disprove global warming just like one warm streak doesn't prove it. The best measures of the climate come from scientific analysis and from observing long term trends.
Remember this winter as you are judiciously using your furnace to stay warm that this doesn't mean that the climate has been saved. It is still our responsibility to fight global warming and to reduce what we can, and offset what we can't.