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Last night's State of the Union address by President Obama covered a lot of ground over the course of the 71 minute speech. One of the main pillars that helped to get President Obama elected in the first place, a commitment to clean energy and reducing US greenhouse gas emissions, was a focal point for the President in the address. The President stressed the need for Congress to take action on climate change to reduce emissions and also remain competitive in the international marketplace and help create jobs here in the US.
[T]o create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives... And yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America.President Obama tried to reframe the climate legislation awaiting action in Congress in terms of clean energy and jobs, particularly as some observers have deemed the legislation stalled for the time being. It's true that investing in clean energy will create new jobs in construction, manufacturing, installation, as well as research and development. With our nation still in economic recovery, climate legislation can help re-invigorate and re-energize our economy and should be a focus for Congress and the White House.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 18:20 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Please welcome our newest CarbonFree® Partner: KidBean.com! They specialize in earth and labor-friendly children's products with a heavy emphasis on US-made items. KidBean.com's mission is to make a difference in the world by educating people about the health, environmental, and social benefits of sustainably-produced, fair labor, vegan products for babies and children. From its inception, KidBean.com has been deeply committed to ethical and sustainable business practices. All products are researched using the company's proprietary review process to ensure the life cycle of all products is environmentally friendly. Says founder Melissa Zenz, "I'm always looking for ways to further lessen the environmental footprint of KidBean.com, so I'm very excited to be working with Carbonfund.org." Her partnership is offsetting 35 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from nearly 4,000 gallons of gasoline consumed. Her contribution is "a vital part of countering this footprint," she adds. For more information on KidBean.com's eco-friendly products or their environmental initiatives, please visit: KidBean.com.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:28 Written by Greg Taylor
Do you want to learn about the newest environmental products and services, learn how to live your life more sustainably, and hear from experts in the fields of sustainability and environmental issues? Then come to the Eco Friendly Expo located conveniently in the heart of Manhattan. Over 3 days, you will have the opportunity to visit over 60 exhibitors, ranging from transportation, home and design, and construction to green art, and printing and packaging. Best of all – the Eco Friendly Expo will be CarbonFree® through a partnership with Carbonfund.org. Every paid admission includes a $1 donation to Carbonfund.org to offset the expo’s carbon footprint from roundtrip travel, hotel room stays, electricity use and meals at the expo. This donation will help fund Carbonfund.org’s Renewable Energy and Methane Projects, like the New York State Landfill Methane Project. Based in upstate New York, this project destroys methane, a greenhouse gas about 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend from May 25th through the 27th. So make this the kick-off event to your green summer and see you there!
Natural disasters impact those that are the least prepared the hardest. The earthquake that recently struck Haiti may end up killing 200,000 people - an astonishing and devastating figure. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The country has had high rates of TB, AIDS, malaria and other preventable diseases. The country's systems are less than adequate on a good day - meaning that access to essential government services like emergency services and building code enforcement is lacking. These and many other factors left Haiti especially vulnerable to a natural disaster. The poorly constructed buildings crumbled easily. Without extensive foreign aid, Haiti would have tremendous difficulty trying to rebuild. There is a lesson for the potential impacts of global warming, in the fact that global warming is expected to have many negative effects such as more heat waves, rising sea levels and other potential natural disasters that should raise concern for the world. While some countries are more prepared to handle these impacts than others, these effects most adversely affect developing countries and those who may be in poverty. You can learn more about the linkage between global warming and poverty or economic development by visiting this site, Live Climate, which is a nonprofit program of Carbonfund.org. The world needs to respond as quickly as possible to the needs of Haiti, while ensuring that it learns lessons from the disaster and be more prepared for the future, including the expected effects of global warming.
Friday, 22 January 2010 16:02 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
CODi Direct is a leading manufacturer and supplier of laptop bags and cases, mobile security and accessories. Since 1992, their unique products have been simplifying mobile life. They have a strong commitment to quality, value, customer service, and limiting their environmental impact. That's why CODi ships CarbonFree® with Carbonfund.org by offsetting emissions related to shipping in support of Carbonfund.org third-party validated carbon reduction projects. With messenger bags, backpacks, rolling cases, totes, and even checkpoint friendly bags, CODi has a reliable bag for anybody. And until January 31st, CODi is giving out a special 15% discount to Carbonfund.org supporters. Just use the discount code "CARBONFREE" at checkout to save 15% on your entire order. "Being eco-conscious is a growing concern for us as an organization and is shaping the decision-making of many of our corporate customers," explained CODi spokesperson Julie Bancroft. "Because our customers' needs are the cornerstone of everything we do, we have partnered with Carbonfund.org to echo our commitment to them and the environment." Carbonfund.org is proud to have CODi as a valuable partner in the fight against climate change. To learn more or take advantage of your discount, visit www.codidirect.com.
Thursday, 21 January 2010 14:49 Written by Emily Pugliese
Carbonfund.org partner WeddingWire has teamed up with MIX 107.3 FM and the Washington Bridal Showcase to give one lucky couple from the Washington, DC metro area a dream wedding BUT they only have one week to plan! Today's the last day to enter, and the top 5 finalists will be announced tomorrow. Enter now to win. The winning couple will be announced on January 29th and their wedding will take place one week later! WeddingWire, a leading online wedding planning resource, partnered with Carbonfund.org in early 2009 to offer engaged couples an affordable way to make their wedding a special day for family, friends and for the planet as well. Couples and their guests are able calculate their carbon footprints and contribute jointly in offsetting the wedding, making it a carbon neutral event. To make this possible, WeddingWire has integrated Carbonfund.org’s weddings carbon calculator as a tool on WeddingWire’s personalized wedding websites. To learn more or plan your ZeroCarbon Wedding, visit www.carbonfund.org/weddings!
Greenscroll is a nonprofit organization created to fight climate change in the real word, on the battlefield of the virtual one. Recognizing the growing environmental footprint of the Internet and the infrastructure involved in running it, their mission is to power the Internet by renewable energy. Greenscroll purchases renewable energy certificates from Carbonfund.org in support of renewable energy generation. Also, Greenscroll is working on a program to help companies with big data centers make them more energy-efficient. "We chose to work with Carbonfund.org because, like Greenscroll.org, Carbonfund.org is a charitable, not-for-profit organization with very similar values. Furthermore, Carbonfund.org has worked with well known brands like Dell, Discovery, Motorola, etc.” You can learn more about Greenscroll by reading the recent press release about our partnership, and by visiting www.greenscroll.org.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 16:46 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Friday, 15 January 2010 15:31 Written by Emily Pugliese
'Green' was definitely a running theme at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held last weekend in Las Vegas. Although I knew that there would be a small sustainability section I was pleasantly surprised to see how many companies were talking about, even focusing on, the greening of their products and their business. From energy efficiency and widespread recycling programs to reduced packaging and carbon neutrality, everywhere I looked companies were touting their efforts to minimize the environmental impacts of their products. All of the major consumer electronics companies, including Samsung, Casio, Toshiba, Panasonic and more had entire sections dedicated to their sustainability efforts and where boasting about the increased efficiency of all of their 2010 models. For example, Panasonic provided an array of green products and initiatives. Through a joint venture with Sharp and Toshiba, Panasonic has created a recycling program with 100's of free drop off locations in all 50 states. This program was the first winner of the US EPA’s National TV Recycling Challenge for responsible recycling end-of-life TVs. Their booth also showcased Panasonic’s innovative residential fuel cell technology which takes hydrogen from city gas and oxygen from the air to generate heat and electricity. Coupled with their residential storage batteries, which help to store the energy created by the fuel cells or solar power generators, this technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we power our homes. At the impressive Samsung booth they unveiled their eco-design and energy efficient products including LED TVs, 30” free-standing induction ranges, Energy Star Blue-ray players and more. Samsung also partnered with us to address the environmental impact of participating in the show by offsetting their presence at the show, including the booth, which was the largest at CES, transportation, and lodging. The 2010 show proved that sustainability and energy efficiency is not a fad, but rather a way forward. The consumer electronics industry has realized that making efficient, environmentally friendly products will make their customers happy, strengthen their corporate social responsibility and increase their bottom line.
Friday, 15 January 2010 14:47 Written by Paul Burman
2009 was a historic year for climate change action, as the US House of Representatives passed climate change legislation, and Senators introduced possible legislation in their chamber. The EPA ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants that should be regulated under the Clean Air Act. One of the year-in-review videos is by the American Clean Skies Foundation in this 4 minute video.