Harrison Walford

Harrison Walford

Friday, 19 November 2010 18:32

Travel Greener with the Green Earth Guides

When you travel abroad it doesn’t mean you have to rack up a lot of carbon emissions. Part of reducing what you can, offsetting what you can't is planning ahead. If you're thinking of a trip to Western Europe in the coming months, be sure to check out Dorian Yates’ Green Earth Guides. Already Dorian has written guides for France, Spain and just recently Switzerland. You can make your trip a more authentic experience and more eco-friendly if you experience local foods and flavor. Biking around the country can also help you see the sights better. Dorian's books are also now available for Amazon's e-book reader Kindle. When you're booking your trip or back from it, please consider offsetting your emissions in support of Carbonfund.org's third-party validated carbon reduction projects here.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health Care is taking the lead in renewable and alternative energy projects. Right now they are building the largest rooftop solar array in all of North America in York, PA at the company's Northeast regional distribution center. The solar panels will create enough energy to fully power the equivalent of 400 American homes and has the potential to reduce 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. GSK plans additional solar projects at various facilities in the U.S.

The image above shows one of the solar panels for the array. GSK has taken upon itself a clear goal of sustainable growth. They have built solar energy projects around the world in places such as Belgium, Singapore, Australia, Mexico as well as the U.S. They have been pursuing energy efficiency and alternative energy projects for the last decade. GSK recognizes the salience of climate change and has been taking steps to offset its carbon emissions as well.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:38

Cooking a Better Turkey & Saving Energy

Ever wanted a more moist turkey from your oven? You can also make your Thanksgiving greener by using a True Liberty™ Turkey Bag. Fresh on the scene, True Liberty Bags of Sonoma County is reducing its business operations' carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org. True Liberty has joined a national movement of businesses and organizations that are leading the fight against global warming. True Liberty Bags were created around the the growing need for a better way to access food storage and cooking bags with less packaging. The other advantage of cooking with a turkey bag? It can reduce the cooking time, thus saving energy use at home. "We really wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of other like-minded businesses. The bigger picture can be seen through the structure of its parts, and we are just one part, trying to do our part," said True Liberty's Daniel Martin. "Giving back to the environment means that we are giving back to our communities, its members, and its longevity."
You can shop at home (or at your computer) and give a gift that also helps the climate. Check out Carbonfund.org’s 2010 Holiday Gifts for individuals and businesses. You'll find fun and practical gifts as well as stocking stuffers that support important climate projects. Plus, get a FREE Carbonfund.org grocery tote bag for gift purchases of $30 or more. Or, do more shopping and get two free totes for $50 or more. Click here to start shopping!
Oil prices are expected to nearly double in 25 years, coinciding with growth in the economies of India and China and world energy demand. The World Energy Outlook forecast by the International Energy Agency expects energy demand to rise by over a third by 2035. It is already assumed that the main sources of energy to meet this demand will be from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. However it will become more difficult for producers of oil to increase supply as crude oil becomes more difficult to explore and extract. And as the law of supply and demand dictates, the price of oil is expected to nearly double in the next 25 years from $60 a barrel to over $113. Fossil fuels are as we know non-renewable resources. However we it have in our power to begin making the switch to clean power. Wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and biomass can help establish a sustainable and viable economy for the 21st century. There have been some big strides made in reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that coincide with energy production. More needs to be done. That is why Carbonfund.org is directing efforts to validated projects that help mitigate the impact of global warming. Here at Carbonfund.org we encourage people to reduce what carbon emissions they can and offset what they can’t. You can also check out solar energy for your home by partners such as Astrum Solar.
California is again the nation’s leader in the realm of energy efficiency. This is even more impressive when we consider that California is the nation's fourth largest producer of electricity and is the leading importer of electricity. The conclusions are by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Improvements to energy efficiency include modernized building codes, energy-efficiency targets and advancement of energy-efficiency programs. Moreover, California is the undisputed leader in renewable energy production. However, Massachusetts has been rapidly gaining on California in the last several years by increasing investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The American Southwest made the biggest improvements in energy efficiency. New Mexico, Utah and Arizona are all climbing fast in the rankings. The region is quickly becoming the go-to area for energy efficiency in the country. The states in the Southwest are in the top half of states in terms of energy efficiency. Already 27 states have fixed energy-efficiency targets and these states account for over two-thirds of America’s electricity. This is double the number of states from four years ago. You can learn more about these states here.