Since April 20th, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been spewing tens of thousands of barrels of oil into fragile ecosystems every day. For more than a month BP has tried and failed to stop or slow the gushing well without success (calling a project 'top kill' doesn't exactly inspire confidence). Current attempts to stem the flow of oil may actually increase overall oil flow into the Gulf if the strategies fail, and permanent relief will not be available until August at the earliest--but BP may not have that long. Hurricane season officially starts on June 1st, further complicating BP's efforts to end this environmental disaster. Making matters worse, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting that this year will feature above-average storms; potentially with 14 to 23 named storms between now and the end of the season. If a hurricane threatens the Gulf Coast, all oil spill abatement procedures will have to cease immediately. With so many hurdles in place, it is hard to see an end to this devastating environmental disaster. The real mystery is in the unknown: how long will it take to end the oil spill? What will happen to all the fish and wildlife on the coasts of Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana? What about tourism and the industries that rely on these resources? Stopping the spill will be the first step, but we may have already done too much damage. Moments like these remind me why I support clean, renewable energy. While renewable energies are by no means problem free, you are never going to hear about a never-ending wind turbine disaster or an unstoppable solar panel toxic mess. Every day we continue our reliance on fossil fuels like oil and coal, we are perpetuating an energy system that must take risks like BP took with their Deepwater Horizon rig to continue to be profitable. We must fight for clean energy every day, for change does not come over night, it comes when you add up all those small steps that we have taken after we say "no more dirty energy!" Take a small step today: support clean energy now.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires 31 industries, which cover 85 percent of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, to track and report their emissions beginning in 2010 through the Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting Rule. “Gathering this information is the first step toward reducing greenhouse emissions and fostering innovative technologies for the clean energy future,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. In March, the U.S. EPA announced they are expanding the scope of their GHG mandatory reporting rule to include more of the oil and natural gas sector, large fluorinated gases emitting sources and carbon sequestration. These sources would be required to track their emissions beginning in 2011. Public comment is currently open on this proposed rule expansion and the EPA will be holding web-based training and Q&A sessions. Unsure whether your business is required to disclose its greenhouse gas emissions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about your carbon footprint and to implement a plan to quantify and reduce it.
Carbonfund.org partner Virgin America was recognized as the Most Eco-Friendly Airline in the SmarterTravel Editors' Choice Awards. The green achievements are a major reason why Carbonfund.org was so thrilled to partner with Virgin America to help them further reduce their carbon footprint. Some of the green initiatives that Virgin America has undertaken:
  • Supporting LEED Certified building standards for select facilities/terminals;
  • Offering preferential parking for hybrid cars;
  • Operating a fuel-efficient fleet of airplanes that save money and carbon emissions;
  • Publicly listing the airline's carbon footprint;
  • Offsetting the emissions of their corporate headquarters with Carbonfund.org;
  • Enabling passengers to offset when purchasing their travel or in-flight through their touch-screen RED system.
We would like to congratulate Virgin America for their continued commitment to sustainability and for this recognition.
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:15

Finding the Perfect (Green) Fit

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shirt pictureWhile at a friend’s wedding this past weekend I experienced a rarity:  men talking fashion.  Our table held five couples, and at some point during dinner all of the guys at our table started talking about the fit of their dress shirts.  Each had their own challenges in the quest for the perfect fitting shirt.  Joe’s arms were too long; Steve had broad shoulders and a narrow waist; while Jeremy’s neck size was shockingly large (and he’s is a pretty small guy).  The conversation lasted a remarkably long time with each telling the other where to procure the best shirts and the girls sitting in silence, shocked by how excited their husbands were about the topic. Just a week later, I have the perfect solution for these fit-frustrated guys.  Recent Carbonfund.org Business Partner Solosso provides premium custom dress shirts in the finest fabrics, tailored to your exact fit.  Pick your style and fabric and enter your measurements and your tailor-made shirt will be shipped to you free of charge! In addition to their high quality shirts, Solosso aims to run a socially responsible and environmentally friendly organization that produces sustainable products.   They hold their suppliers to high environmental standards, use packaging made from 95% and 100% recycled materials and offset all of their shipping and business operations emissions.   They work hard to continually minimize the environmental impact of their organization and, with the help of their partnership with us, to offset their carbon footprint. To get that perfect fit for you, or the guy in your life, check out www.solosso.com/en.
Having a great weekend and minimizing your footprint on our planet can go hand in hand. In 2009, an estimated 32.4 million Americans took some type of trip for Memorial Day weekend and traveled at least 50 miles. That’s a lot of gas—about 54 million gallons based on an average fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon. Here are some ways to make the most of your weekend while minimizing your carbon footprint.

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  • Check out what’s going on locally! Many cities and towns have parades, fairs, fireworks shows and other events to commemorate Memorial Day and for residents to enjoy the official start of summer activities.
  • Share your culinary skills with family & friends! Host a summer barbeque, and to minimize your work in the kitchen, ask guests to bring a dish or help with the meal.
  • Take transit! See if you can take public transit and save on gas too. Have you considered taking Amtrak? Train trips can be fun for the kids and the whole family.
  • Offset your travel footprint: if you’re driving, flying or taking other modes of transportation, you can offset your footprint affordably and support great projects to advance a clean energy future.
  • Take in a baseball game! Whether it’s your local team or the major leagues, you’re likely to find a game that weekend to enjoy.
You don’t have to travel far to enjoy Memorial Day weekend, but if you will, remember you can reduce your footprint by offsetting in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Learn more about reducing your footprint at our Save Energy page!
May Blog Next week the EcoFriendly Expo is bringing green to the Big Apple.  Held at the swank 7 W across from the Empire State Building in Manhattan, the event will showcase the best in high-end design, architecture, transportation, travel, art and fashion.  As they say, they’re bringing green to a grand new level. Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the Museo del Barrio, Ben Jervey, author of The Big Green Apple, Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian from the Land Art Generator Initiative, and members of The Bloomberg Administration will headline the Expo’s biggest draw, the Power of Green Lecture Series.  Leaders in their fields, these speakers will highlight the value and business case for acting sustainably.  The Expo will highlight New York’s environmental leadership and its commitment to the Global Community by supporting industries of the future and the US economy. On top of bringing people together to create partnerships and foster sustainable growth, the EcoFriendly Expo is CarbonFree®.  $1 from every ticket will be donated to Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint of the show. Tickets are almost a steal at $10 each and they are going fast.  Make sure you don’t get left out of this year’s hottest green event!  Purchase yours here.
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has asked their over 100,000 suppliers to reduce 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015--the emissions reductions are equivalent to removing some 3.8 million cars from the road for one year. Wal-Mart plans to meet their goal by focusing on the products with some of the highest carbon footprints, like milk and meat products. Like many retail stores, most of the carbon emissions that Wal-Mart is responsbile for are not generated within the four walls of their stores: they orgininate from the manufaturing and shipping of the products, long before they reach Wal-Mart's shelves. By requiring emissions reductions from their suppliers, Wal-Mart is tackling the biggest component of their carbon footprint. Wal-Mart is working with those suppliers to reduce emissions and will jointly account for the reductions. This means that suppliers need to assess and track emissions accurately, reliably and verifiablly. To ensure methodology, completeness and correct calculations of emissions assessments quality assurance checks will be performed at all levels of the supply chain. To learn how Carbonfund.org can help your business manage and reduce the carbon emissions associated with your products, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:45

SEC Includes Disclosure of Climate Change Risks

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In January 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to provide public companies with interpretive guidance on existing SEC disclosure requirements as they relate to climate change. Risks associated with climate change may trigger disclosure requirements for:
  • Impact of legislation and regulation
  • Impact of international accords
  • Indirect consequences of regulation or business trends
  • Physical impacts of climate change
In order for companies to fulfill their reportinging requirements they must be able to identify their carbon impact and how a changing climate may impact their business. Carbonfund.org provides many carbon management services for businesses to help the quantify their carbon footprint and actively manage their impact. Stay ahead of this requirement: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today to learn more about your the carbon footprint of your business.
g100Congratulations to our partner JetBlue! The airline is highlighted for "True Green - Creative Conservation" in today's special Globe 100 section of The Boston Globe. JetBlue enables travelers to reduce their carbon footprint by offsetting the emissions of their flight in support of three carbon reduction projects, including wind power, landfill methane capture, and the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project in Louisiana. BG100AJetBlue also offsets the business travel of its own crewmembers. “We can’t ask our customers to do something that we’re not doing,’’ said Gina Rauscher, manager of corporate social responsibility. Icema Gibbs, JetBlue's director of corporate social responsibility, noted, “We have seen a lot of pickup from our customers. People are continually saying that this is great.’’ Check out the article in today's Globe here! If you're flying JetBlue, please visit: www.carbonfund.org/jetblue to reduce your travel footprint.
bg2What can you do to beat the traffic, get a workout and revel with other commuters? Try biking to work on Friday, National Bike-to-Work Day. The annual event occurs the third Friday of May, and if you haven't tried it, biking to work can be fun. Here in the DC area, for instance, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Commuter Connections of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments have organized the region’s activities. One of the many "pit stops" in the region will be in downtown Silver Spring, near Carbonfund.org, at the Discovery Communications headquarters plaza. The pit stops will enable bicyclists to meet up, enjoy a bite to eat, have something to drink, and get a chance to win prizes or a free T-shirt. Pit stops will open and close at different times, so please check out the website. bg3Wherever you are in the country, you are likely to find an event to celebrate bike-to-work day. If there isn't one near you, consider getting together with some friends, family members or colleagues to organize a bike-to-work day in your community or area! Biking is a great (and healthy!) way to reduce your carbon footprint from commuting or just getting around. If you're not a bicyclist or don't want to participate, remember that you can reduce your footprint by offsetting in support of Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects. Happy cycling! Please share this posting with others. Thanks!