The Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly meeting strives to address, confirm and take action on the social, economic and environmental issues that matter most to its engaged membership. June’s GA meeting in Portland, Oregon certainly accomplished this – on the second day of GA, the US Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage was announced, and the GA schedule for the day turned to celebration of this ground-breaking event.
The Portland GA also affirmed the membership’s support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, following the massacre at the bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. General Assembly members passed an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) on the final afternoon of GA, urging congregants to “join the fight for racial justice against the harsh racist practices to which many black people are exposed.”
This year’s GA also reached a milestone in the event’s environmental commitments by achieving 100% carbon offsetting of the carbon emissions produced by the five-day event. Each year since 2006, GA attendees have been given the option to make a donation to offset their per-person portion of the event’s overall carbon emissions associated with attendee travel, venue and hotel room energy consumption, local transportation, meals, waste management and shipping.
In recent years, GA attendee donations offset about half of the event’s total overall carbon emissions, but this year, UUA decided to make a commitment to offset the entire event’s carbon emissions. Working with long-time partners sustainable events planner MeetGreen and Carbonfund.org Foundation, UUA’s team calculated the GA event’s total greenhouse gases then budgeted the donation required to offset the entire 2925.4 metric tonnes – about 6.5 million pounds – of carbon emissions. Carbonfund.org used UUA’s carbon offset donation to purchase and permanently retire the total corresponding carbon credits in the US-based Truck Stop Electrification project in order to fully offset UUA GA event emissions. This innovative project provides long-haul truckers with an electricity-powered device to run their cab’s heating, cooling and electronics, thus allowing the driver to turn off the engine and avoid idling on diesel fuel during rest and sleep hours, saving millions of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, improving resting conditions for drivers and air quality while lowering noise levels at truck stops with these installations.
The UUA continues to lead in bulding a better way for its members and their communities, and achieving this important goal of 100% carbon offsets for its General Assembly event marks another milestone in the UUA’s commitments to sustainability. Carbonfund.org is honored to partner with UUA and MeetGreen in this important initiative.
The team at Greenwave Foods, which makes “cruncha ma-me” edamame snacks, is driven by a zealous belief in their core values, which focus on ethical business practices, environmental sustainability, and holistic plant-based nutrition. Their core mission is to provide unique snacks that are truly healthy, not just “healthier” versions of junk food.
Freeze-drying and shipping their cruncha ma-me snacks uses energy, so Greenwave Foods reduces its carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org to purchase carbon credits that fund reforestation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects around the world.
From inception five years ago, Greenwave Foods has maintained a commitment to neutralizing its estimated annual operating emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated and verified carbon offset projects. As a Carbonfree® Business Partner since 2011, Greenwave Foods has mitigated over 360,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by driving a passenger car almost 400,000 miles.
We’re all busy - We are always on the run, so it is often hard to eat fresh vegetables. With cruncha ma-me snacks, we can reach for an all-natural wholesome veggie snack that is nutritious, tastes great and can be eaten anytime, anywhere. Cruncha ma-me edamame snacks provide good sources of protein and fiber and are a tasty alternative to highly-salted chips or sugary candy bars and other unhealthy snacks.
When you reach for cruncha ma-me snacks, you’re supporting a company that supports environmental preservation, too. Carbonfund.org thanks Greenwave Foods for five years of partnership in helping to reduce the negative impact of greenhouse gases on our environment.
OTTAWA, Ontario — April 14, 2015 — Kivuto Solutions Inc., the global leader in complex digital distribution, is announcing its continued partnership with the Carbonfund.org Foundation for the fourth year in a row. The partnership signifies Kivuto’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment through both its green distribution solutions and dedication to reducing its carbon footprint while offsetting the rest.
The Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Partner Program supports third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects in the U.S. and abroad to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Kivuto has chosen to support Reforestation and Forest Preservation projects, which fight climate change by sequestering CO2 emissions from the atmosphere in trees and soil and improve local environmental quality.
“Carbonfund.org commends Kivuto Solutions for their continued leadership in managing their environmental impact, looking for ways to reduce and conserve energy consumption, then neutralizing their remaining annual operating emissions through support of our forest preservation programs,” says Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “Their long-term commitment to environmental responsibility places Kivuto Solutions at the forefront of its industry for operational sustainability. We’re proud to partner with them in these efforts.”
For over 15 years, Kivuto has provided a green alternative for product distribution by eliminating the need to create and deliver boxed offers and offering an electronic distribution model that allows for effective and efficient delivery online. Studies have proven that using digital distribution solutions instead of traditional distribution methods can reduce carbon emissions by as much as 83 percent for a single product. And estimates show that the approx. 30 million digital downloads Kivuto enabled for its customers over the past year reduced carbon emissions by approximately 42,000 metric tons. This is a significant savings that Kivuto is truly proud of.
This commitment goes beyond Kivuto’s green business model and carbon offsetting initiatives; Kivuto’s employees continue to promote green alternatives on a daily basis and implementing company-wide initiatives for a more environmentally friendly workplace. Initiatives include recycling programs, campaigns to clean local communities, reducing waste at company lunches through reusable dishes and more.
For students growing up in the digital age, life, work and school, is interconnected. Learning inside and outside the classroom is connected through the use of tablets, smart phones and other mobile devices ensuring easy access to essential learning resources anywhere, and at any time.
Kivuto is looking forward to continuing its efforts to deliver green solutions, offset carbon emissions, take on new initiatives and become part of a greener community.
About Kivuto Solutions, Inc.
Kivuto Solutions Inc. is the global leader in solving complex digital distribution challenges. Over 60,000 academic institutions and departments trust Kivuto to manage and distribute software to their students, faculty and staff. The company distributes software in 195 countries and supports 14 languages. www.kivuto.com
Carbonfree® Business Partner AArete, an international management consulting firm with specialties in supply chain optimization, performance improvement practices and strategic cost reduction, has renewed its annual operational emissions neutralization program with Carbonfund.org for the sixth year. In that time, AArete has neutralized over 2,300,000 pounds of carbon emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s energy efficiency and carbon reduction technologies projects. That’s equivalent to removing from the atmosphere the carbon emissions produced by an average passenger car that drives almost 2.5 million miles.
Sustainability is one of the guiding principles of AArete’s corporate culture. The firm is consistently committed to safeguarding our environment and conserving natural resources – not only through day to day actions but through their recommendations to clients.
“AArete is committed to creating a culture that makes the environment a top priority,” explains Skip Behm, CFO & Managing Director of AArete. “Partnering with Carbonfund.org just reinforces our promise to promote sustainability within our company and to our clients.”
AArete provides consulting within various industries to attain bottom line improvement. AArete offers proven methodology that will provide stellar solutions to three primary business concerns:
AArete leads its industry in exceptional client services and in continuous commitments to maintaining environmentally responsible operations. Carbonfund.org appreciates the partnership with AArete and congratulates the firm and its staff for their ongoing efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.
Earthbound Expeditions believes that travel is more than a race to check off sites and monuments; that when done right – and responsibly - travel is perhaps the very best way to learn about different cultures and people without damaging their lands or the environment.
Through Earthbound’s proud partnership with Carbonfund.org, Earthbounders are actively reducing their carbon footprint and helping to ensure that the planet’s many wonders are preserved for future generations. The Carbonfund.org motto, “reduce what you can; offset what you can’t,” fits perfectly with Earthbound Expeditions’ long established philosophy of supporting locally-owned businesses, promoting education and embracing the concept of “slow” travel.
By using Carbonfund.org’s easy-to-use carbon calculator, Earthbound Expeditions is able to determine the size of your carbon footprint for any specific trip. Earthbound then sets aside a portion of the trip proceeds and purchases carbon credits that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.
Over its five years as a Carbonfree® Business Partner, Earthbound Expeditions has neutralized over 7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, the same quantity of emissions as sequestered by planting 82,500 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.
Earthbound is committed to supporting environmental education, community businesses and providing travelers with a one-of-a-kind, authentic travel experience while offsetting guests’ carbon footprint. Earthbounders stay in locally owned hotels, utilize the talents of locally trained lecturers, dine in small, family-owned establishments and support projects like the Alamar Organopónico Co-op farm in Cuba and the Greening Project in South Africa. In addition to regularly scheduled trips, Earthbound Expeditions also offers custom, hand-crafted overseas adventures for schools, universities, garden clubs, families and public radio stations.
Travel is often a life-changing experience. When you join Earthbound Expeditions, you can be confident that you are supporting local businesses, workers, schools and communities, while knowing that the carbon emissions generated by your travel are responsibly neutralized through the partnership between Earthbound Expeditions and Carbonfund.org.
Like many of us who’ve had the opportunity to travel to other countries, Scott Leonard was profoundly affected by his trip to South America back in 1993 where he encountered the priceless beauty of clothes produced by local artisans. The richness of the culture and the amazing knitting techniques prompted him to bring back more than a souvenir to his Northern California home. He returned with a vision to pioneer a new business model. He would invite customers to wear ethically made clothing—fashion that demonstrates a commitment to those who created the designs, as well as to the environment that supports us all.
Together, Scott and co-founder Matt Reynolds have helped form a scalable artisan network through the INDIGENOUS clothing line that reflects a commitment to sustainability, social entrepreneurship and responsible actions by consumers and business alike.
By designing clothes made with organic cotton and natural fibers, Scott and Matt hadn’t just made a smart move for the planet; they were making a savvy business decision as well. After all, organic clothes will never go out of fashion. That’s because organic clothing supports people and planet, keeping toxins off our bodies and out of our environment.
This year, INDIGENOUS expanded its environmental stewardship by joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program. Through Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction and clean air projects, INDIGENOUS is able to neutralize its operational emissions while supporting innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy and forestry preservation projects.
Earlier this spring, INDIGENOUS was recognized for its positive overall social and environmental impact, receiving a “best for the world” scoring in the top 10% among Certified B Corporations.
Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds, along with their passionate tribe of “style ambassadors” and fair trade artisan partners, strive to transform the often opaque fashion industry into one respected for producing beautiful and trendy clothes through transparent, ethical and eco-friendly methods. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with INDIGENOUS in its effort to lead the fashion industry towards sustainable business practices.
ClimateStore Inc., located in Boston, MA, officially became a Carbonfree® Partner with CarbonFund.org. The newly launched retail brand has a mission to make it fun and easy for people to reduce their carbon footprint, and launched its on-line brand, climatestore.com, this past Earth Day. The company seeks to close a gap in the retail space, namely, the lack of an easily recognizable retail brand focused entirely on climate change.
ClimateStore hopes to tap into a growing market of climate conscious consumers, and carbon offsets play an important role in its sustainability strategy. To help realize its mission, ClimateStore purchased offsets from a portfolio of reforestation and forest conservation projects to offset emissions from its operations including energy use at its offices, freight and parcel shipping, employee commutes, and business travel. The company also relies on partnerships with like-minded organizations, like Carbonfund.org and 1% for the Planet, to support climate change awareness programs and forest conservation initiatives.
“With the recent release of the latest UN IPCC report and U.S. National Climate Assessment, there can be no doubt this is a critical issue current for future generations. More people are asking what they can do to reduce their carbon impact” says Steven E. Bushnell, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of ClimateStore Inc. “There is a false perception that moving to a lower carbon economy will require giving things up or need extra effort. We take the opposite view; lowering one’s carbon footprint should be fun, easy and rewarding as we collectively secure the stable climate we all hope to live in.”
The ClimateStore.com website provides summaries of climate science, issues an urgent call for action, suggests plans to reduce personal carbon emissions, and provides products to help people achieve a lower carbon footprint. The company launched with about 250 carbon saving products, including: energy efficient lighting, water saving devices, smart home technology, home décor, laundry items, travel gear and accessories. Each product is evaluated by ClimateStore staff to identify exact how it saves carbon - including the production, use, and disposal phases of the product’s lifecycle - and communicate their findings with a simple icon system and detailed product descriptions.
For Colorado residential and commercial property owners faced with construction defect issues, there’s a leading law firm that specializes in effective case verdicts and settlements, and that’s also a leader in managing its own environmental responsibilities.
Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C. is one of the leading construction defect litigation law firms in Colorado, representing property owners with construction defect claims against builders, subcontractors, and their insurance companies. The firm takes a unique approach to construction defect cases, developing and implementing several alternative approaches to construction defect claims that often resolve claims without their clients ever stepping foot in a courthouse.
This leadership in creative and effective construction defect case settlement parallels the firm’s leadership in its ongoing commitment to maintaining environmentally sustainable business operations.
Six years ago, Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C. committed to offset 100% of its carbon footprint created by office activities, including electric usage and business car travel, in partnership with Carbonfund.org. Each year, the firm makes a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize its annual estimated operational emissions by supporting third-party verified renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects.
To date, the firm’s carbon footprint offsets have neutralized almost 1.4 million pounds of greenhouse gases, the same quantity as is sequestered in a year by five acres of US forest lands preserved from conversion to cropland.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Carbonfund.org,” states Doug Benson, Founding Partner. “We hope that our commitment to offset our carbon footprint will serve as an example to other law firms, community associations and their vendors.”
Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson in their ongoing efforts to maintain environmentally responsible business operations.
Today’s wealth management environment, like protection of our natural environment, demands transparency, accountability, responsible citizenship and the highest ethical standards.
Adhering to these principles, Carbonfree® Business Partner RLP Wealth Advisors, LLC, a New York-based independent employee-owned sustainable wealth management firm, chose to work with Carbonfund.org to continue its commitment to operate as a carbon neutral organization, part of the firm’s sustainability goals.
The firm is committed to running a sustainable business practice that limits impact on the planet by using electronic storage and delivery of documents, effectively reducing paper consumption, helping to save trees, and further reducing emissions associated with shipping of documents.
In order to do more, and with the help of Carbonfund.org, RLP Wealth Advisors offsets annual carbon emissions from office energy use, business travel, and daily employee commuting. The firm’s investment in carbon offsets helps to fund projects that include renewable energy, energy efficiency, reforestation and forest preservation.
“RLP Wealth Advisors is committed to environmental stewardship and we believe Carbonfund.org is an effective tool for businesses to help address climate change and promote sustainability,” states Bud Sturmak, CFP®, AIF®, Partner at RLP Wealth Advisors, LLC.
In addition to RLP’s mission to be a sustainable company, RLP’s business is focused on providing sustainable investing solutions to non-profit organizations, corporations, foundations, and families. RLP acts as the lead investment steward working closely with the investment committees of large organizations, combining their expertise in sustainable investing and fiduciary responsibility to assist their clients in aligning investments with their broader mission, values and goals.
The firm extends its commitment to environmental stewardship through affiliation with 1% For the Planet and The Conservation Alliance, and their website is 100% solar powered. As thought leaders in sustainable investing and Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) analysis, RLP Wealth Advisors co-authored the groundbreaking study, “Carbon Footprints, Performance and Risk of U.S. Equity Mutual Funds,” and were a contributing author to the recently released book, “Evolutions in Sustainable Investing.”
As a sustainable company, RLP Wealth Advisors has a unique appreciation, understanding, and natural interest in assisting their clients in aligning investments with mission, values and goals. Carbonfund.org is pleased to help RLP Wealth Advisors do the same for its firm-wide sustainability initiatives. You can learn more about RLP Wealth Advisors, LLC by visiting their website at http://www.rlpwealth.com.
For over 28 years, Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the premier yacht charter and public dining cruise company in Southern California. With the largest fleet of luxury entertainment yachts in Los Angeles and Orange County, Hornblower prides itself on exceeding expectations with uncompromising quality and exceptional service.
Hornblower joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2008 by calculating and offsetting the emissions from their office and charter boat operations at their Newport Beach facilities, which serves the greater Los Angeles region. Through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership, Hornblower supports carbon emission reductions achieved through energy efficiency, renewable energy and forestry projects around the world. In addition, Hornblower has taken the unique step of offering a path for their own customers to join their efforts to “Respect Our Planet”, by giving them an opportunity to offset their own carbon footprint related to cruising with Hornblower, as part of the ticket price.
“Hornblower Cruises & Events is dedicated to find ways to provide our guests with a unique dining experience while doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint. Our partnership with Carbonfund.org makes this possible.” Explains Rebecca Milkey, Director of Marketing for Hornblower Cruises & Events Southern California.
Maintaining their Carbonfree® Partnership program is part of Hornblower’s corporate environmental outreach program, Respect Our Planet, which guides the company’s principles and programs. Through Respect Our Planet, Hornblower is committed to conducting operations in the most environmentally friendly methods possible, educating along with motivating tour guests to make positive changes in their lives and creating outreach and education around the preservation of the habitats in the communities they serve.