Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:12
Ever wonder what makes a Porsche 911 Carrera purr like a kitten, while harnessing all that horsepower under the hood? Part of it is the wonder of Nickies™. Maybe you've heard that sports cars are high maintenance - always in the shop for this that or the other thing. It's very typical, even with high-powered cooling systems, that high-performance engines run too hot, and as you know, heat kills. LN Engineering, a leader in the Porsche aftermarket for high performance products and services, is producer of the trademarked Nickies™ cylinders for aircooled and watercooled Porsches. Nickies™ make your engine run cooler and with more power, which means more time on the road and less in the shop. LN Engineering has established itself as the only premium brand in the industry with a well-respected name and customer base, devoted to continued research and development in the area of lubricants as well as improving the efficiency and longevity for all Porsche models. LN Engineering maintains a clear focus on service and support, differentiating itself from competitors by delivering aircooled precision performance since 2002. Through advanced metallurgy, material science, and engineering, LN Engineering's Nickies™ cylinders provide increased strength, cooling and ductility (ability to be molded and shaped while maintaining strength). Nickies™ are 35% stronger than the best ductile iron available, debunking the myth that steel sleeves are needed for strength. Nickies™ also produce more horsepower! LN Engineering is owned and operated by Charles Navarro and Tammy Hellings, and the company is very involved in the local community. LN Engineering proudly supports Buy Local - Hire Local programs and all manufactures its Nickies™ cylinders and other associated product lines in the United States. To reduce dependence on foreign materials, LN Engineering purchases all manufacturing materials from U.S. sources and recycles 100% of scrap metal. They also use environmentally friendly solvents and coolants in the manufacturing process. To save both shipping costs and reduce emissions, the LN Engineering team drives a Prius to transport raw manufactured goods to their subcontractor 200 miles away, saving thousands a year on freight charges and using little fuel in the process, compared to using a cargo van for transport. And LN Engineering’s commitment to environmentally sound practices doesn’t stop there. “Although sports car manufacturers are striving to improve performance and increase efficiency of new models, little is done in the way of improving this on existing models. Limited by older technology, a reduction in emissions is limited to ensuring older vehicles are running as well as possible, so offsetting the carbon footprint of historically eco-unfriendly vehicles is one way to make sure we’ll be able to enjoy them for decades to come while improving our environment,” says Charles Navarro, President of LN Engineering. Charles currently is exploring options to carbon offset their parts shipping and their actual manufacturing process, as well as to offset the carbon footprint of an average Porsche customer’s annual mileage when using LN Engineering products. As a leader in the Porsche community, LN Engineering's focus is on quality, service, and support. Carbonfund.org is proud to help LN Engineering succeed in their efforts to achieve high performance and maintain environmentally sound business practices.
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:23
Live.give.run. It’s a simple message about an activity, an attitude and a commitment. It involves a sport that does not require wheels, clubs, racquets, bats or balls. All it asks of you are the shoes on your feet and 30 minutes of your time. For the folks at Charm City Run, it’s a daily lifestyle and a long-term commitment. Charm City Run is a Running & Walking Specialty company based in the Baltimore, MD area committed to fitting every customer in the "right" shoe based on their specific needs. With four retail store locations around Maryland and a great online store, Charm City Run can help anyone, from the newly dedicated fitness walker to the career marathoner. If you are training for your next event or just looking for something comfortable to wear day-to-day, check out Charm City Run. And check out the testimonials from their many satisfied and dedicated customers. Charm City Run is committed to serving its community and protecting the environment, and they’ve crafted the image and culture of their business to achieve these goals. It’s a wonderful opportunity and an enormous responsibility, and sometimes it’s inefficient and very costly to do the right thing. Since opening, Charm City Run has given a 10% discount on footwear to anyone that brings in an old pair of shoes to donate to the homeless, refugees abroad and other third world countries. Charm City Run also supports its environmental and community commitment through 1% for the Planet. For every dollar you spend in Charm City Run, a penny goes to the environment, period. And all Charm City Run contributions will stay with local charities and non-profit organizations focused on environmental causes, including Carbonfund.org. Charm City Run also offers race management services through Charm City Event Management, a diversified event management and coordination company, comprised of individuals with varied business, education and sports backgrounds. The principals have experience in participating in, consulting and managing multi-sport events including road races, biathlons, triathlons, biking and swimming events. Charm City Run Event Management manages over 65 endurance events a year in the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic Region and works with various non-profit organizations, corporations, municipalities and families in the planning process of these events. Through the events that Charm City Run owns, manages or directs, they donate over $425,000 to charitable causes annually. Charm City Run will "give back" more dollars as a percentage of sales than not only any other company in their industry, but more than any other company in Baltimore and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region. Check out the online events calendar to find a run near you! So get out there and run…or walk! And make sure that you’ve got the shoes you need from the running experts devoted to the sport, their community and the environment – Charm City Run, the sole of the city.
Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:29
Must we all "suffer for beauty" when there is an environmentally- and socially-conscious cosmetics company at our fingertips? When looking for the best in nail and lip polish, balms and polish remover, consider both the environmental and social impact of these products. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics offers an extensive line of upscale cosmetics, through various retail stores and online, that meet the PeaceKeeper’s pledge to offer only products made with slavery-free labor, fair wages for their employees, no animal testing, and without harmful and carcinogenic ingredients. PeaceKeeper founder, Jody R. Weiss, was inspired to create her company as a way to address the need for a women-oriented company that focused on the values of real love, fairness and freedom for all. One night she dreamed about a PeaceKeeper movement. She saw in this dream that women around the world wanted the same thing…and the words which now appear on the sides of the PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics lipstick carton appeared in her dream: freedom, joy, wisdom, voice, and esteem, in every major language of the world. Jody also chose to focus on developing cosmetics that were pure and clean, containing no toxic ingredients or involving any animal testing. “At first, chemists told me they could show me what real clean cosmetics look like, and they still had acetone, parabens, etc…, so I had to roll up my sleeves and learn the truth about safe cosmetics myself. A few chemists refused to make our products without their harmful ingredients, but now we are working with extraordinary chemists and manufacturers who understand exactly what we are trying to do. We are now ranked as one of the safest cosmetics lines in America. PeaceKeeper prides itself on its slogan "No Nasty Anything!" and is dedicated to creating cosmetics using non-toxic ingredients that will keep your body safe and healthy. Our products use no toluene, formaldehyde, acetone, parabens, etc., 100% natural and 75% or more organic, non-toxic ingredients that are friendly to your body. Our Eco-Sensual Lip Balm is 100% vegan and 73% organic, and our latest line of YUM Glazes has been certified ‘food-grade’ by the USDA—so eco-friendly you can spread them on your toast for breakfast! We also have many vegan-friendly products,” says Jody. Since 2009, PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics has been supporting Carbonfund.org's projects by purchasing carbon credits as part of their policy of practicing business in a way that is both socially and environmentally conscious. PeaceKeeper is also an All-Benefit Company, one of many companies that give all of their distributable profits to charity after taxes, debt repayment, financing costs and reasonable working capital reserves. Now That’s Beautiful!TM PeaceKeeper is not simply a project created by a few women and the men who love them. For PeaceKeeper to work, many women (and the men who love them) must be involved. Just by buying a few products, you can become a PeaceKeeper too! So, shop online, or find a store near you, for their natural nail and lip polish, with free shipping for orders over $25, as part of the Million Kisses Campaign in the “Kiss Museum” on their website.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 14:52
This post is excerpted with permission from Donna Stuart’s article in Portland Monthly.LightHawk, a nonprofit with deep roots in Maine whose mission is “to champion environmental protection through the unique perspective of flight.” They are delivering the wolves to the Wildlife West Nature Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the two four-year-old females and one eleven-year-old male will live as part of a bi-national captive breeding program, the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (MWSSP). The goal: a transcontinental “date” across the Basin and Range Province to help reintroduce Mexican wolves into the wild. Hidden from view, the shy animals lie curled up in deep beds of hay in burlap-covered dog crates set in the rear of the cabin. Moore, the wolves’ caretaker during the flight, detects their growing agitation. She taps Newman on the shoulder, signaling her to slow the descent. “It’s like they’ve got baby ears. I now know you have to plan the descent so as not to hurt them,” explains Newman, looking back on her first ‘wolf flight’ more than a year ago. Flying out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, she and Haas have since ferried other Mexican wolves to pre-release facilities in Washington state, Missouri, New York, and Arizona in order to accommodate breeding. “We do over 1,000 flights each year for hundreds of environmental groups,” says Portland-based Rudy Engholm, LightHawk’s executive director. Among their many other projects, LightHawk flights have enabled Maine Audubon to make an aerial survey of loons on the state’s northern lakes – important since loons in the wild are said to be a barometer measuring the effects of climate change, mercury and lead contamination in lakes, and land lost to development. The organization has also provided dozens of flights to Maine’s land trusts, helping them monitor and better understand the thousands of acres in their care. The 12-member staff, spread across the U.S. and Mesoamerica, coordinates all the missions flown by nearly 170 volunteer pilots. “We run a decentralized, multi-national [concern] with the number of people who can fit around a family dining table. We try to be judicious about what we do,” Engholm says, noting that LightHawk uses highly efficient aircraft and purchases carbon offsets [through Carbonfund.org] so the operation is carbon neutral. He estimates this year’s carbon footprint, including staff travel and all mission-related flights, will be about 272 metric tons, assuming 25,000 gallons of aviation fuel. “A single one-way trip from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro in a 747 would use roughly 40,000 gallons. If society is willing to ‘spend’ these vast amounts of emissions on so many other activities, doesn’t it make sense that we at least invest a small amount of our energy in saving the irreplaceable pieces of wild nature? “The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the pieces [according to Paul Ehrlich in A Sand County Almanac],” concludes Engholm. “That’s the perfect analog for what we do. We try to protect all the pieces of nature–the wildlife, habitats, and diverse ecosystems.”
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 08:40
It’s summertime – kids are out of school and….restless! They’re bored, they’re begging for things to do, they want to go see their friends, go to the corner store, go to the movies, go to the mall… So how can a family come together to beat the summer boredom blues and turn summertime into productive time for everyone? Help your kids learn the value of saving their allowance, and help them learn valuable life lessons about working, saving, spending and giving through ThreeJars. ThreeJars makes managing allowance fun and easy for 5 to 13 year old kids and their parents. Kids learn to manage their “money” through saving, spending, and charitable giving jars – with guidance from Mom and Dad. With ThreeJars, you can relax knowing that all your kids’ allowance is in one spot, with automated payment, tracking, and access through our safe, secure, IOU system. Sign-up is quick and easy, and you can assign chores, projects, and more with just a few clicks. Rather than cash, parents pay allowance with IOUs, representing real money. At sign-up, you will set amount, payday, and decide how allowance IOUs will be divvyed-up between your child’s SAVE, SPEND and SHARE Jars. The ThreeJars system is a parent’s best tool to teach their child how to responsibly manage money. Kids learn important money-management life skills. Your child will save a portion of every IOU dollar earned, until it becomes habit. That’s important for keeping spending and borrowing under control later. The system encourages kids to be thoughtful about spending, and teaches them to set goals, budget, and learn from money mistakes. Kids may request to use their SHARE Jar IOU money to make a donation to a charitable cause they learned about on ThreeJars or to withdraw cash for charity off the site. One of the charitable causes that ThreeJars supports is Carbonfund.org. Kids can make donations to support our energy efficiency, renewable energy and reforestation projects. In addition to earning allowance, your child may also earn extra IOU bucks by requesting (or you suggesting) one-time projects around the house. If your family links allowance to chores, you can dock allowance payment for incomplete chores via the ThreeJars website. Progress reports are emailed weekly. Choose from chores on the site or personalize your own. And parents can deposit money from grandma, birthday gifts or eyen babysitting through the ThreeJars account. ThreeJars was recently featured in an online video on Yahoo! Finance. Check it out for some inspiration on how you and your kids can make allowance, household chores, saving, giving, and money management fun! Keeping track of the family’s finances has never been easier. Check out ThreeJars to help your kids learn how to manage their allowance, their chores and their charitable giving, all in one convenient and organized spot.
Thursday, 10 March 2011 18:11
It’s almost springtime, but the winter weather is hanging on in the northern U.S. The little ones are getting restless, yearning to play outside, and tired of the same games and books. But don’t despair – there’s help. Green Kid Crafts is a family-owned, green company that offers natural, sustainable, and responsible choices for arts and crafts projects. The kits are an inexpensive tool for parents and teachers to use to educate children about recycling, reducing waste, and protecting the environment. Green Kid Crafts provides fun and sustainable do-it-yourself craft kits for kids ages 2 through 8. Each Green Kid Craft kit subscription provides: • Craft materials that are kid-friendly, earth-friendly, and safe • Three different craft kits delivered once a month - that’s a lot of sustainable crafting! • Kit that include everything needed to complete the craft (you just supply glue, markers, and/or scissors) • A monthly featured craft with a unique and multicultural focus to enrich and entertain your creative child • Great gifts for eco-conscious parents • The flexibility to customize your kits to reflect the holidays and cultures that you wish to celebrate Craft subscriptions can be ordered in three, six or twelve month subscriptions. Green Kid Crafts strives to be natural, sustainable, and responsible, and has established standards for these goals. And Green Kid Crafts is a carbon neutral business, choosing to offset 100% of the carbon dioxide generated by their business and help fund the development of renewable energy projects across the United States. “As the Climate Change Coordinator with the Alaska Center for the Environment, I know too well how important it is to offset carbon emissions," says Penny Bauder, Owner of Green Kid Crafts. "I believe that every person, every business has the power to make a difference, which is why Green Kid Crafts chose to become a Carbonfund.org partner.” Order your Green Kid Crafts subscription today, and help your little crafters create new treasures while learning about their environment.
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 08:27
Today is Give to the Max Day, a one-day fundraising event that will unite local Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC communities to support nonprofits serving the area. The goal is to get thousands of local residents to support their favorite regional charity, raising millions in donations and grants in just 24 hours! Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington is a day for Washingtonians to come together to raise as much money as possible for area nonprofits in 24 hours, starting at midnight on November 9 through midnight on November 10. By engaging thousands of residents to support their favorite charities in one day, Give to the Max Day is trying to break the national record for the best online giving metropolitan region event, showcasing the Greater Washington region's strong community. Give to the Max Day is an innovative event that provides a new way for local residents to give, and create a stronger nonprofit community for the DC area. Washingtonians have a long tradition of giving and this event will help celebrate generosity. The Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to be part of this initiative. Anyone wishing to be a donor can simply visit the site Give to the Max Day website and use the search function to either browse for organizations of their interest or find a specific organization of their choice to make a donation. They can also manage their charitable giving by recording online and offline contributions and storing receipts. The minimum donation on Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington is $10, and there is no maximum donation limit or maximum to the amount an organization may receive. The Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington organizing committee consists of the Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, United Way of the National Capital Area, and Razoo.
Monday, 24 October 2011 14:48
Things break. You drop your iPod, trip over your Mac's power cord, or your display wears out. Wear and tear is normal, but throwing away repairable devices shouldn't be. The goal of iFixit is to provide everyday consumers with everything you need to fix things yourself. “You can fix it. We make it easy,” assure the iFixit team. iFixit is a repair community of people showing people how to fix things. They help thousands of people repair their devices every day. And every time you fix something, you help the planet by keeping hardware out of landfills. iFixit was started in 2003 by Luke Soules and Kyle Wiens in a college dorm room, when they started out fixing an old iBook together. There were no instructions on how to do it, so they started the way everyone does: the hard way. They tinkered, fiddled, broke some tabs and lost a few screws. But they fixed it! And the concept for iFixit was born. Easy-to-use repair instructions didn't exist -- yet. Most consumer devices lacked repair instructions, so Luke and Kyle wrote some instructions and posted them online, for free. For the first time, it was easy for someone with no technical background or experience to take apart a Mac. Their step-by-step instructions were enabling people to repair Macs they wouldn't have been able to repair on their own. Next, iFixit created a collaborative community for self-taught device repairers to share what they know online. All repair information is collaboratively edited. If you ask an interesting question or write a useful answer, other people may come along and categorize it with tags or edit the text. The goal is to build a database of solutions to hardware problems that is useful for years to come, to give people the information, parts, and tools they need to make their things work as long as possible. The answers to repair questions provided on iFixit.com are free, and will always be free. iFixit sells parts for device repair, to fund their mission of helping people fix things. iFixit provides useful information about electronics recycling and the global problems created by e-waste. And iFixit maintains a business partnership with Carbonfund.org to offset its business operation and travel emissions, and to help support Carbonfund.org's mission and projects leading the effort to address climate change. As Luke and Kyle put it, “We're all in this thing together, and if we work together we can fix the planet. Join us.”
Friday, 22 July 2011 11:05
Looking for the best in durable, attractive, versatile and sustainably-manufactured surfaces for countertops, desktops or tables? Check out the award-winning durable surfaces from IceStone, LLC, committed to creating surfaces for homes and commercial space that are healthy, high-design and sustainable. Their products offer classic and contemporary styles with 21st century intelligence. Whether your project calls for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, desktops, or conference tables, IceStone offers cutting-edge design and positive environmental results. IceStone’s manufacturing process mixes 100% recycled glass in a cement matrix, diverting hundreds of tons of glass from landfills each year. And IceStone operates out of a green renovated, day-lit factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, creating green jobs for U.S. workers in an eco-friendly, safe, and respectful environment. IceStone is not an engineered stone product; it is a durable surface made of 100% recycled glass in a cement matrix and contains no toxic ingredients such as resins. IceStone is proud to be the first and only durable surface in the world to receive the coveted Cradle to Cradle™ Gold certification, which assesses products on a number of criteria, such as the use of safe and healthy materials, design for material reuse and recycling, efficient use of energy and water throughout production, and the instituting of strategies for social responsibility. IceStone products come in a variety of versatile shades, ranging from soft, earth-toned neutrals to rich, saturated colors. The surfaces come with a high polish but can be honed or sandblasted to achieve your desired look and texture. And unlike petrochemical based materials, IceStone surfaces do not fade with UV exposure. IceStone surfaces are 100% recyclable via mechanical grinding and reforming, and they may also be repurposed into tiles, landscaping material and roadbed aggregate. And IceStone’s triple bottom line - a commitment to social, environmental, and financial returns - sets it apart from other organizations. They’re leading a renaissance in US manufacturing and strive to create a collaborative and diverse work force. IceStone has adopted goals for energy conservation, carbon emissions, water use, and waste management, and invested in a water recycling system to capture and reuse all process water from our manufacturing operations. Presently, IceStone is offsetting 100% of their energy use with wind-power renewable energy certificates purchased from Carbonfund.org. Over 90% of their manufacturing and business operations waste is recycled, repurposed or composted. The White House Council on Environmental Quality visited IceStone in mid-June to showcase IceStone as a prime example of how companies can successfully create green jobs in the United States. The Chairperson of the Council, Nancy Sutley, said "It's great to see what's going on here at IceStone, the sustainable manufacturing, great to see what's going on at the [Brooklyn] Navy Yard, the revitalization of this community, the jobs being created here." Check out the beautiful surfaces and shades of IceStone, and incorporate these sustainable surfaces into your next remodeling or construction project.
Friday, 01 July 2011 13:45
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