Carbonfund.org has been nominated for the Best Carbon Offset Provider in TreeHugger’s Best of Green 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. We are very excited about this honor, and ask you to please cast your vote for Carbonfund.org! As the leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, Carbonfund.org is fighting climate change, helping individuals and businesses reduce and offset their carbon footprint in support of third-party validated projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation. Our mission is to hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Please remember to ask your friends and family members to vote as well! There's no registration needed, and it takes just seconds. Votes may be submitted once a day per user through April 2nd. Please vote now! Thank you!
Friday, 26 March 2010 11:37

This Spring, Reduce What You Can

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d2At Carbonfund.org, our motto is Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can't. As we all do a bit of spring cleaning and prepare for Earth Day, I wanted to share some ways to reduce our energy consumption and help our planet.
  1. Use solar garden lanterns instead of conventional lights to highlight your patio or garden - they can last for twenty years! For example, you can use promo code 10OffLampPosts to save 10% on solar lamp posts and get free shipping.
  2. Consider a rain barrel for your side or back yard.  Rain barrels not only curb high water usage, but they decrease the amount of storm water runoff in city drains after heavy rains. Plus, they're stylish.
  3. Plant a tree! Trees absorb carbon dioxide, control water runoff, and provide a great weekend activity for your family.  If you don't have space to plant a tree, or to make a donation to support our tree planting effort, please participate in our Million Tree Challenge.
This spring is a great time to celebrate the outdoors by keeping it beautiful, clean, and safe for future generations. Remember to Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can't. Happy Spring!
The 2010 Dairy Sustainability Symposium, April 14-15 in Chicago will be offsetting its emissions through support of the Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester Project of Carbonfund.org. The event organized by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) provides a forum for members of the industry to learn more about how to make their operations cleaner and greener. A focus of the Dairy Sustainability Symposium will be how to reduce carbon emissions and save money through energy efficiency measures. Carbonfund.org will be presenting on carbon footprinting and life cycle assessments of products and the production process. The Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester Project collects waste from ten local dairy farms, captures the associated methane emissions and transforms it to clean, renewable energy. Methane is a greenhouse gas about23 times more potent than CO2, and a byproduct of bovines in dairy production. In addition to reducing more than 8,000 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions from the atmosphere each year, the biodigester also helps keep the region’s groundwater cleaner. By offsetting the emissions of the Symposium, including attendees’ travel and participation, the dairy industry is taking another step towards industry-wide comprehensive emissions reductions. In December, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy made a commitment to reduce dairy emissions 25% by 2020.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:29

Carbonfund.org Partner Helps Reforest Appalachia

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ACCWT tree plantingThe Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team is looking for volunteers to help them plant trees on reclaimed coal mine lands.  Having planted trees in 7 states in Appalachia, the ACCWT is experienced in bringing back Appalachia’s historic eastern hardwood forest cover.  They’ve already reforested over 36 acres of trees on previously mined lands.  As over 3.5 million people live within 1 mile of an Appalachian abandoned mine land site, these projects are crucial to restore forest cover, recreate animal habitats, and set up Appalachia for a prosperous clean energy future. ACCWT has made a firm commitment to revitalizing Appalachia’s environment.  Beyond tree planting and operating in an environmentally sustainable way, they have partnered with Carbonfund.org to make all of their trainings CarbonFree®.  By supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy projects, ACCWT is moving the country towards a clean energy future. ACCWT’s next tree planting is taking place on Thursday, March 25th in Prenter, West Virginia. They are looking for volunteers to get dirty and turn some mines into prosperous hardwood forests. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This is a great opportunity for anybody in the West Virginia area. If you go – take some pictures and let us know how it went! And if you can't make it, please consider joining Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge to support tree planting in the fight against global warming for $1 a tree. Thanks!
cwscreen1Looking for the next big "app" for your iPhone or Android phone? CauseWorld lets you donate to charities of your choice, including Carbonfund.org, for free while you shop! CauseWorld enables users to accumulate "karmas" when visiting various stores which can then be used for donations. No purchase is required. The mobile phone application is free to download and use via Apple iTunes here or via the Android Market on one's phone. With grants from Citi and Kraft, CauseWorld is able to distribute funds to the charities that users select. The updated app includes a social layer, meaning you can now sync it up with Facebook to share your experiences and donations you're making with friends. Also, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is sponsoring a way for users to earn extra karma points by scanning barcodes on individual items with one's iPhone. The app helps connect users with products they may be interested in, while earning karmas that they can then use for donations. The app has been lauded by TechCrunch, featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, and was recently highlighted at the popular South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festival in Austin, Tex. There, TechCrunch and CauseWorld teamed up to offer attendees double karmas when one checked in with the app at any of over 50 venues around the city including the Austin Convention Center. To learn more about the app, or download the updated app now for your phone, please visit www.causeworld.com.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 11:08

Health Care Passes - Can We Care for Climate?

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A major hurdle for potential climate change legislation has been cleared: comprehensive health care legislation has passed the House and will soon become law. While the battle to ensure that more Americans will have access to affordable health care has no direct impact on climate change, the battle over the details of the bill has consumed the attention of Congress and America for more than a year now. With the health care debate essentially over for this session, Congress may be free to take on other reforms - specifically that of climate change. Recognizing this opportunity to act, Democratic Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking for climate change legislation in 2010. The letter was signed by 22 Democrats, including important swing votes like Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Roland Burris of Illinois, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Jon Tester of Montana, and Mark Warner of Virginia. Climate change legislation passed in the House last year, but legislation in the Senate has been stalled ever since. Currently, the best hope for legislation may come from Sens. Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman, who are drafting legislation that may achieve bipartisan support. It is widely believed that in order to pass a bill of this nature through the Senate, a super-majority of 60 will be necessary. The advantages of comprehensive climate change legislation are many. Well constructed legislation would:
  • Reduce carbon emissions according to science-based targets;
  • Provide clarity for US businesses and promote investment in clean technologies;
  • Create new 'green jobs' and help the US maintain competitiveness in an increasingly green global economy;
  • Remove the need for the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant - a particularly contentious issue for some;
  • Establish the US as a leader in the clean energy future;
  • Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.
Hope remains high that Congress will pass climate change legislation, and the future looks a little brighter now that health care legislation has passed. It will be interesting to see how these next few weeks pan out, because if Democrats are serious about passing a bill in 2010 then they are going to have to refocus their efforts very soon. If the fight to save our climate is anything like the fight to reform our health care, then we are in store for another interesting battle in Washington.
With deforestation today accounting for about 20 percent of global warming, Carbonfund.org is challenging individuals and businesses to help plant a million trees while raising awareness about the importance of tree planting and reforestation in solving climate change. For $1 per tree, the Carbonfund.org Million Tree Challenge provides an opportunity for action on global warming leading up to Earth Day on April 22nd. MTC_treeIndividuals and businesses can make a tax-deductible donation toward tree planting at: www.carbonfund.org/trees. The campaign lets donors choose how many trees they wish to have planted. An individual can, for instance, make a donation to plant a tree for each family member, or each mile in a daily commute. A business can plant a tree for each employee, or each sale made. Carbonfund.org’s Million Tree Challenge Launch Partners include: Staples, Amtrak, Motorola, Hyundai, and Mac-Gray, each making an early commitment to the campaign. For example, Staples will be collecting $1 donations from customers at its U.S. stores from April 18-24, 2010, and will match customer donations raised during this time, up to $20,000. Companies that have also made commitments include: Evogear, WeddingWire.com, Planetshoes.com, WVO Management, and the Maryland GreenHawks basketball team. “Supporting Carbonfund.org with the Million Tree Challenge helps positively impact our climate, and serves as a concrete way to help educate others about sustainability,” said Mark Buckley, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Staples. “Staples has been contributing to the climate change cause through energy conservation, green building design, and renewable energy purchases. In addition, by using recycled paper as the standard in our Copy & Print Centers, offering a wide selection of green paper choices in our stores and on Staples.com, and providing technology recycling services, Staples makes it easy for our customers to make a difference for the environment, what we call EcoEasy.” Amtrak will be promoting the campaign on their Whistle Stop online community for passengers, and to their Amtrak Guest Rewards program members. “Passenger rail is a travel mode that produces some of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile. Amtrak is taking steps using new technologies, fuels and procedures to further reduce emissions. We support tree planting as a great personal step to incrementally reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Roy Deitchman, Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety for Amtrak. Please join the challenge today - make a donation to plant trees at: www.carbonfund.org/trees, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the campaign. Thanks!
Celebrate spring with a special promotion from CarbonFree® Partner Teas Etc.! Teas Etc. is an online retailer of premium loose leaf teas, herbs, and Rooibos. The company is USDA certified to package and distribute organic products and has a complete line of 100% organic teas. They are deeply committed to recycling efforts in their local area, utilize chemical-free cleaning products, and use biodegradable packing peanuts in their shipments. They offset their annual business emissions with Carbonfund.org and offer their customers the option of offsetting the shipping emissions of their order. teas_etc_largeUntil Monday, March 22nd, Teas Etc. is offering 20% off everything with free shipping on any $60 order or more in the continental U.S. Additionally, they will plant a tree through Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge campaign for each order! Simply use promo code SPRING during checkout. Visit Teas Etc. at www.teasetc.com. Carbonfund.org congratulates Teas Etc. for participating in our Million Tree Challenge campaign.  Together, we can plant one million trees and help fight global warming! You can learn more about the campaign here.
A new University of Melbourne led study has concluded that butterflies are changing their lifestyles and living patterns because of global warming. The study noted that butterflies are emerging 10 days earlier than they did just 65 years ago, a change that corresponds with rising temperatures and earlier springs. The earlier to rise butterflies in the Melbourne area have been casually linked to the measured rise in temperatures of 0.14°C per decade in Melbourne, and the warming has been shown to be human-induced (anthropogenic). Another recent study also has found that mountain butterflies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California are moving up in elevation to flee from warmer temperatures. A big reason why scientists are extrapolating conclusions from the lives and habits of butterflies is because we have always looked at butterflies. Their beauty and elegance capture the attention of people, and therefore the records that have been kept regarding their habits have been very detailed for a long time. These changes in butterflies may seem small, but they are a great indicator of the larger changes going on in the world. Please do your part to reduce your own carbon footprint. You can visit www.carbonfund.org to learn more about reducing and calculating your carbon footprint.
Carbonfund.org Partner Go Green Tube is your one-stop destination for environmental and eco-friendly web videos. Go Green Tube boasts an enormous collection of videos that discuss green technologies, products, services, and environmental news. After you register, every video you watch generates a carbon reduction of one pound! Carbonfund.org super fan and activist Andrew Lasken created the video below. It's a fun explanation of carbon offsets and how they can help fight climate change. Enjoy!