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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.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 18:21 Written by Emily Pugliese
Metro Business Systems, a CarbonFree® Partner since 2008, has started an innovative new program to help keep old computer equipment in use and out of landfills. Primarily an IT hardware and services supplier, they are assisting some of the world’s largest financial institutions in recycling a substantial amount of their computer equipment. Instead of the used equipment ending up in a landfill, Metro Business Systems is working to “refresh” the old equipment so that it can be donated to local charities. With help from some local students and their own donated technical services, Metro Business Systems is wiping the confidential data off the hard drives, fix non-working components, and reinstall operating systems so that the computers are once again operational. Metro Business Systems is a supplier of computer electronics equipment and was created in 1986. They specialize in delivering a comprehensive suite of computer hardware, networking, integration, configuration and inventory management resources with unparalleled attention to customer satisfaction. Metro Business Systems is committed to environmental awareness and education. Through their partnership with us they are offsetting their corporate business and shipping emissions. They have partnered with organizations such as Carbonfund.org to better understand how they can be a more environmentally responsible company. For more information, please visit www.metropc.com.
Monday, 22 June 2009 09:47 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
The Craftsman Bed and Breakfast is a great model of our "Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can" motto here at Carbonfund.org. This bed and breakfast located in Pacific City, Oregon is housed in one of the area's oldest buildings which was restored into the beautiful home you see today. They are located about an hour and a half southwest of Portland on the beautiful Oregon coast. Before offsetting their carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org, The Craftsman Bed & Breakfast reduced their climate impact as much as possible. From using reusable canvas bags for shopping, composting organic food waste, using rain barrels for landscape watering needs, to double-paned energy efficient windows installed in the B&B. To learn more about their environmental initiatives or to book a visit, please visit The Craftsman.
In 2008, three friends partnered to form Rebounces. Using a proprietary and first-of-its kind technology, Rebounces recharges flat tennis balls – those that have lost their bounce – and provides them in bulk to teaching professionals at discount. What this means is tremendous savings for professional, avid and weekend tennis players, along with trainers and institutions. It also means that more flat tennis balls are kept out of landfills, where more than 310+ million balls (US alone) end up annually. Rebounces is revolutionizing the tennis industry by looking at how it must evolve to keep up with environmental concerns and the overall need for change. Rebounces' mission is to support the sustainable growth of the game of tennis by providing alternative ways to recycle tennis balls, and ultimately provide children with more access to the game. Rebounces doesn't stop with the tennis industry. When balls are too worn out for the court and can no longer be "Rebounced," the company makes them available for some unique non-tennis and recycling uses. Its motto, Replay, Reuse and Recycle tells a story that is in need of being heard: 1) Replay= Give tennis balls extended life —bring just-out-of-the-can bounce back; 2) Reuse = Non-traditional uses for tennis balls to extend their life and reduce landfill waste; and 3) Recycle = Establish partnerships in a variety of industries to determine smart uses for worn tennis balls. As a partner since 2008, Rebounces is a company who is truly working to reduce what they can and offset what they can’t. They have partnered with us to offset their business office emissions as well as all carbon emissions from Rebounces related shipments. To learn more please visit www.rebounces.com.