CFbanner1 Today is the 6th anniversary of when Carbonfund.org was registered as a 501(c)(3). And, five days from now is our daughter Renee’s 6th birthday. Yes, fall 2003 was busy for the Carlsons, but it was all intertwined. Eric had long worked on energy efficiency and his interest in renewable energy as a way to solve climate change, but he saw no sign of the breakthrough necessary to really solve the problem. Seeing our beautiful Sonja born in Fall 2001 made the matter personal and urgent. What would happen to our child if global warming continued on its threatening march? Would we be able to say to her that we did what we could to stop it? Carbonfund.org resulted from three observations: 1)      Acid rain, a former environmental urgency, had been solved primarily from a cap-and-trade on SO2; 2)      Individuals and businesses were already taking steps to reduce their CO2 emissions through conservation and energy efficiency and through the Chicago Climate Exchange; and 3)      Dramatic legislation to solve the problem was nowhere on the horizon. We wanted to provide individuals and businesses an affordable way to understand and neutralize their own carbon footprint. Above  is the banner to our first website, which was put up in January 2004. A few months later we had the moxie to start a 100,000 metric ton challenge, which given the $3200 we raised in 2004, took a little while to attain. But we did.  And then some. Today, thanks to our early supporters to whom we had a lot to prove, but who gave us legitimacy and voice, and to those who have joined us ever since, we celebrate that we are offsetting over 5 billion pounds (over 2,260,000 metric tons) of CO2 and our relationship with more than 450,000 individuals and 1,200 businesses to build a greener future. We are also excited that national brands, such as Motorola and Domino Sugar have adopted our CarbonFree® Product Certification, making their products carbon neutral from start to finish and that we have helped in preserving or growing trees in Nicaragua, Louisiana, Brazil and China, covering an area over 8 times the size of Central Park. We have also been proud of our wonderful workforce committed to transforming the way in which people think of, use, and purchase energy, or “reduce what [we] can, and offset what [we] can’t.” While we are not yet at our original goal of moving “toward a zero carbon world,” we have shown that carbon reductions can happen at reasonable cost and can invigorate the economy and that people are willing to make the changes to get there, even during serious economic times. The good news is that with all of us working together, we are having an effect. Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute wrote in the September 20 Washington Post that US CO2 emissions are down 9% over the last two years and continue to drop this year. For the first time, we are showing that we can reduce our climate impact. Together with our supporters, Carbonfund.org will make more investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and forest-based projects and educate individuals and businesses on what they can do. In addition, we all need to press our leaders for national change. This session, Congress will be considering that dramatic legislation we dreamed of so long ago. Carbon offsetting has helped us to see it. Those of us who have led the fight against climate change need to join our voices and add more to get the Waxman-Markey bill passed. Without our individual and national action, it will be hard for any kind of substantial international climate change treaty to happen. This is how it works. Through realizing a private dream of starting an organization or taking personal action, every individual can say that we did what we could to stop it.
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 09:42

Be a Carbonfund.org Social Media Volunteer!

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social mediaEducation is central to Carbonfund.org's mission. As a part of that, we push for strong standards in the carbon offset industry so consumers know what to look for when they offset their carbon footprint. There's a lot of misinformation on offsets in social media. If you think you'd like to help set the record straight about offsets, email Susanna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Sign up and we will:
  • Host an online training session on social media tools
  • Invite you to an email listserv where we can share articles, techniques, contacts, etc.
  • Provide you with ongoing support and material to help you find your voice online
This is a unique volunteer opportunity in that you don't have to show up at a place or time to help out. You can do this from home or on the go. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to help.
Monday, 03 August 2009 15:51

@Carbonfundorg reaches 1000 followers!

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rtlogoAs the U.S. Census Bureau today kicks off a three-month national road tour to raise awareness of the 2010 Census, Carbonfund.org is donating the carbon offsets for the Road Tour, supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects worldwide. With 13 vehicles traveling to communities across America from January through March, the 2010 Census Road Tour provides an engaging, interactive experience to help the public understand the importance of participating in the April 1 Census. The Tour itself consists of a national vehicle and 12 regional vehicles that will traverse each of the 12 Census Bureau-identified regions.portraits Carbonfund.org calculated the 223 metric tons offset donation by calculating the 2010 Road Tour’s carbon footprint including the total distance to be traveled, combined with the number of vehicles and miles per gallon. The donated carbon offsets of the Road Tour will support third-party validated carbon reduction projects which are helping to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. You can do your part to reduce and offset your carbon footprint in the new year by visiting the Carbonfund.org website, www.carbonfund.org. To learn more about the Road Tour, please visit the 2010 Census page.
Monday, 10 August 2009 13:59

YouRenew.com Makes Splash with Giant iPhone 3GS

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Rich Littlehale, Co-founder of YouRenewDressed as a giant iPhone, Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Partner YouRenew.com's Co-Founder Rich Littlehale greeted customers at Apple’s flagship store in Midtown Manhattan. He spread the word of environmental responsibility by encouraging all 3GS buyers to recycle their old cell phones. YouRenew’s innovative approach pays you to recycle your old electronics. It’s simple: Just look up your electronic device, answer a few simple questions about it, ship it, and get paid! On top of that, YouRenew allows you to choose Carbonfund.org’s Renewable Energy projects as the recipient of a donation they make on every recycled electronic device. So today, why don’t you join me and make the YouRenew pledge: "From today forward, I promise that I will recycle all of my electronic devices, to promote a more efficient and clean world."
Rich Littlehale, Co-founder of YouRenew.com
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:29

Carbonfund.org Partner Helps Reforest Appalachia

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ACCWT tree plantingThe Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team is looking for volunteers to help them plant trees on reclaimed coal mine lands.  Having planted trees in 7 states in Appalachia, the ACCWT is experienced in bringing back Appalachia’s historic eastern hardwood forest cover.  They’ve already reforested over 36 acres of trees on previously mined lands.  As over 3.5 million people live within 1 mile of an Appalachian abandoned mine land site, these projects are crucial to restore forest cover, recreate animal habitats, and set up Appalachia for a prosperous clean energy future. ACCWT has made a firm commitment to revitalizing Appalachia’s environment.  Beyond tree planting and operating in an environmentally sustainable way, they have partnered with Carbonfund.org to make all of their trainings CarbonFree®.  By supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy projects, ACCWT is moving the country towards a clean energy future. ACCWT’s next tree planting is taking place on Thursday, March 25th in Prenter, West Virginia. They are looking for volunteers to get dirty and turn some mines into prosperous hardwood forests. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This is a great opportunity for anybody in the West Virginia area. If you go – take some pictures and let us know how it went! And if you can't make it, please consider joining Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge to support tree planting in the fight against global warming for $1 a tree. Thanks!
Carbonfund.org has been nominated for the Best Carbon Offset Provider in TreeHugger’s Best of Green 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. We are very excited about this honor, and ask you to please cast your vote for Carbonfund.org! As the leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, Carbonfund.org is fighting climate change, helping individuals and businesses reduce and offset their carbon footprint in support of third-party validated projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation. Our mission is to hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Please remember to ask your friends and family members to vote as well! There's no registration needed, and it takes just seconds. Votes may be submitted once a day per user through April 2nd. Please vote now! Thank you!
This year’s DC and San Francisco Green Festivals will reduce their climate impact while providing education and information on greener living by offsetting with Carbonfund.org. We’ll also be exhibiting at DC’s Festival next weekend, Oct. 23rd-24th at the Washington Convention Center. The Festivals, held annually in major cities including DC and San Francisco, are together the largest sustainability event in the world. They are a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America to celebrate and disseminate what’s working in communities around the country—for people, business and the environment. In addition to offsetting in support of Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated projects, the Green Festivals have implemented green event practices. An example is the use of Resource Recovery Stations on-site instead of trash cans and individual recycling bins. The stations collect organic and compostable items, even used electronics, in addition to recyclables. Carbonfund.org will be presenting on the value of offsetting in solving climate change, first at DC on Saturday, Oct. 23rd at Noon, and is also slated to present at the San Francisco event the weekend of Nov. 6th. We’ll be exhibiting at the DC event, so please stop by to say hello! Green Festival admission is affordable, including for families. For all event details, please visit: www.greenfestivals.org.