How does a beautifully restored bed and breakfast with a strong commitment to environmental stewardship, located on the pristine Oregon Coast, overcome practical issues of its operation to achieve its sustainability goals?
One solution is to join the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program to neutralize all necessary, unavoidable operational emissions in a simple and affordable way. This solution has worked for The Craftsman Bed & Breakfast for the past six years.
"We chose to partner with Carbonfund.org because they have made alliances with companies we like doing business with," explains Michael Rech, Innkeeper. “They cooperate with businesses large and small on reforestation and renewable energy projects to meet the goals of companies offsetting their carbon footprint."
The Craftsman B&B maintains a strong “green philosophy” with a laundry list of environmental preservation initiatives, and energy and resource conservation measures. Lodging rates are discounted for guests that use public transportation, bike or drive an alternative fueled vehicle to the B&B. In addition, The Craftsman B&B is a certified green lodging property rated “3 leaves” by i stay green.com, and is listed in the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild's “Green Inspection Program” developed with Sustainable Travel International.
The Craftsman Bed & Breakfast offers its guests the chance to experience the beautiful Oregon Coast in style, grace and comfort, and to “park your car, relax and unplug.” Environmentally responsible travelers have the added assurance that their stay supports strong sustainability practices and Carbonfree® operations.
Over the years, Carbonfund.org has been honored to work with some of the most innovative and environmentally responsible organizations in the world. One of these partners is CREDO, a social change company that offers top-notch products and services, including mobile services and credit cards.
CREDO Mobile is the first mobile phone company in the U.S. to join Carbonfund.org’s Carbonfree® Partner Program, which estimates and offsets the carbon emissions produced from the company’s electricity usage, as well as the shipping of its mobile phones. CREDO Mobile also offsets the carbon footprint of its San Francisco headquarters.
“Carbonfund.org is a breath of fresh air, a cost-effective solution that’s easy for anyone,” states Michael Kieschnick, CEO and President of CREDO.
CREDO and Carbonfund.org currently are partnering on a unique credit card offering with an environmental component. A group of pre-approved CREDO customers will have the opportunity to apply for a CREDO credit card, and after the customer receives and uses the card, CREDO and Carbonfund.org will plant 25 trees on behalf of the customer and send them a $50 Restaurant.com dining reward.
As part of CREDO’s ongoing social and environmental commitments, a portion of all CREDO revenue is donated to progressive nonprofits working for women’s rights, the environment, equality, peace and social justice. Since 1985, CREDO has raised over $76 million for these groups, and their customers and activists help pick the groups and vote on how to distribute the donations.
The CREDO community also comprises a strong political force with more than 3 million activists who are passionate about making a difference in our world. CREDO makes it easier for them to have an impact by giving them simple ways to speak out on issues they believe in. As CREDO puts it, being green isn't just a fad – it’s part of CREDO’s identity, fighting the green fight with dollars, deeds and voices for the past 28 years. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with CREDO to ensure the company’s environmental commitments are realized.
How do you show your love to your sweetie on Valentine's Day? Perhaps you give them flowers, chocolate, dinner at a restaurant or even all three? Well, here's your chance to show them you care about them and the planet this Friday. Carbonfund.org offers a truly innovative way to help the environment and take your loved one out to dinner with our Plant a Tree – Dine for Free program.
You receive a dining rewards eGift card through Restaurant.com, which is good on over 50,000 deals nationwide and never expires. Select from three simple tree-planting options:
- Plant 50 Trees for $50, Receive a $100 eGift Card
- Plant 75 Trees for $75, Receive a $200 eGift Card
- PLANT 100 TREES FOR $100, RECEIVE A $500 eGIFT CARD!
So go ahead and plant some trees now. You'll get a reward for doing your part to fight climate change, and the planet would kiss you to thank you if it could. Heck, it won't even ask you for jewelry on Valentine's Day!
Thank you for including Earth on a day when we express love,
Eric, Suzie, Brian, Jarett, Jessie and Linda
Six-Year Carbonfree® Partner EMWeb Design Pursues Ways to Reduce Operational Emissions and Offers Eco-friendly Services to ClientsWritten by Linda
Even the greenest IT services firm recognizes that it has a carbon footprint. After renewable energy sources, paperless processes, recycling and energy conservation measures, there remains some energy use, business travel, mailings and supplies that create carbon dioxide emissions.
Forward-thinking companies like Carbonfree® Business Partner EMWeb Design are neutralizing their current carbon footprint while continually seeking ways to reduce it.
EMWeb Design provides comprehensive Internet design and marketing for small businesses, professionals, creative artists and civic organizations. Services include branding, logo design, web design, search engine optimization, social Internet marketing and print media.
"Environmental responsibility starts with each one of us," explains Elizabeth Mullen Matteson. "EMWeb is striving to cut our carbon impact continually. For now, we are offering more "green" options to clients, and for the sixth consecutive year, are purchasing carbon offsets through Carbonfund.org, so that our overall carbon footprint remains zero."
This six-year commitment of carbon emissions neutrality has mitigated the same quantity of carbon dioxide emissions as 6000 trees planted and grown over a ten-year period. That's meaningful impact for a business focused on sustainability.
EMWeb Design offers solar and wind-powered web hosting, and can also provide environmentally friendly printing options using recycled and sustainably-produced papers and soy and vegetable-based inks. As EMWeb Design makes progress in operational emissions reductions, the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program will continue to provide a way to "reduce what you can, offset what you can't™".
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Among the benefits of our Carbonfree® Business Partnership for small companies are program affordability, applicability to businesses in all industries, and ease of utilizing the program benefits. The program simplifies the process of neutralizing operational emissions and creates the opportunity for any business to become carbon neutral.
A great example of a small business that recognized these benefits is Brynmorgen Press, a small publisher located in Brunswick, Maine that specializes in books and videos about jewelrymaking, metalsmithing, and design. Tim McCreight started Brynmorgen Press in 1985 to provide practical, high quality textbooks on metalworking and design.
“We are committed to creating books, but recognize the need to replenish the trees required for our products,” explains Tim. “By supporting reforestation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects through Carbonfund.org, we have become Carbonfree®.”
To augment its environmental commitments, Brynmorgen Press recycles office waste and prints on recycled paper with soy inks. To conserve energy, Tim and his team wear jackets in the office on cold days and go barefoot in the summer!
Tim McCreight started Brynmorgen Press after he'd published two books with commercial publishers. He thought he might enjoy getting involved in the design and production aspects of publishing, and apparently he was right. Three decades later, he's still writing, designing, and illustrating books, and he’s able to maintain a Carbonfree® operation easily and affordably through Carbonfund.org.
78 Year Old Traditional Summer Camp Combines Fun with Environmental Activities
(Moultonborough, NH – February 5, 2014)
Camp Quinebarge, a traditional co-ed summer camp for 100 great kids aged 7-15 located on over 65 acres of idyllic woodland and 1,250 feet of pristine Lake Kanasatka in the heart of New Hampshire's mountains and Lakes Region, is pleased to announce its 2014 rates and dates. We’re offering an amazing First Time Camper rate of 50% off the first two-week session, just $600 per week for overnight campers, and each additional week costs $500. Please act now because families who receive discounts must be paid in full by March 15, 2014. The 2014 camp season runs from June 29 - August 16.
Part of the Carbonfund.org Foundation's mission is education; acquiring Camp Quinebarge extended that mission in a unique way by offering the additional dimension of an environmental learning center on top of the camp's already long and storied tradition.
Quinebarge offers a plethora of activities both indoors and out including popular sports like archery. All of the activities focus on nature and the environment such as swimming, boating, horseback riding, hiking, camping, arts and crafts, a ropes course and a zip line. Camp Quinebarge also serves up time-honored camp fare like camp fires, sing-a-longs, all-camp capture the flag and even some of their own homegrown traditions.
Founded in 1936, Quinebarge's traditional camp experience is enhanced with environmental themes and activities that kids love.
"Camp Quinebarge offers a unique opportunity for children to truly be immersed in the environment around them," says Eric Carlson, Carbonfund.org Foundation's President, "Quinebarge harkens to a time when kids played outdoors all day, all summer. It's a place to make memories and friends that last a lifetime and disconnect from the outside world for a few weeks."
"Quinebarge encourages campers to challenge themselves and to try new activities in a safe and supportive setting with staff helping each child grow, learn, and achieve their goals," says Camp Director Liz Schwartzer. "A spirit of community, cooperation and respect for nature are part and parcel of our rich tradition of camp life."
Please also consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our numerous discounts and scholarships at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/camp-quinebarge-send-a-child-to-camp/x/6150500.
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About the Carbonfund.org Foundation
The Carbonfund.org Foundation is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a low-carbon future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through climate change education, carbon reduction projects, and public outreach.
Two of the key benefits of the Carbonfree® Partnership Program are its affordability for businesses of all sizes and its applicability to businesses of all industries. Despite best efforts, no business can identify and neutralize all of its operational emissions without the help of carbon offsets.
Veteran travel tours operator Toto Tours recognized this reality and took an important step towards improved sustainability by joining the Carbonfree® Partnership Program for 2014. Through their annual program donation, Toto Tours is supporting carbon reduction and clean energy projects around the world, while neutralizing a portion of their operational emissions.
Toto Tours provides worldwide adventure travel opportunities for the gay and lesbian community. Founded in 1990, Toto Tours hosts small groups of 10 – 20 participants to exciting global destinations. Their tour offerings change from year to year, and their customer tour satisfaction has yielded a repeat rate of 70% or higher on almost every tour.
The activity of travel and touring includes the unavoidable carbon emissions associated with airline flights, ground travel, hotel stays and dining, not to mention regular business operations like office space energy usage, IT services and mailings, and business travel.
"Toto Tours is pleased to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset the emissions generated as a result of our travel program business,” expressed Daniel Ware, President of Toto Tours. “We appreciate the tools you provide on your website to help our clients make environmentally conscious decisions regarding ways to offset their travel footprint. The carbon reduction projects you support are excellent!"
Airplane travel is one of the contributors to Toto Tours’ carbon emissions, so tour participants are encouraged to be aware of and actively participate in flight emissions offsetting for every tour.
Toto Tours also is committed to giving back to the communities they visit during travels around the world. Toto Tours staff have visited schools and made donations to charitable causes in Nicaragua, Bhutan, Honduras, and Kenya. These included the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where Toto Tours contributed to the elephant orphanage in Nairobi, a Masaai village in the Masaai Mara, and a giraffe sanctuary in the outskirts of Nairobi.
There were two special causes in Kenya that especially moved the staff of Toto Tours. The first is "The Brethren Concern," a group dedicated to serving homosexual men in Nairobi, and the second cause is a the Matanya Primary School, a remote school where 250 children depend for their early education and even their basic necessities on the generosity of those who happen to visit. Toto Tours will continue to support both of these causes into the indefinite future, and will continue to pursue ways to improve tour sustainability in partnership with Carbonfund.org.
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Storing your wedding gown, vintage clothing, family heirlooms or military uniforms became more environmentally sustainable when Foster-Stephens joined the Carbonfree ® Business Partnership program last fall.
Foster-Stephens of Elk Grove Village, IL has been producing storage solutions including archival boxes, muslin garment bags and reusable/recyclable garment bags to preserve and protect wedding gowns and other family treasures since 1936. Their product line includes many styles and sizes of archival protection boxes and bags to anyone interested in preserving textiles and family heirlooms: dry cleaners, museums, designers, costume archivists, military personnel and individuals interested in preserving their heritage.
To improve their own operational sustainability and neutralize operational emissions, Foster-Stephens supports Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world that help to sequester carbon dioxide and reduce carbon emissions. They also maintain recycling programs in their office and warehouse, and select products made from recyclable materials.
"We are proud of our ongoing efforts to reduce our carbon footprint,” states Nancy L. Jones, President of Foster-Stephens. “Our partnership with Carbonfund.org allows us to maintain our commitment to providing the best products for protecting textiles for future generations while offsetting the carbon emissions required to provide these products."
Historical preservation is important, but it should be accomplished with minimal impact on our environment’s future. Foster-Stephens is helping to achieve this goal by carefully selecting environmentally-responsible preservation packaging products and mitigating its own business emissions in partnership with Carbonfund.org.
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