Tuesday, 08 September 2009 13:57 Written by Ivan Chan
With the healthcare debate in full swing, the climate change debate is on the back burner. But work on legislation and getting it passed in the Senate continues. Politics Daily Columnist Jill Lawrence interviewed former Sen. John Warner, who had some interesting remarks. As for the status of legislation in the Senate, he said, "The leadership of the Senate, primarily [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid, made a very wise decision at this time. All the committees that have a part of the jurisdiction are putting in their own recommendations for legislation. Therefore six committees are now preparing a bill to be submitted to Senator Reid the last week or so in September." Warner, who had co-sponsored an earlier bill while in the Senate, also referred to the loss of white pine forest in the western US from climate change. "I went to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, to give a speech... I was just absolutely heartbroken. The old forest, the white pine forest in which I worked [as a Forest Service firefighter], was absolutely gone, devastated, standing there dead from the bark beetle. I said to the forest ranger." As the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Warner's concerns about global warming includes national security. He cites the example of Somalia, where prolonged drought conditions further destabilized the country, already experiencing political and economic instability. "Where you have fragile nations... a serious climactic problem will come along, with a shortage of food or water, and often those governments are toppled... This political instability and weakness is given the final tilt by a problem associated with climactic change." You can read more of the interview here.
With offices in five New England states, CLF-Conservation Law Foundation is the oldest regional environmental advocacy organization in the nation. Earlier this spring, they launched the 2009 Great Green Giveaway, recognizing individuals and families for their environmentally responsible actions. We're happy to be a partner for their contest, and want you to vote now for your favorite finalist. Just go to www.clf.org/contest and vote by midnight, June 19. Check out the great energy saving actions on that page.
Thursday, 12 August 2010 17:34 Written by Michelle Lam
Whether your company needs to build a web application from scratch, improve its website’s user interface, or design a brand identity, Clear Consulting can do all this and more. Its portfolio includes development of e-Learning platforms, trading platforms, e-Commerce user interfaces as well as web and blog design. People Serving People, a local initiative that provides opportunities to homeless people in Minneapolis. Clear Consulting understands that business goals can–and should–be aligned with environmental responsibility and is a partner of Carbonfund.org to reduce and offset its business carbon footprint.
Need a betterï¿½skin care regime this summer?ï¿½ Since LATHERï¿½s inception in 1999, their goal has been to inspire a healthier, more radiant life. By taking a holistic approach to skin care, placing focus on sourcing natural ingredients and essential oils, as well as drawing upon the benefits of aromatherapy, LATHER provides high quality products that care for the skin as well as the mind. What started in 1999 as a small line of pure olive-oil-based soaps quickly grew into a comprehensive collection of exfoliating body scrubs, hydrating body crï¿½mes, results-oriented facial treatments, soothing bath gels, and aromatherapy candles. LATHER’s mission is to offer a superior skin care experience by creating products using only the highest quality, effective natural ingredients, and providing exceptional services that not only treat the skin but educate the consumer. What continues to make LATHER stand apart from other companies is a dedication to finding and cultivating only the finest ingredients. LATHER has always maintained, “It’s what’s inside that counts,” using only pure essential oils, vitamins and antioxidants, and rare fruits and herbs – and never using synthetic fragrances or colors. LATHER may go to the ends of the earth to source ingredients, but packaging is kept clean and simple. They believe that what goes IN the bottle remains more important than what goes ON it. To further simplify, their sample packs, shopping bags, and gift cards are all comprised of 100% post-consumer recycled materials. Additionally, customers can return empty LATHER containers to stores to receive 10% off their next purchase. LATHER maintains a commitment to cruelty-free beauty. LATHER is a proud member of PETA and does not test products on animals nor works with labs that do. As LATHER brand continues to grow, they aim to take this “holistic” vision to a higher level, seeking out opportunities to give back to the community, educate customers, sustain the environment, and support endeavors that help others lead a more radiant life. For years, LATHER has worked to reduce their environmental footprint, initiating in-store recycling programs, using renewable resources, and offsetting carbon emissions. LATHER has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint of their corporate office, and to donate to worldwide reforestation projects. Going one step further, LATHER has begun transitioning all packaging – from bottles to tubes to jars – to biodegradable plastic. And what exactly do the folks at LATHER mean by “biodegradable plastic”? To say something “biodegrades” means it’s metabolized by microbes, and microbes will eat just about anything — except for plastic. That’s why plastic can last 1,000 years or longer in the landfill. It’s great for packaging products but bad for the environment. LATHER blends an FDA-approved, non-toxic additive called EcoPure into their containers. In short, EcoPure is an organic compound that, when added in small amounts, makes plastic attractive to microbes and enhances its biodegradation in a typical landfill. To help you put your best face forward this summer, check out LATHER’s website and stores for the best in holistic skin care, summer beauty tips and even natural insect repellants.
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 15:14 Written by Jordana Fyne
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="384" caption="Image courtesy of Solar Thermal Magazine"][/caption] A record-breaking $243 billion was spent globally on clean energy investment in 2010, which represents a 30% increase from 2009 and double the amount spent in 2006, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report released yesterday. Wind and solar power, as well as energy-smart technologies like electric vehicles and power storage, all saw a boost in investment dollars, which Michael Liebreich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, lauds as a huge achievement. "It flies in the face of scepticism about the clean energy sector among public market investors, who have been concerned about the sustainability of subsidy programs in Europe, the failure of the Obama administration to deliver a climate or an energy deal, and the crescendo of ill?informed doubts about climate change," Liebreich said. China and Europe were the main drivers in last year's clean energy push with investment in China up 30% to $51.1 billion, by far the largest figure for any country. Small-scale generation projects like rooftop solar panels surged by 91% in 2010 to $59.6 billion, largely in Germany but also in the U.S., Czech Republic, Italy and elsewhere. “We have been saying for some time that the world needs to reach a figure of $500 billion per annum investment in clean energy if we are to see carbon emissions peak by 2020," Liebreich said. "What we are seeing in these figures for the first time is that we are half?way there, and it is very good news." While this surge in clean energy investment is positive, Liebreich does point out that 2010's growth was spurred by government intervention, particularly in China and Europe. He suggests that the industry needs to continue to drive down costs to reduce reliance on this type of support so that the global community can eventually thrive on these alternative energy solutions. Find out how you can hasten the transition to a clean energy future by learning more about Carbonfund.org's renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 10:34 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
James Turner of Wilmington, NC has won the opportunity to be the newest franchisee of a Clean Air Lawn Care business. Only the second Clean Air Lawn Care in North Carolina, Mr. Turner is excited to bring an eco-friendly business to the area and spread the word about environmental issues. Clean Air Lawn Care is a partner of Carbonfund.org. After he completes corporate training and paperwork, Mr. Turner says the business will be ready to launch by summer. Clean Air Lawn Care franchisees use biodiesel-powered and electric landscaping equipment powered by wind energy overnight and solar energy on-the-go. Each truck has a solar system mounted on the back of the vehicle that charges the equipment. They also offer organic fertilization and treatment, and reduce their emissions with Carbonfund.org in support of our third-party validated carbon reduction projects. To see locations near you, visit Clean Air Lawn Care today.
Our new partner, Clean Air Cab, is a carbon neutral taxi company serving the Phoenix metro area. In addition to purchasing carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org, they go above and beyond and also plant ten trees per month for each cab they have on the road. For October, Clean Air Cab has planted 260 trees! They plan to reach 200 cabs in the next 3 years and plant over 23,000 trees. Rather than your usual Ford Crown Victoria, their entire fleet is made up of Toyota Priuses getting an estimated 50 miles per gallon. They also prove that going green doesn't have to be expensive. They have prices that are cheaper than the top three cab companies in Phoenix. “We believe that going green isn’t something you do – it is something you are,” said Steve Lopez, Founder of Clean Air Cab. In addition to taking care of the environment, Clean Air Cab has programs that protect their local community. Arizona State University students can call Clean Air Cab’s Free Ride Back program to get a cab to take them home if they have been drinking and can't drive themselves. In the morning, they call back and a cab will pick them up and take them back to their car for free. People in the Phoenix, AZ metro area can book a Clean Air Cab taxi online at www.CleanAirCab.com or by calling 480-777-9777. Check out Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree® logo on the back of each Clean Air Cab!
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 13:57 Written by Ivan Chan
Over 2,000 more products than last year are being sold with some kind of green attribute. It's critical to avoid greenwashing. Labeling helps, but labels should themselves be clear and credible. Credibility means being backed by transparent, accepted standards each step of the way. So that companies can relate their product's climate impact clearly and credibly, Carbonfund.org in 2007 established the CarbonFree® Certified product label. The label means what it says, that a product is carbon neutral, and is backed by a publicly available protocol based on accepted standards on how a product's carbon footprint is determined. The rigorous program requires a third-party conducted product life-cycle assessment and has an expert technical advisory board. By going carbon neutral, a product's footprint is reduced to zero in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects that are helping fight climate change today. Labeling can be the antidote to greenwashing, if it is clear and credible, which can be important also with regard to the FTC's proposed revisions to its Green Guides. For consumers, labeling also differentiates brands and products that have valid environmental benefits. This makes choosing and buying products that are better for the environment easier and encourages more companies to make better products. To learn more about how you can avoid greenwashing, view this user-friendly guide. You can also learn more about product certification here.