Carbonfund.org is proud to announce the launch of Ecosearch.co, a free online search service that enables anyone to help protect the environment simply through their everyday web searches. Ecosearch.co generates revenue from Google, which it uses to support international reforestation projects. One year from now, Carbonfund.org hopes to have planted three million trees through Ecosearch.co, or about 8,000 trees every day. To celebrate the launch and jumpstart their goal, Carbonfund.org will plant two trees for the first 250,000 new users who set Ecosearch.co as their computer’s default search engine and Like it on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ecosearch.co). “You can set Ecosearch.co as your default search engine and forget about it because you’re receiving the same great results,” said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “It’s one easy, free way to make a difference that anyone can do today.” Ecosearch.co chose to support reforestation projects because of the scope of their environmental and social benefits. Tree planting absorbs carbon dioxide to reduce climate change, improves air quality, preserves biodiversity, controls flooding by minimizing runoff and topsoil loss, provides habitat and nutrition for wildlife, and creates jobs managing tree nurseries, planting and care. “The devastation caused by mass deforestation is one of the most critical environmental problems facing our world and people today,” added Carlson. “We must develop simple and effective ways to reduce deforestation and ultimately turn the tide by reforesting crucial land around the world. Ecosearch.co aims to do just that.” Funds earned from ad revenue support projects like the Haiti Reforestation Initiative, which plants trees throughout Haiti, particularly the municipalities most impacted by the devastating earthquake in 2010. There local organizations work with communities to bring fresh life to the region via trees and jobs.
- U.S. sales of EPEAT-certified desktops, laptops, and displays grew nearly 10 percent in 2009, to a total of 48.5 million units.
- Currently, more than 27,000 consumer electronic product models meet ENERGY STAR specifications set by the EPA and Department of Energy.
- In 2009, CEA estimated that the electronics recycling efforts of manufacturers and retailers in the U.S. diverted more than 200 million pounds of electronics from landfills.
- In 2009, the 10 largest CE companies by global revenue donated $882 million, in both cash and products, to support activities that enhance local environments, social well-being, and/or economic development.
Envirosearch.org Uses Bing Search, Ad Revenue Supports Environmental Projects
Carbonfund.org is proud to announce today's launch of Envirosearch.org, a free online search service that enables anyone to help protect the environment simply through their everyday web searches. Envirosearch.org, which is powered by Bing and generates revenue from Yahoo! ads, supports international conservation projects like reforestation efforts and wildlife preservation. Envirosearch.org is a groundbreaking collaboration of environmental organizations addressing conservation on both a global and local level. Through the combined efforts of Carbonfund.org, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, and Environmental Media Association, the site will support meaningful conservation initiatives. Envirosearch.org will initially support tree-planting programs in Haiti, India and the United States, along with the important programs of its conservation partners. “Envirosearch.org proves once again that protecting our environment and doing the things we enjoy and need to do can go hand in hand,” said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “If there is just one simple thing everyone can do today to help our environment, making the switch to Envirosearch.org is it.” Deforestation is a critical global issue, accounting for about twenty percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally as well as the destruction of habitats, soil erosion, loss of economic opportunities, and degradation of water quality. Envirosearch.org supports global reforestation efforts and will also sponsor clean energy and other important environmental programs. Envirosearch.org is powered by Bing with sponsored ads through Yahoo!, which means it provides the same great results as the Microsoft-based search engine and offers ads relevant to the search. Envirosearch.org is a free service to the user.