It takes a special company to carry through a long-term commitment to monitor and manage its social, environmental and financial impacts of conducting business.  Grounds for Change is a family owned and operated coffee roasting business located in the Pacific Northwest.  Grounds for Change roasts 100% Fair Trade, Organic coffee in small batches to ensure that you receive the freshest coffee possible, while remaining committed to social justice and environmental stewardship. 

In 2008, Grounds for Change helped Carbonfund.org pioneer the Certified Carbonfree® Products program by completing a thorough “cradle-to-grave” Life Cycle Assessment and Greenhouse Gases inventory report for its roasted coffees.  It is a program that fits with Grounds for Change’s overall mission to achieve the highest possible standards in quality, fairness and responsibility throughout its operation and in each product it produces.  

"It's simply the right thing to do," says Kelsey Marshall, Co-Founder of Grounds for Change. "We want to provide our customers with the highest quality coffee available. To us, that means Organic Certified, Fair Trade Certified and Certified Carbonfree® - caring for ecosystems, workers and the climate." 

By measuring the carbon footprint associated with each pound of roasted coffee, then neutralizing those carbon emissions through quarterly donations to Carbonfund.org, supporting reforestation and avoided deforestation projects around the world, Grounds for Change offers a truly carbon neutral roasted coffee to environmentally conscious consumers. 

The company’s commitment to carbon offsetting goes far beyond its coffee roasting operations. Every step in the coffee chain has been scrutinized, from a coffee plant in Peru all the way to a bag of roasted coffee in the customer’s hands. The details of harvest, transportation, roasting, packaging and shipping to customers have all been included in the rigorous carbon footprint analysis. 

Grounds for Change focuses on operating as a green business and has received a Washington award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability. As a member of 1% for the Planet, Grounds for Change donates well over 1% of total annual sales to various environmental organizations, including Carbonfund.org.  In addition to offering 100% Fair Trade and Organic Certified coffee, most Grounds for Change coffees are shade grown, which means the possibility of a real livelihood for coffee growers, a breath of fresh air for the planet, zero net carbon emissions from crop to cup and healthy forests for migratory songbirds.

This holiday season, Grounds for Change is offering sales on coffee gift baskets, special winter seasonal coffee blends, and their Coffee of the Month club.  With their commitments to Fair Trade, Organic and Carbonfree® Certified coffees, Grounds for Change offers premier choices for environmentally-savvy coffee connoisseurs. 

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The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects involve numerous local and international partners that will collectively protect more than 250,000 acres in the Amazon Rainforest – the world’s largest rainforest - from slash-and-burn forest clearing and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 15 percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation, which reduces the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Moreover, fallen trees decompose and release methane, a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2. 

The Purus Project was successfully validated to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction in January 2013 and was then successfully verified in December 2013.  The Purus Project is now being reviewed again for verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Project’s performance from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. 

To review the complete Project Documents and submit comments, please visit: 

http://www.climate-standards.org/2012/10/20/the-purus-project-a-tropical-forest-conservation-project-in-acre-brazil/ 

Puma photographed by biodiversity camera on Purus Project 

Puma photographed by biodiversity monitoring camera on Purus Project

The Russas and Valparaiso Projects were successfully validated to the VCS and CCBS with Gold Distinction in March and July 2014.  Both Projects are now being reviewed for verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Projects’ performance from March 2011 to December 2013.  

 To review their complete Project Documents and submit comments, please visit: 

http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-valparaiso-project/ and

http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-russas-project/ 

Agricultural Training Courses Completed for Russas-Valparaiso Projects 

The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects are Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects that mitigate deforestation, preserve extraordinary biodiversity, and provide alternative economic opportunities to local communities.  Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures and benefit the local communities include, but are not limited to: agricultural extension training, forest patrols of potential deforestation sites, improving local schools and health clinics, and eventually building better houses and installing solar photovoltaic panels for the local communities to improve their livelihoods. 

The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects will also provide a variety of essential ecosystem services such as: erosion and flood control; water cycling, filtration and storage; oxygen production and nutrient recycling; genetic repository for medicinal plants; and habitat for thousands of native Amazonian animal (including scarlet macaws and Amazon River dolphins) and plant species. 

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Agricultural Training Courses Completed for Russas-Valparaiso Projects 

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Online shopping has exploded in recent years and has rapidly become the norm in many countries.  According to a recent report by U.K.-based Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG), global business-to-consumer e-commerce sales will pass the $1.25 trillion mark by 2013, up 30% over total 2011 online retail shopping sales.

While studies have shown that online shopping may reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 35 percent compared to traditional retail shopping, many forward-thinking online retailers recognize that “green shoppers” expect even more in environmental sustainability.

New CarbonFree® Business Partner Tradewinds Imports, offering modern bathroom vanities and contemporary bathroom furnishings only through its online store, made the decision to neutralize its annual operational emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s global forestry projects.  In addition, many of their vanities and bathroom furnishings are made from 100% reclaimed, recycled or sustainably forested hardwoods.  Most of their vanities are hand-hewn, rather than machine-made, reducing carbon emissions during the manufacturing process. 

“The global environment and the health of our forests is of the utmost importance to Tradewinds Imports, and we are immensely proud to announce our work with Carbonfund.org to help offset carbon emissions and repopulate the trees of our earth,” states Todd Harmon, CEO of Tradewinds Imports.  “Carbonfund.org is a fantastic organization and we are very excited to aid them in their carbon reduction efforts.  Being good custodians of our forests is vital to our lives as well as our business, so we are delighted to help Carbonfund.org meet their reforestation and avoided de-forestation goals.”

Carbonfund.org’s online retail business partners help to set the bar higher for reducing carbon emissions related to the shopping experience, and Tradewinds Imports joins its sister online stores Bath Gems and Patio Productions as CarbonFree® Business Leaders.   

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