Every business has telecom needs – have you re-evaluated yours or do you plan to do so in the New Year?  Here’s a simple way to investigate telecom solutions while supporting Carbonfund.org and helping to fight the impacts of climate change.

Carbonfund.org business partner Nice Touch Communications (NTC), based in New York City, was an early leader in charitable giving programs with its Telecom for Charity initiative.  NTC is a sales and consulting firm that has been providing voice and data solutions for over 15 years, and they launched Telecom for Charity in 2008.  NTC works with businesses, non-profits, charities and other organizations to provide top tier telecom services while also donating 5% of each customer’s monthly telecom bill to their selected charity through the Telecom for Charity program.  Nice Touch Communications strives to find the best fit - to improve and optimize service, and to save money for its customers - otherwise, it's just not a fit!

Telecom for Charity (T4C) provides its business customers with the opportunity to support Carbonfund.org right from their monthly telecom bill.  As a result, NTC clients and their employees are contributing back to society simply by going about their daily business of making phone calls and using the Internet.  Every time a phone call is made, or a webpage is visited, Telecom for Charity customers are adding to their monthly support donations to Carbonfund.org.  But the donations do not increase monthly costs. The donations come directly from Telecom for Charity and NTC, made on behalf of each business customer. 

To date, Telecom for Charity’s donations have neutralized almost 800,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the carbon emissions created by driving a typical passenger car over 850,000 miles.

"We wholeheartedly believe in what Carbonfund.org is doing; and feel our program can be a great way to generate support with minimal effort for a long time to come," says Jay Frank, Program Director for Telecom for Charity.  

For prospective customers and any Carbonfree® Business Partner interested in telecom services, Telecom for Charity will make a donation to mitigate 2.5 metric tonnes of carbon emissions to Carbonfund.org, supporting carbon reduction and clean air project innovation, with no obligation to the prospective customer, just for talking to T4C about their telecommunications environment and telecom needs. 

Long-term Carbonfree® Business Partner Skyline Eco-Adventures, the original zipline tour company – 1st of its kind in the USA – received the top votes as Hawaii’s #1 land activity/adventure tour company by Hawaii Magazine's “Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards” for the second year in a row.  Skyline Eco-Adventures was founded in 2002 on Maui, Hawaii, by father and son, Buck and Danny Boren. Skyline's first location, the Haleakala Skyline Tour, is located on Historic Haleakala Ranch in beautiful upcountry Maui. 

From the very beginning, it has been Skyline Eco-Adventures' mission to thrill guests with a unique outdoor adventure, while providing significant funds and resources to protect the fragile and irreplaceable natural and cultural environment of Hawaii.  Since 2010, Skyline Eco-Adventures has been a Carbonfree® Business Partner, using our online calculator to compute estimated annual tour operational emissions, then neutralizing those emissions by supporting reforestation and forest conservation projects around the world.  Through 2015, Skyline Eco-Adventures has mitigated the impact of almost 3.7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the impact of planting almost 42,800 tree seedlings and growing the trees for ten years.      

Skyline Eco-Adventures offers four different zipline tours on three of Hawaii’s islands, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.  At each Skyline Eco-Adventures location, guests are treated to great experiences with one of Hawaii's best guide team. Named one of Hawaii's Best Places to Work for five years running, the Skyline's staff help make each experience unforgettable.  

In addition to maintaining carbon neutral tour operations, Skyline Eco-Adventures’ staff involved in a variety of other community and conservation projects, including its Zip 4 the Trees event and 1% For the Planet donation program.  Carbonfund.org is happy to continue to partner with Skyline Eco-Adventures in their tour emissions offset program and congratulates the tour company’s many recognitions for giving back to community and preserving our natural environment.  

New Denver eatery in LoDo “Lower Downtown”, Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery, is doing things right.  Honor Society’s menu offerings reflect a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, providing its customers with dining choices full of nutrients and flavors from fresh, local, and prepared-from-scratch ingredients. 

Honor Society is committed to doing the right thing for customers, employees, communities and our world. As evidence, Honor Society chose to calculate its estimated annual operating emissions then make a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize the impact of those emissions.  Honor Society’s donation is supporting carbon emissions reduction, clean air and forest preservation projects.  In this way, Honor Society acknowledges and addresses the impact that food sourcing has on our planet. 

Honor Society’s restaurant is one of the few restaurants in the world to achieve the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Status from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The restaurant’s interior is designed through a concept they’ve coined “barn meets loft”.   This contemporary combination of natural reclaimed surfaces combined with clean contemporary sight lines hopes to inspire customers with not only the quality of their food, but also the comfort and natural aura of the dining environment. 

At Honor Society, caring for the environment we live in is equally as important as caring about the food that promotes healthy living and the communities that support us.  Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Honor Society in their efforts to offer Denver an environmentally responsible dining experience.   

Dolphin Blue, an online retailer of environmentally sustainable “green” products and a Carbonfree® Business Partner for the past five years, has launched its Green Office Starter Kit bundle, to help make it easy for businesses to try “green” office products. 

Founded in 1994 on the belief that we can all consume responsibly, Dolphin Blue provides high quality non-toxic and post-consumer recycled content products, so that environmentally conscious companies and individuals can purchase products aligning with their values. 

Dolphin Blue’s own commitment to Carbonfree® operations has neutralized almost 718,000 pounds of greenhouse gases over the past five years, equivalent to planting 8350 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for ten years.  

The Green Office Starter Kit bundles include products that Dolphin Blue uses in its own office, so they are well-tested and endorsed.    Dolphin Blue is offering the starter kits to make it easy for someone who is looking to make their workplace environment more sustainable. 

We all can make a difference in our product choices and work environments, and that is what Dolphin Blue is all about - making it easy for each of us to be responsible in what we consume with their assortment of green printing, office, home, children's toys and pet supplies.   Carbonfund.org is honored to partner with Dolphin Blue in their efforts to Make Green Waves at Home and Work

There’s a full year to go before the 2016 US Presidential Election, and things are heating up already.  Irrespective of political views, we all make basic consumer purchasing decisions each day that can impact our environment. 

OneBern is offering Bernie Sanders’ supporters a line of t-shirts made from 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton.  The website provides a “hemp 101” list comparing hemp as a more environmentally safe product material to wood, cotton, plastic and petroleum-based products. 

In addition, OneBern uses only water-based inks for its t-shirts and has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint from shipping products to consumers.  For each t-shirt sold and shipped to its customers, OneBern makes a donation to Carbonfund.org that is used to purchase and retire third-party validated and verified carbon offsets in forestry projects around the world. 

While OneBern is supporting its own political causes and candidate, it’s also offering high quality t-shirts focused on making the world a better, lower carbon and more sustainable place.  

Looking for holiday gifts with a greater impact than merely delighting the recipient? 

Check out new Carbonfree® Business Partner Impact Consumer, which has just launched their online consumer goods site focused on providing products from companies that actively give back for each product purchased. 

Impact Consumer is an E-Commerce marketplace for products with a positive environmental or social impact, seeking to create a meaningful consumer experience.  From futbol/soccer ball and skateboard companies that give one for every one purchased, to a sunglasses company that supports Optometry Giving Sight, a candle company creating jobs for US refugees, and a children’s books publisher that supports clean drinking water initiatives, Impact Consumer’s featured products also focus on sustainable and Fair Trade materials.  

Learn more about Impact Consumer and the products that give back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDi-5tvb63I

Not only do the products they sell help to improve the world through social and environmental initiatives, but Impact Consumer has taken the additional step to balance all of the carbon dioxide generated from shipping the products to purchasers, and 25% of the company’s net profits will go to support their non-profit partners and ImpactConsumer outreach programs. 

Founder and CEO Connor Eberhart says it very clearly:  “As consumers, we directly support the practices of the companies we buy from, so let’s choose to purchase products from companies who are improving our planet.” 

Impact Consumer has chosen to support Carbonfund.org and our carbon emissions reduction and mitigation projects, in order to neutralize its own operating emissions and product-to-consumer shipping emissions, thus lessening its own environmental impact on our world.     

Talk about planes, trains and automobiles! 

When Al Roker, beloved weatherman of the Today Show on NBC, set off last week to deliver the weather forecast from each of the US fifty states in seven days, it was clear that it would take a lot of efficient transportation to get it done and achieve this ambitious goal. 

It also creates a lot of carbon dioxide emissions to do this type of travel in a week, but the Today Show and Rokerthon2 decided to ‘do the right thing’ and neutralize the total estimated travel emissions from those planes, trains and automobiles by making a donation to Carbonfund.org Foundation.  Rokerthon2’s travel emissions offset donation will support third-party validated and verified carbon emissions reduction and offset projects in the US. 

Today, on “MonsterMonday”, Al will travel to and deliver the forecast in thirteen states! 

Until there is a truly zero-emissions way to travel, the only option is to make smart travel decisions and to neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions associated with that travel.  Carbonfund.org is thrilled to help Al and the Today Show weather team achieve Rokerthon2 as a carbon neutral travel event.        

The Band Will Invest This Money In Two REDD+ Projects In South America:

Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru +

Carbonfund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil

Pearl Jam will perform before nearly half-a-million fans on its tour of Latin America, which kicks off on November 4, 2015 in Santiago, Chile and wraps up on November 28 in Mexico City.A complete list of tour dates are listed here: www.pearljam.com/tour 

As they’ve done for over a decade, the band will offset carbon dioxide emissions resulting from their 2015 live performances through strategic investments in carbon mitigation projects. Their two newest investments are both certified REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation ‘plus’) projects in South America: Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru and Carbonfund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil.

 “I think it’s good to acknowledge the negative impacts our business has on the planet, right alongside the positive ones. We tour. Our tours emit carbon dioxide. We are constantly looking at ways to reduce and mitigate that. Our strategy has been to essentially ‘tax’ ourselves for our CO2-equivalent emissions, and invest that money into carbon mitigation projects. Hopefully this will serve as inspiration for other businesses and governments exploring ways to offset their carbon footprints,” says Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard.

Pearl Jam have been tracking their tour-related carbon emissions since 2003, and to-date have made mitigation investments totaling over $500,000 USD. The band’s full carbon mitigation history is here: http://www.pearljam.com/activism/carbon-mitigation 

ASSETs for Life scientist Michael Totten helps the band identify its biggest carbon dioxide culprits on tour. For Pearl Jam, this includes: band and crew air travel, hotels, truck and freight travel, power at venues, and fan transportation to and from the shows. 

The Conservation International and Carbonfund.org Foundation projects that Pearl Jam is investing in this year are certified at the highest levels, and structured to help fight the negative impacts of climate change while providing real benefits to the local communities. 

Carbonfund.org’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil also is a certified REDD+ project and achieved Gold Level Distinction to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) due to the Project’s exceptional community benefits. The Project undertook a forest carbon inventory, modeled regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and is mitigating deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Project’s ecosystem services, along with ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Project. More information on the Project can be found here: http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-valparaiso-project/ 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Pearl Jam in this important environmental initiative to neutralize the impact of the band’s Brazil tour dates this November,” says Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org.  “Their ongoing leadership and commitment to ‘walking the walk’ should inspire their fans and other performers to follow Pearl Jam’s lead.  Our forest preservation and biodiversity conservation projects in Brazil are so critical to protecting the Amazon Rainforest and helping to fight the negative impacts of climate change.”  

 

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