Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

In a world that is increasingly interrelated, the Compton Foundation seeks to foster human and ecological security by addressing contemporary threats to these inalienable rights. The foundation supports responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology, both personal and global, allowing for the full richness of human experience. The Foundation envisions a world in which humans live in harmony with each other, and in sustainable balance with the earth. Dorothy and Randolph Compton believed that world peace would only be possible if the conditions that brought about war could be eliminated. As a result they focused their funding on the problems of the rapid growth of the human population, the depletion of natural resources due to population growth and increasing consumption levels, the accompanying degradation of the environment, and the chaotic status of human rights in much of the world. Dorothy and Randolph’s vision is still alive today and still very much a part of the Foundation’s legacy. Times have changed and the Foundation recognizes new approaches and new problems, but it continues to honor the Founders’ ideas and values and the world challenges they met with such passion. In its Environment and Sustainability grantmaking, the Compton Foundation seeks a balanced and healthy relationship between humans, other life, and the planet. The Foundation believes it is possible to pursue a holistic and sustainable vision that blends concern for environmental conservation and economic viability, links urban and rural priorities, supports land and water health, and views humans as one part of the natural world. The Foundation has chosen three focus areas in which to make a meaningful contribution to realizing this vision in the United States: I. Advancing ecologically healthy, economically sustainable, and socially just visions for the care and use of fresh water; II. Promoting community-based strategies to support healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities; III. Reducing the US contribution to global climate change. The Compton Foundation’s internal Environmental and Social Sustainability Policies address many areas that ensure that the Foundation, its work and its staff are living the same mission as the Foundation espouses. Public transit costs for commuting staff are subsidized, flexible work hours are encouraged so that staff can avoid traffic congestion, and the Foundation applies carbon offsets to all Foundation related air travel by staff, Board members, guest speakers and Compton Fellows. The Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to partner with the Compton Foundation to help them reach their goal of achieving no net emissions related to the Foundation’s travel. The Foundation actively votes its proxies for environmentally and socially responsible corporate policies, and it maintains at least 85% of the Compton Foundation endowment in environmentally and socially screened investments. As shareholders, the Foundation co-signs letters to corporate management requesting more environmentally sustainable practices. And in their offices, Compton Foundation staff use 100% post-consumer recycled paper, re-use paper whenever possible, buy local, organic (or pesticide-free), and fair-trade foods, buy sustainably-produced office supplies, and purchase 100% biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning supplies. The Foundation subsidizes up to five days of paid volunteer activity at a nonprofit organization for each staff member every year, matches on a 2:1 basis charitable contributions of $100 or more made by staff and Board members, up to a total of $9,000 per person per year. The Foundation will continue to be a partner with all working for a positive future. Over the next three years, The Compton Foundation will maintain or increase the level of grant dollars that support policy, advocacy, and organizing and underserved communities. The Foundation takes its role as private trustee of the public benefit very seriously and as such will do its part to support people working for democratic, positive social change.
Thursday, 23 June 2011 22:50

Clean Skin for a Radiant Life from LATHER

Need a better�skin care regime this summer?� Since LATHER�s inception in 1999, their goal has been to inspire a healthier, more radiant life. By taking a holistic approach to skin care, placing focus on sourcing natural ingredients and essential oils, as well as drawing upon the benefits of aromatherapy, LATHER provides high quality products that care for the skin as well as the mind. What started in 1999 as a small line of pure olive-oil-based soaps quickly grew into a comprehensive collection of exfoliating body scrubs, hydrating body cr�mes, results-oriented facial treatments, soothing bath gels, and aromatherapy candles. LATHER’s mission is to offer a superior skin care experience by creating products using only the highest quality, effective natural ingredients, and providing exceptional services that not only treat the skin but educate the consumer. What continues to make LATHER stand apart from other companies is a dedication to finding and cultivating only the finest ingredients. LATHER has always maintained, “It’s what’s inside that counts,” using only pure essential oils, vitamins and antioxidants, and rare fruits and herbs – and never using synthetic fragrances or colors. LATHER may go to the ends of the earth to source ingredients, but packaging is kept clean and simple. They believe that what goes IN the bottle remains more important than what goes ON it. To further simplify, their sample packs, shopping bags, and gift cards are all comprised of 100% post-consumer recycled materials. Additionally, customers can return empty LATHER containers to stores to receive 10% off their next purchase. LATHER maintains a commitment to cruelty-free beauty. LATHER is a proud member of PETA and does not test products on animals nor works with labs that do.  As LATHER brand continues to grow, they aim to take this “holistic” vision to a higher level, seeking out opportunities to give back to the community, educate customers, sustain the environment, and support endeavors that help others lead a more radiant life. For years, LATHER has worked to reduce their environmental footprint, initiating in-store recycling programs, using renewable resources, and offsetting carbon emissions. LATHER has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint of their corporate office, and to donate to worldwide reforestation projects. Going one step further, LATHER has begun transitioning all packaging – from bottles to tubes to jars – to biodegradable plastic. And what exactly do the folks at LATHER mean by “biodegradable plastic”? To say something “biodegrades” means it’s metabolized by microbes, and microbes will eat just about anything — except for plastic. That’s why plastic can last 1,000 years or longer in the landfill. It’s great for packaging products but bad for the environment. LATHER blends an FDA-approved, non-toxic additive called EcoPure into their containers. In short, EcoPure is an organic compound that, when added in small amounts, makes plastic attractive to microbes and enhances its biodegradation in a typical landfill. To help you put your best face forward this summer, check out LATHER’s website and stores for the best in holistic skin care, summer beauty tips and even natural insect repellants.
Heidi Lovig is madly and passionately in love with food, a fanatic about farm-to-table dining, sustainability, seasonal menus, and local, local, local. She honed her vegan chef skills during her time living on the Big Island of Hawaii in a sustainable community where she managed an eco hostel and farm. She was introduced to the spiritual side of veganism including elements of Jainism and the ethics of kindness. Through these practices and beliefs, she developed a deeper connection to the ingredients she uses to create in her art form. Heidi Ho Organics is a new plant-based vegan food company established in 2010 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The creative minds behind Heidi Ho Organics have created a range of plant-based vegan cheeze products that are made from all natural, organic ingredients without any additives, fillers or preservatives. Their initial product line includes four cheezes, including a soy-based feta and hazelnut-based Chipotle Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, and Monterey Jack, and Heidi Ho Organics is already in the process of developing additional cheeze varieties, spreads and other delicious foods. Their mission is to produce local organic vegan products inspired by their customers, their families and their community. Their vision is to become an employee owned company, with their families leading to stimulate local economies around the globe, to bridge the bond between farmers and food, ultimately strengthening communities, by pioneering the new path for food production and distribution with our planet in mind. As a self proclaimed foodie, Heidi moved to Portland a few years back and began her training at Le Cordon Bleu to obtain her degree in Culinary Arts. She focused on local, organic, and sustainable practices throughout her education. Her focus turned toward the environmental issues humans have created due to our food supply structures and the current systems of distribution. Heidi has been studying food for several years and is committed to ensuring Heidi Ho Organics is a part of the solution. Lyssa Story is "the Boss" at Heidi Ho Organics. She basically runs the show and is the brains behind every facet of its operations. Lyssa is responsible for the money, the organization, and for keeping Heidi from floating away in her dreamy cloud of creativity. Lyssa has an extensive background in the food and beverage industry. She relocated to Oregon from Arizona to attend the Western Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu, where she received an Associate's degree in Occupational Studies – Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Lyssa was raised on the standard American diet. Over time, her health was jeopardized and at 22 years old she began a plant based and whole foods diet. She wasn't surprised to find nutrition was the culprit of her issues, at which point she was drawn to veganism. Lyssa's health has improved immensely, and she continues her education in plant-based health and nutrition. And the rave reviews are pouring in! The Portland Farmers Market Blog says: “For vegans there have been relatively few tasty options in the world of cheeze, but that has all changed with Heidi Ho’s amazing initial run of four delicious non-dairy cheezes: Feta, Monterey Jack, Chipotle Cheddar and Smoked Gouda. These amazing products pack a powerful flavor and creamy texture, easily rating as one of the best on the market!” And coming soon are Swiss, Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, Cheddar, Stout Cheddar, Blue Cheeze Crumbles, Brie, and Ricotta cheezes.  Find Heidi Ho cheezes at the Fight Fight Grocery, Jazzkat’s Coffee Bar, the PSU Farmers Market and the Pioneers Place Farmers Market, all in Portland.
Spring has sprung and we're already starting to hear the thump-hop-thump of the Easter bunny bopping into town. For everyone who wants to celebrate Easter but skip the drug store junk, we've got just the ticket for you. A host of Carbonfund.org partners are sharing products and deals on everything from Easter fashion,  flowers and candies. Best of all, by purchasing from a CarbonFree® business partner, you know your gifts come from a company that values sustainable materials and enviro-savvy practices. So this year, share some Fair Trade chocolates, dye your eggs a pastel green and celebrate the fun and values of Easter and the Earth at the same time. For those celebrating Easter and seeking the perfect bonnets and bows, check out the adorable children’s fashions at CrabAppleKids and receive a 20% discount on Easter styles. For the unique and innovative woman, be sure to view the creative eco-luxury spring designs at annieandjade by annie le.  Take advantage of a special 15% discount just for Carbonfund.org friends and fans for the next two weeks (through May 1st).  Enter "Carbonfund" in the promotion code field to receive the discount. Also check out the whimsical styles of SoulFlower and the classic fashions at Reformation Clothing. If it’s sweet treats you seek, try to contain yourself as you peruse the selections at Drexelius Chocolates, and be sure to see “Taste Temptress” Molly’s Easter recommendations. Have a riotous time finding just the right treat from sweetriot.com. Their globally responsible mission and fair trade products make their treats an easy choice. To send flowers, always the perfect gift, we recommend partners Bloom Nation, Flower Petal and Organic Bouquet. You can select the type of flowers and bouquet design that best conveys your message to the friend or loved one. There’s still time to select and send your celebration gifts and outfits. Log on and use envirosearch.org to find your selections and generate revenue toward Carbonfund.org projects like reforestation in Haiti while you e-shop with our recommended partners.
A stroll through the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, viewing the remarkable treasures and artifacts of Chinese dynasties across history, impresses visitors with the high value and venerated role that jade carvings and jewelry played in Chinese history. Indeed, jade is a gemstone with a long and fascinating history. Though its reputation is perhaps made most famous by the Chinese, jade has played prominent roles in many other cultures in North to South America, New Zealand, Europe and Russia - all of which revered jade as a stone of high value and status. Bringing beauty into people's lives is the goal of the Cassiar Jade Collection, and they specialize in providing the highest quality of nephrite jade since 1967 as a direct manufacturer and importer of jade jewelry and carvings. In recent years, they have extended their lines to include other very unique and selected semi-precious stone products for the marketplace. But Cassiar Jade isn't just taking stones out of the earth - they've made it an integral part of their business to give back to the earth, too. The polar bear is their keystone symbol representing all wildlife, people, and lands threatened by global warming. Cassiar Jade Collection is committed to help, and five percent of their sales revenue from bear carvings is given to various non-profit organizations that support research projects that benefit the world's polar bears, as well as educational programs that enlighten the international community about the issues surrounding the polar bear's deteriorating habitat. Cassiar Jade also partners with Carbonfund.org to offset general business emissions in their ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. Now we know about the green business practices of Cassiar Jade, but what else do we know about the green stones? The mysteries of jade are ancient and still persist to mystify jade admirers with its unique qualities as the "Stone of Heaven". This gemstone is believed to bring its wearer good health, good luck and protection. So, while everything has a price, jade can be considered priceless because it stands for the essence of purity and the symbol of life. The Chinese consider jade to be the "Stone of Heaven" and a sacred mineral, used for making sacred implements and articles. Jade also was revered in the Mayan culture as the "Sovereign of Harmony", facilitating balance within the physical, emotional, and intellectual planes. It is believed that Montezuma, king of the Mayan empire, was relieved to hear that the Spanish Conquistadors were only interested in gold, not jade, when they arrived in the New World. Jade in New Zealand was honored by the Maori natives who consider it a talisman of protection, to provide an invisible defense against attack and illness. But jade has several forms and imitators, so it’s important to work with knowledgeable sources when purchasing jade items and jewelry. Jade is valued for its color and its lack of cracks. Polished pieces should be shiny, and hold a luster that appears to be greasy and is cold and smooth to the touch. For finished carved pieces, the quality of craftsmanship and the overall color of the piece is the most important value factor, but attention is also paid to translucency, texture, and pattern.

So if the allure of the “Stone of Heaven” has caught your eye, check out the Cassiar Jade Collection for high quality jade carvings and jewelry, and reliable service from a highly committed team of jade experts.

Chile is a country of startling contrasts, extreme natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes. In fact some 2,500 miles (think San Francisco to New York) separates the northern and southernmost tips of this country. Such vast expanse offers an amazing variety of landscapes, from the desert to the challenging ice fields of Patagonia. In a land so characterized by its variety of beautiful landscapes, and its willingness to grow big yet restrained by its narrow natural boundaries, you will find an in-bound tour operator that takes you on those unforgettable journeys you can still touch when you close your eyes back home. Cascada Expediciones is not just a group of people that take you the greatest spots in all of Chile, but they also enlighten you, passing along their wisdom in and care of what is most dear to them: the environment. What started as a small kayaking school is now a passionate and world renowned Chilean in-bound tour operator that promotes environmentally sustainable tourist services, including a carbon offsetting program with Carbonfund.org to offset all emissions created by guest and guide travel to, from and within each destination. The belief that nature and our surroundings are a natural high, and a mental and physical charge is the very core of the philosophy that moves them. You won’t feel like an outsider; on the contrary, you’ll feel right at home and get the feeling you’ve been going there for quite some time now. Throughout its twenty years of operation, Cascada Expediciones has garnered many recognitions for exception travel experiences including:
  • Virgin Holiday Responsible Tourism Awards 2009
  • Listing on the “BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANIES [on earth]” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
  • Rough Guides’ book – Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World - August 2009, includes special recommendation of Cascada Expediciones.
But perhaps their own clients say it best with client testimonials such as: “…absolutely fantastic...Ecocamp was amazing…we loved the staff…it was a trip of a lifetime…Cascada travel was the best…great memories of Patagonia…wonderful staff exceeded my expectations.” The beauty, variety and adventure of a Chilean vacation awaits you - explore the immensity with Cascada Expediciones!

Today’s business environment is all about efficiency and optimization – how to achieve the highest rate of results with the lowest costs, least amount of environmental impact and highest customer satisfaction. Businesses need tools to help them accomplish these goals. Carma Systems has developed unique “machine-to-machine” monitoring systems that help their customers do just that – measure and monitor their progress and results as they’re happening. Carma Systems was founded in 2007 by a team of creative tech enthusiasts (and a kitty) who are dedicated to bring high-quality, cutting-edge wireless solutions to the B2B market. With a focus on building long-term solutions to conserve the time, money and resources of their clients, Carma Systems was born. Carma Systems’ customized devices can help to monitor data for many industries in many applications, including fleet management, athletic training and performance, supply chain management, manufacturing, facility management and healthcare. While Carma Systems’ products have many applications, fleet management demonstrates the full range of effectiveness of employing Carma Systems. Major companies like UPS and FedEx have already implemented M2M technology into their fleet vehicles, with proven results of reliability and success. Research shows that the information collected using M2M technology helps to track the health of vehicle components, measure acceleration and deceleration speeds, decrease idle time, and as a result their customers save money and time. The benefits of Carma Systems in fleet management include: • Lower insurance costs for fleet vehicles • Reduce gas mileage and CO2 emissions • Increase fuel efficiency • Monitor driving safety and route precision Carma Systems also keeps their focus on eco-friendly business practices.  They created a proactive environmental policy called CarmaEarth that lays a foundation for responsible product development and reducing the impact of business operations. Their products are designed to use as little material as possible, thereby reducing their footprint on the environment. Along with the reduced volume of material needed, they also use low impact materials such as upcycled plastic which has up to 65% post consumer content and reduces the cradle-to-grave impact by up to 50% when compared to conventional plastics. While Carma Systems has taken strides to reduce waste and emissions, they recognize that they cannot completely eliminate carbon emissions. To take care of the rest, Carma Systems partners with Carbonfund.org to make emission offset donations to take carbon out of the atmosphere through Carbonfund.org’s various projects such as reforestation, energy efficiency and landfill off-gas recovery. To learn more about Carma Systems’ innovative products and services, please visit www.carmasys.com.

[caption id="attachment_9662" align="alignleft" width="277" caption="image courtesy of chicagofree.info"][/caption] Next Monday’s 60th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks celebration in Gunnison, CO will be, to our knowledge, the nation’s first carbon-neutral celebration of its kind. Thanks to the forward-thinking actions of the Gunnison Rotary Club, the Gunnison independence day celebration includes a carbon-offsetting program to account for the carbon emissions created by the fireworks display, the participants’ travel to and from the event, and the refreshments and entertainment provided that evening. Thousands of locals and visitors make the annual pilgrimage to the Gunnison Rotary Club’s fireworks celebration, which raises funds for college scholarships and local charitable causes. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the celebration, the Rotary Club is planning its largest fireworks display ever. Gunnison Rotary Club president, Mike Callihan, has worked with Carbonfund.org for several years to offset emissions from the Gunnison Car Show event, this year to be held August 19-21. Mike approached us with the idea to calculate emissions from a fireworks display, and he did the bulk of the research to determine the amount of carbon dioxide generated by the pounds of fireworks to be used at this year’s 60th annual display. “There’s nothing neutral when it comes to Americans celebrating the 4th of July – we all love the fireworks.   But now, with Carbonfund.org’s help, our Rotary Club is going carbon neutral," says Mike.  "We’re leaving in all the fun and fireworks, but offsetting the carbon impact.  It’s the responsible way to celebrate our nation’s birthday.  Our national goal should be to make every 4th of July carbon neutral within 5 years. It’s a simple thing, really, but one with an incredible impact.   Over 235 years ago, we declared our independence from foreign tyranny.  Let’s now declare our independence from the tyranny of carbon!” All the festivities will be held at Jorgensen Park with live music, a beer garden and food court launching at 4:30 p.m. At dusk, a look back 60 years reveals Gunnison as it was in 1951 by Dr. Duane Vandenbusche, an entertaining local historian and professor at Western State College of Colorado. Military veterans will be honored just before the fireworks fly at 9:15 p.m. Donations are encouraged to cover costs and raise money for Rotary Club projects. Gunnison-Crested Butte is nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness in southwest Colorado. Winter sports enthusiasts know the area for its world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Gunnison-Crested Butte is also a haven for outdoor summer activities. In the warmer months, visitors can choose from recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding. For more about the year-round events in the progressive community of Gunnison-Crested Butte, check out their tourism association site for great travel planning ideas.
The Carbonfund.org Foundation is excited to introduce our "Bring a Partner" Referral Program, a special offer to encourage current partners to introduce the CarbonFree® Partner program to your clients, customers, suppliers and other networks. They get introduced to the program's benefits and you earn discounts on your 2012 program renewal. To date, our partners have supported the mitigation of over 5 billion pounds of CO2, but we can do more! And we hope this program makes that easy. For each new business to join the CarbonFree® Partner program and list your company as the referring partner, we will discount your 2012 partnership program renewal by $60, or 6 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide reductions. The number of new partners you refer to the program, and the number of discounts you earn, are limited up to the value of your 2012 partnership renewal. Just send the following link to your networks: http://www.carbonfund.org/site/business/sbp_referral_program Please include contact information for Linda Kelly, Business Partnership Manager,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , in the event your referrals have any questions about our partnership program or our work to confront climate change. Our 2012 CarbonFree® Partner Program donation levels are just $360 for businesses of 1-5 employees, $720 for 6-10 employees, and $1440 for 11-20 employees, so the Bring a Partner program provides a great way to expand your environmental impact and save money. The Bring a Partner Referral Program starts immediately and will include all new referral partners who join and whose partnership donation is received by December 10th, 2011. Your 2012 partnership renewal donation invoice will reflect the discount from any new partner referrals you earn. So "green your network" and spread the word about the CarbonFree® Partnership program.
Be sure to visit the Green Earthling Deals site this week to make a tree-planting donation to Carbonfund.org. Plant 50 trees for a $25 donation or 100 trees for a $40 donation – but hurry! It’s this week’s featured Green Earthing Deal. Green Earthling Deals are offered by EarthTechling.com, rapidly becoming a trusted resource and "must visit" web destination for consumers seeking information on green technology and its impact on their lives. EarthTechling.com is an online consumer publication focused on all things green technology. From clean energy and electric vehicles to green gadgets and green buildings, their passionate team and readers weigh in on the latest green news, services, and products. EarthTechling covers advancements in green technology occurring around the world from their home base in Portland, Oregon. Their website features news headlines (available on Apple iPad, iPhone, Google Android, and Amazon Kindle) product reviews, buying guides, podcasts, and an events database. EarthTechling appeals to both the casual consumer looking to conserve natural resources and reduce the carbon footprint of their daily lives, and the hardcore environmentalists seeking the latest conservation news and product information. EarthTechling’s Green Earthling Deals site promotes environmentally-focused products offered at deep discounts for limited time periods to the 180,000+ monthly visitors to the EarthTechling.com site. Deforestation is responsible for about 20% of global warming, and reforestation is a critical part of the solution. Planting trees: • absorbs carbon dioxide to reduce climate change, • improves air quality, preserves biodiversity, • controls flooding by minimizing runoff and topsoil loss, • provides habitat and nutrition for wildlife, • creates jobs through planting and managing tree nurseries. All of those benefits for an affordable donation. So take action this week – join the Carbonfund.org Million Tree Challenge and make a donation through Green Earthling Deals.
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