The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) announced its first ever Carbon Emission Offsets Sponsor—Intacct—for the 15NTC (Nonprofit Technology Conference) this past March in Austin, Texas.  Through the generous sponsorship of Intacct, and partnership with Carbonfund.org, NTEN was able to offset the impact of 971 metric tonnes of CO2 produced by the event’s activities. 

This is a big number, but what does it mean? 

The effects of 971 metric tonnes (2.14 million pounds) of CO2e are equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions produced by: 

  • 204 passenger vehicles - or
  • 348 tons of waste sent to the landfill - or
  • 88.6 homes' energy use for one year - or
  • 109,261 gallons of gasoline consumed 

"We believe that as conveners putting on large annual events to bring our diverse community together, it's important to make sustainability a part of our planning process and culture, especially as many of NTEN's members are environmental organizations," explains Eileigh Doineau, Development Manager for NTEN.  "When thousands of people come to our events, the food, travel, and hotel room turnover generates an immense amount of carbon emissions. It's really important to us to show our community that we're doing our part to mitigate those effects."

With Intacct’s event emissions offset donation, Carbonfund.org purchased and retired third-party validated carbon offsets on the behalf of NTEN.  The CO2 emitted from 15NTC through attendee and staff travel, hotel nights, and meals was neutralized through the purchase of carbon credits that support forestry preservation and replanting projects in Texas and other parts of the Southern United States.

 Carbonfund.org thanks both NTEN and Intacct for making 15NTC a Carbonfree® Event and for setting an example for other environmentally responsible conference and event organizers.  

Earth Day 2015 is here!

Celebrate with Carbonfund.org by supporting our latest forest preservation and biodiversity conservation project, the Envira Amazonia Project. Located in the far-western state of Acre, Brazil, the Envira Amazonia Project will conserve almost 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of fragile rainforest, protect thousands of plant and animal species, including many that are threatened and endangered, and provide forest conservation education, jobs and training, economic benefits, and health and education enhancements for the local people living on the land.

The Envira Amazonia Project is one of the world’s largest REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries) projects, and the project now is slated to be among only a handful of projects to earn triple Gold certification from the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) for exceptional community, exceptional biodiversity, and exceptional climate change adaptation benefits.  

In addition, the Envira Amazonia Project will mitigate the release of more than 12.5 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, produce the highest quality, third-party validated carbon credits, and ensure that these lands will not be converted to cattle ranches or suffer the ravages of deforestation.

To celebrate Earth Day 2015, we're offering an Adopt and Acre program in Envira Amazonia. Simply make donations in $50 increments for each acre, with a 10-acre minimum, using our "quick donation" field and you'll receive 5 metric tonnes of carbon credits per acre along with contribution to the biodiversity monitoring program, community education and jobs, and the long-term plans to build schools and health clinics.

We're also continuing to offer our Plant-a-Tree Dine-for-Free program for Earth Day celebration donations, if you prefer this option.

Please join us in celebrating spring, Earth Day 2015 and the introduction of our Envira Amazonia Project to our expanding forest preservation work in Brazil.

Salsa Labs helps nonprofits ignite action and fuel change by growing and engaging a base of support through its all-in-one online engagement platform.  But for their own annual business activities, Salsa has chosen to mitigate the impact of their fuel consumption by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon emissions reduction, clean air technology and forest preservation projects.   

Since joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2010, Salsa has neutralized almost a million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the emissions created by driving a passenger car over a million miles.

“Carbonfund.org shares our core values of making the world a better place," comments Tammy Sproule, Director of Marketing at Salsa.  "Their commitment to the environment and fighting climate change is inspiring and we look forward to this partnership.” 

With Salsa, organizations can easily organize their supporters and chapters, fundraise, advocate, communicate through email and social media, host events and measure results. The company currently empowers more than 3,000 organizations and their more than 92 million donors, members, activists and fans.

Earlier this year, Salsa announced the release of its newest software, Solis. Designed to help growing nonprofit organizations – including many environmental organizations -- take full advantage of online communications, outreach and fundraising, Solis guides its users step-by-step through developing email, donation, social sharing and online CRM tools, all in one application.

“By integrating all the tools nonprofits need as well as proven best practice guides and tips within the application, we save organizations more than just time. We can lead even the smallest nonprofit to success,” said Charles Parsons, Director of Product Development.

Carbonfund.org commends Salsa Labs for creating scalable solutions for nonprofit and advocacy groups of all sizes, and for maintaining an ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility for its own operations.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:28

Carma Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Carbonfree®

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New York-based Carbonfree® Business Partner Carma was founded in 2008 by a group of automotive and technology enthusiasts who wanted to make data from vehicles accessible on the internet. The first hardware Carma developed was for a European technology firm to transmit vehicle data over a GSM cell network to vehicle emissions monitoring software. 

As part of their own sustainability initiatives, Carma joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2011 in order to neutralize their own estimated annual operating emissions.  Over the past five years, Carma has mitigated the impact of almost 795,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions through its support of Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world.  That’s equivalent to planting and growing over 9000 tree seedlings and letting them grow for ten years. 

Environmental responsibility and information regarding climate impact has always been an important part of Carma’s business philosophy and its products and systems development.  In 2013, Carma launched CarmaLink.com, a cloud vehicle monitoring solution for small businesses which needed real-time vehicle management with a simple interface. 

Early adopters to this new technology include the Boston Duck Tours, which uses the automatic vehicle location (AVL) to track the location of tour groups, monitor engine speed and safety information. Other customers include the Town of Bethlehem Highway Department (Delmar, NY), which uses the efficiency reporting to cut down on engine idle time and stay on top of engine trouble codes for their trucks. 

Carma’s parts and manufacturing processes are sourced locally whenever possible, which allows Carma to decrease the carbon footprint from transportation of goods. They also use a low carbon, up-cycled plastic resin in their electronics, made from old water bottles, which reduces the total energy requirements for production. 

“...the iQ resin manufacturing process is more energy efficient from cradle-to-gate, consuming 55-75% less fossil fuel than other engineering thermoplastics…” 

Lastly, Carma leases rather than sells electronics to customers, allowing the devices to be reused and re-leased rather than thrown away at the end of a contract. 

The philosophy behind CarmaLink is to make fleets more efficient, saving money and fuel by:

  • implementing an idle reduction program to limit the amount of time a driver can idle the engine before triggering an alert to their manager, and
  • by implementing a safety policy that includes a top speed limit for all vehicles, saving even more fuel. If a driver exceeds the set limit, the hardware records the time/location and speed of the vehicle for a report.

Carma reminds its customers - as does Carbonfund.org - that keeping a vehicle well maintained is important to ensure the best fuel economy which means heeding engine warning lights and fixing engine problems that can lead to inefficient combustion and lower fuel consumption percentage. CarmaLink also monitors for low tire pressure, as keeping tires properly inflated can increase fuel economy up to 3%. 

Carbonfund.org applauds Carma’s efforts to help businesses of all sizes to monitor the efficiency and reduce the climate impact of their fleet, while maintaining its own carbon neutral operations through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership.

Kivuto Solutions Inc., 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.

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.

For over 15 years, Kivuto has provided a green alternative for product distribution by eliminating the need to create and deliver boxed offers; providing 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. Kivuto estimates that the approximately 30 million digital downloads Kivuto enabled for its customers over the past year reduced carbon emissions by approximately 42,000 metric tons.

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.

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.

Building on its reputation as a leader in sustainable, green printing, Label Impressions, a mid-sized label printer in California has renewed its commitment to carbon-free printing with partner Carbonfund.org for a fifth straight year. 

Label Impressions has had the distinction of being the first label and packaging printer in the US to become both carbon neutral and FSC certified and has always led the way in sustainable labeling.  With newly installed package printing equipment, that commitment has gone beyond labeling to the printing and production of flexible packaging. 

Over the past five years, Label Impressions' carbon offset donations to Carbonfund.org have neutralized almost 785,000 pounds of greenhouse gases.

That's equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 9000 trees and growing them for ten years.  Label Impressions' donations to Carbonfund.org have supported carbon emissions reduction, clean air and renewable energy technology, and forest preservation projects around the world. 

Despite significant growth, the company has worked to limit its carbon footprint through aggressive 'lean initiatives', investments in waste reducing technology and equipment, and a continued commitment to reducing and offsetting carbon emissions. 

"The production of a wide variety of flexible pouch materials has proven challenging with respect to maintaining a sustainable operation," says company president and CEO Jeff Salisbury.  "We've leaned up our processes and equipment and continue working on more sustainable, eco-friendly packaging materials, but we know that true carbon neutrality is only possible through offsetting.  We remain committed to the mantra taught to us by Carbonfund.org in those early days, "Reduce what you can, offset what you can't(tm)." Salisbury adds. 

Label Impressions' 2015 sustainable operational enhancements include: 

-              2015 installation of automated equipment on its widest (17") flexible packaging press allowing for up at a 15% reduction in material waste                            

-              Q2, 2015 installation of a whole house trim removal system estimated to reduce 'scrap' /landfill waste by 6%                                            

-              Installation of an 'intelligent battery storage system' designed to reduce energy consumption by up to 20%                                            

-              Installation of a 'real time' energy monitoring system                                                        

Label Impressions, Inc., a carbon neutral, FSC certified, Green label and flexible packaging printer produces high quality, high value labels, tags and flexible packaging to end users in California and nationwide.

Specialties include folded booklet labels, expanded content labels, IRCs, cold foil label printing, scratch and sniff labels, rotary screen labels and special effects printing of labels and flexible packaging. 

To find out more information on high quality green labels, tags or flexible packaging or Label Impressions' FiberStone(r) Papers please contact Label Impressions at (714) 634-3466.

 

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:

How can I reduce expenses and retain staff?
What opportunities do we have to enhance operating efficiency and effectiveness?
Can you show us how to react to market volatility with our data analytics?

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.

 

Since 2000, DoodyCalls has helped pet owners and communities keep lawns and public spaces clean.   DoodyCalls solves pet waste problems by offering dog waste and kitty litter pick up service to residential clients, as well as pet waste station service to commercial clients. 

DoodyCalls also helps to solve the climate crisis by maintaining carbon-neutral business operations through the Carbonfree Business Partnership program. 

For the past nine years, DoodyCalls has calculated its estimated annual carbon emissions from business operations and made donations to Carbonfund.org’s carbon emissions offset and clean air energy projects in order to neutralize their operational emissions.  Over the past nine years, DoodyCalls has neutralized carbon emissions equivalent to those produced by a standard passenger car driving almost 250,000 miles!     

According to the EPA, a single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. EPA even estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all watershed areas within 20 miles of it, to swimming and shell fishing.  To broader their environmental commitment, DoodyCalls established their Doody-Free Water Project to help raise awareness about the importance of pet waste pickup and expanding public access to pet waste bags. 

By staying committed to not only picking up the waste, but educating communities on why it's important to do their part, DoodyCalls is working to improve the quality of waterways by keeping them free of harmful pollutants. 

Carbonfund.org joins DoodyCalls in its vision to leave the world better and cleaner than we found it, through exemplary service and high-quality pet waste products, and through maintaining Carbonfree® business operations.

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