Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor

PCMA 2010 LogoFor the first time, the Professional Convention Management Association’s Annual Meeting set a goal to be CarbonFree®. Through a sponsorship with Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, PCMA is leading the industry by offsetting the direct emissions of their convention in Dallas, Texas. They have made it easy for their attendees to offset their individual carbon footprints on a Carbonfund.org affiliate page. In addition to offsetting the event, PCMA is working hard on a slew of environmental initiatives in Dallas. They chose the Dallas Convention Center, which is completely powered by wind and seeking LEED certification. They are also encouraging recycling, energy conservation, waste reduction, water savings. PCMA 2010 is seeking to become a model for green conventions with their Green Meetings Community space at the convention. PCMA is supporting Carbonfund.org’s Truck Stop Electrification project located throughout the state of Texas. By keeping trucks from idling all night long, this project prevents carbon emissions from heating the globe. If you’re going to a convention or holding one, let us know, and we can help you reduce and offset your event's carbon footprint.
CarbonFree® Events Partner Paul Mitchell Schools takes its best effort to make its Owners Summit as sustainable as possible twice a year, every year. In addition to calculating and offsetting the summit’s footprint, the hair design program completes a comprehensive checklist when planning the event to reduce waste, save energy and change behavior. This last part–changing behavior–helps the event create a legacy of sustainable behavior that extends beyond the event itself by changing the way its attendees live, its suppliers operate and its facilities function. Without revealing their entire checklist, I want to highlight a few of the broadly applicable sustainability practices any event can borrow from Paul Mitchell Schools: 1.       Print paper materials on recycled paper–if possible using vegetable-based inks. Also, reduce paper usage by, e.g., printing double-sided. This isn’t as trivial as it sounds. Citigroup found that if each of its employees saved only one sheet of paper per week by printing double-sided, the company could save over $700,000 per year. 2.       Make visible reduction, reuse and recycle services for people to use. Make it easy for your participants to make the right decisions and they will. Many events now label their trash receptacles “landfill” to drive the point home. 3.       Ask your caterer to minimize the number of disposables. Ask for non-disposable plates, silverware, napkins and coffee mugs if possible or use recyclables. 4.       Inform attendees on going green & ask them to participate. If you make this a priority, so will your attendees. Provide attendees tips on reducing their own carbon footprint and/or an option for your attendees to support carbon reduction projects. Carbonfund.org provides tips on our Save Energy page. 5.       Use left over paper as packing material to cushion boxes being shipped to and from your office. Be creative with the way you cut down on waste. Please share your own tips in the comment section below.
Thursday, 22 October 2009 18:22

Better Know a Partner: CIS Abroad

CISLargeContinuing with our “Better Know a Partner” series, this week we had the chance to talk with Amanda Bernhard from CIS Abroad.  She gave us the inside scoop on how studying abroad and environmental awareness can go hand in hand. What makes CIS so great? There are many study abroad providers out there, but few provide their students with such individual and personal attention as CIS. We believe that studying in another country is a profound and life-changing experience for any person to have, and that it is our duty to ensure that young people who are enjoying this experience, often for the first time, are provided with heart-felt, quality assistance throughout the whole process that allows them to really understand the world from a new perspective. What steps has CIS taken to “Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t”? CIS does everything it can, being mostly an office-bound organization, to limit the uses of electricity, water, and paper by all the staff. We reuse paper that’s only been printed on one side, we order fewer and fewer promotional brochures every year and only give them out when necessary, instead of using them as our main promotional tool. We also set up Webinars and telephone conferences to reduce the amount of travel time and emissions for advisers and staff members. In addition to these measures, we offset the air travel of all our students studying abroad, the travel to universities around the country for our staff members, and the commuting travel to and from the office for all our staff members. We also purchase “Green Electricity” to offset the use of electricity in the office. What’s your favorite healthy living tip? Bike to work as much as you can! This is healthy for you AND better for the environment! Why did you partner with Carbonfund.org? Because we understand that our profession creates an enormous amount of carbon emissions and we wanted to do something to rectify that. Having students see the world is incredibly important to us, but so is the health of our planet, and Carbonfund.org allows us to promote one while supporting the other!
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 14:44

One-Stop Shopping for Healthy, Natural Foods

You could easily get lost in Live Superfoods’ vast selection of healthy and natural foods.  From their berries, nuts, snacks, meal replacements and supplements, nobody could blame you for not knowing where to start your shopping spree. Luckily for us, Live Superfoods has made it easy to find exactly what you want with their colorful labels for Organic, Raw, Kosher, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Wild Harvested, and Eco-friendly packaging products. Live Superfoods makes it easy to stay healthy and reduce your carbon footprint. For example, a vegetarian diet can save over 3,000 pounds of carbon emissions a year. Eating organic helps reduce the demand for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Take a look at Live Superfoods’ extensive inventory. And for some great tips on healthy living, check out the fabulous blog.
The world seems to be run by people who have great ideas and the courage to follow through on them. That seems to be the case with Yahoo! Finance’s list of “How to be a Millionaire by Age 25.” Featured among the list are some familiar names – Mark Zuckerberg, the facebook founder whose life has recently been picked apart in The Social Network and Michael Dell – the man who helped make personal computers common in homes. Catherine Cook, founder of another hit social networking site and Carbonfund.org partner myyearbook.com, earned her first million by 18 by designing a hit website with over 20 million members. Catherine has brought people together to share pics, play games, chat, take quizzes, go on blind dates, and… donate to some great Causes. By interacting on myyearbook.com, members can earn “lunch money” which they can then use to offset carbon emissions in the atmosphere by supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy projects. Catherine says if you’ve got a great idea to make a million, “Stop just thinking about it, and make it happen.” She also has advice for young people: "When you're young is the best time to start your own business, as you do not have the responsibilities you will have when you're older. The worst that can happen if you fail now is that you have firsthand experience to make your next venture a success." Once you get there, remember to follow Catherine's lead by helping the planet too!
Monday, 30 August 2010 17:20

Moving Beyond the Paperless Office

Any guesses on when business experts first predicted the paperless office?  The 1990s?  The 1980s?  Nope… 1975!  Now in 2010, raise your hand if you work in a paperless office.  They’re almost impossible to find and sometimes it seems like we’re using more paper than ever.  In fact, many government agencies require reporting in paper—electronic filing isn’t an option in some instances.  It seems like paper is here to stay—but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your office a more environmentally friendly, sustainable, cost-conscious place to work. Dolphin Blue, a leading green office supplier, offers a one-stop shop to purchase all of your green office supplies.  If you can’t ever seem to give your printer a rest—consider replacing your ink cartridges with soy-based ink.  This is an easy way to reduce your demand for harmful chemicals and cut your carbon footprint. They also offer FSC-certified processed chlorine-free paper to keep your reports and marketing materials from contributing to deforestation.  Also, they’ve made a commitment that all products that they sell contain at least 20% post-consumer recycled material, with many containing 100%.
Maryland's leader in environmental education and school certification is leading by example.  The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, living by Carbonfund.org’s motto to “Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t” has cut its annual conference’s carbon footprint by a third and is offsetting that footprint.  By encouraging carpooling and moving the conference to a closer location, MAEOE has significantly cut down on fuel use in traveling to the event. The 2010 conference, also MAEOE’s 25th anniversary, will highlight the progress MAEOE has made over the past 25 years.  MAEOE provides educators in the state of Maryland with valuable environmental education skills.  Through workshops, training programs, awards programs, publications and materials, MAEOE is also helping lead the state to a greener, cleaner tomorrow. Further, with MAEOE’s school certification program, schools around the state are becoming local environmental leaders by cutting back on their eco-footprints.  For more information on how to get trained as an environmental educator or obtain green school certification, please visit their site at www.maeoe.org.
WHC logoBuilding on their environmental leadership, Lafarge has made the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) recent MOU signing with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) CarbonFree®.  Working together, the WHC and USBCSD will help the public and private sectors support sustainability, ecosystem services, wildlife habitat, education and community outreach projects. David Carroll of Lafarge, a partner of both the WHC and the USBCSD, “feels strongly that in order for people to participate in an event they should try to make it sustainable.”  Working with Carbonfund.org, Lafarge calculated and offset the carbon footprint from roundtrip travel, meals, and hospitality for this event.  By taking care of their environmental footprint, Lafarge, WHC and USBCSD continue their leadership in environmental stewardship.
Friday, 11 September 2009 17:33

Kneeboarding: Now Without Carbon

The American Kneeboarding National Championships has gone CarbonFree® for the second year in a row.  In addition, they have taken our motto – Reduce What you Can, Offset What You Can’t to heart.  They’ve located all event activities within a half mile of each other to reduce travel and have strived to keep non-renewable resources out of the championships altogether. Next time you decide to go water skiing – follow the American Kneeboarding Association’s lead and offset your trip.
Add one more to the list of Carbonfund.org partners who have won awards and recognition for their sustainability efforts. Kiwano Marketing, based out of Vancouver, Canada, won the Better Business Bureau’s Green Award in part for their outstanding fundraising campaign for the Stanley Park Ecology Society. In supporting one of the world’s best urban parks, Kiwano won accolades for making events greener—encouraging public transit, sourcing locally produced food and wine, cutting paper usage, and offsetting event carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org in support of third-party validated projects. They were rewarded for their holistic approach to sustainability and raised the bar for sustainability for companies in British Columbia. Kiwano Marketing provides sustainable marketing services to small and medium sized businesses. By providing a high return on investment, Kiwano makes it easy and profitable for a company to improve business practices. Kiwano joins Dell, Staples, Samsung, Motorola, JetBlue, Virgin America and many other Carbonfund.org partners who have been recognized for their carbon offset and sustainability programs. Over 1,800 companies have joined our movement to fight climate change now and transition to a clean energy future.
Page 3 of 7