CarbonFree(r) Partner Founding Farmers is serving up our type of environmental responsibility! Located on historic Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, DC, Founding Farmers is the first LEED restaurant in the greater DC metro region, and is the first upscale-casual, full-service LEED Gold restaurant in the entire country. With an underlying philosophy to support family farms and sustainable agriculture, you can be sure your meal at Founding Farmers is as fresh, unprocessed and farmer-sourced as possible. Hospitality Design Magazine and ASID named Founding Farmers the Project Winner of the 2009 Earth-Minded Awards and the restaurant was also awarded the Grand Prize in the Restaurant/Casual category from the 2009 Association for Retail Environments Retail Design Awards. In addition to being named a "Top 50 Best New Restaurant" by Travel + Leisure this past June, the restaurant has garnered many other honors from local and regional publications. All of the awards they've received only complement the unique mix of modern and old country that blend harmoniously in the Founding Farmers' atmosphere. Farm tables, dynamic open space, and old wood are highlights that wait for you at one of DC's hottest new restaurants. Their homemade creations range from classic American traditions to great farm meals. If you're looking for a new, hip restaurant in DC that combines old and new, visit Founding Farmers to learn more or book a reservation.
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 21:21 Written by Ivan Chan
Carbonfund.org President Eric Carlson today appeared with author and professor Robert H. Frank at a National Press Club Newsmaker Event. The topic, selected by a committee of the Press Club, was an economic assessment of carbon offsets, particularly in context of the cap-and-trade climate legislation in Congress. Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed the landmark climate bill, which now awaits debate and a vote in the Senate. Speaking at the event, Eric said, "The great thing about cap-and-trade is that the environment gets its piece upfront. The cap is set at the right level with slow reductions and the market has to figure out how to get there." For example, quality carbon offsets can be a cost-effective way to reduce carbon footprints. Carbonfund.org offers third-party validated and certified offsets meeting the highest accepted standards. To reach the approx. 80% reduction in 2050 set by the climate bill recently passed by the House, about a 2% - 3% reduction annually would be required. This goal, said Eric, is extremely doable. Dr. Frank, who recently published The Economic Naturalist's Field Guide: Common Sense Principles for Troubled Times and is a New York Times economics columnist, noted that the climate bill incentivizes emissions reductions through cap-and-trade. It's a sensible approach that places a set level of overall reductions for the nation. In addition, the most efficient operations, or companies, are rewarded while less efficient companies in terms of their energy use and carbon emissions, are encouraged through this process to be more efficient. Read more about the climate bill in this blog post.
Drexelius Chocolates is a partner of ours with a commitment to going green that extends from their business operation all the way to the owner’s personal life. Molly Drexelius is Chief Chocolate Taster and Owner of Drexelius Chocolates, which is an online company that specializes in unique chocolate events and online sales of premium, all-natural chocolate bars. Molly is devoted to great chocolate: where it comes from, how it is grown and processed, what it tastes like and helping to raise awareness of fine chocolate. Her close relationship with the chocolate makers allows her to research, gain understanding and carry better products. “Drexelius Chocolates is doing our part locally, but we want to make a difference globally. By partnering with Carbonfund.org, we support the larger changes that we want to share with the world.” As a partner, Drexelius is supporting Carbonfund.org's third-party verified offset projects to help reduce carbon emissions & fight global warming. Molly also plans on searching the world for the best chocolate and bringing it right to your fingertips at their website!
Just a few moments ago, the US House of Representatives passed the historic American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), otherwise known as cap-and-trade. The vote passed 219-212. The bill's goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 83% by 2050. While the bill still must go through the Senate and then conference before heading to the President, it represents a major accomplishment in the fight against climate change. This is your victory! Solving climate change is ultimately about leadership. We saw this in the House today. But it is your leadership as Carbonfund.org supporters and partners over the last five years that made this bill possible. Just a few years ago few people had any idea what the term 'carbon footprint' meant. Now the term is used regularly and even spoofed in The Onion. And so-called experts talked about carbon costing $50-100 per tonne, potentially wrecking our economy, not the real-life $5-10 per tonne we see today. You knew climate change was a serious problem. And while you were under no obligation to take any action, you did. You reduced your emissions and you committed yourself, family or business to being carbon neutral. You supported third-party verified projects that reduced emissions. You spurred investment in clean energy projects and reforestation. And you showed it can all be done without breaking the bank. Make no mistake, if we were still debating economic models showing theoretical carbon costs, this historic bill would not be possible. ACES is possible today because of what you have shown in the real world, that people want to reduce their carbon output, that it can be done relatively easily and that we can do it very cost-effectively. Indeed, while the bill aims for an 83% reduction in 2050, and just 17% by 2020, many of you have reduced your emissions by 100% today. Over 1,200 businesses and organizations and more than 450,000 individuals have reduced and offset their carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org, showing leadership when few even knew what they were talking about. We'll all need to continue to minimize and offset our carbon emissions even after our country acts, but the commitment you have shown on fighting climate change has created the momentum, visibility, and call for action on climate change. So enjoy this victory today. Solving climate change is about leadership and your leadership has brought us to this historic moment. Congratulations!
Leap Realty, a CarbonFree® partner since 2008, is a green-minded full service real estate agency in Winston-Salem, NC that specializes in marketing the energy efficiency and sustainable features in properties. Leap seeks out eco-friendly products in the practice of everyday life and business including: utilizing more eco-friendly business supplies and promotional materials, website hosting by solar powered servers, reducing paper consumption by utilizing computer technology and supporting other environmentally responsible businesses and organizations. You can learn more about Leap Realty’s commitment to going green on their website. Leap Realty has joined the CarbonFree® Small Business Program to offset its carbon footprint by supporting renewable energy projects, stating that “being carbon neutral is another way for us to be environmentally responsible.”
PositiviTee is an online retailer dedicated to changing the world. In addition to offsetting their business operation's carbon footprint, PositiviTee donates 10% of all profits to numerous nonprofit organizations listed on their site. When they were founded in 2007, they started with a strong commitment to operate with environmental consciousness in mind by using organic cotton, pigment dyes, water-based inks, and fair labor practices to produce their line of T-shirts. PositiviTee shirts are made with unique designs to fit different style. When you create a tee shirt and give it a tagline, clothing with meaning—you give the consumer an option they didn’t even know they had. President Heidi Matonis said, "On a personal level, it has been very satisfying to incorporate one of my core values into my business model." To learn more about PositiviTee or to purchase a shirt with meaning please visit PositiviTee.
Advanced Dental Arts, a CarbonFree® Partner in Scituate, MA, helps to change lives with a smile and helps to save the Earth with their commitment to the environment. Advanced Dental Arts is conscious of the fact that they generate a large volume of medical waste every single day. The instruments and materials used cannot generally be recycled due to health hazards. To help alleviate this problem, they invested in digital x-rays, and over the last year, switched to full computerization and have gotten rid of all paper patient records. Advanced Dental Arts is a shining example of a business doing its part by reducing what they can, offsetting what they can’t.
Thursday, 25 June 2009 16:53 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Paper Culture is one of Carbonfund.org's newest CarbonFree® Business Partners. We are proud to have them on board. An online, modern stationary company, Paper Culture offers its customers unique, original, and environmentally responsible stationary products. Inspired by brands like Kate Spade, Design Within Reach, Mini, Marc Jacobs and Apple, Paper Culture offers distinctive designs. If you like clean lines, a modern point of view and design that focuses on bold colors and fresh typography, Paper Culture is the right fit for you. In addition to using FSC certified, 100% post-consumer recycled content paper, the company utilizes wind energy. All of their paper is chlorine-free and all envelopes and packaging are made from recycled paper. The company also minimizes their office footprint by using environmentally friendly products - from the paper in their printers, to the light bulbs in their office, to the non-toxic cleaning products in their kitchen. If you're looking for convenience, individualization, and environmentally responsible stationery, visit Paper Culture.