Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor

ColoradoLendingSourceLarge2Carbonfund.org partner, Colorado Lending Source, has helped Colorado’s small businesses obtain development loans for nearly 20 years. Now for the third consecutive year, they have done this CarbonFree®. By investing in Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects, CLS has offset its carbon footprint and has taken other steps as well to reduce its footprint. CLS has also implemented a variety of sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing its environmental impact. CLS gives its employees Eco Passes, encouraging them to opt for public transit and webinars. It has also reduced energy use in-house through a variety of programs, such as turning out its lights for an hour in the Lights Out Lunch program, using motion detector lights to conserve energy in offices, and encouraging its employees to recycle. To learn more and view their resources, you can visit their website at: www.coloradolendingsource.org.
Government procurement has helped drive the market towards more sustainable and innovative products. The federal government has required, for example, that all new federal facilities meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification standards. Next month, the country’s leaders in the government procurement process will be recognized for their efforts at the 2010 Excellence in Partnership Awards ceremony. By working with Carbonfund.org and with a generous donation from Office Depot, the Coalition for Government Procurement has calculated and offset the show’s carbon footprint by supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects. This year’s awards will also highlight two sustainability leaders with Green Contractor Awards (read more on this year’s winners soon). If the companies highlighted next month are any indication, expect government procurement to continue to help lead the nation towards a sustainable future. If you're interested in attending this year's ceremony, please contact the Coalition for Government Procurement here.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 12:24

Climate Change's Link to Global Security

What do climate change and war have to do with each other? To the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, they’re intricately linked. The BPFNA is leading Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice.  By teaching their member churches about worldwide conflict and putting their words into action, the BPFNA has taken a prominent role to fight for peace and for action to combat climate change. For the BPFNA, climate change is more than an environmental concern.  As they say, “Peace is not possible when we live at war with the Earth.” They also point out, “Peace is not possible when the poor suffer disproportionately - in natural disasters, in conflicts, in economic hard times - and as the climate of the Earth changes. In this point, they are not alone. As the New York Times reported, the Pentagon has concluded that:
Climate change could have significant geopolitical impacts around the world, contributing to poverty, environmental degradation, and the further weakening of fragile governments.  Climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease and may spur or exacerbate mass migration.
Therefore, as the BPFNA fights for peace worldwide, they actively seek to minimize their environmental footprint. At their annual conference this summer, BPFNA collected donations to offset the conference’s carbon footprint. BPFNA also provides advice to their members on how to reduce their environmental footprints.
CityRyde is helping lead the way to cleaner, healthier cities by putting the right incentives in the market for biking. In a guest post below, CityRyde explains how they are turning bike trips into cash. In 2009, CityRyde, a Carbonfund.org Partner, launched Spark—the world’s first off-the-shelf software solution designed to manage bike sharing systems at universities, corporate campuses and small municipalities. Now our newest software application built upon Spark's infrastructure named Inspire has arrived! Inspire turns bike share rides into cash through carbon credits. Inspire has been a work in progress by the CityRyde team over the last two years, backed by a robust carbon methodology which will remain in the voluntary market for now but scale into the compliance market by 2012. Inspire will undoubtedly become the gold standard for carbon credit tracking in sustainable transportation worldwide. Watch the audio/video tour of Inspire: www.inspiremobility.com/the-software A carbon credit is a financial instrument—a commodity—representing a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One carbon credit represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent in another GHG. The worldwide carbon credit market exceeded $120 billion dollars in value in 2009 and explosive growth is anticipated into 2010 and beyond. CityRyde Inspire integrates with existing bike sharing backends to access the data needed to process Inspire’s proprietary algorithms and certify the carbon credits. Every time a bike share ride is proven to have displaced a carbon-emitting mode of transportation a portion of a carbon credit is generated and collected by CityRyde Inspire. Due to the stringent and all-inclusive measures, Inspire ensures in its data point aggregation methodologies that bike share operators will be able to instantly turn the carbon credits generated from daily program operations into cash. And bike rides are merely the first application—Inspire will scale into other sustainable transportation verticals into the future such as electric scooter, car sharing, etc. The possibilities are endless... Jason Meinzer, CityRyde COO & Co-Founder states, "Funding a bike share program is a recurring barrier to entry. Creating an additional revenue stream through the sale of carbon offset credits via Inspire will help alleviate such a financial burden, and make bike sharing in most any deployment environment that much more realistic and sustainable." Contact CityRyde now at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more…e.g., how Inspire could bring in close to one million dollars in carbon credits through a bike share program such as the Velib in Paris.
Carbonfund.org has always believed that it’s Your Carbon, Your Choice™. So how do you choose? Take a page from the Society for College and University Planning’s book. They gave all the readers of their blog the opportunity to vote on whether they want to support our Reforestation, Renewable Energy, or Energy Efficiency projects. And the winner? Reforestation in a landslide, at least so far. Use this blog posting thread to tell us how you chose which project type to support.
What do high school, music, a local cafe and climate change have to do with each other? When music teacher Phil Sheaff takes his students to play the blues every week at a cafe, he makes a special commitment to combat climate change.  After covering basic costs for running a band, PH1LL and the Great Energy Transfer uses 100% of their profits to support worthwhile causes, including carbon offsetting with Carbonfund.org. From a one-time gig at a local Chicago caf�, the band has now become a weekly fixture in the Chicago music scene.� PH1LL formed the band as a creative way to teach his guitar students all the details of live performance�from equipment setup to the live performance anxiety not easily reproduced in a practice hall.� A quick hit, the band expanded its mission to make a difference in the world.� In fact, part of its name �The Great Energy Transfer� refers not only to the rhythm and blues dancing off the instruments, but also to the energy transformation that needs to occur to avoid catastrophic climate change. The band has now committed to donating all of its profits to Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy projects, which helps lead the economy’s transformation to a clean energy future. As the band’s success continues to grow, so have its ambitions.  In order to further lead by example, the band is saving to purchase a bio-diesel van so it can tour without worsening the climate.  They’re collecting donations through the nonprofit they’ve set up to purchase the van.  To find out more about this initiative and the rest of their creative approach to music visit their website.
Rich Littlehale, Co-founder of YouRenewDressed as a giant iPhone, Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Partner YouRenew.com's Co-Founder Rich Littlehale greeted customers at Apple’s flagship store in Midtown Manhattan. He spread the word of environmental responsibility by encouraging all 3GS buyers to recycle their old cell phones. YouRenew’s innovative approach pays you to recycle your old electronics. It’s simple: Just look up your electronic device, answer a few simple questions about it, ship it, and get paid! On top of that, YouRenew allows you to choose Carbonfund.org’s Renewable Energy projects as the recipient of a donation they make on every recycled electronic device. So today, why don’t you join me and make the YouRenew pledge: "From today forward, I promise that I will recycle all of my electronic devices, to promote a more efficient and clean world."
Rich Littlehale, Co-founder of YouRenew.com
ACCWT tree plantingThe Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team is looking for volunteers to help them plant trees on reclaimed coal mine lands.  Having planted trees in 7 states in Appalachia, the ACCWT is experienced in bringing back Appalachia’s historic eastern hardwood forest cover.  They’ve already reforested over 36 acres of trees on previously mined lands.  As over 3.5 million people live within 1 mile of an Appalachian abandoned mine land site, these projects are crucial to restore forest cover, recreate animal habitats, and set up Appalachia for a prosperous clean energy future. ACCWT has made a firm commitment to revitalizing Appalachia’s environment.  Beyond tree planting and operating in an environmentally sustainable way, they have partnered with Carbonfund.org to make all of their trainings CarbonFree®.  By supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy projects, ACCWT is moving the country towards a clean energy future. ACCWT’s next tree planting is taking place on Thursday, March 25th in Prenter, West Virginia. They are looking for volunteers to get dirty and turn some mines into prosperous hardwood forests. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This is a great opportunity for anybody in the West Virginia area. If you go – take some pictures and let us know how it went! And if you can't make it, please consider joining Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge to support tree planting in the fight against global warming for $1 a tree. Thanks!
To encourage green business development in diverse communities, Abundant Communities Together launches its annual event on Friday, May 21, 2010 to be held in Melville, NY. "GREEN UP! The Emerging Green Economy: Access & Opportunity for Diverse Communities" is free and will feature speakers including the head of the New York Power Authority and Majora Carter – a leading community activist in the Bronx. This event offers a great opportunity for those in the New York City Metro area to help usher in an environmentally sustainable future. If you’re wondering how your home, organization, congregation or business can take advantage of green technologies to reduce costs and/or increase revenue, learn more about this event. Advance registration is required, so visit: www.actogether.net.
CarbonFree® Partner Central Coast Outdoors offers the best local tours in California’s Central Coast.  Long residents of San Luis Obispo, founders John and Virginia Flaherty take pride in their local expertise and knowledge of all Central California has to offer.  Early this year, founder Virginia Flaherty released a Brant Goose that had been recuperating from a broken wing.  Working with Pacific Wildlife Care, she helps rescue and rehabilitate wildlife in the area. Goose ReleaseFor the second consecutive year, Central Coast Outdoors is offsetting its carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org. By supporting over a dozen local environmental organizations, Central Coast Outdoors has developed a business that gives great tours and helps the environment.  If you’re looking for a great outdoors vacation with true nature lovers, you’ll be in great hands with Central Coast Outdoors.  They’re long time locals who can take you kayaking, biking, or for a great trip through the local wine country.
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