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Sustainability has become of growing interest in the wine industry with wineries focusing on producing lower-impact, high quality wines. Importers and distributors are starting to react by offering a larger selection of these eco-friendly wines and taking responsibility for the environmental impact of their business practices. The Artisan Collection was a bit ahead of the curve. artisan1An importer of a carefully selected portfolio of high quality wines from Spain, Portugal and Argentina, they have been a partner since 2007 and are offsetting the carbon emissions associated with their business practices by supporting Carbonfund.org's third-party verified carbon-reducing renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. The Artisan Collection makes a significant effort to reduce what they can by increasing energy efficiency, recycling and preserving natural resources. They also encourage their suppliers to operate in a more sustainable manner by using lighter wine bottles and recycled packaging. Founded in 2003, today the company sells its wines in more than 30 States. To learn more visit their site http://theartisancollection.us.
To encourage green business development in diverse communities, Abundant Communities Together launches its annual event on Friday, May 21, 2010 to be held in Melville, NY. "GREEN UP! The Emerging Green Economy: Access & Opportunity for Diverse Communities" is free and will feature speakers including the head of the New York Power Authority and Majora Carter – a leading community activist in the Bronx. This event offers a great opportunity for those in the New York City Metro area to help usher in an environmentally sustainable future. If you’re wondering how your home, organization, congregation or business can take advantage of green technologies to reduce costs and/or increase revenue, learn more about this event. Advance registration is required, so visit: www.actogether.net.
CarbonFree® Partner Central Coast Outdoors offers the best local tours in California’s Central Coast.  Long residents of San Luis Obispo, founders John and Virginia Flaherty take pride in their local expertise and knowledge of all Central California has to offer.  Early this year, founder Virginia Flaherty released a Brant Goose that had been recuperating from a broken wing.  Working with Pacific Wildlife Care, she helps rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in the area. Goose ReleaseFor the second consecutive year, Central Coast Outdoors is offsetting its carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org. By supporting over a dozen local environmental organizations, Central Coast Outdoors has developed a business that gives great tours and helps the environment.  If you’re looking for a great outdoors vacation with true nature lovers, you’ll be in great hands with Central Coast Outdoors.  They’re long time locals who can take you kayaking, biking, or for a great trip through the local wine country.
EMPSi is a consulting firm providing environmental compliance and permitting services to government agencies and private clients. The company focuses on projects expected to have a positive impact on the planet, such as those involving renewable energy and sustainable land and resource management planning. empsiAlso, the company donates 10 percent of net profits to charities, focusing on projects that better the environment. The company operates as paper-free as it can, has flexible work-from-home policies, encourages the use of public transit in commutes, and offsets its carbon footprint. The company's tagline, "Bringing clarity to the complex™," means it has handled complex projects and has applied science, analysis, and creativity to achieve realistic, implementable solutions. Learn more at www.empsi.com.

EMPSi is an consulting firm that provides environmental compliance and permitting services to government agencies and private clients. We focus on projects that have a positive impact on the planet, such as those involving renewable energy and sustainable land and resource management planning.

We are happy to announce that the GoECOlife™ Platinum Series™ Paper Shredder (GXC120Ti) which carries the CarbonFree® label was one of four shredders “RECOMMENDED” by Consumer Reports in their recent paper shredder review. 19 paper shredders from various brands were tested for speed, capacity and convenience. The GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti rated well in all categories. Consumers can feel additionally confident that they are purchasing a quality product that works well for the customer and the earth! However, this paper shredder scores first in reducing its carbon footprint. The GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti features commercial-grade performance in a personal-sized machine. It utilizes an energy-saving technology that prevents vampire energy waste when the shredder is not in use, but still plugged into an outlet. To earn the CarbonFree® Product Certification, the GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti underwent a rigorous product life-cycle assessment performed by WSP Group to determine the carbon footprint. In addition to using energy-saving technology, GoECOlife™ reduced the remaining carbon footprint through support of Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. This is a purchase that offices and individuals can feel confident about! To learn more about Consumer Reports paper shredder ratings please visit: www.consumerreports.organd to learn more about the GoECOlife™ please click www.goecolife.com.  
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 16:59

Carbon Reduced, Economy Stimulated

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With both our economy and our climate in crisis mode right now, the 'Cash for Clunkers' CARS program took aim at both reducing global warming emissions and spurring investment in America's manufacturers. The program came to a close on Monday and has been deemed 'wildly successful' by Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Dealers submitted 690,114 rebate claims totaling $2.88 billion dollars. 84% of people traded in their 'clunker' trucks for fuel efficient cars like Toyota Corrolla, Honda Civic and the Toyota Camry. The switch from older trucks to more efficient cars has resulted in a 58% improvement in MPG among the nearly 700,000 participants of the CARS program. That is going to save consumers a lot of gas and a lot of money! There are many benefits to a program like CARS that highlight what Americans may be able to expect from comprehensive climate legislation.
  • Job Creation - by putting the right incentives in place that encourage greener technologies, jobs are created that can't be outsourced. Americans need to build the technology needed to meet our ambitious climate goals. The CARS program claims to have saved or created over 42,000 jobs and boosted economic growth for the third quarter of 2009 by 0.3-0.4 percentage points.
  • Consumer Savings - though there is an upfront cost to cleaner technologies (those participating in the CARS program were only subsidized for part of the value of the new vehicle, the rest they had to spend out of pocket), savings will be reaped over the long run. An average vehicle's lifespan is about 13 years and 145,000 miles - so one vehicle traded in through the CARS program will use about 3,354 fewer gallons (and emit about 65,600 fewer pounds of CO2!) than their clunker predecessors over that lifetime. Assuming gas costs $3.00 over that lifespan, that is a savings of more than $10,000!
  • Environmental Benefits - the benefits to the environment from reducing emissions, be it at the tailpipe or at a smokestack, are multifaceted. By reducing global warming pollutants, we are also improving local air quality (which improves human health), preventing the release of toxic materials that seep into our water and food (which also improves human health), and reducing the need to drill or mine for fossil fuel resources.
The CARS program was a success because it was an easy to understand initiative that benefited consumers and the environment. Many of the proposed initiatives in the current climate legislation provide this same kind of win-win. If only the Waxman-Markey bill had four-wheels, a steering wheel, and surround sound stereo, I don't think that we would still be debating it's merits in congress... Vroom Vroom! (Image Courtesy of the AP)
Friday, 19 June 2009 11:53

Carbon Offset Standard VCS Being Updated

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Is it real, and who says so? Real carbon offsets are third-party verified and meet the highest internationally recognized standards. An uncertified project provides no assurances that it is actually doing what you are paying it to do - making the investment inherently risky. One of the leading carbon offset standards is the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). A wide variety of project types, including reforestation, are verified to this standard because it is an internationally recognized label of quality. Recently it was announced that this standard is getting updated. According to BusinessGreen.com, "Under the new requirements, emission-reduction projects wishing to carry the popular Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) label will have to adhere to more detailed and stringent requirements governing how they achieve third-party verification for their projects... while all VCS-approved projects already require third-party approval from two separate verification bodies, previous guidance on how this should be achieved was open to some interpretation." Carbonfund.org supports projects that are third-party verified to the highest standards, including North America's first project to meet both the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards with Gold Distinction and the VCS.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 16:05

Carbon Offset Purchasing Guide Released

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rpnlogoThe Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) - a project of the Center for a New American Dream - has released its purchasing guide for carbon offsets. RPN had contacted Carbonfund.org as a nonprofit provider who has worked with over 1,200 businesses & organizations. The guide is a comprehensive source of information that is particularly useful for businesses and institutions that are looking into offsetting their carbon footprint. The guide empowers readers by outlining the framework for what makes a quality carbon offset, the standards, third-party verification and auditing. Carbon offset standards like the Voluntary Carbon Standard, the Climate Acton Reserve, the Gold Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards ensure that projects meet the most stringent additionality and permanence requirements - thus making the projects real and reliable. Unlike other offset guides out there today this guide makes no attempt to rank providers. Many carbon offset provider rankings are based on subjective and/or arbitrary criteria that may or may not have anything to do with whether an offset is real or of high quality. Click here to view the guide.