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Carbonfund.org announced today its latest initiative to make it easy and affordable for individuals to reduce their climate impact through the creation of a grassroots partnership with GreenCo, a San-Diego-County-based gas station and mini mart that has created what is believed to be the first ever “pay at the pump” carbon reduction program in the U.S. For an additional five cents per gallon, GreenCo customers now have the opportunity to neutralize the emissions created from the use of fossil fuels.  That 5 cents per gallon add-on, which is voluntary for the customer, is then forwarded to Carbonfund.org to support third-party validated carbon reduction projects, such as reforestation in Idaho, wind farms in Texas or truck stop electrification in California. “GreenCo’s gasoline prices are competitively low in order to incentivize our customers to choose to add on the 5 cents per gallon right at the point of sale, the pump,” GreenCo CEO Robert Warner said.  “Then Carbonfund.org can take the proceeds and do what they do best – combat the CO2 emissions that result from fossil fuels and support projects that provide the biggest environmental bang for the buck.” The green-and-white gas stations that dot Southern California send a direct message to customers who are concerned about the environmental cost of operating a car. “Feel Better About Fueling” is the GreenCo slogan, and they deliver on that message by empowering drivers to take a grassroots approach to lowering carbon emissions. “We are excited to develop this concept with GreenCo that allows consumers to take at-the-pump action,” said Eric Carlson, Carbonfund.org president. “Climate change affects every one of us, and we all must be part of the solution. Programs like GreenCo’s are helping individuals reduce emissions today while we transition to a low-carbon future.” The average American is responsible for 50,000 pounds of CO2 annually as a result of activities like powering their homes and driving their cars. “If someone buying gas with a credit card is automatically asked by the pump’s computer if they want to add on a car wash, why not ask the same customer if they’d like to neutralize their car’s carbon footprint by purchasing a carbon offset?” Warner asks. GreenCo hopes to continue to have an impact on climate change by expanding their environmentally unique approach to the local gas and minimart industry throughout the U.S.
Carbonfund.org Note: This press release is reposted from Overstock.com. We are thrilled to partner with the company on carbon-neutral shipping for their Worldstock items. SALT LAKE CITY, May 16, 2011 -  Overstock.com, Inc. (shortcut: O.CO) today announced that henceforth all net profits from its Worldstock Fair Trade department will fund charitable and philanthropic projects, including those in the United States, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi and Nepal. To learn more visit www.overstock.com/Worldstock-Profits. For example, in San Marcos Guatemala, funds from Worldstock have already helped construct an earth bag house, and rain water harvesting tanks (to provide clean water to the orphans). In Kenya, Worldstock profits have built the Fanya Mambo School, a school which provides training in construction to improve the urban landscape. In Malawi, Worldstock funds have been used to construct water towers and a pump house. In Nepal, Worldstock contributions have helped build several new modern English schools. "Worldstock's mission is to create sustainable livelihoods for artisans around the world by leveraging the internet to introduce their good to the U.S. market. We're privileged to be able to further support international humanitarian efforts around the world by bringing schools, clinics, drinking water, and sustainable cottage industries to artisan communities globally," said Overstock.com Chairman and CEO Patrick Byrne. Founded in 2001, Worldstock Fair Trade is Overstock.com's socially responsible department that distinguishes itself from competitors by returning between 60 and 70 percent of the sales price on each item to the artisans. It allows these artisans to improve their own lives, as well as their educational systems and communities. Today, Worldstock has contacts in over 60 countries including rural areas of the United States. It creates employment opportunities for approximately 10,000 artisans around the world, who provide handcrafted products that are sold on Overstock.com. Through April 30, 2011, Overstock.com has returned more than $67 million to Worldstock's artisan suppliers. Overstock.com recently announced the debut of carbon-neutral shipping for every purchase made from its Worldstock Fair Trade inventory, at no extra cost to its customers. This sustainability effort is aimed at mitigating the carbon dioxide emissions produced by the trucks delivering items purchased from Worldstock Fair Trade by funding third-party validated carbon reduction projects like reforestation.
SALT LAKE CITY — Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSTK) (short cut: O.CO) today, announced the debut of carbon-neutral shipping for every purchase made from its Worldstock Fair Trade inventory, effective immediately. This sustainability effort establishes Overstock.com as one of the largest online retailers to take responsibility for the environmental impact of its product shipping program. Through a partnership with the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, Overstock.com will mitigate the carbon dioxide emissions produced by the trucks delivering items purchased from Worldstock Fair Trade by funding third-party validated carbon reduction projects like reforestation. This offer is free to the customer. Now, in time for Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, Worldstock Fair Trade purchases are supporting this important environmental initiative, as well as artisans around the globe. To learn more visit http://www.overstock.com/sustainability “Overstock.com recognizes that we all have to take responsibility for preventing climate change, and as a major retailer its positive actions will have a huge impact,” said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “Through this commitment, Overstock.com is leading by example by investing in a low-carbon future for everyone. We’re thrilled to partner with Overstock.com on this exciting program.” Founded in 2001, Worldstock Fair Trade is Overstock.com’s socially responsible department for products handcrafted by artisans from developing nations and rural areas of the USA.  It carries handcrafted products from artisans in over 60 countries and between 60 and 70 percent of the cost is returned to the artisans. To date, Overstock.com has returned more than $60 million to Worldstock’s artisan suppliers. “This carbon-neutral shipping program is in addition to other measures the company has taken to recognize consumer demand for environmentally sustainable business practices.  Other measures include ride sharing and corporate recycling programs,” said Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne. “We recognize CO2 emissions are only one component of our operational impact, and we are working to reduce environmental impacts across our entire supply chain.” From: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/overstockcom-and-carbonfundorg-partner-to-launch-carbon-neutral-shipping-program-for-all-worldstock-products-120360074.html#
Since 2007, Orbitz and thousands of their customers have participated in Orbitz’ program to reduce the carbon emissions from their travel, the equivalent of flying over 100 million miles. Through their carbon reduction program with Carbonfund.org Foundation, eco-website and employee environmental initiatives, Orbitz has taken a stand to be part of the solution to global warming. We applaud Orbitz’ carbon reduction efforts since 2007. Orbitz is showing the leadership we need in the 21st century to solve one of our most pressing problems, global warming. Through direct, measurable and certifiable carbon reductions, Orbitz is making a difference today while helping facilitate new projects and technologies that will guide environmental protection in the future. It takes a lot for a company to acknowledge that their product has pollution associated with it, and most companies choose to do nothing. Orbitz has taken a front-and-center approach toward educating their customers about global warming, the role travel plays and also provided a pro-active solution empowering their customers to neutralize the global warming impact of their travel. Further, Orbitz is committed to their environmental programs, expanding them each year. Orbitz’ carbon reduction program is reducing over 50 million pounds of global warming causing greenhouse gasses to date.
If your organization is looking for a way to show its commitment to the environment as a group, an event provides a great opportunity for you and your attendees to make a statement by offsetting the event's carbon footprint. Our CarbonFree® Events program makes it easy and affordable for you to distinguish your event and reduce its climate impact. In fact, in 2011 we already have two great examples of organizations committed to decreasing the environmental impact of their annual events. "Forward Together" The 2011 Congress of Healthcare Leadership Chicago, Illinois March 21st through March 22nd This event is hosted by ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives), an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. This event allows healthcare professionals to connect with colleagues, find solutions to challenges, and explore the new healthcare frontier. ACHE is committed to offsetting all the base emissions of this event through a partnership with Carbonfund.org. “The Museum of Tomorrow” The American Association of Museums' 105th Annual Meeting Houston, Texas May 22nd through May 25th As the museum field’s premier professional development opportunity in 2011, the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo™ will showcase the best thinking from both practitioners and visionaries on the major issues confronting us and the communities we serve. The American Association of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. They are dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. The AAM Annual Meeting is also dedicated to reducing their climate impact by offering participants an easy way to offset the emissions resulting participant travel and attendance for the annual meeting. Find out how you can offset your event at: www.carbonfund.org/events
Consider this: If you type "wildlife tours" into an Internet search engine, you'll find more than 650,000 entries. To help you with this choice, National Wildlife Federation has selected the top wildlife-viewing trips. At National Wildlife Federation Expeditions, the goal is to find extraordinary ways to connect you with nature, and travel is an outstanding way to do that. Every year, they vet hundreds of tour companies and review thousands of programs and itineraries to find the best tour operators, the best destinations and the best values. Connecting people with nature is NWF’s mission, and all of their travel opportunities focus on seeing wildlife and learning about the natural world. The tour operators NWF chooses believe in traveling responsibly and sensitively, with economic benefits to local communities. NWF Expeditions are comfortable, efficient, organized, courteous and, most importantly, extremely well run. On any NWF Expedition, you go home not only with snapshots or souvenirs but also knowledge, understanding and valuable experiences. Expedition prices include accommodations, transportation, guides and educational programming, most if not all meals, and a host of extras. Just one of these extras includes carbon neutral travel through a partnership with Carbonfund.org, supporting important climate mitigation projects that protect wild places in the United States and around the world. Plus, the average group size of their Expeditions is just 15 to 20 participants to ensure minimal impact on the environment and maximum enjoyment for the traveler. With 75 years of protecting wildlife, NWF Expeditions are a great way to go! For more information please visit their site, Travel with NWF, or “Like” them on Facebook to get travel updates.
Carbonfund.org is honored to sit on the Leadership Committee for National Wildlife Federation's 2011 National Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet. In addition to supporting this important event Carbonfund.org will be working with the event's greening committee to ensure that all the travel, hotel stay and premises emissions are carbon neutral. For 2011 National Wildlife Federation celebrates its 75th Anniversary and the start of one of America’s largest and most influential conservation organizations. In 1936, cartoonist J.N. “Ding” Darling called the nation’s first-ever meeting of conservationists to protect America’s vanishing wildlife resources. Out of this meeting, the National Wildlife Federation began. Since 1965, NWF has been honoring conservationists through its National Conservation Achievement Awards (also known as “The Connies”). This annual celebration honors individuals and organizations that have been conservation heroes. In the past this honor has gone to former Vice President Al Gore, author Thomas Friedman, former President Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Ted Turner, the Anheuser-Busch Companies and many other distinguished recipients. This year's event honors First Lady Michelle Obama, Robert Redford, AVEDA, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Dr. Virginia Burkett. The event is Wednesday, April 13, 2010, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The evening will include a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner program featuring Master of Ceremonies actress Gloria Reuben along with NWF Naturalist Dave Mizejewski and some of his animal friends. To learn more, please click here.
The National Geographic Society is a global organization that inspires people to care about the planet. One look at these polar bears fighting to survive in the warming Arctic is enough to make you care about climate change, in particular. Click here to see National Geographic's stunning photo gallery of a mother bear and her cubs adapting to the challenges of melting ice flows. Not one to just report on current events, National Geographic takes action every day against climate change, and Carbonfund.org is proud to support their sustainability goals. National Geographic has mitigated the carbon emissions from their premises for 2011 and 2012 through Carbonfund.org's third-validated forest projects in developing areas of Africa. The Forest Again Project is a reforestation initiative in the Kakamega Forest, which is the last remaining lowland rainforest in Kenya’s Western Province. With over 50% of this area lost to deforestation since 1933, this project will reestablish a forest corridor between existing forest islands, create jobs and business opportunities for impoverished, forest?adjacent communities (e.g., by purchasing seedlings from community nurseries, planting trees, and managing the growing forest), and build capacity for local conservation organization’s mission to develop alternative income projects for communities. The goals of the Forest Again Project are to sequester nearly 400,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, by reforesting 1,250 areas, to conserve the rich biodiversity in this unique and threatened African ecosystem, as well as enhance the livelihoods of people in forest adjacent communities. Climate change is a global problem, so whether you're planting trees in Africa or raising money for a community solar panel in your hometown, you're making a difference for our planet and endangered species like the polar bear. The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. To learn more visit: www.nationalgeographic.com
Over the past four years, CarbonFree® Partner MWW Group has offset the carbon impact of their business emissions and reduced over 6,400 metric tons of CO2. That's like negating the electricity use of 777 homes for one year or the emissions from over 14,884 barrels of oil, or even taking 1,255 cars off the road for an entire year. As one of the top five largest public relations agencies in the nation, MWW Group is setting the green example for a huge audience. Launched in 2007, the “MWW Group Green” initiative aims at incorporating environmental responsibility into every aspect of their business, promoting a culture in which all employees are actively engaged in these environmental initiatives and share responsibility for achieving their environmental goals. This year, MMW Group is supporting the New York State Landfill Methane Project, which destroys the methane emitted by a landfill. The destruction of methane from such projects is important in the fight against global climate change because methane is approximately 23 times more efficient as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Additional plans for the Project include capturing the waste heat and using it to warm a local greenhouse along with providing alternative energy. In keeping with our “Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t”™ mantra, MWW Group continues to attack their corporate carbon footprint head-on.  Beyond extending their relationship with Carbonfund.org, reaffirming a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality, MWW Group has expanded their use of Web-based video conferencing and instituted a new travel policy to limit the environmental impact of non-critical air travel.  In addition, MWW Group launched a “No Drive Workdays” program to help minimize greenhouse gasses by reducing employee travel by two workdays per month. MWW Group's ongoing partnership with Carbonfund.org will continue to support innovative, verified projects globally in renewable energy and reforestation that reduce carbon emissions and hasten market transformation towards a clean energy economy. Be sure to check out MWW Group Green’s tips for becoming a greener company and successful green marketing strategies.
Carbonfund.org note: This is a re-post of a press release from LG Electronic’s opening of a new R&D facility. LG has committed to offsetting the  emissions of the premises' electricity.  This is another step in the partnership between LG and Carbonfund.org. We are thrilled to work with LG Electronics in meeting their sustainability goals.

Reinforces Commitment to Industry Leadership, Energy-Efficient Products Meeting Top Environmental, Performance Standards

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics USA today officially opened its first Home Appliance Research & Development Center in the United States. Located in Buffalo Grove, Ill., the $6.5 million R&D Center will provide low-volume, high-precision product testing and consumer research using state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies. "The Home Appliance R&D Center represents LG's commitment to meeting the needs of its customers in the U.S., ensuring the highest degree of efficiency is met," said Y. H. Lee, president and CEO of the LG Home Appliance Company. "The Center is a platform for LG to help assure that LG appliances meet or exceed industry standards, explore new technologies and, most importantly, drive innovation for next-generation products." The 30,770-square-foot R&D Center has the capability of testing hundreds of appliances annually and is the last stop before LG products begin production. The 15,350 square-foot first floor is dedicated to major appliance testing including refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, ovens, ranges, cooktops, microwave ovens, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners. It houses state-of-the-art testing equipment such as a climate-controlled chamber specifically designed to test refrigerator-freezers, consistent with test procedures prescribed by the U.S. Department of Energy. A Consumer Insights Lab features top-notch residential kitchen, laundry room and living room spaces, designed to provide consumers with hands on experiences using LG appliances. A field focus group discussion area allows consumers to share their reactions to the appliances, ensuring LG produces the highest quality products that meet the needs of its U.S. customers. The second floor houses a fully functioning video studio and residential kitchen where video content is created for consumers and service technicians. Videos include product and cooking demonstrations and lifestyle hints conducted by LG home economists and customer support technicians. The professionally produced video series will be available on LG's website in the coming weeks. The Center's offices and administrative facilities are also on the second floor, where currently 39 employees work; LG expects to expand the staff over the next 12-18 months. "Providing the greatest benefit and value to our customers is a key aspect of our new R&D Center," said Heejin Lee, senior director of the Home Appliance R&D Center, LG Home Appliance Company. "By utilizing our advanced resources efficiently, we strive to develop the best products that meet the highest expectations, specific to our U.S. customers." Further enhancing LG's commitment to sustainability and quality, the LG R&D Center tests products against industry guidelines set by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), UL Environment (ULE), the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). To meet these standards, the appliances are subjected to rigorous testing for performance, energy efficiency, water usage, safety and quality. "As part of our goal to become the most sustainable consumer products company in the world, LG worked with the Carbon Fund Foundation on carbon offsets for the Buffalo Grove facility," said Wayne Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA, who came from LG's North American headquarters in New Jersey to cut the ribbon on the new facility. "We are pleased to announce the new facility has CarbonFree Partner status."
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