Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

Dolan Geiman is a nationally recognized mixed media artist creating original paintings, collages, constructions, and limited-edition reproductions. Produced from salvaged wood, found objects, and other recycled materials, Geiman's eco-friendly artwork emerges from a folk art tradition infused with a contemporary, urban style. Originally from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Geiman currently lives and works in Chicago along with wife and business partner Ali Marie Geiman. His artwork has broad appeal to collectors and decorators alike, successfully weaving together rural with urban, vintage with contemporary. Motifs such as birds, woodland creatures, music, and Americana are popular and recurring themes, creating an artwork that introduces a modern aesthetic while remaining true to its rustic roots. At the core of Geiman's art portfolio is the desire to transform the artist profession into a multifaceted art and home accessories company. Dolan Geiman Inc. specializes in high-quality reproductions, affordable art gifts, and eco-friendly decor. In addition to managing an Etsy shop for online purchases and participating in nationwide juried art fairs, Dolan Geiman Inc. works with international retailers to wholesale artwork, license images, co-design new products, and create custom window displays. The company also works extensively with interior designers, art consultants, and members of the hospitality industry to create site-specific art commissions and guestroom reproductions. Working together as husband and wife, artist and business manager, Dolan and Ali Marie are living proof that art and business can live together under one creative roof. "Being green is something my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were doing long before it was trendy. Cutting up old clothes for rags and floor rugs, pulling hardware from rotting doors and floorboards, and making toys from tin and string, I was taught at an early age that everything around me could have multiple purposes. These tenets provided a solid foundation on which to build a career as a found object and mixed media artist, satisfying a deep-rooted appreciation for turning the discarded and ordinary into the extraordinary," explains Dolan. Incorporating eco-friendly practices into the business has been a natural process since its inception. For Dolan, the idea of taking things and repurposing them was an ideological current passed down from generation to generation for a family living in a rural community. Years later, having moved to Chicago with a few bucks and a car-load of artwork and supplies, the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' mantra was a similar economic reality for an emerging artist and burgeoning arts company. In an effort to offset the carbon footprint created by traveling to art fairs, Dolan Geiman joined the CarbonFree Partner with Carbonfund.org, to support renewable energy and reforestation projects.  Catch Dolan at the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in Houston, Texas this weekend, booth #301.
Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:59

Futurist Planning with Environmental Focus

As the New Year approaches, we all begin to look ahead. Many of us wish we could plan and control our own futures…  That’s exactly what Glen Hiemstra, founder of Futurist.com, is helping organizations and individuals do – embrace and create their own preferred futures! Glen delivers keynote addresses and conducts strategic planning sessions that are based on three fundamental futurist questions:  What is probable? What is possible? What is preferred? Part of Glen’s preferred future is a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable development. As part of this vision, Futurist.com has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the emissions attributable to Glen’s travel itineraries and their office operations, in support of Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects. Glen’s trainings help clients to make better decisions today by better understanding their future goals and objectives.  Recognizing how today’s actions will impact tomorrow’s world is a fundamental part of environmental stewardship. Glen Hiemstra and Futurist.com provide tools for effective strategic planning, inspiration for developing vision and practical steps to put the preferred future within the reach of his clients. To learn more about Futurist.com, check Glen’s speaking schedule or book an engagement, visit www.futurist.com.
As the world continues to shrink and more people become “world citizens” -travelling and living in different countries and cultures - it’s only natural that cravings for country-specific products will develop. For those world citizens who are Francophiles at heart, now there is a solution. Mondizen has created an online French market, to ensure that anyone with a yearning for French foods, personal care products, baby care, cleaning products and gifts have convenient access to their favorite French products.  With Mondizen's website full of French products, delivered anywhere in the world, you have access to “everyday shopping” from the best of French markets. Mondizen’s creator, Sandrine Escoffier, developed the idea for an online French market after her experiences living in Japan and missing the everyday French products that were a part of her life. French culture cannot be reduced simply to luxury products. In fact it is the opposite; like all other cultures, French culture is full of everyday habits. It is these habits that are at the heart of the culture, that define its authentic reality. And the company name? “We wanted a name that was not yet defined; a name that would open possibilities for the company's development," explains Sandrine.  Mondizen is the combination of several words and concepts. “Mondial" means "worldwide" in French, and the “zen” comes from citizen. “Mondizen" captures the concept of a world citizen at ease, and Mondizen endeavors to make life simpler and freer for its clients. Globalization offers many advantages to humanity. When people travel, there is an opportunity to share cultures and increase understanding and compassion between people living in different parts the world. There are also risks that globalization could lead to the uniformity of cultures, and this would be a great loss to humanity. But globalization can also offer access to authentic ingredients of every culture, from anywhere in the world. Mondizen contributes to this vision. And Mondizen has an environmental awareness that’s evident in its business practices. Today, it is simple to send products around the world. Today, most of us accept that climate change is happening. One of the causes of climate change is human economic activities that release greenhouse gases such as CO2 into the atmosphere. Global trade increases CO2 emissions. To offset the CO2 from shipping products around the world, Mondizen has chosen to establish a partnership with Carbonfund.org to donate the cost of shipping emissions to support the renewable energy, reforestation and energy efficiency projects that Carbonfund.org helps to fund. “We believe the benefits of global trade can make the world a better place for everyone. We searched for a way to offset the negative environmental impacts of shipping our products globally. Mondizen does not want to make a bad situation worse and we believe this is important to our customers,” says Sandrine.   When your yearning for French goods gets the best of you, please visit Mondizen to satisfy your longings.� Tr�s Bien.
Looking for a new approach to healthy living and natural treatments? If you live in the midwest, within 250 miles of Chicago, you have a wonderful alternative source. Inner Ecology™ Botanical Pharmacy and Online Prescription Service aims to facilitate the practice of East Asian botanical medicine in the Chinese tradition and to support a strong community of professional excellence in the greater Chicago area, in ways that consistently promote both human and environmental well-being. As practitioners and patients of East Asian Medicine (EAM), the folks at Inner Ecology have a strong personal and professional interest in preserving the wisdom gathered over centuries and in doing their small part to forge a sustainable path for its continued evolution. They are eager to serve their customers and their patients in this spirit and to boldly ask, together, what a more sustainable medicine could mean. Ever mindful of the connection between human health and environmental context, the staff at Inner Ecology does their utmost to make decisions that are kind to the earth and all its inhabitants. From the careful sourcing of herbs to their bicycle delivery service, from selection of packaging with high PCW recycling percentages to their commitment to staying local, Inner Ecology lives this commitment daily. The Inner Ecology pharmacy carries well over three hundred medicinals of plant, animal and mineral origin in both raw and granular forms, which enables them to carefully select the highest grade medicinals available for your specific formulae and with your well-being in mind. Inner Ecology actively seeks suppliers who cultivate direct relationships with growers and who demonstrate real investment from soil to shelf. As the medicinals arrive at their pharmacy, Inner Ecology staff follows time-honored traditions of organoleptic (“sense-derived”) analysis in order to further confirm their cleanliness, freshness, and accurate identification. Sourcing superior quality medicinals that have been cultivated, tested, processed, packaged, transported, and stored with attention to safety, fair labor practices, and sustainability has been a primary concern of Inner Ecology’s from the start. Beyond the quality of the products, Carbonfund.org believes this is a business worthy of your support because of Inner Ecology’s commitment to environmentally-safe and sustainable practices, which includes:
  • Carefully sourcing the medicinals with attention to the sustainability of cultivation methods and certified absence of pesticides;
  • Ensuring that any endangered medicinal bears a CITES certificate to guarantee safe sourcing;
  • Using Energy-Star rated appliances wherever possible;
  • Employing passive solar heat during the winter through large SW-facing windows and shades to block rays in the summer;
  • Identifying packaging choices that are biodegradable and have the highest post-consumer waste recycling percentage;
  • Transporting themselves to the office by foot, bicycle, or public transportation;
  • Offsetting their total estimated carbon footprint via Carbonfund.org.
But as more and more people seek out East Asian Medicine as a mode of healing, the demand for these herbs increases, and so does its collective footprint. One of Inner Ecology’s partner organizations, High Falls Garden, has been working hard to stimulate domestic cultivation of medicinal plants and herbs. By building demand for the use of raw medicinals, networking with farmers interested in cultivating specialty crops, and promoting education, Inner Ecology intends to do their part in the conversation about the sustainability of their medicinal practices.
It’s back-to-school time! Are you ready to stock up on earth-friendly supplies? At OfficeFrog.com, you can shop for all of the office and back-to-school supplies you’ll need to make your workplace and your backpack more earth friendly.  OfficeFrog.com was founded with a simple goal…make every workplace more earth friendly. Everything they offer carries with it an easy way of “giving back” to replenish the earth. OfficeFrog believes in benefiting the earth’s ability to replenish the natural resources consumed in the manufacturing of office products used every day. Their stewardship efforts to replenish the earth’s resources are clearly seen with the products they offer to customers, the reusable boxes that products are shipped in, the ongoing donations they make to plant trees throughout the world, and the reduction of their operation’s carbon footprint through support of Carbonfund.org’s energy efficiency projects.  OfficeFrog also provides a simple way for shoppers to select green products already identified as the most earth friendly items in their category as well as the best performing products for your office.  Whether you choose Friendly, Friendlier, or Friendliest, you’ll shop knowing that every time you make a purchase from OfficeFrog.com, you are always “doing your part” to help our environment recover in the most natural way possible.  “So we’re asking you to get started and join all of us in the effort. It’s not just about buying the office gear we sell…nor is it all about hugging a tree or saving a frog. It’s about preserving forests, protecting life, and acting responsibly. It’s about choosing to connect yourself and your workplace with a movement which will literally affect our world…our one and only world. Thank you for choosing OfficeFrog.” - Dave Shapiro & David Conner, Co-Founders of OfficeFrog.com
The chill in the air here on the East Coast is a sharp reminder that winter is on its way. If the thought of cold makes you cringe, consider turning your thoughts to the Southern Hemisphere. While we’re settling into autumn, New Zealand is blossoming into spring and Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd has just the ticket for you. Not only does Queenstown Heritage Tours specialize in sightseeing tours into Skippers Canyon and the Wakatipu Basin, they also come highly, and environmentally, recommended. Queenstown Heritage Tours has been recognized again as one of the New Zealand’s leading tourism businesses by Qualmark - New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance system. To earn the prestigious quality mark, Queenstown Heritage underwent a comprehensive on-site assessment to ensure it met general quality criteria focused on service, fleet in use, safety and business management systems in place. “We presented to our Qualmark assessor a comprehensive fleet management sheet which was developed in-house in order to prove an acceptable industry standard for our fleet,” said Yasmine Sander Ickenroth, owner of Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. “This new fleet management sheet forms not only the basis for our Qualmark assessment but further more enables us to monitor our carbon footprint.  Our commitment to the Queenstown community, the co-operation with the Department of Conservation as well as our partnership with Carbonfund.org made it clear to our assessor that we truly deserve to be recognized as one of the country’s leading tourism businesses,” Sander Ickenroth said. We’re also pleased to share that Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. annually offsets its operational carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org and is committed to be part of the global movement of businesses and organizations that are leading the fight against global warming.  Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. is committed to monitoring its energy consumption, fuel usage and kilometres travelled by its customers as well as the kilometres travelled by its employees to and from work. Those activities are a part of its environmental impact management initiative. “Like last year, we calculated our carbon footprint with an online calculator and offset the 35 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions that could not be omitted during the past 12 months,” explains Sander Ickenroth.  By offsetting their non-avoidable operational emissions, Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. supports Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated reforestation projects. "It was very important for us to work with an organization that supports certified projects that are internationally recognized and comply with set standards," Sander Ickenroth said. "We also sought an organization that offered verification by independent auditors. Carbonfund.org met these criteria." So, escape to spring this fall, and book your Skippers Canyon adventure with Queenstown Heritage Tours.
Everybody knows the difference between how we feel on a bright sunny day versus a dark grey day. One of the reasons for this is the difference in the spectrum between bright sunlight and obscured, or artificial, light.  Having evolved millions of years under full sunlight , one would expect this spectrum to be the ideal, balanced and healthy for the human mind and body. Thus to see well and feel good, we need to receive all wavelengths of light. The goal of Viva-Lite® is to offer its customers a balanced source of light, including a continuous balanced light spectrum and temperature, as close to sunlight as possible. And Viva-Lite achieves this with energy-efficiency as well. Viva-Lite is one of the world´s leading suppliers of healthier and greener lighting solutions providing full spectrum daylight and energy-efficient products in form of bulbs, lamps, fixtures and other technology for homes and offices alike. Energy-efficiency and the human health aspects are at the core of Viva-Lite’s business. The energy saving full spectrum daylight bulbs help to increase energy-efficiency and raise working and living standards for people around the world. "Until about one hundred years ago, we spent 90 percent of our daytime outdoors under natural light. Today, it's quite the opposite. Houses, cars, offices, schools, or shopping malls are all built to be energy-efficient and well insulated, protecting us from the sun's natural light and warmth. As a result, we are continuously exposed to artificial lighting; it’s no wonder we feel distressed and sometimes depressed." Toby Ruckert, Founder Viva-Lite® The Viva-Lite energy-saving bulbs offer the full colour spectrum of sunlight, including some vital UV constituents. They are economic and design alternatives to the conventional low-consumption bulbs, with the added healthful advantages of energy-saving performance, visibility and enhanced well-being. The brilliant white light radiates like a ball of light, similar to a light bulb, and offers excellent lighting values. The energy-saving lightbulbs achieve up to 80% energy efficiency compared to conventional bulbs. And Viva-Lite strives to achieve corporate sustainability and environmentally sound practices by reducing the use of toxic substances such as mercury, and working to develop mercury-free alternatives, reducing packaging and waste by using environmentally friendly materials, supporting and promoting safe recycling methods, and avoiding unnecessary CO2 output by intelligent energy consumption, forecasting, optimizing storage, forwarding and warehousing facilities. For the emissions Viva-Lite cannot avoid, they have chosen to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset a portion of their business emissions. “Partnering with Carbonfund.org seemed to be the reliable and proven choice for offsetting emissions generated during the manufacturing process of our products,” says Toby. Viva-Lite also offers news and educational information on its website and via its blog, to help consumers understand the benefits of full spectrum lighting. For more information, please visit http://www.viva-lite.com/ and choose your country for details about their products.

The husband and wife team of Crab Apple Kids have it right – create a convenient, one-stop online shop for a lovely collection of unique, stylish and high-quality children’s clothing. Their inspiration is simple: they’re the parents of three beautiful children who often serve as models for their online fashions.

Crab Apple Kids features baby, toddler and children’s clothing for every occasion, including special events such as christenings, holidays and new baby gifts.  Their collection of Christening Gowns and dresses is absolutely outstanding.  The line also features matching family collections, perfect for family portraits, special occasions, or  “multiples.” Crab Apple Kids makes an effort to recycle where possible. They recycle and reuse shipping boxes wherever possible, a practice that cuts packaging their products almost in half. “Crab Apple Kids is a children’s store, and we feel anyone purchasing from us has their children’s and grandchildren’s best interest at heart—and so do we.” Their decision to become a Carbonfund.org small business partner, by donating to Carbonfund.org to support renewable energy, reforestation and avoided deforestation, and energy efficiency also reflects their environmentally-minded business sense. The CrabAppleKids.com shopping site gives customers the option to shop by size, brand, category and occasion. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, free shipping for purchases over $50, and hassle-free returns. Check out the trendy and fashionable styles for your children at: www.crabapplekids.com.
Envision Technology Marketing Group, Inc. (ETMG) is a 100% virtual marketing communications agency that provides high technology companies with a comprehensive range of marketing services, including project management, writing and editing, design and production capabilities. ETMG’s scalable business model gives clients the option to choose the services they need to meet current and long-term tactical and financial objectives. ETMG has operated as a virtual company since its inception in 1998– a decision that has made a positive impact on its bottom line as well as the environment. ETMG does not maintain commercial office space or use any commercial janitorial services. Employees do not commute and therefore do not contribute related harmful CO2 emissions into the environment. Every employee works from home, connecting with their clients and with each other by maximizing the use of virtual business tools such as instant messenger, webinars and social media sites. In this way, ETMG has managed to streamline project workflow as well as business operations while maintaining a miniscule carbon footprint. While being virtual has its inherent environmental benefits, it wasn’t enough. ETMG stepped up its environmental commitment by implementing green policies throughout the company and has purchased hundreds of tons of carbon offset credits that will go towards several energy conservation measures. ETMG partners with Carbonfund.org to offset their carbon footprint in an effort to neutralize the impact their operations have on the environment. Further, ETMG donates 500 pounds of carbon credits through Carbonfund.org for every new purchase order opened by a client. And ETMG has reached its goal of becoming 100% carbon neutral and has been certified as a “Green Business” by the Bay Area Green Business Program—a program that distinguishes small to medium-sized businesses that protect, preserve and sustain the environment.  Read more about ETMG's process in their "Becoming Green Certified" blog posting. “We’re at a time when being environmentally sustainable is a better way to do business, not just because it’s the right thing to do,” said Michael Grodin, principal of ETMG. “We are planting a seed to encourage our employees and customers, no matter how environmentally conscious they may already be, to become more green in ways that are meaningful to them. Leading by example multiplies the effect of being green and every small step counts.” Click here to learn more about the exceptional marketing services offered by ETMG.
Need a healthier night’s sleep?  Then have a look at Essentia Mattresses. They make the only natural memory foam in the world!  Essentia memory foam is free of petroleum, formaldehyde, toxic chemicals and contains no volatile organic compounds. The secret?  Essentia memory foam is actually made from rubber tree sap but reacts the same way traditional memory foam would.  Made with natural latex, organic essential oils, plant extracts and water Essentia natural memory foam has all the comfort of memory foam but without all the toxins that could make you sick. Essentia takes pride in using only the highest quality natural ingredients in its products, so you get health and comfort without compromise. Essentia products also feature a Zebrano striped cover which is both stylish and functional, made with 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified unbleached organic cotton. Essentia’s product line includes mattresses, support pillows, crib mattresses and even something special for the four-legged members of your family. Essentia is one of only 2 companies that produce its own foam. Instead of importing latex like most companies do, Essentia imports the natural rubber tree sap to make their natural memory foam. This uses close to 80% less space than importing the finished latex foam. They also cut down significantly on fuel consumption in transportation by importing the sap, and also by the way they ship their mattresses. Essentia actually compresses and rolls the mattresses, so they use 75% less packaging and take up less space in a truck.  All product boxes are made from 80% post consumer recycled paper. Essentia also has recently expanded their environmental commitment by joining the CarbonFree® Partnership program, offsetting a portion of their operational emissions by supporting the projects and mission of Carbonfund.org. Jack Dell’Accio, the founder of Essentia, explains: “It’s important for us to set the example for everyone that we need to take every step possible to leave this earth a greener place. We need to make this mark, especially in the mattress industry which traditionally isn’t overly concerned about consumer health or the impact on the earth. This is why Essentia is more than a brand; we have a commitment to comfort and quality, without compromise. A partnership with Carbonfund.org was a natural step for us to help everyone move towards the future, when the world is green again.” You can experience Essentia for yourself at an Essentia retail location, online or by giving them a quick call to learn more. Also, Essentia mattresses come with a 60-day money back guarantee, a 20-year warranty and free shipping to the Continental US and Canada. If you thought that was cool, it gets better: Essentia is offering a 10% Eco-Driver discount on your Essentia purchase. And while you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for their monthly contest for a chance to win a Comfort Pillow!
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