Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

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!
“No one takes care of them the way I do,” a refrain you’ll often hear from owners whose pets are ill, or who must travel and leave their beloved “family members” in the care of others. Well, if you live in vicinity of Patterson, New York, you’re in luck! Celebrating 29 years of quality service, the staff at Brook Farm Veterinary Center in Patterson provides a warm, comfortable, and professional atmosphere focused on the same family values that formed the cornerstone of the practice in 1982. Brook Farm Veterinary Center is a full-service small animal hospital that provides complete veterinary care, including canine and feline boarding, surgical care and hospitalization. The folks at Brook Farm Veterinary are committed to sustaining strong and vibrant communities, improving quality of life, and making a positive difference in the communities where they live and work. The practice maintains a unique set of values, including a commitment to “WOW” service, embracing and driving change, and creating a fun, creative and open-minded environment for patients and staff. Need another reason to check out Brook Farm? How about 10 reasons?  Their site outlines 10 ways they go above and beyond the competition to make a trip to the vet, well, more than just a trip to the vet. Our favorite is #3: They actually answer their phones. In addition to their exemplary customer service, Brook Farm Veterinary has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon emissions of their business practice by supporting Carbonfund.org’s projects that contribute to environmental sustainability. If you're a pet owner in the Patterson, New York, area looking for the perfect practice for your furry friends, be sure to give the folks at Brook Farm Veterinary Center a call. There's always a live person to answer, even at 3 am on New Year's Day.
Have a special occasion coming up? Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, get well wish or new baby to celebrate, make it a truly unique and healthy  gift with OrganicBaskets.com. When you send an Organic gift basket, you are letting the recipient know that you care about them and the environment. Organic Baskets is a family owned and operated business dedicated to selling only USDA certified Organic gift baskets from the best orchards and farms in the world. As a new partner with Carbonfund.org, Organic Baskets is taking the extra step to offset their business emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction projects. Organic Baskets has a gift basket designed for everyone and for every occasion. They offer a large selection of congratulations gift baskets to help celebrate any special day, as well as a wonderful line of eco-friendly corporate gifts that make it easy to show clients how much you appreciate them. OrganicBaskets.com guarantees 100% customer satisfaction, offering a refund or a replacement gift to be sent out immediately. Act now to take advantage of their Valentine's Day special. Take 10% off the gift of your choice by entering the code "holiday" at checkout. OrganicBaskets.com -- Always Fresh... Always Organic.
Do you love the calming glow of candlelight on a soft summer evening? Do you know what you’re burning, and as a result, what you, your family, your customers, and your clients are breathing? Make the clean, safe and affordable choice with palm wax candles from GoodLight Natural Candles. GoodLight Natural Candles offers the lowest-priced paraffin-free candles on the market. GoodLight’s full line of unscented tea lights, votives, tapers, and pillars are made only with 100% palm wax and pure cotton wicks, contain no additives whatsoever, and burn clean, emitting no soot or toxins. Born at the Bluecorn retail booth in New York City’s Union Square Holiday Market, GoodLight founders Jon and David set out to develop an affordable candle that was all natural and non-toxic to replace all the nasty little paraffin votives burning on the tables of New York's restaurants -- and everywhere else for that matter. It took a lot of trial and error to find a product they believed in, but they finally did it. The result is GoodLight Natural Candles’ unscented utility candles that are priced to compete with the petroleum-based paraffin candles that are polluting your air and your lungs with their poisonous fumes. While Jon and David love beeswax and soy wax candles, they felt those waxes produced candles a bit too expensive for those who buy bulk candles and have to stick to a budget. Palm wax is a completely non-toxic product of palm fruit, a rapidly renewable resource that also happens to be the most efficient and highest yielding oil-producing plant on earth. In their quest to figure out a cost-competitive replacement for those soot-spewing petroleum candles, they read what environmentalists had to say about palm and deforestation, and then learned about the sustainability movement being pioneered by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and its associates to help put an end to the deforestation and create sustainable palm oil cultivation. Palm trees require exponentially less irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides than crops like soy and rapeseed (canola), while yielding up to 10 times more oil per acre than any other oil-producing plant. The sustainable palm oil trees, which are non-GMO, also provide forest cover during their 25-year life span, producing oxygen while sequestering carbon dioxide. These long life spans also mean that palm crops aren’t getting mowed down every year and the soil’s not getting tilled; therefore, palm cultivation causes much less erosion or pollution. As the demand for palm products increases, an important part of the GoodLight mission is to help advance the movement in Malaysia and elsewhere to stop related deforestation by working with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and GreenPalm, organizations that are pioneering sustainability in palm farming. GoodLight pays a premium to RSPO-certified growers who have implemented the most efficient and sustainable farming practices, and who believe in social responsibility and protecting native forests. In addition, all of their packaging is recycled/recyclable and printed with soy-based inks. And GoodLight Natural Candles chose to partner with Carbonfund.org as part of their 1% For the Planet commitment, in order to offset their business and shipping emissions (and then some), and to support the reforestation projects that Carbonfund.org supports. GoodLight Natural Candles are available at many retailers and online.  So enjoy that soft candlelight glow – at home, at work, as gifts – with GoodLight Natural Candles.
Working on the next great thing, but need help developing a business plan, building a financial model, or connecting with investors? Blue Horizon Venture Consulting (BHVC) provides innovative expert entrepreneurial business consulting services to clients who seek to raise capital to fund startups, spinouts, growth investment projects, to expand internationally, or to implement core strategic improvements. BHVC’s business advisory services have helped entrepreneurs, middle market and Fortune 500 “Growth Ventures” obtain investment capital. Raising capital is a full-time job. BHVC develops your customized venture capital grade business plans while you drive your business forward. Since 1998, BHVC has provided professional venture development services to growth ventures. BHVC’s innovative approach, highly skilled experts, private equity contacts, and project management experience enables them to complete strategic engagements with exceptional results (a 65% success rate in raising capital) and client satisfaction.   BHVC maintains the mission to help entrepreneurial ventures obtain the resources and capabilities they need to achieve rapid growth. The BHVC vision is to become the leader in consulting to companies who seek outside capital, knowledge and connections, and to strive to conduct business with three core values: innovation, funding, and growth. And BHVC’s commitment extends to their CarbonFree® Partnership with Carbonfund.org, making a donation to purchase 35 metric tonnes of carbon credits to offset a portion of their business emissions. If your new venture is in need of business plan development expertise, contact the professionals at Blue Horizon Venture Consulting to help launch and grow your next venture.
In this season of giving, who doesn’t love to receive a bouquet of fresh flowers? Working with flowers is a daily reminder of our earth's natural beauty, and that message certainly isn't lost on Bloom Nation florists, who not only deliver beautifully crafted bouquets across the country but give back to the earth with each order. Bloom Nation, one of Carbonfund.org’s new partners, offers hundreds of breathtakingly beautiful flower arrangements for every occasion, and other gift options including teddy bears, gourmet gift baskets, and scrumptious treats, and they send “more than just flowers!”  Bloom Nation reduces the carbon footprint created by growing, cutting, shipping and delivering the flowers through Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree® Shipping program, which means a portion of the cost of each bouquet supports Carbonfund.org’s forest-based projects, such as the Amazon Forest Conservation Project. These projects are conserving forests or reforesting land to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere and help improve local air quality, while also helping communities by providing habitat for local wildlife or providing employment opportunities. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Bloom Nation has more than 1,000 gift ideas and offers same-day shipping to ensure last-minute inspiration gets there on time. Each gift given through Bloom Nation is pulling double duty – bringing a smile to your friend or loved one and helping reforest and preserve carbon-sequestering forests.
With HRDQ, developing great people skills is easy. And you can rest assured that you’re working with an organization that’s sensitive to the environment at the same time. For more than 30 years, HRDQ has been a trusted developer of experiential learning resources that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. They offer a wide range of reliable, research-based training materials, including assessments, games, customizable programs, and e-learning workshops on in-demand topics such as leadership, communication, coaching, and team building. At the core of every HRDQ solution is their Experiential Learning Model, the formula thousands of corporate trainers, human resource professionals, educational institutions, and OD consultants have relied upon to improve the skills of frontline employees, high-ranking executives, and just about everyone in between. Combining the best of organizational learning theory, proven facilitation methods and adult learning styles, it’s a model that inspires lasting change. Together with their commitment to lifelong learning, HRDQ is also dedicated to seeking eco-friendly ways of operating their business and serving their clients, from introducing new product mediums to packaging and conserving natural resources. Besides the carbon offsets they’ve purchased through the CarbonFree® Partnership program, here are a few of the ways HRDQ strives to minimize their impact on the Earth:
  • Electing to use recycled paper for necessary printed materials
  • Choosing FSC and Rainforest Alliance Certified papers for product catalogs
  • Creating digital and e-learning solutions to reduce waste
  • Replacing direct mail with email and web promotions
  • Removing petroleum-based materials from product materials
  • Swapping inefficient lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs
“We are proud to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon imprint, transition to an energy-clean future, and minimize our impact on the Earth. HRDQ’s commitment to lifelong learning works hand-in-hand with our strategic initiative to achieve sustainable practices and an environmentally-friendly business approach.” Bradford Glaser, President & CEO, HRDQ To learn more about the training modules and programs offered by HRDQ, click here.    
Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:24

Just How Big is the Human Footprint on Earth?

It's a question that many have asked, but few have attempted to answer.  The Global Footprint Network has created research methodology and technology to help answer this question and bring solutions to the Earth's communities. In 2003, Global Footprint Network was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet. Global Footprint Network’s efforts are fueled by a future vision in which human demand on nature is monitored as closely as the stock market. They make this vision a reality by providing the scientific data necessary to drive large-scale social change. Together with hundreds of individuals, 200 cities, 23 nations, leading business, scientists, NGO’s, academics and their 90-plus global partners — spanning six continents — the Global Footprint Network is advancing the impact of the Footprint in the world, applying it to practical projects and sparking a global dialogue about a one-planet future and how we can facilitate change.

An essential step in creating a one-planet future is measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices. That is why the Global Footprint Network aims to accelerate the use of the Ecological Footprint — a tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that measures how close we are to the goal of sustainable living. Footprint accounts work like bank statements, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature’s resources faster than the planet can renew them.

At Global Footprint Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research organization, programs are designed to influence decision makers at all levels of society and to create a critical mass of powerful institutions using the Footprint to put an end to ecological overshoot and get our economies back into balance. Global Footprint Network's intent is that these initiatives will bring about new solutions and get people talking about the reality of ecological limits.  They expect the results will redirect billions of dollars of investment toward making sustainable human development a reality.
Thursday, 15 December 2011 00:07

BG2 is Your Site for Green Gift Ideas

Looking for useful, handy gift items with an environmental benefit? BG2 sells exciting, useful and fun eco-products across a broad range of product categories, from home and cleaning, beauty and bath, health and lifestyle, to handy reusable consumer products for all aspects of daily life. BG2 also believes that educated consumers are better consumers. BG2 shares as much information as possible about the products they offer, to help their customers make informed decisions. And they do this by providing product description details and easy-to-understand logos to indicate the environmental benefits of each product. BG2’s logos are meant to be fun and used as a tool of both information and of brevity. The logos are colorful and different so consumers can instantly identify what’s so great about this product and the company that makes it. BG2 raises social responsibility and awareness about our environment and the world through their social media presence and through their ‘BG2 Cares’ program, which incorporates its 1% for the Planet membership and other fundraising causes. BG2 cares very much about climate change, so they spread the word about helping the environment through their newsletters, blogs and other social media outlets. And BG2 carries their environmental commitment to their daily business operations and their personal lives as well. BG2 is powered by 100% green energy, from clean sources like solar, wind and biomass. Paper use is reduced to a minimum, no printing of invoices or packaging slips, wrapping and stuffers are always reused from other packages they receive, and they reduce or eliminate the use of plastics wherever possible, always abiding by the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.  And as a new CarbonFree™ partner with Carbonfund.org, BG2 has made a donation to purchase 35 metric tonnes of carbon credits, supporting Carbonfund.org’s mission and our renewable energy projects. So "be good be green” and fill your holiday shopping list with great gifts and products from BG2.
In a world where time is fleeting, it's refreshing to find a timepiece that's a work of art, yet developed with a modern aesthetic and an environmental focus. Xetum is a new collection of California-designed, Swiss-made automatic timepieces for the discerning individual. Xetum timepieces blend modern design with Swiss precision and craftsmanship. Each timepiece is painstakingly crafted in Switzerland’s Jura Valley using world renowned, time-tested methods and styled with clean, modern aesthetics. Xetum was founded by longtime wristwatch and design aficionado Jeff Kuo. Jeff founded Xetum after a decade-long search to find a timepiece that had the appropriate blend of modern design, Swiss mechanical components and pricing. The Xetum timepiece collection represents the culmination of this journey. Jeff’s work has been displayed along with works from modern artists such as Jeff Koons and Shepard Fairey. Of course, it’s not just about the timepiece – it’s about the experience you have with it. That’s why Xetum has been built around a personal customer experience. Xetum offers a level of personal attention that is often forgotten in a mass market world. When you speak with someone at Xetum, you’ll be speaking with someone who loves watches and who really cares that you have a great experience. Xetum has designed its products, packaging and operations from the ground up with environmental responsibility in mind. From renewable cork on the naturally tanned straps, to watch boxes made from rubberwood that is saved from being burned, Xetum has made environmental responsibility a priority. Further, Xetum partners with Carbonfund.org to offset its remaining carbon footprint through the support of reforestation projects. For a look at exceptional, sleek and unique timepieces, please visit www.xetum.com.
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