Friday, 02 April 2010 13:01

EPA Improves Fuel Economy Standards

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The Obama administration and the EPA have officially moved to improve vehicle fuel economy standards, which would save drivers money on gas and reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the lifetime of a vehicle. The improvement will require automakers to provide new vehicles with a fleetwide average of 35.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2016, up from 27.3 MPG in 2011 - about a 30% gain in fuel efficiency. While critics of the move quickly point out that the improvements in technology would add to the prices of vehicles, the savings in fuel will more than offset the initial cost of the vehicle. The New York Times reports that owners of a new car that meets the higher fuel efficiency standard in 2016 will save about $3,000 in fuel over the life of their car - all while polluting less. In aggregate, the new vehicles sold are expected to help save roughly a billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Friday, 02 April 2010 12:49

Consumers Demand Green Goods Despite Economy

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Despite the recession, consumers will still pay more for 'green' goods. This according to a survey done by Mintel, an international market research firm. Mintel's 'green' living survey showed that more than 35% of US consumers will pay more for environmentally-friendly products. Also, the market for 'green' products outperformed the economy as a whole in 2009. Renew phOne product category, green electronics, showed substantial growth in 2009, most likely do to the increased availability of environmentally friendly electronics like the CarbonFree® Certified MOTO W233 Renew mobile phone. However, the growth of the most frequently purchased green products, household cleaners and paper products, declined slightly. Natural and organic foods was also a strong product category with 28% of the survey group reporting that they buy as much, or more organic food then before the recession and only 21% claiming to have cut down on or eliminated their organic food purchases. This survey would logically lead to the assumption that consumers are becoming more educated and savvy about the purchases they make and how they impact the environment and their personal health. It suggests that buying 'green' is becoming a core lifestyle choice for many of today's consumers.
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 now for Carbonfund.org! th1As 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!
Alima Pure is featuring their leading line of eye shadow for Earth Day this year. Each color of the Cascadia Collection is named after an Oregon Natural Beauty. So whether your color is Columbia Gorge, a vibrant gold named after the 80-mile Columbia Gorge, or Wallowas, a gentle green from the “Oregon Alps,” you can be sure that when you wear Alima Pure products, you’re sporting eco-friendlier products. All Alima Pure products are certified natural, and cruelty-free. And now for the second straight year, Alima Pure is a Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Partner. By packing their products in recyclable shipping materials and other actions to reduce their carbon footprint, Alima Pure has taken great steps to reduce what it can, offset what it can't. If you’re looking for a beautiful and eco-friendly Earth Day gift, check out Alima Pure’s Cascadia Collection.
Carbonfund.org Partner Ecoprint is leading the printing industry by improving its environmental sustainability. Ecoprint lives up to Carbonfund.org’s motto of Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t. By reducing the energy intensity of their sales per dollar by over 40%, Ecoprint has significantly cut back on its carbon footprint. This helps the environment, Ecoprint customers, and their bottom line. For the power that they’ve had to use, Ecoprint was an early adopter of renewable energy. Their business has been powered by renewable energy since 2003. EPEcoprint has also lead the industry by developing eco-friendly printing processes. They invented a metal-free “eco-ink” free from dangerous heavy metals. This reduces heavy metal pollution and helps protect users from heavy metal ingestion. They also maintain their own line of 100% recycled papers, enabling Ecoprint customers to have a wide selection of eco-friendly products. Ecoprint specializes in printing publications, booklets, newsletters, and books. They cater to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and progressive businesses. If you need great printing services and want to minimize your impact on the environment, check out Ecoprint today.
James Turner of Wilmington, NC has won the opportunity tocleanairlawncare be the newest franchisee of a Clean Air Lawn Care business. Only the second Clean Air Lawn Care in North Carolina, Mr. Turner is excited to bring an eco-friendly business to the area and spread the word about environmental issues. Clean Air Lawn Care is a partner of Carbonfund.org. After he completes corporate training and paperwork, Mr. Turner says the business will be ready to launch by summer. Clean Air Lawn Care franchisees use biodiesel-powered and electric landscaping equipment powered by wind energy overnight and solar energy on-the-go. Each truck has a solar system mounted on the back of the vehicle that charges the equipment. They also offer organic fertilization and treatment, and reduce their emissions with Carbonfund.org in support of our third-party validated carbon reduction projects. To see locations near you, visit Clean Air Lawn Care today.
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!