Friday, 14 August 2009 11:42 Written by Ivan Chan
Five experts including Eric Carlson are featured in the current Seed Magazine on the value of carbon offsets to reduce global carbon emissions. Third-party standards, verification and auditing are the hallmarks of real and high-quality offsets. The key question about a carbon offset is: Is it real, and who says so? Carbon offset providers should offer, and purchasers should look for, offset projects that are third-party verified to the highest international standards and project portfolios that are third-party audited. The annual audit should also be made publicly available. As for cap-and-trade, which is the mechanism to reduce emissions in climate legislation such as the recently passed bill in the House of Representatives, Carlson said, "A cap-and-trade system promotes the most cost-effective carbon reductions, whether internally or externally. Cap-and-trade allows us to tackle climate change in the most cost-effective and fastest way possible." As the goal of climate legislation is to reduce emissions, where the reductions take place isn't important, but that they occur. Like the acid rain experience years ago which used a market-based approach successfully, cap-and-trade will reduce emissions sustainably, equivalent to a 2 to 3 percent reduction per year to achieve the over 80% reductions that the country's aiming for.
Thursday, 20 August 2009 12:41 Written by Chris Driver
Carbonfund.org will participate in the National Business Travel Association’s 2009 Convention in San Diego, CA from August 23-26. This marks the second straight year that Carbonfund.org has offset the Convention, and this year we’ve created a website where attendees can calculate and offset the footprint resulting from their travel to San Diego. Business travel is frequently the second largest part of a company’s carbon footprint, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with NBTA again to help spread the word about how important it is for companies to make their business travel greener. Several of our partners will be in attendance at NBTA including Virgin America, JetBlue, Avis Budget Group, and Amtrak. If you happen to be there as well, please stop by and say hello to the Carbonfund.org team at booth #1346.
Friday, 12 March 2010 17:12 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 14:31 Written by Lesley Carlson
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.
- 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
Monday, 04 January 2010 10:02 Written by Ivan Chan
As 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. 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.
Dressed 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."