Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

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.
If you live in the south bay area of Los Angeles and have been thinking about private aircraft pilot training, you’re in luck. CalAir Aviation is south bay’s finest flight training center and rental facility, located at Torrance Airport behind South Bay Aviation, and specializing in the innovative, safe, and technologically advanced Cirrus Aircraft. Training is offered for a variety of ratings and certificates, as well as Cirrus transition courses. Whether you’re starting out at zero time, or an advanced pilot looking to hone your skills, CalAir will help with up-to-procedures, innovative techniques, and the kind patience that every student deserves.  At the heart of the facility is a student center with LA’s only Cirrus specific simulator and resources that welcome students and encourage them to take an interactive approach in flight training. The CalAir instructional staff has years of experience in Cirrus and has the patience and perseverance to work with any student on any topic and through any plateau. Founder Jonathan Lucas developed a love for flying from his grandfather, a retired bird colonial from the U.S Air Force. After graduating high school, Jonathan joined the California Air National Guard and served 6 years as an Air Transport Journeymen with the 146th Airlift Wing located at Point Mugu. When he completed his CA National Guard service, Jonathan was approved to attend the Delta Connection Academy in Florida and was one of the first students to complete the newly implemented scenario based FAA FITS Private-Instrument combined and commercial syllabus. He returned to California and worked for a flight school in the LA area for a couple of years, honing and developing his teaching style and technique. CalAir Aviation offers a full range of training programs, including private, instrument, commercial, CFII, and VFR/IFR Cirrus transition courses. The Cirrus Aircraft used by Cal Air Aviation is known as the most technologically advanced general aviation aircraft in the market. And CalAir has taken the step to create a flight emissions offsetting program with Carbonfund.org, so that all pilot and student flights are fully offset through donations to Carbonfund.org to support  our mission and our projects. “In our business, it’s hard to find where you can “cut back” or even be that much more environmental friendly.   With the advancement of low lead fuels or alternate fuel sources for general aviation aircraft, we’re hopeful that more “tools” will come our way.  The next best thing we’ve found thus far has been being able offset our consumption,” says CalAir founder Jonathan Lucas. To learn more about how CalAir can help you achieve your dreams of flying, please click here.  
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 10:10

Choosy (Green) Moms Choose Bum Boosa®

Have a baby with a burning bum? Looking for eco-friendly baby bum products? Check out the healing qualities of bamboo silk powder and natural fibers found in Bum Boosa’s Baby Wipes, Diaper Rash Ointment and toilet tissue. Bum Boosa® Bamboo Products was launched by two women who care deeply for the environment and who believe strongly in the demand for safer, more environmentally preferable products backed by companies who believe that honesty is the consumer’s right.  The founders were interested in making a difference in the world by creating products to replace commonly used disposable products. Co-founder and President Sonja Sheasley had been researching the idea of creating baby wipes from a sustainable, bio-based material which led her to learn of all of the wonderful properties of bamboo. Armed with this knowledge and her experience studying aromatherapy and herbalism, she set out to create a formula that would be natural and safe for the planet and infants’ sensitive skin. She worked with an organic chemist to get the formula just right including a natural preservative system. Sonja and Co-founder and Vice President Polly Goddard released the first product, Bum Boosa® Bamboo Baby Wipes, in July 2009. The wipes are made with the renewable, sustainable material of bamboo and have a natural solution which includes pure grade essential oils of Lavender and Sweet Orange. The solution doesn’t have harsh chemicals or alcohol, unlike many other wipes on the market. With the wipes quickly gaining popularity across the country and beyond, Bum Boosa® Bamboo Diaper Rash Ointment, which employs the natural anit-oxidant properties of bamboo silk powder in the ingredients, was released as the next product. The ointment also includes a variety of herbs and essential oils known for their healing and soothing properties. Wanting to take its commitment to the environment to the next level, Bum Boosa® launched a reclaimed packaging program for its baby wipes. Because the plastic package is not recyclable in most places and they had yet to find an affordable, effective, biodegradable plastic that would work, they encourage wipes users to return groups of 24 empty wipes packaging to the Bum Boosa® office and receive a one-time use 20% off coupon. After months of collecting empty packages, a local crafter developed a means of up-cycling the empty packages into useable items such as diaper bags, available to customers through the Bum Boosa website. A commonly asked question is why they chose bamboo for their products. While not environmentally perfect, bamboo is a renewable, sustainable material. The bamboo that Bum Boosa® uses is grown on family farms in areas where other agricultural crops will not grow. It has a regenerative root system which means that after harvesting, it does not need to be replanted – unlike trees. Bamboo is the fastest growing grass on the planet and shoots up a yard or more a day and can be harvested in 2-4 years – unlike trees which require replanting and then often decades until the next harvest. It doesn’t require pesticides or insecticides and it usually thrives on rainwater. Bamboo is also biodegradable and with more than 90% of the wipes on the market being made with synthetics or a combination of materials including synthetics which are not biodegradable, it was essential to choose a material that would not contribute to the growing problems in landfills. The Bum Boosa website includes great information for environmentally-conscious consumers to learn more about their products, bamboo fiber manufacturing, packaging upcycling, product sales and distribution opportunities.  Visit Bum Boosa Bamboo Products to learn more and use the special purchase code of ECOBUM10 to receive a 10% discount on your purchase.
Just after Earth Day, on Saturday, April 30, EscapeMaker.com will be holding the first-of-its kind Green Getaways, Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn, NY. The eco-friendly event’s mission is to encourage greener travel to local destinations within a few hours of New York City – whether by Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North or car-sharing with Zipcar. To encourage “Agri-tourism” and buying local, the Expo will feature over 25 regional farms, food exhibitors and wineries offering samples of farm-fresh foods, wines, local delicacies and regional products including Vermont cheese, maple syrup, honey, goats milk caramel, artisan chocolates, jams and preserves, and Hudson Valley Wine. Plus, the Expo includes a full schedule of live music, sustainability workshops, kids’ activities and over 50 great getaway door prizes! Cayin Sanders, Founder and President of EscapeMaker.com, posted the following “Top 11 Ways We Greened Our Event” for the Expo, which includes partnering with Carbonfund.org and Green Mountain Energy to purchase carbon offsets for the building energy, paper goods, and estimated attendee travel emissions. Click here for more information on the Expo, or buy tickets online.  See you Saturday!
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