I love to shop for my friends and family during the holiday season and I try my best to give presents that are environmentally friendly.  However, there are always those on my list (I have 8 nieces and nephews!) for whom a solar cell phone charger just won’t suffice.  This year I can rest a little easier knowing that I can find the perfect gift for my 10 year old nephew or 3 year old niece while lessening my impact by doing my holiday shopping at EarthMoment.com.  EarthMoment is a no-cost Internet portal that allows customers to purchase their favorite products and services from their favorite online retailers, while fighting climate change with each purchase. EarthMoment provides a way for consumers to offset personal contributions to global climate change. They have teamed up with more than 1,000 companies to offer you 15 million products and services. Each of their company partners pays a commission to EarthMoment, half of which is donated to support Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated carbon reduction projects. With toys, sporting goods, clothing, jewelry, electronics and more available on their site, you are sure to find something that interests you as a gift!  To learn more visit www.earthmoment.com.
care2butterfly-2Care2 is a large online community for taking action and supporting environmental and social causes, including global warming, education, animal welfare, and civil rights.  Recently, Care2 has launched a new way for its members to easily contribute to these great causes for free.  In the Butterfly Rewards Program, members earn credits by taking action on the site and can redeem their credits to buy gifts for the world such as a rehydration salt pack to save a child from dysentery, the planting of a tree, or supporting a carbon reduction project like a wind farm. Randy Paynter, President and Founder of Care2 says, "This program makes it incredibly easy and fun to make a difference - in a very personal way.  Each person can decide which project to support with the credits they earn.  With millions of members taking action across the site, we're excited to see the collective impact we can make." You can learn more about the Butterfly Rewards Program here.  Please join Care2's compassionate community and take real action that makes a difference.  You can sign up here for free. Care2 is a CarbonFree® Partner with Carbonfund.org and offsets their business footprint.  Additionally, they offer a free "click to donate" feature on their site.  For every click, they will offset a pound of carbon dioxide!  Check out click to donate here.
Thursday, 03 December 2009 13:02

Vote Now for Tradepal!

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CarbonFree® Partner Tradepal has been nominated for the "Best New Startup of 2009" at the Crunchies Awards in San Francisco.  Tradepal is an online tradepalsocial marketplace that enables users to trade items with their friends.  They built a trading model inspired by the efficiency and clarity of financial markets, yet easy for anyone to use.  Tradepal Members trade with friends, make new friends, save money and the environment. They need the support of everyone possible so that their idea of a green, online, social marketplace that has REUSE as a mantra can survive and thrive among other marketplaces. The deadline to vote is TOMORROW, 12/4 so please vote today!  Click here to vote: http://is.gd/558Qy. The 2009 Crunchies is the third annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, Internet and technology innovations of the year. Media co-hosts include TechCrunch and VentureBeat. The ceremony takes place in January in San Francisco.
Thursday, 03 December 2009 10:22

How to Live Within a (Carbon) Budget

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A new report states that at our current rate of emissions, we are on pace to blow through our carbon budget 16 years early. Global accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) said in a recent report that in order to keep the consequences of global warming to a minimum, the global carbon ‘budget’ must remain below 1,300 billion tonnes of CO2 between the years 2000 and 2050. Currently, virtually all major nations are emitting at a pace that is unsustainably high and will blow our budget by 2034. Though the news reported by PWC is not great, there is room for improvement and mitigation. All nations must use energy more efficiently in order to keep our emissions under the sustainable threshold. Globally, this means improving our ‘carbon intensity’ – or the amount of carbon needed to generate a dollar of economic output. While carbon intensity tends to improve organically through upgrades in appliances and processes, this evolution is typically slow. To stay within our carbon budget, global carbon intensity must improve by 3 percent a year. From 2000-08, the carbon intensity of China, the U.S. and the E.U. improved only 0.7, 2.2, and 1.8 percent respectively. A good model for global leaders to follow can be based on the Carbonfund.org model of Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t. Three percent a year doesn’t sound like much, but will require coordinated efforts and long term planning. By focusing on efficiency improvements that improve carbon intensity, we can see real emissions reductions and cost savings today – and a cleaner future tomorrow. Can you reduce your carbon intensity 3% a year? Tell us how you are reducing your emission today!
As the world prepares for the upcoming climate meeting in Copenhagen set to begin next week, another group of world leaders is already debating how to stop the climate crisis.  Children from around the world, numbering over 160 youth from over 40 countries, are in the middle of climate negotiations in Copenhagen.  UNICEF and the city of Copenhagen have brought them to Denmark to give voice to children around the world.  Who better to influence environmental discussions than those who stand to inherit the world? These youth leaders-- including Becca Arbacher, a Carbonfund.org neighbor and Montgomery Blair High School sophomore in Silver Spring, MD-- are discussing the best ways to fight climate change.  They have also paid special attention to the impact climate change has on children.  As the Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 20 years old, the connection between climate change and children has never been clearer.  The world’s youth stand to benefit the most from early action or suffer the most from our inaction.  At the end of the conference, the Children’s Climate Forum will adopt a final resolution with recommendations for action on climate change.  For the sake of the world, we hope that world leaders will pay heed to these recommendations. Here at Carbonfund.org we believe that the world needs to make a firm commitment to reign in carbon emissions. With the help of individuals, businesses, and organizations, Carbonfund.org is offsetting over 5 billion pounds of CO2. I hope you’ll join us in wishing Becca and the rest of her youth delegates good luck in their deliberations.  The world depends on their work and the work of leaders of all ages around the world. You can follow the US delegation of young leaders on their blog.
Give green this year-- e-certificates that reduce someone's carbon footprint while supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects that help fight global warming. You choose the amount you want to give, or offset the average annual carbon footprint of someone with a ZeroCarbon™ Individual or ZeroCarbon™ Family gift. This year, Carbonfund.org also offers a tree & Chico Bag bonus. For every $20 donated, Carbonfund.org will plant a tree in your honor, and for every $50, get a Carbonfund.org Chico Bag, which is a reusable, lightweight bag for shopping or carrying items around.pnglogo The holidays don't have to mean getting stuff. It's a great time to get something meaningful for someone at a price you can afford. Visit Carbonfund.org's holiday page to start shopping! Check out these other green gift ideas as well at Planet Green.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 15:44

Ecocamp Patagonia Praised in Responsible Tourism Awards

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CarbonFree® Partner Ecocamp Patagonia was awarded the label “Highly Commended” in the Best in A Mountain Environment category by the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2009. This year the whole world learns what we at Carbonfund.org knows– Ecocamp Patagonia is one of the best, most environmentally responsible ways to tour South America. Certified as a leader in environmental management, Ecocamp Patagonia incorporates “leave no trace” principles into its design. Working with Carbonfund.org, Ecocamp Patagonia has calculated and offset their entire carbon footprint for two straight years. We’re inspired by their leadership in creating an incredible vacation while being eco-responsible.
holidaygraphic2This year many people are looking for meaningful gifts and flexibility in how much to spend. Giving Carbonfund.org's carbon offset certificates let you help someone reduce their carbon footprint meaningfully while supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Choose to reduce from 1 ton to 50 tons, or take care of someone's annual carbon footprint and the planet with a ZeroCarbon™ Individual or ZeroCarbon™ Family gift. The average carbon footprint of an American is a whopping 24 tons of emissions a year. There are also options to offset the carbon footprint of someone's car or home. Your recipient gets a framable e-certificate in recognition of this support, and this year Carbonfund.org offers a Tree Bonus and Chico Bag Bonus. For every $20 you donate to support carbon reductions from the Carbonfund.org holiday page, Carbonfund.org will plant a tree in your honor. Also, for every $50, you receive a Carbonfund.org Chico Bag, which are lightweight and reusable for shopping or use as a tote for books and other items. This year, give something that's meaningful and at a price you can afford. Give the gift of a cleaner planet. Earn your tree and Carbonfund.org Chico Bag bonuses today. Visit the Carbonfund.org holiday page.
Today Carbonfund.org President and Co-founder Eric Carlson was on WAMU-FM's Kojo Nnamdi Show today to discuss green travel for the holidays. Eric was a featured guest in the first half hour along with Nancy Young, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for the Air Transport Association. It is no secret that your carbon footprint is affected by how and where you travel. For many of us this holiday season, we will be taking planes, trains and/or automobiles to be with our family and friends. But will the planet be worse off because of our travels? It's why we encourage everyone to take responsibility for our travel-related emissions. By supporting quality, third-party validated carbon reducing projects, you can mitigate your carbon footprint from traveling. You can learn more about your carbon footprint and carbon offsets, calculate your carbon footprint from travel, and offset your footprint by visiting www.carbonfund.org. For those of you who don't live in the DC area, the Kojo show is a beloved radio talk show on our local NPR station, WAMU. To listen to a recording of the show, click here and be connected with the show's page.
Friday, 20 November 2009 19:08

Trailblazing in the Convention Management Industry

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PCMA 2010 LogoFor the first time, the Professional Convention Management Association’s Annual Meeting set a goal to be CarbonFree®. Through a sponsorship with Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, PCMA is leading the industry by offsetting the direct emissions of their convention in Dallas, Texas. They have made it easy for their attendees to offset their individual carbon footprints on a Carbonfund.org affiliate page. In addition to offsetting the event, PCMA is working hard on a slew of environmental initiatives in Dallas. They chose the Dallas Convention Center, which is completely powered by wind and seeking LEED certification. They are also encouraging recycling, energy conservation, waste reduction, water savings. PCMA 2010 is seeking to become a model for green conventions with their Green Meetings Community space at the convention. PCMA is supporting Carbonfund.org’s Truck Stop Electrification project located throughout the state of Texas. By keeping trucks from idling all night long, this project prevents carbon emissions from heating the globe. If you’re going to a convention or holding one, let us know, and we can help you reduce and offset your event's carbon footprint.