“Let us walk softly on the Earth with all living beings great and small, remembering as we go, that one God kind and wise created all.”   

This ancient Native American saying guides the environmental, ethical and operational decisions at GoMacro, a Wisconsin-based, family-owned nutrition bar company and a new Carbonfree® Business Partner.  GoMacro completed a comprehensive analysis of their annual operating emissions, including all product shipment emissions, then neutralized those emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world. Their support will produce the same environmental benefit as planting 14,700 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.      

GoMacro’s mission is to produce wholesome, healthy snack bars, following their belief that food and food quality impact health, happiness, and well-being for all. GoMacro MacroBars are USDA certified organic, Non-GMO project verified, vegan certified, gluten-free certified, kosher certified, soy-free and uniquely macrobiotic. By adhering to these high standards for product ingredients, GoMacro helps to maintain the biodiversity of ecosystems throughout the world, while simultaneously providing nutritious food.  

GoMacro supports fair trade by using organic ingredients produced with sustainable farming techniques and tray packaging made from 100% post consumer waste. They reinvest in their communities, their workforce and the world through donations, education, environmental responsibility and a devotion to the well-being of all living things. GoMacro believes in feeling good about what we eat; how it tastes, how it’s made, and how it sustains the environment. Their environmental commitment to neutralizing their operational emissions through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program further demonstrates their mission to walk softly on the Earth we share.

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Snuggled in a residential neighborhood in Lower Nob Hill near Union Square in San Francisco, Hotel Carlton offers its guests an eclectic atmosphere, international ambience, outstanding service and an eco-friendly attitude.  As a certified green business, Hotel Carlton strives to incorporate sustainability into all core business operations.

The hotel’s makes every effort to conserve energy, water and natural resources through measures like installing low-flow water fixtures and energy efficient light bulbs throughout the hotel and using Energy Star rated appliances and office equipment.  The hotel also has solar panels on the roof that provide 8-10% of the total electrical load for the building. 

Beginning in 2007, Hotel Carlton took the additional step to offset its remaining annual operational carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org.  Each year, Hotel Carlton calculates its annual electricity and heating fuel usage, its employee commuting and business travel emissions, then makes a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize those emissions by purchasing a corresponding quantity of carbon credits produced by one of our third-party verified and validated carbon offsetting projects.  To date, Hotel Carlton has neutralized over 4 million pounds of carbon emissions, equivalent to the emissions produced by driving over 4.3 million miles in a typical passenger car.

Hotel Carlton also strives to increase waste diversion by using paper products with recycled content, and by recycling all paper, bottles, and cans and composting all food and landscape waste.  The hotel purchases environmentally friendly products to minimize the use of toxic materials to protect employee and guest health as well as the environment.

Hotel Carlton was constructed on the tip of one of San Francisco’s few chunks of bedrock. The hotel was designed as one of the nation’s very first buildings specifically constructed to withstand earthquakes. This proved to be beneficial in 1989 immediately after the big 7.1 earthquake. Hotel Carlton ended up with just one broken window along with some very superficial plaster cracks. 

Hotel Carlton’s décor is inspired by travels from around the world, in particular Nepal, India and Morocco.  The lobby is reminiscent of a cozy living room with a roaring fireplace, beautiful Indian accent rugs, and comfortable sofas and armchairs. These elegant and cozy touches underscore the hotel’s commitment to superior guest experiences, and the environmental commitment ensures that the hotel remains a leader in the sustainable hospitality industry.  

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Are your graduation robes made of recycled plastic bottles? Did you find your dress shoes at the secondhand shop?  Take the next step in greening your graduation with National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program and Carbonfund.org! 

Achieve a carbon-neutral graduation ceremony by investing in verified and validated carbon offsets that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects, at a special rate for Campus Ecology program campus partners.  Honor each graduate with the gift of carbon offsets to send them out into the world a little bit greener.   

The NWF Campus Ecology Program provides tools and resources to help students, staff, campus greening committees and sustainability officers “take a big step to make a smaller footprint” when it comes to campus greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the campus’s overall environmental footprint.

In addition to graduation greening programs, NWF Campus Ecology and Carbonfund.org can assist colleges and universities with various sustainability initiatives, including plans to reduce or neutralize emissions from facility energy consumption, grounds maintenance and operations, travel and events year-round.

For more information on how to offset your campus's graduation ceremony this spring or to purchase carbon offsets for other events, travel, and campus operations, please contact Linda Kelly at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Kristy Jones at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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