Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

Does your company need to shake up its online look and feel? Are you ready to take a new spin on your website design? Talk to the folks at Summersault. Summersault, LLC is a web development and hosting company located in Richmond, Indiana that specializes in creating interactive, database driven sites that can adapt and scale to changing needs in a changing world. Summersault’s mission is to build and sustain communities using the technologies of the Internet. Summersault also provides technology consulting, training, and site maintenance. The folks at Summersault believe that technology should be accessible and usable; simplicity, adaptability, and functionality are at the core of our development philosophy. They also feel that excellence in customer service does not come from programs or policies, but instead from the way individuals think about and communicate with their customers. Summersault founders Chris Hardie and Mark Stosberg met while studying Computer Science at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. In 1997, they partnered to form the company, focused on creating informational sites for non-profits and local businesses. Summersault grew to meet the rising demand from local and regional organizations to create professional, engaging websites. Today, Summersault serves clients across the United States. Chris and Mark chose to name their company “Summersault” because they like the imagery the name evokes: youth, happiness, warmth, growth, purpose, forward motion, complete revolution. And Summersault takes a youthful approach to its sustainable business practices. Summersault’s existing efforts to reduce its green house emissions include the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs, composting, recycling and a concerted effort by employees to bike or walk to work. Through its business partnership with Carbonfund.org, Summersault offsets a portion of its business emissions and supports our projects that invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy and reforestation. So put a new spin on your website design with the pros at Summersault.
Thursday, 17 March 2011 13:55

Green Your Business, Simplify Your Life

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Image courtesy of toonpool.com"][/caption] Today's business world transcends the brick and mortar storefront. A company website means products sitting on the shelf in Milwaukee are ending up in homes in Miami. Likewise, today’s businessperson isn’t just sitting at the counter answering the phone. They’re also connecting via cell while at a conference, faxing from the hotel lobby, and dialing home to check voicemails. Now, what the website did for simplifying sales, the Cloud is doing for communications. “Joining the cloud” means connecting all of your phone lines, even at offices across the country, having calls seamlessly forwarded to your cell phone, or being able to fax from your company’s number no matter where you are in the world. The bonus is that instead of trying to run an entire business from your personal cell phone, you still can have a toll-free number, multiple extensions for different departments, and a professional answering service. What makes this a green move? One word: consolidation. As communications becomes simpler and business more virtual, there is less need for certain industries to shoulder the heavy carbon footprint of a full-time office. That means less electricity consumed for lights, A/C, and heating, as well as less carbon emitted during the weekly commute. Carbonfund.org partner Nextiva is the leader in cloud-based, business VoIP phone systems, hosting thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States.  Nextiva is a top rated communications provider for a reason. Each service they offer has been engineered to give small business owners an advantage. If you're on the go, it can be difficult to manage messages coming to and from all directions, including home, office and mobile devices.  Nextiva Connect eliminates message management mess.  Instead, they can route incoming calls to your preferred application/phone and set up a protocol so calls and messages follow you anywhere.  There are no busy signals and no missed calls, and you can manage calls online as well.  The system manages phone calls, voicemails, virtual extensions, and more. In December 2010, CompareVoIP.com awarded Nextiva its prestigious "Top Business VoIP Provider of the Year" award for the second year in a row. “Our mission is to become the market leader for small businesses in providing unified communication services, which include VoIP, Fax, Tele and Web conferencing and customer management products at affordable prices. Our vision is to become your #1 choice for serving all of your business communication needs,” said Thomas Gorny, Chairman and CEO of Nextiva. If you’re looking to simplify your business, talk to Nextiva and begin your journey into the clouds.  After all, the sky is the limit.
As thoughts turn to summer projects, family gathering, and outside entertaining, it's time to think about�a home and patio makeover.��Welcome to LTD Online Stores, your premiere online home furnishings store! Whether you are planning a full-scale home renovation or just a simple decorative change, LTD Online Stores has your furniture and d�cor needs covered. Located in San Diego, California, LTD Online Stores brings 12 years of online home furniture experience to a brand new, all-inclusive, one stop home furniture shopping destination.  With the goal to provide you with only the finest furniture the web has to offer, LTD Online Stores has teamed up with some of the best home furniture websites online. For outdoor living and entertaining, Patio Productions boasts one of the web’s largest selections of high-quality wicker outdoor furniture. If you are looking for a lovely rattan dining set, an outdoor sectional sofa, garden bar sets, daybeds, or even all-wicker tiki lounges, Patio Productions has the perfect item for you.  Being in the patio furniture industry, if there is one thing the folks at Patio Productions love, it’s a beautiful, clean environment. Patio Productions is committed to supporting and improving the environment through contributions to alternative energy developers, local and national clean-up organizations, and entering into a partnership with Carbonfund.org. Take advantage of beautiful weather by spending your time outdoors, entertaining guests or just relaxing in your very own unique patio set. Patio Productions offers free shipping to all of the lower 48 United States. Please visit PatioProductions.com for more information. If you’re considering some bathroom remodeling, take a look at the vanities that Bath Gems has to offer. Bath Gems is an online bathroom furniture store that specializes in exclusive and stylish modern bathroom vanities. Their enormous catalog of quality cabinets, vessel sinks, faucets, and mirrors is sure to have the perfect vanity for your home improvement or bathroom remodeling project. All of their vanities are manufactured from 100% natural reclaimed and recycled hardwoods. The folks at Bath Gems consistently strive to implement the greenest manufacturing methods possible by using reclaimed and recycled wood from sustainable wood plantations in all of their vanity cabinets. Additionally, many of the bathroom vanity components are assembled by hand rather than by energy-guzzling machines. So�make the one and only�stop you'll need when�shopping for the perfect remodeling d�cor and accents, for indoors and patio, at LTD Online Stores.
Tara Short, Founder of Green Edventures takes teens on eco-adventures she once only dreamed about as a child growing up in the suburbs of Chicago.  Tara spent her teen years snorkeling in her grandparents’ pool, imagining an oceanic world filled with dolphins and colorful fish. Today she has channeled that enthusiasm into the founding of her own teen eco-adventure company, Green Edventures. With Tara, teens go to Alaska and Mexico to experience conservation and climate change first-hand.  She explains her passion by saying, “Through Green Edventures, I get to take teenagers to the places I only dreamed about as a child. I hope these experiences will connect them to wild places and motivate them to be active environmental citizens.” “Free diving is an amazing experience," says Joe Buckley, a student from Des Moines, IA. “The feeling of being twenty-five feet beneath the surface of the Sea of Cortez is something you cannot get anywhere else. You see fish you can only imagine exist. You get to learn the personalities of different fish and interact with all kinds of sea invertebrates. We got to hug a very friendly wild sea lion and play with her for a couple hours. We spent pretty much everyday on the water all day. These are some memories that will stay with me forever.” True to her environmental commitment, Tara plans each trip to be carbon-neutral and includes a conservation project in partnership with the local communities visited. Through these trips, science concepts come to life. “Watching teachers on our trips bridge classroom concepts with real-world experience is inspiring. They can now directly connect scientific facts and figures to conservation projects and salty sea air,” Tara said. “Teens are the future decision-makers and voters. How can they protect an ocean and a rainforest if they have never seen it?” Tara asked herself in the early days of forming her company. Now as the Founder and Director of Green Edventures, Tara has come a long way since her days of exploring the Chicago suburbs. She has seen first-hand the impacts people are having on ecosystems throughout North and Central America. She pledges to make each eco-adventure an opportunity for students and teachers to develop a sense of place and learn tangible ways they can make a difference. “Nature has so much to teach us," says Victoria Horstman, a student from Des Moines, IA about her Green Edventures’ program in Baja, Mexico. “We just have to tap into what it has to offer.” About Green Edventures: Green Edventures provides action-packed, carbon neutral, eco-adventures in extraordinary locations for teens, teacher-led student groups, and adults. We teach environmental stewardship and global awareness and help protect people, places, and ecosystems through responsible tourism. Teachers travel and participate free. Contact Green Edventures online at www.greenedventures.com, www.facebook.com/gogreenedventures, or @greenedventures on Twitter
Looking to upgrade to renewable energy for your home or business?  Need the right guidance?  Tavac Energy Services is a value driven company that designs and delivers sustainable solutions in commercial and residential solar, wind and efficiency systems. Their mission is to help homeowners and businesses transition to clean energy sources, and in the process, realize financial value, price stability and energy security. Their focus is to provide long term, sustainable value for their customers. Residential customers who want to reduce their carbon footprint and gain energy independence start with an analysis of current and past energy use. It’s an easy process. Most of the information comes straight from your electric bill. Tavac Energy Services also wants to know how you use energy and what your goals are. Whether they’re environmental, energy independence, price stability or somewhere in the middle, they take the time needed to understand your home and your goals so that they can design better solutions for you. For commercial clients, often the first step is the most important. Tavac Energy Service’s energy survey will look at current and past electricity use to determine basic load and use requirements. They review basic information from utility bills and rate structure to understand the design parameters. Then they analyze how energy relates to business requirements. As part of this analysis, they research the available solar and efficiency incentive programs that may be available from local utility providers, and local, state and federal agencies. When the Baseline Energy Analysis is completed, commercial clients receive a general summary of findings and along with Tavac Energy’s recommendations. Tavac Energy Services is an Energy Star Partner, Affiliate Member of Climate Savers Computing, and participates in the CarbonFree® Partner program sponsored by Carbonfund.org. “We strongly encourage others to join with us as we work to minimize our consumption, significantly reduce our waste and eliminate our carbon footprint.”
A sweetriot is a joyful celebration of culture, diversity, and understanding — and the team of rioters at sweetriot seek to create a more just and celebrated multicultural world for our next generation. They’re achieving their mission, one “peace” at a time, by bringing fabulous dark chocolate covered cacao nibs and other delicious chocolate treats to chocoholics everywhere. Sarah Endline, founder and Chief Rioter, grew up in a small farming community and dreamed of building her own mission-based business. After years of contemplation, she founded sweetriot, a small mission-based company in New York City, which strives to build tasty little morsels in a different way for a different generation. Through Sarah's travels, she stumbled upon cacao and knew she had to share it with others. The rioter team began testing it with their friends and learning that many did not know the true story of cacao. Discovered in the 1500's, cacao is a magical, spiritual, and celebrated food from South America, Central America, West Africa and Asia. sweetriot is best known for their original, all-natural treat is made from the actual cacao fruit. The nibs (little beans inside the cacao fruit) are extracted and dried in the sun. The nibs get dipped into three different intensities dark chocolate (50%, 65% or 70%) before being packaged into reusable, recyclable, collectable tins featuring the artwork of emerging artists. And sweetriot encourages its rioting customers to reuse, recycle, or return their tins.  The chocolate-covered nibs are packed with antioxidants and is only 1-2 calories per ‘peace’. At just 140 calories per tin, you won’t ever feel guilty about eating it!  And sweetriot has expanded its line of products immensely in the past two years. Now sweetriot is thrilled to be introducing three yummy dark chocolate additions to the sweetriot line-up, which hit shelves last month. What makes the sweetriot riotBar so special? It is sweetriot’s very first Fair Trade Certified and Organic line. The sweetriot riotBar supports fair trade and sourcing exclusively in Latin America, which directly supports a better life for farming families through fair prices and direct trade. sweetriot continues to support emerging artists by putting original artwork on every package, and celebrates culture & diversity along the way. Sweet for the world and sweet for you, too! And celebrity Rioters abound! A-listers including Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria, Kevin Bacon, Jerry Seinfeld and Dr. Oz, plus foodie chefs Rachael Ray and Gordon Ramsay have fallen for these yummy ‘peaces.' Sweetriot bars can be purchased at Whole Foods, Safeway, Wegmans, the Vitamin Shoppe, and Zabars, as well as online at http://shop.sweetriot.com.  And for the month of October, sweetriot is enticing Carbonfund.org partners and readers with a 20% discount on the riotBar.  Just shop online and enter the coupon code "carbonfundriot" when making your purchase. So join teamriot. Life is a riot. Sweet.

Since 1984, Lake|Flato has gained national recognition for architecture rooted to its place, responds to the natural environment and merges with the landscape. With a palette of regional materials, they create buildings that are tactile and modern, environmentally responsible and authentic. As stewards of the natural environment and their client’s resources, they shape every project with empirical environmental knowledge and energy modeling resulting in sustainable strategies that artfully respond to each site’s unique context and character. Lake|Flato believes that the best ideas evolve from an engaging and collaborative design process with clients consultants, and within the firm. They create an environment that leverages each person’s passions and unique perspectives to ensure common ownership and innovative solutions. Lake|Flato has received wide critical acclaim from clients, peers, and the press. In 2004, the American Institute of Architects awarded Lake|Flato the National Firm Award, the highest honor the AIA bestows on a firm. Reflecting their commitment to sustainable design, five of Lake|Flato’s projects have been selected as national Top Ten Green Projects by the AIA COTE, and in 2009, the firm was honored with a Texas Medal of Arts. In all, Lake|Flato’s work has been recognized with over 100 national and state design awards. For over 25 years, Lake|Flato has employed practical and thoughtful sustainable strategies that conserve resources, engage nature and promote healthful living. Simply defined, sustainable design is smart design that looks beyond the building and considers the larger context. Their design process is collaborative and integrates knowledge from a wide range of sustainable expertise. It requires a look to art, science and nature … to listen and learn. They benchmark building energy performance from early-stage modeling through completion to verify the efficacy of designs and strategies. This data allows Lake|Flato to measure progress towards their goal of carbon neutral design by the year 2030, in fulfillment of the firm’s commitment to The 2030 Challenge. The 2030 Challenge efforts will be guided by the Lake|Flato “Green Beam,” who have instituted sustainable practices into daily operations, offer internal education programs and disseminate best practices through FlakeNet, the firm’s intranet wiki site. The Sustainability Coordinator also engages directly with projects that do not have a sustainability manager by performing energy models and sustainability reviews on a regular and scheduled basis. Finally, the firm has also committed to certifying every residential project under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program. Building performance is measured against 2030 Challenge goals and communicated to the design team. “Our firm makes a concentrated effort to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but what we can’t reduce, we offset. Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree Program has aided us in our goals for carbon neutrality,” said Sustainability Coordinator Heather Gayle Holdridge, LEED AP BD+C.

Green Earthling Deals, a green and tech deals service, is partnering with many amazing companies with cool products to offer to you at a significant discount.  EarthTechling launched this service to help readers who want affordable  green options, and at the request of advertisers who work closely with EarthTechling to find options that work for readers' budgets too. Subscribe to the Green Earthling Deals weekly email by Friday, November 25, 2011, and EarthTechling will donate $1 for every new Green Earthling Deal subscriber towards Carbonfund.org’s tree planting efforts (capped at $3000 total donation).

Do the stylish people on your holiday shopping list need a good partner to help protect their new phones, tablets, laptops, and readers? Sure they do, and here's the partner to help. SGP is a company which designs and manufactures scratch-resistant coating films and cases to ensure the everlasting quality of your delicate devices. Their products are designed and manufactured with a mind-set to maintain the highest quality standards, and their "Direct to Customer" marketing approach helps to curtail marketing costs and allows SGP to pass on savings to the customers with competitive prices. SGP distributes its products worldwide and offers amazing lifetime warranty on all its products. And SGP's commitment extends to environmental responsibility.  In the fast-paced and ever-changing consumer electronics industry, SGP has grown tremendously and has committed to give back to the essential needs of our world. “At SGP, we strive to protect our customers’ favorite gadgets. That is why we felt it was natural to take the steps towards protecting our environment by joining Carbonfund.org. Carbonfund.org has given SGP the opportunity to help in the reforestation and prevention of deforestation of our world’s rainforests. We are excited to be a part of this effort to improve the world for this generation and the next,” says James Jeon, President, United SGP Corp. SGP knows that participating in carbon offsets programs is great. However, environmental responsibilities should not be limited to projects; it should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. Accordingly, SGP’s office has implemented several environmental practices to curb their carbon footprint. So if your holiday gift-giving includes the latest in electronic gadgets, be sure to protect those gifts with the cases and protective films from the sgpstore, a company dedicated to protecting devices and the environment.

With Earth Day on its way, it's time for some spring cleaning of your corporate sustainability and responsibility (CSR) programs to ensure you're meeting your environmental commitments.  For great green CSR advice, talk to Weber Shandwick. Weber Shandwick has built a collaborative team of the industry’s most talented professionals, a client roster that includes many of the world’s most recognized and respected brands, and a proven track record of unparalleled performance. They provide strategic counsel and program execution services that span the complete range of communications disciplines and industry sectors. Services range from marketing communications, media relations and issues management to public affairs, crisis communications, and CEO and corporate reputation management. Their specialized integrated services include interactive and emerging media, advocacy advertising, market research and visual communications. Understanding social and environmental impact has become an integral part in the development of a long-term business and communication strategy.  Consumers worldwide have become increasingly aware of – and active in – social and environmental issues. People young and old, and in most parts of the world, are holding companies, non-profit organizations, governments and even themselves more accountable for minimizing impact on the environment and maximizing support for their fellow human beings.  The Weber Shandwick Social Innovation Greenhouse works for clients who want to support and empower these consumers. Planet 2050 is Weber Shandwick's specialist global Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability group. This group works closely with Social Innovation colleagues around the world drawing upon the unrivalled corporate responsibility expertise within the Weber Shandwick network. Weber Shandwick takes its commitment to being green and providing a sustainable work environment seriously. In May 2008, Weber Shandwick North America received the prestigious ISO 14001 green certification, becoming one of the first multi-office PR agencies in the U.S. to be certified. Their London office led the way with its ISO 14001 certification in 2007, and the firm is committed to roll out these processes in offices around the globe.  Weber Shandwick has formed employee green teams in their offices around the world to ensure they continue to meet the rigorous ISO 14001 certification requirements and to help develop creative solutions in order to bring "green thinking" to the forefront of all business practices.  One such practice includes the carbon offsetting of non-billable employee flights through Carbonfund.org.  We're proud to have partners like Weber Shandwick who "practice what they teach" with truly green corporate sustainability responsibilities.
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