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Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:28

Carma Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Carbonfree®

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New York-based Carbonfree® Business Partner Carma was founded in 2008 by a group of automotive and technology enthusiasts who wanted to make data from vehicles accessible on the internet. The first hardware Carma developed was for a European technology firm to transmit vehicle data over a GSM cell network to vehicle emissions monitoring software. 

As part of their own sustainability initiatives, Carma joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2011 in order to neutralize their own estimated annual operating emissions.  Over the past five years, Carma has mitigated the impact of almost 795,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions through its support of Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world.  That’s equivalent to planting and growing over 9000 tree seedlings and letting them grow for ten years. 

Environmental responsibility and information regarding climate impact has always been an important part of Carma’s business philosophy and its products and systems development.  In 2013, Carma launched CarmaLink.com, a cloud vehicle monitoring solution for small businesses which needed real-time vehicle management with a simple interface. 

Early adopters to this new technology include the Boston Duck Tours, which uses the automatic vehicle location (AVL) to track the location of tour groups, monitor engine speed and safety information. Other customers include the Town of Bethlehem Highway Department (Delmar, NY), which uses the efficiency reporting to cut down on engine idle time and stay on top of engine trouble codes for their trucks. 

Carma’s parts and manufacturing processes are sourced locally whenever possible, which allows Carma to decrease the carbon footprint from transportation of goods. They also use a low carbon, up-cycled plastic resin in their electronics, made from old water bottles, which reduces the total energy requirements for production. 

“...the iQ resin manufacturing process is more energy efficient from cradle-to-gate, consuming 55-75% less fossil fuel than other engineering thermoplastics…” 

Lastly, Carma leases rather than sells electronics to customers, allowing the devices to be reused and re-leased rather than thrown away at the end of a contract. 

The philosophy behind CarmaLink is to make fleets more efficient, saving money and fuel by:

  • implementing an idle reduction program to limit the amount of time a driver can idle the engine before triggering an alert to their manager, and
  • by implementing a safety policy that includes a top speed limit for all vehicles, saving even more fuel. If a driver exceeds the set limit, the hardware records the time/location and speed of the vehicle for a report.

Carma reminds its customers - as does Carbonfund.org - that keeping a vehicle well maintained is important to ensure the best fuel economy which means heeding engine warning lights and fixing engine problems that can lead to inefficient combustion and lower fuel consumption percentage. CarmaLink also monitors for low tire pressure, as keeping tires properly inflated can increase fuel economy up to 3%. 

Carbonfund.org applauds Carma’s efforts to help businesses of all sizes to monitor the efficiency and reduce the climate impact of their fleet, while maintaining its own carbon neutral operations through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership.

Kivuto Solutions Inc., global leader in complex digital distribution, is announcing its continued partnership with the Carbonfund.org Foundation for the fourth year in a row. The partnership signifies Kivuto’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment through both its green distribution solutions and dedication to reducing its carbon footprint while offsetting the rest.

Kivuto has chosen to support Reforestation and Forest Preservation projects, which fight climate change by sequestering CO2 emissions from the atmosphere in trees and soil and improve local environmental quality.

For over 15 years, Kivuto has provided a green alternative for product distribution by eliminating the need to create and deliver boxed offers; providing an electronic distribution model that allows for effective and efficient delivery online. Studies have proven that using digital distribution solutions instead of traditional distribution methods can reduce carbon emissions by as much as 83 percent for a single product. Kivuto estimates that the approximately 30 million digital downloads Kivuto enabled for its customers over the past year reduced carbon emissions by approximately 42,000 metric tons.

This commitment goes beyond Kivuto’s green business model and carbon offsetting initiatives.   Kivuto’s employees continue to promote green alternatives on a daily basis and implementing company-wide initiatives for a more environmentally friendly workplace. Initiatives include recycling programs, campaigns to clean local communities, reducing waste at company lunches through reusable dishes and more.

Kivuto is looking forward to continuing its efforts to deliver green solutions, offset carbon emissions, take on new initiatives and become part of a greener community.

Building on its reputation as a leader in sustainable, green printing, Label Impressions, a mid-sized label printer in California has renewed its commitment to carbon-free printing with partner Carbonfund.org for a fifth straight year. 

Label Impressions has had the distinction of being the first label and packaging printer in the US to become both carbon neutral and FSC certified and has always led the way in sustainable labeling.  With newly installed package printing equipment, that commitment has gone beyond labeling to the printing and production of flexible packaging. 

Over the past five years, Label Impressions' carbon offset donations to Carbonfund.org have neutralized almost 785,000 pounds of greenhouse gases.

That's equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 9000 trees and growing them for ten years.  Label Impressions' donations to Carbonfund.org have supported carbon emissions reduction, clean air and renewable energy technology, and forest preservation projects around the world. 

Despite significant growth, the company has worked to limit its carbon footprint through aggressive 'lean initiatives', investments in waste reducing technology and equipment, and a continued commitment to reducing and offsetting carbon emissions. 

"The production of a wide variety of flexible pouch materials has proven challenging with respect to maintaining a sustainable operation," says company president and CEO Jeff Salisbury.  "We've leaned up our processes and equipment and continue working on more sustainable, eco-friendly packaging materials, but we know that true carbon neutrality is only possible through offsetting.  We remain committed to the mantra taught to us by Carbonfund.org in those early days, "Reduce what you can, offset what you can't(tm)." Salisbury adds. 

Label Impressions' 2015 sustainable operational enhancements include: 

-              2015 installation of automated equipment on its widest (17") flexible packaging press allowing for up at a 15% reduction in material waste                            

-              Q2, 2015 installation of a whole house trim removal system estimated to reduce 'scrap' /landfill waste by 6%                                            

-              Installation of an 'intelligent battery storage system' designed to reduce energy consumption by up to 20%                                            

-              Installation of a 'real time' energy monitoring system                                                        

Label Impressions, Inc., a carbon neutral, FSC certified, Green label and flexible packaging printer produces high quality, high value labels, tags and flexible packaging to end users in California and nationwide.

Specialties include folded booklet labels, expanded content labels, IRCs, cold foil label printing, scratch and sniff labels, rotary screen labels and special effects printing of labels and flexible packaging. 

To find out more information on high quality green labels, tags or flexible packaging or Label Impressions' FiberStone(r) Papers please contact Label Impressions at (714) 634-3466.

 

Carbonfree® Business Partner AArete, an international management consulting firm with specialties in supply chain optimization, performance improvement practices and strategic cost reduction, has renewed its annual operational emissions neutralization program with Carbonfund.org for the sixth year.  In that time, AArete has neutralized over 2,300,000 pounds of carbon emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s energy efficiency and carbon reduction technologies projects.  That’s equivalent to removing from the atmosphere the carbon emissions produced by an average passenger car that drives almost 2.5 million miles.

Sustainability is one of the guiding principles of AArete’s corporate culture.  The firm is consistently committed to safeguarding our environment and conserving natural resources – not only through day to day actions but through their recommendations to clients.

 “AArete is committed to creating a culture that makes the environment a top priority,” explains Skip Behm, CFO & Managing Director of AArete.  “Partnering with Carbonfund.org just reinforces our promise to promote sustainability within our company and to our clients.”

AArete provides consulting within various industries to attain bottom line improvement. AArete offers proven methodology that will provide stellar solutions to three primary business concerns:

How can I reduce expenses and retain staff?
What opportunities do we have to enhance operating efficiency and effectiveness?
Can you show us how to react to market volatility with our data analytics?

AArete leads its industry in exceptional client services and in continuous commitments to maintaining environmentally responsible operations.  Carbonfund.org appreciates the partnership with AArete and congratulates the firm and its staff for their ongoing efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.

 

Since 2000, DoodyCalls has helped pet owners and communities keep lawns and public spaces clean.   DoodyCalls solves pet waste problems by offering dog waste and kitty litter pick up service to residential clients, as well as pet waste station service to commercial clients. 

DoodyCalls also helps to solve the climate crisis by maintaining carbon-neutral business operations through the Carbonfree Business Partnership program. 

For the past nine years, DoodyCalls has calculated its estimated annual carbon emissions from business operations and made donations to Carbonfund.org’s carbon emissions offset and clean air energy projects in order to neutralize their operational emissions.  Over the past nine years, DoodyCalls has neutralized carbon emissions equivalent to those produced by a standard passenger car driving almost 250,000 miles!     

According to the EPA, a single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. EPA even estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.  To broader their environmental commitment, DoodyCalls established their Doody-Free Water Project to help raise awareness about the importance of pet waste pickup and expanding public access to pet waste bags. 

By staying committed to not only picking up the waste, but educating communities on why it's important to do their part, DoodyCalls is working to improve the quality of waterways by keeping them free of harmful pollutants. 

Carbonfund.org joins DoodyCalls in its vision to leave the world better and cleaner than we found it, through exemplary service and high-quality pet waste products, and through maintaining Carbonfree® business operations.

 

Interview with Mr. Dave Drake, Executive Vice President at ASI / Mac-Gray Campus Laundry Solutions  

 

ASI / Mac-Gray Campus Laundry Solutions’ Lighten the Load™ initiative is reducing college carbon footprints while educating students on the benefits of making sustainable choices in the laundry room. By encouraging campuses to reduce the environmental impact of their properties and facilities, and offering them environmentally responsible solutions to accomplish this objective, ASI / Mac-Gray is serving an important role to help campuses further their efforts to promote on campus sustainability. Since the start of the partnership seven years ago, we are proud to report that ASI / Mac-Gray has mitigated over 107 million pounds of CO2 through external carbon reduction projects chosen to meet the voluntary guidelines set forth by the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

ASI / Mac-Gray has supported our exceptional projects located in the “lungs of the Earth” - the Brazilian Amazon.  In the world's largest rainforest, the Purus and Russas REDD + (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) Projects will protect over 180,000 acres from slash-and-burn forest clearing and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.The Projects are located in the State of Acre, Brazil and, have achieved dual-validation to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction.

Carbonfund.org Foundation is a proud partner of ASI-Mac-Gray’s Lighten the Load program and we look forward to building on the great work that has been done over the past seven years.   We had the opportunity to speak with Dave Drake, Executive Vice President at ASI / Mac-Gray Campus Laundry Solutions:

 

 1.      Please describe your current role as the Executive Vice President at ASI / Mac-Gray in respect to your work in Sustainability and what led you to that position? 

 ASI / Mac-Gray is a major partner to over 1000 College and University student housing locations. We have a responsibility to provide the most efficient and reliable equipment available for student use, as well to partner with our customers schools objectives to reduce carbon footprints by also providing funding to offset programs to meet the needs of the schools and the challenge of the ACUPCC. I have focused on doing just that for over a decade since high-efficiency machines and programs have been available.

 

 2.      How did you get started in sustainability work? How do you see sustainability improving systems in campus laundry solutions? 

In the mid-nineties, our industry faced new government requirements to meet utility savings and opportunities for new manufactured washers and dryers from manufacturers that would make a significant impact on water usage and energy savings. It started by educating ourselves to help educate student users on how to be more responsible and how to minimize water and maximize energy savings.

 

3.      What personal accomplishments in the sustainability realm are you most proud of? 

We are very proud of developing our carbon-neutral programs to bring awareness to our participating schools. Additionally we have led the industry in setting new standards for installing and operating high-efficiency laundry equipment.  We mitigated over 107,000,000 lbs. of CO2 through some great projects.  I am also happy to report we are saving hundreds of millions of gallons of water each year with our high-efficiency machines.

 

4.      What are you currently working on in the sustainability realm?  

 Our current work involves new and advanced machines that are significantly more efficient, new support programs, and new training ideas for users.  We continue to push the envelope well in advance of regularly accepted equipment and procedures. We would soon like to include more efficient drying of clothes by sensing the clothes are dry, like home use models do, as this would help Colleges and Universities reduce their use of electricity and natural gas.

 

5.      What is your personal biggest sustainability challenge?

Our biggest challenge is that every year we have hundreds of thousands of freshmen use our facilities for the first time. We must educate and train the new users to properly operate the equipment in the most efficient and manner.

 

6.      What is going to be the biggest challenge for sustainability in the next 20 years? 

I hope that government requirements do not exceed the realistic needs to meet the requirements of cleaning today’s clothing.  It would be great if someday the garments themselves may require less to clean and help set a new level of sustainability when it comes to laundry.

 

7.       For the next generation of environmental professionals, what advice would you give?

Be open-minded and think out of the box, but look at all results and demands so you can set realistic and meaningful standards that are achievable.  

 

8.       How did Carbonfund.org help you achieve your sustainability goals?

We have supported their high quality offset projects that allow us to create carbon-neutral laundry operations for our partner schools.  These projects also meet the requirements of the ACUPCC.

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This year will mark Dolphin Blue’s 5th anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner.  The staff at Dolphin Blue is proud and honored to continue offsetting operational emissions with Carbonfund.org and has decided to take it a step further by purchasing an additional 36 metric tonnes of carbon offsets to neutralize projected annual operating emissions.  Including these latest offsets purchased, Dolphin Blue has neutralized almost 718,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 8350 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.    

Dolphin Blue has come a long way these past 5 years, by expanding their business offerings to include all-green, no harm products for household cleaning, lawn and garden care, pet care, children’s toys and body care that are produced with a minimal carbon emissions. Every product that Dolphin Blue carries is made from post-consumer recycled content, requiring less energy to produce, and is made in the USA, which means fewer emissions, compared to products made from virgin materials and imported from other countries. 

Dolphin Blue supports initiatives that foster education and awareness in issues of sustainability, energy alternatives, organic agriculture and reducing waste.   Dolphin Blue wants everyone who visits their website to be educated on why they are purchasing these items and the difference buying one eco-friendly product can make. 

Dolphin Blue also is honored to be associated with organizations such as B Corporation, Green Chamber of Commerce, EPA Green Power Partner, Chlorine Free Products Association, North Texas Clean Air Coalition, Green Source DFW, and the Voluntary Renewable Energy Coalition.

For over 20 years, Dolphin Blue has continued to conduct business always respecting the natural world in which we live, and they ask their customers and other businesses to do the same. That’s why Dolphin Blue is encouraging other B Corps to go above and beyond by offsetting their companies’ annual operational emissions and educating their customers on the importance of reducing their individual carbon footprint. 

“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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