Newsletter - April 22, 2010 -

Newsletter – April 22, 2010

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


Dear Friends,

Climate change must be our nation’s top priority this Earth Day.
An easy way you can take action today is supporting our Million Tree Challenge. Today we announced that we will direct all donations by the Challenge for the next three months to tree planting in Haiti, and we will match donations two-to-one. As if earthquakes and poverty were not enough, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere is one of the most susceptible to the effects of global warming and seasonal flooding.’s stature as the leading climate change solutions group continues to grow. We were the only non-profit featured in The Wall Street Journal’s recent article on carbon offset providers. We also won the TreeHugger website Readers’ Choice Award for Best Carbon Offset Provider.

On Earth Day and every day, each of us can fight climate change by taking simple steps to reduce the climate impact of our homes, travel and energy use. And by offsetting what you can’t, you’re supporting’s innovative carbon reduction projects that are making a real impact in reducing emissions globally.

Please make your commitment to Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t. Help us fight climate change by supporting our projects, or by contributing to our Million Tree Challenge today. We thank you for your sustained leadership, and happy Earth Day 2010!


Eric Carlson

Million Tree Challenge Donations to Support Tree Planting in Haiti

Donations to’s Million Tree Challenge for the next three months will support tree planting in Earthquake ravaged Haiti in effort to reduce flooding and landslides, and we will match your donation two-to-one. Your donation still counts toward our goal of planting a million trees.

Historically, poor land use practices have magnified the devastating effects of natural disasters like the recent earthquake, resulting in severe flooding and landslides. With the rainy season approaching fast, the need for long-term solutions as well as short-term aid is critically important.

As recently as 2008, a series of storms resulted in hundreds of deaths and over $1 billion in damage. “Many of Haiti’s problems may seem intractable, but planting trees is something we can do today that will help prevent floods and build communities,” said Eric Carlson. “By planting trees and restoring native ecosystems, we can do our part to aid the recovery for Haitians today and for future generations.”

We thank all our partners who are contributing to the Challenge, including Staples, Amtrak, Hyundai Motor America, WeddingWire, Motorola and Evo! The campaign wouldn’t be possible without our partners’ support.

Please do your part today! Plant a tree for each mile you commute, each member of your family, or each employee at your business. will match your donation two-to-one. Visit to make a donation, and please ask your friends and family members to do so also!

Staples Matching Donations to Million Tree Challenge at Copy & Print Centers

Your donations to’s Million Tree Challenge go even farther with Staples Copy and Print centers this week. Staples will be collecting $1 donations from customers at its U.S. stores’ Copy & Print centers until Saturday, April 24 and will match customer donations raised, up to $20,000.

Tree planting not only helps reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but provides habitat for local species, reduces erosion and provides jobs for communities in planting and care. Staples has also been a partner in supporting’s carbon reduction projects and fighting global warming.

Please help reach the goal of planting a million trees: visit a Staples Copy & Print center to make a donation, or check out our campaign page to learn more and donate today! Featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Only Nonprofit Group Reviewed was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal about the growing consumer participation in carbon offset programs. One of the 5 groups featured, was cited as being “one of the first” and the only nonprofit carbon offset provider they reviewed. 

We were also chosen by readers of TreeHugger as the best carbon offset provider in their Readers’ Choice Awards! Thank you for your support! The organization’s work is made possible through the support of our individual donors and partners. Thank you!

As we continue the fight on global warming together, please let others know about the work we do. Earth Day’s a great time to ask friends, family members and others you know to contribute to our Million Tree Challenge, and help keep global warming a priority that must be addressed through action and in our everyday lives.

Thank you again for your support!

New Climate Bill to be Unveiled Monday

The new climate bill that’s been in the works for months is expected to emerge in the Senate on Monday, April 26. Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have been attempting to craft legislation that they believe will gain bi-partisan support for reducing emissions while creating jobs. 

Entitled the “American Power Act,” the bill will likely include various approaches to limiting greenhouse gas emissions from industries. However, a comprehensive cap-and-trade system which many environmentalists have been supporting is unlikely. Power plants could face an early cap on emissions and be able to trade emissions allowances or credits toward attaining their emissions reduction goals. Limits on industrial emitters such as chemical plants and cement kilns would likely be phased in over time. 

The bill will also include specific provisions for increased energy production. Among the controversial provisions that could appear in the bill is expanded oil drilling and nuclear power development, both in effort to gain enough votes in Congress to pass a bill.

Stay tuned to what’s happening on this bill—we will post a blog with more details when the bill is unveiled in the Senate.

5 Green Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

If you’re one of the lucky ones getting a tax refund this year, here are five ways that you can use your refund to help the environment and fight climate change.

1. Make energy efficiency improvements in your home, such as with Energy Star qualified windows and appliances. An energy efficient replacement can reduce your heating, cooling or electricity bill while reducing your home’s carbon footprint. And you may qualify for a tax credit, such as for 30% of cost up to $1,500 for energy efficient improvements!

2. Buy eco-friendlier goods such as those labeled fair trade, CarbonFree® Certified, or organic. Each represent action taken to make goods more socially or environmentally responsible.

3. Reduce, offset your carbon footprint. Find out what your footprint is by calculating it and take actions to reduce what you can and offset what you can’t by supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects.

4. If you drive, be sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready to handle the stresses of summer heat or congestion. Take public transit when you can, but if you need to drive, getting a tune-up and having your tires checked and properly inflated (this alone can save 400-700 pounds of CO2 each year) save gas and help keep your vehicle out of the junk yard.

5. With the economy recovering, consider investing in environmentally responsible companies or mutual funds. For companies, see if they have clearly articulated and taken steps to reduce their environmental impact or improve their sustainability. You can view their annual or corporate social responsibility reports, or view a list like’s partners who are fighting climate change. For mutual funds, a starting point can be the Social Investment Forum.

Learn more on actions you can take to reduce your climate impact here.

Project Spotlight: Solar Energy in Nicaragua

This project of Live Climate, a program of, improves lives by providing better lighting through solar power, access to clean water and jobs in the second poorest country in the Americas, Nicaragua. The project installs solar panels to produce clean energy, provides technical assistance and helps reduce carbon emissions from burning kerosene to light homes and buildings. 

The project, which has been independently verified, has installed about 20,000 solar photovoltaic systems since 1998. In 2008, Live Climate became a part of as a program to fight climate change and poverty in developing countries. The program is currently supporting projects in Uganda, Mexico as well as Nicaragua.

You can support Solar Energy in Nicaragua: click here to make a tax-deductible donation. Visit to learn more.

Special Offer for Supporters! is a one-stop source online for green goods. The site finds the “good green stuff” and provides consumers a unique online shopping experience. To celebrate Earth Day, IzzitGreen will generously donate 50% of the proceeds from all sales on their newly launched shopping site on April 22 to Take advantage of discounts of up to 25% from IzzitGreen affiliates like Beautorium and, and support at the same time! Visit today.

New Partner Roundup

We welcome our new partners to the family and encourage you to visit their websites to learn more about them. 

Thank you new partners!

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, combining industry expertise with innovative technology. Thomson Reuters delivers critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by Reuters. Please visit

Pakpour Consulting Group provides comprehensive municipal civil engineering design and construction management services for a wide variety of public projects. Pakpour Consulting can serve as contract district engineer and/or provide water distribution systems engineering, civil plan review, transportation engineering, sewer and storm drainage design, hydrology studies, program management services, constructability review and construction management. Visit

Abundant Communities Together is a faith-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) community development corporation affiliated with the Congregational Church of South Hempstead/United Church of Christ. ACT’s mission is to create abundance through the transformation of communities and accomplishes its mission primarily by assisting faith-based and nonprofit organizations to create revenue generating ministries through housing, economic and community development initiatives.

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