Tuesday, 22 November 2011 13:54
Whatever your financial goals, no matter how big your dreams, you deserve an investment strategy that gives you the greatest reward with the least risk, lowest cost and greatest peace of mind. And the folks at Merriman consider it their job to help you find that strategy. Today, Merriman manages approximately $1.5 billion in investments, giving ongoing financial and retirement planning guidance to thousands of families across the country. Merriman advisors take the time to understand your financial goals and your emotions around money, helping you stay on track by finding and implementing an investment solution tailored specifically to fit you and your risk tolerance. Merriman’s fiduciary responsibilities include putting their clients’ needs first. As a fee-only advisory firm, they are paid only by their clients - their investors - and this enables Merriman to provide the most objective guidance possible. And the firm’s commitment extends to environmental responsibility and sustainable operations. In 2007, Merriman decided to look at sustainability and become a green organization. At first, the goal seemed vast. But the City of Seattle’s Climate Protection Initiative pledged that Seattle would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 7 percent below its 1990 emission levels by 2012, and created the Seattle Climate Partnership to help achieve these goals. Merriman volunteered to be part of this program and committed to become a green organization. Once Merriman mastered the basics of reducing, reusing and recycling, they moved on to bigger and broader ways to achieve sustainability within their work space. They were inspired to implement green concepts into the design and architecture of their office space, from DIRTT walls to recycled ceiling tiles and motion-sensor lights. The firm’s commitment is proudly proclaimed in each employee’s email signature, a regular reminder of their leadership in this initiative. And their employee recognition program, “Caught You Green Handed,” encourages employees to think and act green. The prize they receive is a green product they can take home, enabling them to continue their green behaviors outside of the office. Merriman posts weekly green tips on the company intranet to keep the concepts fresh and in the forefront. Even with all the positive efforts, Merriman recognizes that the firm still leaves a carbon footprint, so they partner with Carbonfund.org to offset their remaining annual business emissions footprint, and to support the mission and projects of Carbonfund.org. Merriman’s sustainability and environmental conservation programs were initiated by their CEO, and this passion for sustainability and inspiring positive change helps Merriman employees make the world a better place for all its inhabitants.
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:35
Need some help figuring out the maze of business applications and tech tools now available to help you reach your clients and customers through the methods that they prefer and use the most often? Talk to New Millennium Designs about the best way to integrate technology solutions that suit your business and attract your customers with consistent and impactful messaging. Established in 1997, NMD, Inc. was founded on the premise of providing quality programming and design punctuated by outstanding personalized service for all clients. NMD, Inc. services an international client base within both the private and public business sector and holds a well-respected place in the technology community due to innovative marketing, creative design and development skills, and service-oriented dedication to clients. NMD offers custom turn-key solutions including sales and marketing consulting, and a wide range of development and design services through its full service in-house creative and development team including: - Database design and integration - Software and programming solutions - Hand-held application development - Website design - State-of-the-art hosting solutions for NMD-designed applications - Email marketing campaigns and data analysis - Online marketing campaigns And now NMD pulls it all together with the launch of eMerge™ , NMD’s new interactive marketing suite, a new solution for clients seeking a comprehensive email, social media, mobile and web platform. eMerge white-label solutions enable small franchises to global organizations the ability to engage via email, social, text and web both internally and externally. eMerge™ offers a variety of options including a do-it-yourself subscription program, professional campaign services and partner opportunities including reseller programs and enterprise / white label solutions. Deliver a consistent message through all major online marketing channels - email marketing, social media marketing, mobile marketing and landing page marketing – and understand what’s happening with real-time results. NMD also approaches business with a commitment to sustainable practices, including a business emissions offsetting program with Carbonfund.org. “NMD is supportive of green initiatives,” states NMD President, Bondilyn Jolly, “From our green architectural design, recycling practices, carbon emission offsets and paperless products such as SystemEMerge.com, we feel it’s important to not only reduce our corporate impact on the environment, but to also serve as a model to other businesses of effective and cost-efficient green practices.” NMD has eMerge™ sales offices in both New Orleans, LA and Tampa, FL and are currently expanding across the United States. Find out how NMD can assist your business by calling 985-781-4471, toll-free at 1-888-639-9323 or visiting NMDesigns.com or easyeMerge.com.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 11:57
Malk Sustainability Partners is a Carbonfund.org Business Partner, offsetting 35 metric tonnes of their business emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects. We've reprinted this article with permission to share another way MSP supports Carbonfund.org's mission, through helping to build communications technology to enable smarter and lower carbon development. Malk Sustainability Partners has been selected as the Co-Organizer of ICT for Green Asia, a high profile summit that will connect leaders from leading global mobile network operators and suppliers, decision-makers from communications and environmental ministries in Southeast Asia, and the world’s experts on sustainable communications practices and policies. The event is to be hosted by Indonesia’s Bakrie Telecom with the support of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative. Confirmed speakers include ITU Director of Telecommunications Malcolm Johnson, Global e-Sustainability Initiative Chair Luis Neves, and Indonesian Minister of Communications and Informatics Tifatul Sembiring. “Based on our excellent experiences working with Malk Sustainability Partners, we have selected them again to help us with this summit,” said Rakhmat Junaidi, Bakrie Telecom’s Director responsible for sustainability affairs. “During our two year partnership with MSP, they have shown considerable expertise in the area of sustainable ICT and have leveraged their global network of contacts to benefit our projects.” Content of ICT for Green Asia will focus on the enormous potential of information communications technology (ICT) to enable smarter and lower carbon development. It will highlight the correspondingly attractive market opportunity for ICT products and services which create smarter grids and buildings, promote better logistics management and motor operation, and expand access to healthcare and education. “Hosting this event only one year after launching its ‘Green for the Nation’ program represents a major milestone for Bakrie Telecom and we hope it will encourage a meaningful shift in thinking about the role of ICT in facilitating sustainable development in Asia. We are excited to be working on this project” said MSP Partner Zach Goldman, who is leading event development. More on ICT for Green Asia is available at www.ictforgreenasia.org. Additional information on Malk Sustainability Partner’s work with information communications technology companies is available at www.malksp.com/industries/sustainable-ict/.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:14
Need to get your message out to a wide and specific audience? Find your solution with APS Mobile Advertising, LLC, providing on-demand, focused and targeted advertising to the customer at an affordable rate. Their professionals provide the wealth of knowledge and experience that defines their highly qualified and motivated advertising team. APS Mobile Ads offers a full range of mobile advertising solutions, including mobile billboard, aerial, static billboard and over-the-road advertising, targeted by geography, demographic or event. And mobile advertising is effective: • 98% of in-car audiences indicated they noticed truck-side ads. – American Trucking Association • 97% is the recall rate on mobile advertising. – Outdoor Advertising Magazine TACA’s market research July/August 2002 • 96% of respondents say mobile advertising is more effective than traditional outdoor advertising. – Outdoor Advertising Magazine TACA’s market research July/August 2002 • Mobile advertising generates 2.5 times more attention than a static billboard. – Perception Research • 91% of target audiences noticed both graphics and text. – American Trucking Association and 3M APS Mobile Advertising, LLC is a USDOT compliant, environmentally conscious, veteran owned and operated company. APS Mobile Ads is the only Detroit-based mobile billboard advertising company, directly serving the mid-west, and through partner companies, coast to coast. And APS Mobile Ads is driven to maximize environmental responsibility in its operations. Utility consumption is kept extremely low, all eligible materials are recycled, drivers are instructed to operate all company vehicles at the most fuel efficient speeds, and APS Mobile Ads participates in Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree™ Partnership program. “At APS Mobile Ads, we believe that business can be done more efficiently and just as effectively, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact of daily operations. We all have a responsibility to minimize our carbon footprint, and we look forward to achieving that goal through a successful partnership with Carbonfund.org,” exclaims Christopher A. Falster, Chairman of APS Mobile Ads. Learn more about the mobile advertising options and solutions at www.APSmobileAds.com. They'll make you - and your audience - look!
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:12
Ever wonder what makes a Porsche 911 Carrera purr like a kitten, while harnessing all that horsepower under the hood? Part of it is the wonder of Nickies™. Maybe you've heard that sports cars are high maintenance - always in the shop for this that or the other thing. It's very typical, even with high-powered cooling systems, that high-performance engines run too hot, and as you know, heat kills. LN Engineering, a leader in the Porsche aftermarket for high performance products and services, is producer of the trademarked Nickies™ cylinders for aircooled and watercooled Porsches. Nickies™ make your engine run cooler and with more power, which means more time on the road and less in the shop. LN Engineering has established itself as the only premium brand in the industry with a well-respected name and customer base, devoted to continued research and development in the area of lubricants as well as improving the efficiency and longevity for all Porsche models. LN Engineering maintains a clear focus on service and support, differentiating itself from competitors by delivering aircooled precision performance since 2002. Through advanced metallurgy, material science, and engineering, LN Engineering's Nickies™ cylinders provide increased strength, cooling and ductility (ability to be molded and shaped while maintaining strength). Nickies™ are 35% stronger than the best ductile iron available, debunking the myth that steel sleeves are needed for strength. Nickies™ also produce more horsepower! LN Engineering is owned and operated by Charles Navarro and Tammy Hellings, and the company is very involved in the local community. LN Engineering proudly supports Buy Local - Hire Local programs and all manufactures its Nickies™ cylinders and other associated product lines in the United States. To reduce dependence on foreign materials, LN Engineering purchases all manufacturing materials from U.S. sources and recycles 100% of scrap metal. They also use environmentally friendly solvents and coolants in the manufacturing process. To save both shipping costs and reduce emissions, the LN Engineering team drives a Prius to transport raw manufactured goods to their subcontractor 200 miles away, saving thousands a year on freight charges and using little fuel in the process, compared to using a cargo van for transport. And LN Engineering’s commitment to environmentally sound practices doesn’t stop there. “Although sports car manufacturers are striving to improve performance and increase efficiency of new models, little is done in the way of improving this on existing models. Limited by older technology, a reduction in emissions is limited to ensuring older vehicles are running as well as possible, so offsetting the carbon footprint of historically eco-unfriendly vehicles is one way to make sure we’ll be able to enjoy them for decades to come while improving our environment,” says Charles Navarro, President of LN Engineering. Charles currently is exploring options to carbon offset their parts shipping and their actual manufacturing process, as well as to offset the carbon footprint of an average Porsche customer’s annual mileage when using LN Engineering products. As a leader in the Porsche community, LN Engineering's focus is on quality, service, and support. Carbonfund.org is proud to help LN Engineering succeed in their efforts to achieve high performance and maintain environmentally sound business practices.
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:23
Live.give.run. It’s a simple message about an activity, an attitude and a commitment. It involves a sport that does not require wheels, clubs, racquets, bats or balls. All it asks of you are the shoes on your feet and 30 minutes of your time. For the folks at Charm City Run, it’s a daily lifestyle and a long-term commitment. Charm City Run is a Running & Walking Specialty company based in the Baltimore, MD area committed to fitting every customer in the "right" shoe based on their specific needs. With four retail store locations around Maryland and a great online store, Charm City Run can help anyone, from the newly dedicated fitness walker to the career marathoner. If you are training for your next event or just looking for something comfortable to wear day-to-day, check out Charm City Run. And check out the testimonials from their many satisfied and dedicated customers. Charm City Run is committed to serving its community and protecting the environment, and they’ve crafted the image and culture of their business to achieve these goals. It’s a wonderful opportunity and an enormous responsibility, and sometimes it’s inefficient and very costly to do the right thing. Since opening, Charm City Run has given a 10% discount on footwear to anyone that brings in an old pair of shoes to donate to the homeless, refugees abroad and other third world countries. Charm City Run also supports its environmental and community commitment through 1% for the Planet. For every dollar you spend in Charm City Run, a penny goes to the environment, period. And all Charm City Run contributions will stay with local charities and non-profit organizations focused on environmental causes, including Carbonfund.org. Charm City Run also offers race management services through Charm City Event Management, a diversified event management and coordination company, comprised of individuals with varied business, education and sports backgrounds. The principals have experience in participating in, consulting and managing multi-sport events including road races, biathlons, triathlons, biking and swimming events. Charm City Run Event Management manages over 65 endurance events a year in the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic Region and works with various non-profit organizations, corporations, municipalities and families in the planning process of these events. Through the events that Charm City Run owns, manages or directs, they donate over $425,000 to charitable causes annually. Charm City Run will "give back" more dollars as a percentage of sales than not only any other company in their industry, but more than any other company in Baltimore and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. Check out the online events calendar to find a run near you! So get out there and run…or walk! And make sure that you’ve got the shoes you need from the running experts devoted to the sport, their community and the environment – Charm City Run, the sole of the city.
Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:29
Must we all "suffer for beauty" when there is an environmentally- and socially-conscious cosmetics company at our fingertips? When looking for the best in nail and lip polish, balms and polish remover, consider both the environmental and social impact of these products. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics offers an extensive line of upscale cosmetics, through various retail stores and online, that meet the PeaceKeeper’s pledge to offer only products made with slavery-free labor, fair wages for their employees, no animal testing, and without harmful and carcinogenic ingredients. PeaceKeeper founder, Jody R. Weiss, was inspired to create her company as a way to address the need for a women-oriented company that focused on the values of real love, fairness and freedom for all. One night she dreamed about a PeaceKeeper movement. She saw in this dream that women around the world wanted the same thing…and the words which now appear on the sides of the PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics lipstick carton appeared in her dream: freedom, joy, wisdom, voice, and esteem, in every major language of the world. Jody also chose to focus on developing cosmetics that were pure and clean, containing no toxic ingredients or involving any animal testing. “At first, chemists told me they could show me what real clean cosmetics look like, and they still had acetone, parabens, etc…, so I had to roll up my sleeves and learn the truth about safe cosmetics myself. A few chemists refused to make our products without their harmful ingredients, but now we are working with extraordinary chemists and manufacturers who understand exactly what we are trying to do. We are now ranked as one of the safest cosmetics lines in America. PeaceKeeper prides itself on its slogan "No Nasty Anything!" and is dedicated to creating cosmetics using non-toxic ingredients that will keep your body safe and healthy. Our products use no toluene, formaldehyde, acetone, parabens, etc., 100% natural and 75% or more organic, non-toxic ingredients that are friendly to your body. Our Eco-Sensual Lip Balm is 100% vegan and 73% organic, and our latest line of YUM Glazes has been certified ‘food-grade’ by the USDA—so eco-friendly you can spread them on your toast for breakfast! We also have many vegan-friendly products,” says Jody. Since 2009, PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics has been supporting Carbonfund.org's projects by purchasing carbon credits as part of their policy of practicing business in a way that is both socially and environmentally conscious. PeaceKeeper is also an All-Benefit Company, one of many companies that give all of their distributable profits to charity after taxes, debt repayment, financing costs and reasonable working capital reserves. Now That’s Beautiful!TM PeaceKeeper is not simply a project created by a few women and the men who love them. For PeaceKeeper to work, many women (and the men who love them) must be involved. Just by buying a few products, you can become a PeaceKeeper too! So, shop online, or find a store near you, for their natural nail and lip polish, with free shipping for orders over $25, as part of the Million Kisses Campaign in the “Kiss Museum” on their website.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 14:52
This post is excerpted with permission from Donna Stuart’s article in Portland Monthly.LightHawk, a nonprofit with deep roots in Maine whose mission is “to champion environmental protection through the unique perspective of flight.” They are delivering the wolves to the Wildlife West Nature Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the two four-year-old females and one eleven-year-old male will live as part of a bi-national captive breeding program, the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (MWSSP). The goal: a transcontinental “date” across the Basin and Range Province to help reintroduce Mexican wolves into the wild. Hidden from view, the shy animals lie curled up in deep beds of hay in burlap-covered dog crates set in the rear of the cabin. Moore, the wolves’ caretaker during the flight, detects their growing agitation. She taps Newman on the shoulder, signaling her to slow the descent. “It’s like they’ve got baby ears. I now know you have to plan the descent so as not to hurt them,” explains Newman, looking back on her first ‘wolf flight’ more than a year ago. Flying out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, she and Haas have since ferried other Mexican wolves to pre-release facilities in Washington state, Missouri, New York, and Arizona in order to accommodate breeding. “We do over 1,000 flights each year for hundreds of environmental groups,” says Portland-based Rudy Engholm, LightHawk’s executive director. Among their many other projects, LightHawk flights have enabled Maine Audubon to make an aerial survey of loons on the state’s northern lakes – important since loons in the wild are said to be a barometer measuring the effects of climate change, mercury and lead contamination in lakes, and land lost to development. The organization has also provided dozens of flights to Maine’s land trusts, helping them monitor and better understand the thousands of acres in their care. The 12-member staff, spread across the U.S. and Mesoamerica, coordinates all the missions flown by nearly 170 volunteer pilots. “We run a decentralized, multi-national [concern] with the number of people who can fit around a family dining table. We try to be judicious about what we do,” Engholm says, noting that LightHawk uses highly efficient aircraft and purchases carbon offsets [through Carbonfund.org] so the operation is carbon neutral. He estimates this year’s carbon footprint, including staff travel and all mission-related flights, will be about 272 metric tons, assuming 25,000 gallons of aviation fuel. “A single one-way trip from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro in a 747 would use roughly 40,000 gallons. If society is willing to ‘spend’ these vast amounts of emissions on so many other activities, doesn’t it make sense that we at least invest a small amount of our energy in saving the irreplaceable pieces of wild nature? “The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the pieces [according to Paul Ehrlich in A Sand County Almanac],” concludes Engholm. “That’s the perfect analog for what we do. We try to protect all the pieces of nature–the wildlife, habitats, and diverse ecosystems.”
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 08:40
It’s summertime – kids are out of school and….restless! They’re bored, they’re begging for things to do, they want to go see their friends, go to the corner store, go to the movies, go to the mall… So how can a family come together to beat the summer boredom blues and turn summertime into productive time for everyone? Help your kids learn the value of saving their allowance, and help them learn valuable life lessons about working, saving, spending and giving through ThreeJars. ThreeJars makes managing allowance fun and easy for 5 to 13 year old kids and their parents. Kids learn to manage their “money” through saving, spending, and charitable giving jars – with guidance from Mom and Dad. With ThreeJars, you can relax knowing that all your kids’ allowance is in one spot, with automated payment, tracking, and access through our safe, secure, IOU system. Sign-up is quick and easy, and you can assign chores, projects, and more with just a few clicks. Rather than cash, parents pay allowance with IOUs, representing real money. At sign-up, you will set amount, payday, and decide how allowance IOUs will be divvyed-up between your child’s SAVE, SPEND and SHARE Jars. The ThreeJars system is a parent’s best tool to teach their child how to responsibly manage money. Kids learn important money-management life skills. Your child will save a portion of every IOU dollar earned, until it becomes habit. That’s important for keeping spending and borrowing under control later. The system encourages kids to be thoughtful about spending, and teaches them to set goals, budget, and learn from money mistakes. Kids may request to use their SHARE Jar IOU money to make a donation to a charitable cause they learned about on ThreeJars or to withdraw cash for charity off the site. One of the charitable causes that ThreeJars supports is Carbonfund.org. Kids can make donations to support our energy efficiency, renewable energy and reforestation projects. In addition to earning allowance, your child may also earn extra IOU bucks by requesting (or you suggesting) one-time projects around the house. If your family links allowance to chores, you can dock allowance payment for incomplete chores via the ThreeJars website. Progress reports are emailed weekly. Choose from chores on the site or personalize your own. And parents can deposit money from grandma, birthday gifts or eyen babysitting through the ThreeJars account. ThreeJars was recently featured in an online video on Yahoo! Finance. Check it out for some inspiration on how you and your kids can make allowance, household chores, saving, giving, and money management fun! Keeping track of the family’s finances has never been easier. Check out ThreeJars to help your kids learn how to manage their allowance, their chores and their charitable giving, all in one convenient and organized spot.
Thursday, 10 March 2011 18:11
It’s almost springtime, but the winter weather is hanging on in the northern U.S. The little ones are getting restless, yearning to play outside, and tired of the same games and books. But don’t despair – there’s help. Green Kid Crafts is a family-owned, green company that offers natural, sustainable, and responsible choices for arts and crafts projects. The kits are an inexpensive tool for parents and teachers to use to educate children about recycling, reducing waste, and protecting the environment. Green Kid Crafts provides fun and sustainable do-it-yourself craft kits for kids ages 2 through 8. Each Green Kid Craft kit subscription provides: • Craft materials that are kid-friendly, earth-friendly, and safe • Three different craft kits delivered once a month - that’s a lot of sustainable crafting! • Kit that include everything needed to complete the craft (you just supply glue, markers, and/or scissors) • A monthly featured craft with a unique and multicultural focus to enrich and entertain your creative child • Great gifts for eco-conscious parents • The flexibility to customize your kits to reflect the holidays and cultures that you wish to celebrate Craft subscriptions can be ordered in three, six or twelve month subscriptions. Green Kid Crafts strives to be natural, sustainable, and responsible, and has established standards for these goals. And Green Kid Crafts is a carbon neutral business, choosing to offset 100% of the carbon dioxide generated by their business and help fund the development of renewable energy projects across the United States. “As the Climate Change Coordinator with the Alaska Center for the Environment, I know too well how important it is to offset carbon emissions," says Penny Bauder, Owner of Green Kid Crafts. "I believe that every person, every business has the power to make a difference, which is why Green Kid Crafts chose to become a Carbonfund.org partner.” Order your Green Kid Crafts subscription today, and help your little crafters create new treasures while learning about their environment.