U.S. Green Building Council and Lucid's Campus Conservation Nationals 2012 inspires college students across the country to compete to reduce their electricity and water consumption
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), through its USGBC Students Program and in partnership with Lucid, Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation, is pleased to announce the results of the 2012 Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) competition. This year, nearly a quarter-million students at 100 colleges and universities across the U.S. collectively saved 1,739,046 kilowatt-hours of energy, equivalent to 2.6 million lbs of CO2 emissions and $157,925 in savings — effectively removing 151 U.S. homes off the grid for a year. This year's results surpassed the original competition savings goal of one gigawatt-hour of electricity. Students also saved 1,554,814 gallons of water, equivalent to 10,300 shower hours.
"When you see a mobilization this large to actively reduce energy consumption and promote sustainability, it's clear that students are tired of waiting around for decision makers to address the issues at hand," said Pat Lane, USGBC Students program lead at the Center for Green Schools. "The individuals we work with through USGBC Students are eager to put in the hard work it takes to see real change set in. The 1.74 gigawatts saved is just the beginning, as our students work to leave lasting sustainable legacies on their campuses and take those experiences into the job market."
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Carbonfund.org Foundation was honored to serve as one of the "teammates" to the 2012 Campus Conservation Nationals and provided a commemorative e-certificate to each participating school recognizing their campus' contribution to averting a cumulative 2.6 million pounds of CO2 emissions during the competition.
You did it! More than half a million trees planted in the course of five years.
On Arbor Day (April 27), Dell, Carbonfund.org Foundation and The Conservation Fund are pleased to share the success of our Plant-a-Tree Program. Since 2007, thousands of customers have donated more than $2.3 million to plant native trees and restore deforested areas. Trees provide many environmental benefits: they help trap CO2 from the atmosphere, filter water, prevent soil erosion, slow flooding and create habitat for animals. Thanks to your donations to Plant-a-Tree, we’ve helped plant more than 528,000 seedlings, which will trap more than 400,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent in their lifetime — the equivalent to annual greenhouse gas emissions from 80,228 passenger vehicles*. (*Source: Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html#resul)
“While every individual donation to Plant-a-Tree is relatively modest (it’s only $2 to offset the CO2 emissions of your notebook, for example), we know that even ‘small change’ can change the world,” said Jena Meredith with The Conservation Fund. “With each gift, we can clean the air we breathe and filter the water we drink – and that’s no small feat. It’s something that each of Dell’s customers can be proud of.”
Together with Dell and its customers, The Conservation Fund and Carbondfund.org have used Plant-a-Tree donations to restore 1,629 acres — almost twice the size of New York’s Central Park.
“Each Plant-a-Tree location has tremendous need,” said Meredith. “These lands used to be fertile forests, and they can be again – with your help. Together we can bring these lands, and the wildlife that depends on them, back to life, one donation at a time.”
On behalf of our customers, Dell was pleased to accept an award from Carbonfund.org, in the Lifetime Achievement category of the 2011 For Planet and People Awards. "Carbonfund.org is thrilled to honor Dell for their leadership helping to solve climate change by developing an innovative program that is having real and positive effects for our planet," said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. "The ‘For Planet and People Award’ highlights the extraordinary efforts of Dell, their employees, customers and stakeholders to be part of the solution to climate change."
Go to Dell Plant-a-Tree to participate, and share your experience with people so you can help us regrow forests again. Plant-a-Tree is about more than planting trees; it is the connection between people and their environment to create a better world for the present and future generations.
PLANT-A-TREE ROOT REPORT
Small change – big results
Donations: $2.3 million
Tons of CO2*: 409,000
Parks and wildlife locations: 11
*Estimated over 100 years
123RF.com is one of the world's largest players in the royalty-free microstock photography industry. Since its debut in June 2005, 123RF.com hosts over 13 million stock photographs, vector illustrations and stock footage to date, with over 100,000 contributing photographers, illustrators and videographers. The website enable artists to showcase their talent, promote and sell their images to a worldwide audience through a sales profit sharing model between 123RF and each contributor.
With images going for less than $1, 123RF.com is committed to make high quality stock photographs, illustrations and video footage affordable for everyone. 123RF.com also offer its clients the flexibility of acquiring images via subscription plans or credit packages, whichever suits their budget requirements.
Providing the best stock images across various categories that includes wildlife and nature is what 123RF.com is passionate about. Helping to protect and conserve the environment is a daily goal that 123RF.com has set to accomplish in its operations. To make this goal a reality, 123RF.com enrolled in the CarbonFree® Small Business Program in an effort to reduce and offset the amount of carbon that is being released into the atmosphere.
Additionally, the staff at 123RF.com uses recyclable and biodegradable printing papers and has reduced the use of laminated plastics when printing and designing marketing materials. The staff at 123RF.com are also committed to help save the earth by making changes in their working and personal life to reduce energy consumption and waste by re-using what they can and recycling what they can’t. 123RF.com feels that this is just one of the numerous ways of moving towards a greener environment.
"Eager to make a positive change in the world today, 123RF.com is very keen to create a partnership with Carbonfund.org. With Carbonfund.org's main motto being 'Reduce what you can, offset what you can't.', 123RF.com will step up and take the responsibility by repairing the damage caused by our own carbon footprints produced at the office and the daily lifestyle of each staff member. Saving the earth is not an easy task but with the help of Carbonfund.org and other similar organizations that are committed towards environmental conservation, all 123RF.com staff will each do their part, no matter how small – every little helps!" - Stephanie Sitt, CEO
REpower Solutions helps business owners and homeowners in Northeast Ohio who want to better understand and implement sensible energy solutions to their energy usage challenges. REpower Solutions designs and installs solar electric and wind energy systems, and plans and implements lighting upgrades and electric car charging stations, for residential and commercial customers, and for government and institutional facilities.
REpower got its start when the owner, Erika Weliczko, was investigating renewable energy options as a homeowner in Cleveland. Finding limited options inspired Erika to establish REpower Solutions to deliver realistic renewable energy and efficiency options to Northeast Ohio. REpower currently works throughout the state of Ohio and in the adjoining states as a contractor and consultant.
REpower Solutions is proud to offset the impact of shipping materials and driving to job sites through investing in energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate improvement projects funded by Carbonfund.org. REpower also recycles the waste generated by the construction process from cardboard and wood to metals and Styrofoam, with a goal of minimal waste, and they support their customers' efforts to do the same.
Carbonfund.org thanks REpower Solutions for renewing their CarbonFree® Business Partnership for the third consecutive year.
Want to know what route your orange juice or laptop took from creation to the final product in your hand? Or what's the carbon footprint of your favorite brand of shoes? Check out http://sourcemap.com/. Sourcemap is the crowdsourced directory of product supply chains and carbon footprints.
In 2007, Leonardo Bonanni was looking for a tool that his product design students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could use to measure carbon footprints. The most widely accepted method, Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), is costly and uses complicated software. So Leonardo and his colleagues built a simple carbon footprint calculator that measures every phase of a product’s life: raw material extraction, manufacturing, shipping, use and end-of-life. They referred to publicly available information on the impact of industrial processes and the sources of commodity materials. Students could visualize the life-cycle on a map – a sourcemap – showing where each part comes from and the carbon footprint of shipping it around the world. Another benefit is that if designers have real-time feedback on the impact of their design choices, then they can make more sustainable products available to the rest of us.
The "wisdom of crowds" is a popular Web 2.0 buzzword, popularized by James Surowiecki's book of the same name. Crowdsourcing is an application of the “wisdom of crowds” concept, where the knowledge and talents of a group of people are leveraged to create content and solve problems.
So put your wisdom to use; go take a look at http://sourcemap.com/ and register to contribute or stay informed about Sourcemap’s work.
Jetson E-Bike, the first affordable, eco-friendly, super stylish electric bike is celebrating Earth Day 2012 with a special free shipping discount on all bikes purchased between April 22- 30.
Jetson will also donate $50 per bike to Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leader in the fight against global warming by creating easy and affordable ways to reduce carbon footprints.
Jetson meets a growing consumer desire to find safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation alternatives. A trend that has steadily increased for both city and non-city residents, with the rapid rise of gasoline prices, continually clogged roadways, expensive taxi fares, and consistently crowded and expensive public transportation.
The electric bike requires no license or registration to drive and runs on highest-grade quality rechargeable lithium battery on the market, which allows 40mph on each full charge for 1,000 lifetime charges. The Jetson bike offers both the classic bike and pedal experience with the option of simply “going electric” when and where you want and need it to power up.
With speed up to 20 mph, a forty-mile range per charge and a 500w motor, LCD digital screen and heavy-duty disc brake system, Jetson is safe and legal for urban and non-urban biking.
To activate the free shipping and donation to Carbonfund.org, purchases must be made via http://www.jetsonbike.com or by calling (888) 976-9904, using promotional code “EARTH.”
About Jetson: Two friends from New York founded Jetson with a vision to start an environmentally and socially conscious company that would add value to people and their communities. Coming from a background in big business, they decided to leave the rat race and follow their passions. The result is the launch of Jetson, the first eco-friendly electric bike for people of all ages. For more information go to www.jetsonbike.com
As part of our Earth Day celebration, we are featuring some of our business partners who are "walking the walk" this weekend, making a difference in their communities and pitching in on various Earth Day projects.
Marstel-Day, LLC, is an idea-driven, value-based environmental company offering green consulting to the public and private sectors. Since its inception in 2002, Marstel-Day has been committed to executing projects that enhance the environment and permanently conserve natural resources and wildlife habitat.
Marstel-Day's Fredericksburg and Alexandria, Virginia offices will once again team up with Tree Fredericksburg to plant trees in downtown Fredericksburg. Tree Fredericksburg is a non-profit group whose mission is to restore and maintain a vibrant urban forest in the City of Fredericksburg. They'll also be sprucing up our native plant garden located at our main office in the George Washington Executive Center on Princess Anne Street.
Marstel-Day’s Oakland Office will be participating in an earth day volunteer event with a group called Urban Biofilter, helping in the construction of mobile greenbelts, large mobile planters that provide air filtration, greenhouse gas absorption and wastewater reuse. The mobile greenbelt planters are used in areas where subsurface ground penetration would be inappropriate due to high water table conditions such as the former wetland areas in West Oakland. Marstel-Day volunteers will plant up to six 275-gallon mobile containers in West Oakland, a disadvantaged community area.
Marstel-Day’s on-site employees located in Twenty-Nine Palms, California will be working with NREA to build a flower bed near the Curation Center on May 1. The flower bed will be planted with native plants that will be used to feed Thelma and Louise, the Combat Center's captive desert tortoise. The Oceanside, CA office will be participating in the Earth Day fair at Camp Pendleton, and the rest of their remote employees will be participating in various local events.
Additionally, Marstel-Day will be holding a ‘swap shop’ at the Frederickburg officeand inviting Marstel-Day staff to take advantage of the Reuse concept of the ‘Reduce Reuse, Recycle’ paradigm.
We applaud the Earth Day efforts of Marstel-Day, as well as their ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, and we thank them for their partnership with Carbonfund.org in monitoring and offsetting their annual facilities energy usage and staff travel.
JetBlue is Going Out On a Limb: Pledges to Plant More Than 80,000 Trees, One to Honor Each Customer Flying This Earth DayWritten by Alterra
This is a reposting of the April 19th press release from JetBlue Airways.
- The environmentally-conscious airline will plant an estimated 83,000 trees throughout municipalities in North and Northwest Haiti -
- Hundreds of volunteers will also plant nearly 100 trees on Saturday, April 21 in Long Island City, Queens as part of the airline's 5th Annual One Thing That's Green program -
NEW YORK, April 19, 2012 -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) is teaming up with long-time partner Carbonfund.org Foundation to plant one tree for every customer travelling on the airline on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012. More than 83,000 customers are expected to take to the skies across JetBlue's 70 city-network on Sunday, and the new trees will be planted in locations in North and Northwest Haiti through August 2012. The trees will help to rebuild areas impacted by the devastating 2010 earthquake including the municipalities of Arcahaie, Cabaret, and Montrouis.
Additionally, as part of the airline's fifth annual environmentally-conscious One Thing That's Green campaign, hundreds of volunteers alongside JetBlue crewmembers will celebrate Earth Day weekend and "Color NYC Green" by planting nearly 100 trees in JetBlue's new roots in Long Island City, including Queensbridge Park. New Yorkers interested in planting trees on April 21 are asked to register in advance at www.jetblue.com/trees. The day-long festivities, in partnership with the New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC, will take place rain or shine.
"As the airline with a true interest and investment in the communities that we serve, we thought planting one tree for every customer flying with us on Sunday best demonstrates our commitment," said Icema Gibbs, director corporate social responsibility, JetBlue Airways. "One tree per customer and our call to action for people to do One Thing That's Green reinforces our belief that we can work together to make the world a better place, one company, one person, and one act at a time."
In New York alone, the airline's tree-planting efforts over the past four years have included more than 1,900 volunteers with more than 1,200 trees planted. Created by JetBlue to promote environmental awareness, the One Thing That's Green program represents the airline's commitment to green education and volunteerism.
Those unable to participate on-site in Queens can join the more than 125,000 people who have already committed to maintaining a greener lifestyle by making a pledge at http://www.jetblue.com/pledge. Now through April 30, 2012 participants pledging will also have a chance to win great prizes, including two roundtrip tickets and a $500 Getaways gift certificate every month for an entire year, eco-vacations, and eco-friendly appliances(a).
JetBlue believes in its social responsibility to reduce its impact, volunteer its services, and educate itself and others about how to create a cleaner, greener planet. The airline's partnership with Carbonfund.org Foundation allows customers to offset carbon dioxide emissions generated by individual air travel through the purchase of carbon offsets; to learn more visit carbonfund.org/jetblue. To set an example, JetBlue has purchased carbon offsets for all company business travel since 2008.
JetBlue brings environmental awareness to many areas of the airline's operation, including:
- Saving paper onboard by not offering an in-flight magazine and eliminating waste by encouraging customers to use their own headsets to enjoy the free in-flight entertainment
- Cleaning aircraft engines with an eco-wash process that saves up to one million gallons of fuel annually and eliminates carbon dioxide emissions by 21.9 pounds for every gallon of fuel saved
- Overwhelmingly using one engine to taxi to and from runways
- Connecting aircraft to ground power at the gate rather than using the engines to power air conditioning
- Lighter and fewer A320 seats that trim 930 pounds off each aircraft delivery since 2008
- Recently selecting the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines to power its A320neo fleet, which will produce up to 15% in fuel savings per flight
JetBlue took an environmentally-friendly approach during the construction of its new roots at its corporate support center in Long Island City, adding to the Brewster Building's recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as having achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) Silver certification, which designates operation of high performance buildings that are environmentally responsible.