Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor

Trade shows continue to thrive for their ability to bring people together and make valuable connections.  Long a primary driver of business travel, some shows in the world can account for a sizable amount of carbon emissions.  So when a company steps up to reduce their trade show participation's environmental footprint, it’s a big deal.  And Kimberly-Clark has just raised the bar in their industry. As part of its Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow global sustainability program, Kimberly-Clark has taken a holistic approach to improving its trade show performance.  Working with Expotechnik, a leading global exhibit house, they improved their exhibit’s performance in its use, packaging, weight, transportation, life cycle, recyclability and the incorporation of A/V technology that reduces costly graphic production and printed materials. On top of that, Kimberly-Clark has calculated and offset its carbon footprint for attending the upcoming Greenbuild and ISSA trade shows.  Further, visitors to Kimberly-Clark’s booth will be given the opportunity to offset their emissions from attending the show as well in support of Carbonfund.org's third-party validated carbon reduction projects.
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:07

John Isner Must Need a New Pair of Shoes

As a longtime tennis lover, I was glued to my computer screen with fascination as the historic Wimbledon first-round match between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicholas Mahut notched up more games than any before in the sport.  I can only imagine how exhausted he may still be and how much his body must ache.  But his shoes must be in even worse shape; John needs a new pair of shoes. Lucky for John and all you other sports players (and shoe wearers), Carbonfund.org partner Planet Shoes has a huge selection of the best shoes around.  Right now, with the coupon code fire20, you can save 20% off all sale items on their site.  It’s the start of the summer sports season and a great time to get a new pair of shoes from an eco-conscious company. As an early participant in our Million Tree Challenge, Planet Shoes collected donations from its customers and matched them to plant 2,615 trees.  Further, Planet Shoes allows its customers to make a donation to offset the carbon footprint of shipping their shoes – an effort that has reduced almost 3 million pounds of CO2 to date.
At this year’s International Association of Movers Annual Meeting, the Japan International Movers Association (JIMA) donated to support Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Collected from JIMA members to improve the organization’s sustainability initiatives, JIMA is making a concrete step to reduce its carbon footprint. By joining a growing movement of transportation companies and organizations, JIMA is showing the importance of protecting the climate in the transportation industry. Carbon offsetting is a valuable solution in industries, including transportation. That is why we’ve seen leadership from companies like JetBlue, Virgin America, Hyundai Motor America, Volkswagen and Orbitz. Many companies in the industry are also taking the lead to improve fuel efficiency by researching new fuel sources, engine designs and traffic patterns.
As reported in ABC News, researchers who study the Gulf of Mexico downgraded their outlook on its ecological health because of the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe. This reflects a broad belief that, though the Gulf avoided the worst once feared, it will likely continue to feel the catastrophe’s effects for years to come. In order to best gauge the short and long-term damage wreaked upon the Gulf it is important to continually monitor the situation. Carbonfund.org partner LightHawk is responding to the environmental and economic tragedy resulting from the spill of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico. By operating the largest and oldest volunteer-based environmental aviation fleet, LightHawk is able to provide donation flights to protect land, water and wildlife.  Their illuminating pictures of the oil spills’ reach help to spur clean-up action and maintain a focus on protecting what’s most important in the Gulf. LightHawk is assisting their existing conservation partners, like the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, in the affected areas and reaching out to new partners to provide donated flight missions. LightHawk is also working cooperatively with their sister group SouthWings whose volunteer pilots are responding to aerial mission requests. When the view from above will enhance efforts to scientifically document, educate and inform constructive responses to this effort, LightHawk will strive to dedicate the aerial resources of their volunteer pilots.
groove_1 logoCarbonFree® Partner GrooveTickets is helping concertgoers be more eco-friendly in the way they rock. GrooveTickets is now a Carbonfund.org partner for the third year in a row supporting our carbon reduction projects. It's one of the ways GrooveTickets cuts down on its environmental impact. Customers can work with GrooveTickets entirely online – cutting down on mailings and ticket printings to save paper. By operating in a largely paperless office, GrooveTickets has done what many ticketing companies strive to do. Further, they have taken great strides to increase their office energy efficiency by using a water filtration system so employees don't need to purchase bottled water. They recycle all paper and plastic materials, and have installed energy efficient lighting and timed settings on their climate control system. And as business travel can make up a large part of a business' carbon footprint, GrooveTickets uses video conferencing to reduce carbon emissions. So whether you’re watching Beyond Wonderland this weekend in San Bernardino, CA or rocking out to 311 in Hawaii, GrooveTickets is a great way to go. Check out what’s coming up in your neighborhood at www.groovetickets.com!
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 18:02

Greenscroll Helping to Green the Internet

GrnsGreenscroll is a nonprofit organization created to fight climate change in the real word, on the battlefield of the virtual one. Recognizing the growing environmental footprint of the Internet and the infrastructure involved in running it, their mission is to power the Internet by renewable energy. Greenscroll purchases renewable energy certificates from Carbonfund.org in support of renewable energy generation. Also, Greenscroll is working on a program to help companies with big data centers make them more energy-efficient. "We chose to work with Carbonfund.org because, like Greenscroll.org, Carbonfund.org is a charitable, not-for-profit organization with very similar values. Furthermore, Carbonfund.org has worked with well known brands like Dell, Discovery, Motorola, etc.” You can learn more about Greenscroll by reading the recent press release about our partnership, and by visiting www.greenscroll.org.
The following is a guest post from Matthew E. Porter, CEO of our partner Contegix, which provides high-level managed hosting solutions for enterprise applications and infrastructure. Great partners and customers do more than just refer other potential customers and pay their bills. They provide honest feedback, challenge you, and help make you to be better than you were the day before. Contegix has the fortunate situation of having great partners and customers who amaze us and do this everyday. Gliffy, a web-based diagram and flow chart editor, and a few others are some that have been pushing our sustainability goals. By the very nature of our business, we consume a large amount of power and do so from different sources. Our data centers have multiple power feeds and utilize diesel generators in case of complete power loss from utilities. In order to ensure operational status and efficiency, the generators need to be tested on a regular basis which amounts to consuming diesel fuel. We already take steps to minimize our carbon footprints, such as using low voltage CPUs, recycling all materials, and reimbursing employees for mass transit. In addition, it’s more efficient, and thus, arguable more sustainable to utilize large data centers, such as ours, rather than each company building small scale server room. Yet, we wanted to start experimenting with the next step in this effort, and Gliffy was happy to help. Enter Carbonfund.org. Carbonfund.org allows individual and companies to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing credits to invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions elsewhere. This is especially useful for companies like Contegix where we are very limited in our ability to reduce. There are a few points that make Carbonfund.org unique. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to fighting global warming. As part of their commitment, they work directly with certification bodies to ensure the quality of their offsets. More importantly, they provide transparency in terms of their finances and their offset projects, including education. Using Carbonfund.org, we wanted to offset the entire footprint of Gliffy’s managed hosted internet infrastructure at Contegix. This would include all aspects and resources of the service. Some of these are dedicated solely to Gliffy. Many others, such as core border routers and the switching fabric, are used by all customers. In addition, we had to compensate for the managed service portion of Gliffy’s infrastrucutre. In essences, this meant assigning a percentage of our people’s carbon footprint to the delivery of their service. This included everyone—from engineer to office staff to management, to the Assigning values for the shared infrastructure and people required calculating the usage on a per customer level. In reality, it uses many of the same work we perform (and all businesses probably should be performing) around measuring, managing, and forecasting growth and profitability for shared resources. This is added to the specific measurable environmental footprint data, such as average distance of employees from Contegix and facility sizes. These numbers were proportionally assigned to the Gliffy as a customer.

Carbon sources related to Gliffy.com server hosting

Factoring in the shared infrastructure and people carbon footprints ended up being the most important part. The dedicated infrastructure accounted for 39.2% of the carbon footprint. This left the remainder—a significant portion—for the shared. It also helped point us to where the best chances for natural reduction, rather than merely offsetting, are. Over the next 6 months, we will begin rolling this out to our existing customer base as an option for their hosting. New infrastructure and customers can start doing this now. If your organization is interested in a carbon offset hosting solution or wants to discuss in-depth how we offset Gliffy’s footprint, we would be more than happy to help you with this goal! Click here to contact Contegix.
GE LED bulbAfter inventing the first visible light emitting diode, General Electric has harnessed that power to develop a light bulb to be available later this year or early 2011 and expected to provide a 77 percent energy savings. The GE Energy Smart® LED bulb should also produce nearly the same light output as a 40-watt incandescent bulb, while lasting more than 25 times longer. The bulb is expected to last for 17 years on an average 4-hour per day usage. Imagine installing a light bulb in your house, paying pennies on the dollar for electricity usage and not having to replace the bulb for almost two decades! The bulb lights up to 450 lumens, more than enough to provide the same light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb. Retailers set the final price, but the bulb is expected to cost $40 - $50 at least initially. To learn more about the bulb and compare with other, conventional lighting, click here.

Efficiency evangelists have long complained about "vampire" energy loss, the wasted electricity from keeping electronics constantly plugged in. By some accounts, this can cost hundreds of dollars a year in extra electricity costs and create unnecessary carbon emissions. New innovations in power strip technology are letting consumers easily curtail their vampire loss.

EcoStrip, a pioneering company committed to conserve energy, has designed a power strip that turns off periphery devices–like your speakers, monitor, DVD player, sound system, etc.–when you turn off your primary electronic equipment such as your computer or television. This way, every time you turn off your computer or tv, you’re saving a lot more electricity than that. This power strip can save you over a hundred dollars a year–not bad. As a service to our partners, blog readers and social media followers, Carbonfund.org has negotiated a discount on EcoStrips purchased online–an extra 30% off when you enter the coupon code carbonfund AND EcoStrip makes a donation to Carbonfund.org for every product sold, helping us pursue our work in fighting global warming. So take this step to make your home or office more energy-efficient, an investment that will likely pay itself back in less than a year's time.
Friday, 19 February 2010 18:53

Fight Climate Change with Your Phone Bill

T4CCarbonfund.org partner, Telecom For Charity, will reduce your office’s carbon footprint for a week just for talking with them about your telecommunications needs. They provide services throughout the US and can help you with a wide range of telecom needs. Their business plan is simple: provide great telecommunications services and help your favorite charity at the same time. To date, they’ve donated almost $30,000 to charity. If you sign up, remember to let them know your favorite charity is Carbonfund.org, and they’ll donate 5% of your monthly bill to us! It’s a win-win; you’re getting great telecommunications service, lowering your monthly bills, and supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Give them a call at (888) 775-4100 or visit: www.telecomforcharity.org.
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