mojave_crows-funeral-coverCarbonfund.org, Planetwize, and Mojave are teaming up to bring you great music that will not only soothe your soul, but will also help out the planet. Planetwize is a music and media company that specializes in combining entertainment, sustainability, and technology. Through their Actiontrax music platform, Planetwize teams up with artists interested in releasing albums that support social or environmental projects. The Canadian band Mojave is releasing their latest album, Crow’s Funeral, through the Actiontrax platform and has chosen to support Carbonfund.org with a portion of the proceeds from the album’s sales.

“We work with bands and nonprofits that strive to have a true, positive impact on the world,” said Dan Porras, Founder and CEO of Planetwize. “We are very pleased to offer Mojave’s awesome new album to our users, and to make it easy for the band to support Carbonfund.org through our platform.” The commitment to the environment runs deep for the band. “I spent months trying to find the most environmentally friendly way to produce the CD,” Mojave’s Paul explained. As a result, Crow’s Funeral is packaged in FSC-certified paper, printed with soy ink, and sealed in biodegradable overwrap.

Carbonfund.org is thrilled to be partnering with both Planetwize and Mojave and are very appreciative of their support of our mission. You can preview tracks from Crow’s Funeral and download the album by clicking here. Starting next month, our friends to the North can catch up with Mojave on their fall tour by checking out their tour dates.

Carbonfund.org is thrilled to once again partner with the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) by offsetting their 2009 National Business Travel Association International Convention and Exposition held this year in San Diego from August 23-26. Carbonfund.org will retire over 100 metric tons of CO2 to offset the electricity usage of the San Diego Convention Center during the course of the four days that the 2009 Convention will be taking place. Convention attendees are also able to offset the emissions relating to their air travel by visiting the Convention’s special partner page on the Carbonfund.org website.

The NBTA’s commitment to greening their signature event goes well beyond offsetting, as they have incorporated several eco-friendly initiatives into this year’s Convention. The commitment to reducing their impact includes creating fewer printed materials and ensuring that these materials, such as the Convention Program & Exposition Guide, are printed on recycled paper using vegetable-based inks by a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified printer.

In selecting The San Diego Convention Center as the host of this year’s event, the NBTA made a very green choice for the Convention. The San Diego Convention Center has installed an energy efficient heating and cooling system, lighting, and kitchen upgrades that have resulted in savings of almost 3 million kWh annually. Recycling at the facility has diverted 24% of the total waste and a new food composting program will divert 260 tons of food annually. Leftover Convention items, such as surplus furniture and computers will be donated to local schools or social services. San Diego is also one of the "10 most walkable U.S. cities," which helps reduce the need for driving while in the area. The San Diego Convention Center is connected to several hotels with easy access to the San Diego Trolley and buses ? making it a great “green” host for the NBTA Convention.

We salute the NBTA for undertaking a comprehensive initiative to green the 2009 Convention. By reducing what they can, and offsetting what they can’t, the NBTA is demonstrating excellent leadership to its members and sponsors. If you are attending the 2009 NBTA Convention, please stop by and say hello to the Carbonfund.org team by visiting us at booth #1346!

Friday, 17 July 2009 20:58

Molecule Eats Carbon Dioxide

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A new and interesting development in the field of potential global warming solutions has arisen: a molecule that eats carbon dioxide has been found. A University of Maryland scientist doing research unrelated to global warming made the discovery as he noted that a newly created bowl-shaped molecule was collecting carbon dioxide that was present in the room. The implications of this discovery are potentially huge. This carbon 'scrubbing' molecule may be used in industrial processes to remove CO2 from smoke stacks, or it could potentially be used to simply remove CO2 from the atmosphere. One interesting implication of this discovery is that it demonstrates the power of science and innovation. A big reason that Carbonfund.org is a big supporter of global warming solutions is because that encourages innovation. Global warming is potentially the greatest crisis that has ever faced mankind, but with great crisis comes great opportunity. Who knows what will happen when we raise fuel standards -- maybe we will accidentally discover a way to make cars go significantly farther on a gallon of gas or discover an algae based biofuel that is cheap and clean. Or maybe there will be a break through in solar technology that enables us to turn every roof into a power generating machine. In short, who knows? If a scientist in Maryland can accidently discover a molecule that eats CO2, anything can happen. Although it's too early to determine the future outcomes of this. Let's continue to provide the motivation and impetus to act and innovate.
Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:46

Lots of Cheese and Even More Offsets!

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forever cheeseCarbonFree® Partner Forever Cheese specializes in providing the best of the Mediterranean, including fine cheeses, honey, olive oil, jam, nuts, and chocolate.  Located in Long Island City, NY, Forever Cheese's founder Michele Buster personally hand selects each artisan product directly from their suppliers in Italy, Spain, & Portugal.  Featuring such famous brands as Drunken Goat®, Naked Goat® and Italfine, Forever Cheese has also launched its own brand to unify its product line called Mitica®. In addition to offering the most unique and high quality specialty products from the Mediterranean area, Forever Cheese offsets its corporate and shipping emissions with Carbonfund.org.  Forever Cheese has gone above and beyond and offset more than its footprint due to their dedication to fighting climate change.  Their support is the equivalent to the CO2 offset from the electricity use of 139 homes for one year, the carbon sequestered by nearly 26,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years, or the CO2 emissions from over 113,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.  The majority of their donation supports domestic wind power, with solar being a close second. To learn more about Forever Cheese and their unique Mediterranean product offerings, please visit their website at Forever Cheese.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 13:45

Language Fusion: Fluent in Sustainability

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Language Fusion is committed to providing outstanding language services in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. They have made a large effort to reduce their footprint by choosing an office space that is centrally located so their employees can get to the office by foot, bike or public transportation. They also recycle and reuse ink and toner, use paperless faxing and scanning, and even have a corporate bike that employees can use to go to lunch and run errands. A CarbonFree® Small Business Partner since 2008, Language Fusion provides rapid, on-demand, quality, affordable translation & interpretation services to corporate, medical, legal, non-profit, NGO and governmental organizations across the United States and Canada and offer services in over 150 different languages including American Sign. Through their partnership with us they are offsetting not only the carbon emissions associated with their business operations but also all of the emissions resulting from hundreds of their interpreters driving many miles a day in service of their clients. For more information, please visit them at www.languagefusion.us.

Global Basecamps, one of our CarbonFree® partners, helps travelers set up trips that both maximize their experience and minimize the environmental impact of their travels. They are also preparing to launch a great new initiative that will help their customers to continue to reduce their carbon footprint through recycling.

Recently, Global Basecamps joined the International Mountain Explorers Connection. IMEC works to ensure equitable treatment for porters and guides on trekking and climbing routes on three continents. Global Basecamps also works closely with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program to help ensure that proper gear, wages and sleeping conditions are met by tour companies working on the mountain. As a part of this program, Global Basecamps will be working with their clients to recycle their used trekking gear with the Porters Alliance. You can read more about Global Basecamp’s involvement with IMEC and the Porter’s Assitance Project by clicking here. We commend Global Basecamps for their commitment to sustainability and to reducing what they can!

usn1US News editor and Alpha Consumer blogger, Kimberly Palmer asked, Are Eco-Resorts Really Green? Initially skeptical, she wades through greenwash and finds real eco-friendly tourist destinations, among them Carbonfund.org partners. She mentions for example EcoTour Adventures in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Craftsman B&B on the pacific coast of Oregon who are committed to sustainability. When evaluating the green claims of any business, you can look for these signs: 1. They express their environmental commitment on their website or materials; 2. They are transparent about what they have done to reduce what they can or offset what they can't; 3. If you need more info, the contact person is familiar with and clear about their business' efforts. Getting green is crucial for the tourism industry. As a reminder, check out this article from the BBC yesterday that reports that the Caribbean region is among the regions said by scientists to be most at risk from the effects of global warming. Coral reefs face collapse from global warming and dealing with extreme weather is expected to cost $5 billion. Add that to the expected loss of $4 billion in travel revenue, the vacation in the Carribean in many people's dreams might, if the world doesn't take action pass into legend. We all have a carbon footprint. Take responsibility for yours now. Learn more about how you can reduce and offset your footprint on our website.
Friday, 10 July 2009 10:01

One Stop Shopping for a HealthyHome

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healthy homeFrom paint to bedding, I am always looking for greener products to use in my home. Sometimes, however, the search for environmentally friendly household product can be overwhelming. That’s why I was thrilled to find HealthyHome’s website. Founded in 1993, HealthyHome is one of the oldest providers of green products in the country and one of the first to offer them online. They are a privately held company dedicated to sustainability, energy efficiency, and lower environmental impacts from the products they sell. They offer green paints, stains and coatings, flooring, lighting, beds and bedding, cleaning supplies, garden and outdoor products, air and water filtration systems and many other products. Each product they sell meets their high standards for sustainability, safety, efficiency, low carbon footprint, and economy. They are continually searching for new products that help their customers live, build and renovate greener. HealthyHome is partnering with us to offset their own carbon footprint as well as all customer shipping by supporting a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. To learn more (or go shopping) please visit: www.healthyhome.com