Tuesday, 26 April 2016 13:33

Mountain Rose Herbs Celebrates Tenth Year Carbonfree®

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Since its inception in 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has maintained a commitment to provide high quality and organic health products to its customers, with a focus on “people, plants and planet.” 

Part of this commitment extends to the company’s ongoing broad and successful sustainability program, which includes reductions in energy consumption and support of renewable energy sources, and a program to neutralize any remaining carbon emissions it cannot eliminate. 

Over the past ten years, Mountain Rose Herbs has offset 2208.15 metric tons of greenhouse gases – that’s almost 5 million pounds or the equivalent of carbon dioxide sequestered by 1,810 acres of forests in one year. The company’s entire annual carbon footprint, including shipping, customer service, executive travel, distribution, etc., is offset through the Carbonfund.org. 

“Mountain Rose Herbs has made it a priority to reduce our carbon footprint with our newly installed solar array and partnership with Carbonfund.org,” explains Alyssa Lawless, Director of Sustainability at Mountain Rose Herbs. 

In 2015, Mountain Rose Herb installed over 100 photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity for the main facility in Eugene, Oregon. The 25 kWh solar array installed on the roof will produce an estimated 32,604 kWh of power in the first year, saving money and investing in renewable energy. Over the expected 35 year lifespan of the system, it is anticipated to offset 470 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the conservation of 10,980 trees or 48,170 gallons of gasoline. And for MRH employees, the company installed a two dock electric vehicle charging station, continuing to innovate and reduce its overall carbon footprint. 

Energy conservation is paramount at Mountain Rose Herbs. Their facility was constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and uses Energy Star appliances.  Mountain Rose Herbs is proud to have converted to 100% renewable energy by transferring its conventional electrical power usage to renewable energy sources, credits, and development.   

The average American is responsible for 10 tons of CO2 emissions annually through their direct energy use at home, driving and flying. However, the average American is responsible for about 23 tons of CO2 when you also include their purchases, activities and the other services we all share throughout the economy. 

While most people and businesses can reduce energy use by improving the efficiency of their homes and offices, buying cars that get better gas mileage and making other changes, reducing it to zero through individual actions is nearly impossible. Carbon offsets are a cost effective way to reduce the remainder of one’s climate footprint, and companies like Mountain Rose Herbs continue to lead the way in operational sustainability.

Earth Day is Here!

You still have time to enter the Carbonfund.org 
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Enter to win, then Plant Trees for Earth Month to earn Ten Bonus Entries for each tree you plant! 

This sweepstakes really is almost too good to be true!

Just follow these three simple steps: (Click the image to enter now!)


1 - Enter our Caribbean Vacation Sweepstakes by entering your email on our Facebook page. 

2 - Share the sweepstakes with your network to earn five bonus entries for each sweepstakes entry we receive from your shared link.

3Plant trees for 10 bonus entries per tree! - Just $1/tree and you'll earn TEN bonus sweepstakes entries for each tree you plant!

(Of course, Carbonfund.org will also be neutralizing the travel emissions for our sweepstakes winners)

Please share this great opportunity with your employees, families, friends, neighbors, customers and suppliers!


In addition to the carbon offset projects we support, Carbonfund.org and our donors and business partners support tree-planting projects around the world. These projects help to restore forested lands, conserve flora and fauna habitat, improve soil condition, reduce erosion and improve air quality, while creating job opportunities for the local communities. 

Celebrate Earth Day with your chance to win a fabulous Caribbean Vacation for two, while honoring the earth and helping our environment by planting trees around the world.

Ten years ago, American Greg Findley founded Detour – the Local Travel Marketplace – to connect travelers seeking unique adventure tours with top-quality, sustainable, local tour operators.  After 20+ years as a guide and operations manager in the US and in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia, Africa, the Philippines, and Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Costa Rica in Latin America, Greg learned first-hand how to craft great travel experiences for travelers, and he came to understand fully what makes a great adventure tour. He also learned that international tourism must benefit the local people and it must help to protect the local environment in the travel destination. Detour is committed to tourism that is both great fun, but also that helps to make the world a better place.

As an important part of its sustainable tour operations mission, Detour minimizes its own operational carbon emissions then mitigates what it cannot eliminate in partnership with Carbonfund.org.  As a virtual company, Detour maintains only a small wind-powered office with some employees working from home.  Detour handles all tour information and customer communications online, replacing paper and printing with electronic documents.  And for the past ten years, Detour has neutralized all remaining operational emissions through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program.  To date, Detour has neutralized almost 740,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered by 8600 tree seedlings planted then grown over a ten-year period.       

“As a company based on promoting small-scale tourism directly through socially and environmentally responsible local tour operators and outfitters, Detour is committed to protecting the environment and minimizing global climate change,” said Greg Findley, Detour’s CEO.

Working only with sustainable local travel companies ensures that the tours support the local economies.  Detour selects tour operations that employ local people and provide economic incentives for local people to protect their natural and cultural resources.  Traveling with local companies also gives travelers a window into the lives of the communities they visit.  This inside knowledge can make the difference between being a tourist and thoroughly experiencing and learning about a destination. 

Taking a trip, even the most sustainably-planned tour, has some negative environmental impacts, including the carbon emissions of airplane travel and on-site ground transportation.  Detour advises its customers to become environmentally-responsible travelers by choosing a sustainable trip, taking fewer and longer trips, and trying to get direct air flights when possible.  Detour also encourages tour customers to purchase carbon credits to offset the carbon emissions from their flights through Carbonfund.org, in order to take responsibility to neutralize vacation travel emissions.  Carbonfund.org congratulates Detour on its tenth anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner and in maintaining its ongoing commitment to environmentally sustainable tour operations.   

Non-profit organization LightHawk's mission is to accelerate conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight.  Or put another way, they are pilots flying to save the earth. 

By mobilizing a team of dedicated volunteer pilots, LightHawk empowers photographers, environmental experts, and storytellers to make images, collect data, inform the public and share their flight perspectives. LightHawk’s flight campaigns - donated free of charge to its partners - start conversations and find common ground, enable smarter decision-making, and let conservation partners work faster and more efficiently from the air than on the ground. 

LightHawk values the earth and the life that depends upon it. That’s why before any conservation flight leaves the ground, they ensure it is a good use of the flight resource and will pay off in many ways. For ten years, LightHawk has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset their carbon footprint. 

With their focus on environmental conservation, LightHawk recognizes that their flight activities and operations create carbon dioxide emissions that are harmful to the environment.  As a result, LightHawk became a Carbonfree® Partner ten years ago, calculating and neutralizing flight and business operations each year by supporting Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world.  To date, LightHawk has neutralized almost 4.7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to planting 54,600 tree seedlings and growing those trees for ten years. 

LightHawk works with big conservation groups like The Nature Conservancy and Sonoran Institute, as well as smaller local land trust and independent groups dedicated to preserving land, water and wildlife. By making the aerial perspective of flight freely available, LightHawk provides a broader perspective of widespread activities across landscapes and bodies of water, and how those activities, both positive and negative, are affecting the earth. 

The unique view of the earth and the transformative experiences provided by flight help inform, inspire and educate all those who are helping to save and preserve our planet.  Carbonfund.org commends LightHawk on its continuing role in aiding these efforts and in maintaining Carbonfree® flight operations as an important part of its overall mission.   

Founded in 1996 by former federal employee John Grobe, Federal Career Experts (FCE) is a small business that specializes in training and consulting in the areas of retirement and transition services for federal government agencies and their employees.  FCE has a network of consultants, most of whom are retired federal employees, with experience in all categories of federal retirement, benefits and career transition areas.   In addition, John Grobe has written several popular books and designed training manuals in the area of federal retirement and career transition that serve as stand-alone resources for federal employees.

As part of its overall mission, Federal Career Experts believes in protecting the planet by making choices that enhance the quality of the atmosphere and the resulting quality of life.   In order to help achieve this goal, Federal Career Experts became Carbonfree® in 2007, offsetting their carbon footprint by supporting Carbonfund.org’s renewable energy projects.  FCE has maintained this environmental commitment for ten years, and remains one of Carbonfund.org’s most tenured Carbonfree® Business Partners.

“The nature of Federal Career Experts’ business requires that we travel a great deal”, said John Grobe, President. “Though we are conscientious about our energy usage, we still have a relatively large ‘carbon footprint’ and have chosen to take steps to offset our impact on global warming.”

To date, Federal Career Experts has neutralized carbon emissions equal to removing 71 passenger vehicles from the road for a full year.  This continuous focus on serving federal employees while maintaining a sustainable business practice sets FCE apart in its field.  Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Federal Career Experts and celebrate their tenth year in this long-term commitment to operational excellence. 

Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson is one of the leading construction defect law firms in Colorado, Minnesota, and Texas, representing property owners and community associations with construction defect claims against developers, builders, subcontractors, and their insurance companies. 

Since 2007, the firm also has maintained a commitment to operational sustainability by participating in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program with Carbonfund.org.  Through the program, the firm has neutralized a portion of their annual operating carbon emissions and consistently supported carbon emissions reduction, mitigation and clean air technology projects with their annual program donations.  Over the past ten years, the firm has grown, as has its commitment to this important environmental program.  To date, the firm has neutralized over 2 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to mitigating the environmental impact of burning 103,000 gallons of gasoline. 

For over fifteen years, Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson has represented thousands of property owners and community associations faced with construction defects, which can be a catastrophic and frightening situation for a property owner or community association.

When a property owner or community association hires Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson to handle their construction defect claims, the firm secures expert engineers to investigate the issues and determine repairs, negotiates with builders, developers, and subcontractors to seek a fair and reasonable settlement out of court, and if necessary, advocate on their behalf at trial or arbitration.  After resolution, the firm remains available as a resource for clients as they hire contractors and perform repairs. 

This type of commitment to client service and construction defect resolution is mirrored by the firm’s long-term commitment to operational sustainability.  Carbonfund.org congratulates Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson on its tenth anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner and the firm’s demonstrated leadership in environmental responsibility.

New Carbonfree® Business Partner, Sparkfactor.org, wants to make it simpler for companies to support programs that provide better access to educational opportunities for all.  

Sparkfactor.org is the nonprofit division of Sparkfactor Design, with programs centered on technological and philanthropic innovation, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education for underprivileged communities. They also focus on corporate giving, and on making it as simple as possible for other companies to donate. 

Sparkfactor.org found the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program to be an equally simple and affordable way to neutralize a portion of their operational emissions, by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon emissions reduction, mitigation and sequestration projects.  

In order to spur further innovation, Sparkfactor.org has also begun a program called Makers 4 Good. Its goal is to create strategic partnerships between “maker” companies and other nonprofits for the mutual benefit of both. The flagship product will be a battery-powered USB charger developed by Sparkfactor Design. 

The team at Sparkfactor.org believes that everyone should have access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, and that their partners and supporters can bring both expertise and financial support to bear in the effort to democratize technical learning. In the 21st Century, STEM topics will continue to weave their way into nearly all human endeavors, and Sparkfactor.org wants to make sure there are as many seats at the table as possible. 

Sparkfactor.org recently announced their latest STEM program awardees, seven organizations receiving funding to advance innovative ways to bring technological education to students in underserved communities.  Carbonfund.org commends Sparkfactor.org’s work and their commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their own operations, while supporting the educational advancements of the organizations they support.

For ten years, ONNO t-shirts have improved product sustainability by participating in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, neutralizing a portion of their product shipping and transportation emissions.  Because ONNO t-shirt company moves raw materials and finished product all over the globe, producing carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels (from boats, trains, and trucks), the company has chosen to balance the environmental impact  of those transportation emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s forest preservation, carbon emissions reduction and renewable energy projects around the world.   

Producing environmentally-conscious clothing is a complicated process.  Conventionally-grown cotton has been clearly identified as one of the world’s “dirtiest” crops, accounting for 16% of global insecticide releases – more than any other single crop, according to the nonprofit Environmental Justice Foundation.  Synthetic fabrics are, well, just that – synthetics, made from petro-chemicals, releasing large quantities of nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide, and producing toxic waste water, in their manufacturing processes, and are not biodegradable.   

ONNO t-shirt company produces its socially-responsible t-shirts using sustainable fibers from bamboo, hemp and organic cotton.  Their website provides great information about the fabrics used to make their more sustainably produced shirts.  And their long-term commitment to carbon emissions mitigation through investment in Carbonfund.org’s clean air projects makes the partnership between ONNO t-shirt company and Carbonfund.org a great example of true operational sustainability.

Since their launch back in 2003, A2 Hosting has been headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan - aka "Tree Town" – boasting its 50,000 trees and 150 parks. This is just one of the reasons that the team at A2 Hosting feels it’s their duty to contribute to the fight against climate change. The goal of their FutureServe Green Hosting initiative is to help protect the environment for future generations, while offering excellent server hosting and support to its clients. 

Through their partnership with Carbonfund.org, A2 Hosting has supported global reforestation efforts and continued development of clean, renewable sources of energy in order to mitigate their operational emissions.  Their annual offset donations have neutralized over 2.25 million pounds of greenhouse gases.   In addition to being 100% carbon neutral, A2 Hosting has implemented a number of green policies like employee telecommuting practices and the re-use of older hardware to help reduce its operational carbon footprint. 

A2 Hosting cares about our environment and they care about providing the highest level of service to their customers.  Their 24/7/365 support staff work hard to ensure all client servers run at peak performance.  When you have a question, you’ll speak to a real person at A2 Hosting – client support service is never outsourced.  The service results show through the many industry awards that A2 Hosting has received over the years.  A2 Hosting also offers informational blog posts and customer referral programs to its clients.  

A2 Hosting is focused on ensuring their customers also get the fastest hosting speeds available through their exclusive Turbo Servers, offering up to 20X faster page loads compared to most competing hosts. 

Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with A2 Hosting and recognize their industry leadership through their long-term commitment to offering carbon emissions neutral operations for their many high speed hosting solutions to its customers. 

With the success of COP21 in Paris last December, and the record number of companies and organizations around the world making significant pledges to reduce their carbon emissions, Carbonfund.org is thrilled to celebrate thirty-five of its business partners that have maintained carbon emissions reduction and mitigation programs continuously for the past ten years. 

These organizations have shown long-term and consistent leadership in maintaining environmentally responsible business operations.  Programs vary from tree-planting campaigns to recognize customers or employees and to celebrate Earth Day, to product shipping or travel and event-related emissions offsets, to full annual operational carbon neutrality.

Our tenth anniversary partners have supported innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, clean air technology and critical forest preservation projects around the world.  

Together, these thirty-five organizations have mitigated the negative impact of an astonishing 375 million pounds of greenhouse gases - equivalent to removing 35,810 passenger cars from the roads for a year!  In addition, they’ve planted 10,400 trees in reforestation and tree-planting initiatives around the world, to celebrate Earth Days, customers or employees. 

Carbonfund.org’s Tenth Anniversary Business Partners include: 

  • A2 Hosting
  • Air Charter Team
  • Bath ASU
  • Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C.
  • Boston Trust & Investment Management Company – Walden Asset Management
  • Brynmorgen Press
  • Calvert Group
  • CREDO Mobile
  • Detour, LLC
  • Eagle-Eye Tours
  • Earth Science Naturals
  • EcoBrander Promos
  • evo
  • Federal Career Experts
  • Flavorus, Inc.
  • flowerpetal.com
  • Forever Cheese
  • Greenerprinter
  • Greenforce
  • Hacienda Owners Association
  • Hargrove & Associates
  • Hotel Carlton
  • LightHawk
  • Merriman
  • Modwalls
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • National Audubon Society
  • ONNO T-Shirt Company
  • Orbitz
  • Sastaa
  • SunEdison
  • Teas Etc.
  • UniRac
  • Unitarian Universalists – General Assembly (actually their 11th Anniversary!)
  • USGBC-New Jersey Chapter 

“It is both humbling and heartening to see this extensive list of organizations and businesses, of all sizes and in all industries, that have maintained a steadfast commitment to environmental responsibility and supporting the projects and the mission of Carbonfund.org,” exclaimed President and Co-Founder Eric Carlson.  “With this type of leadership and dedication, these organizations continue to set the standard for others to follow.  I am so honored to be able to recognize these long-term partner organizations.” 

Each of these business partners and organizations is receiving a special Carbonfree® Partner – 10 Years logo, and Carbonfund.org will be planting 100 trees in honor of each tenth anniversary partner to thank them for their long-term partnership. 

Watch this space, as we’ll be publishing a blog dedicated to each of our ten-year partners, to share more about their leadership in environmental sustainability.   

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