Today’s blog highlights our CarbonFree Products winner, Motorola Mobility. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions. In 2009 Motorola was the first company in the world to introduce a CarbonFree mobile phone. In 2010 Motorola continued to innovate by introducing the worlds first carbonFree smartphone and mobile device accessories.
With certified CarbonFree® mobile device accessories, Motorola is a supporter in offering consumers an option that delivers the quality you expect from Motorola products while empowering you to reduce your carbon footprint. Motorola offsets the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate a variety of products through investments in third-party validated renewable energy and reforestation projects. Since 2009, Motorola has offered eco-conscious consumers carbon neutral product options. The success of Motorola’s CarbonFree® products program is due to the hard work of the Office of Sustainability and Stewardship, and in particular, Bill Olson and Emily Barton.
“Motorola Mobility is pleased to have partnered with CarbonFund.org to bring CarbonFree mobile phone and accessory products to market and provide people with great products built with the planet in mind.” Bill Olson, Director of the Office Sustainability and Stewardship, Motorola Mobility.
Today’s blog highlights our Education Category winner, Mac-Gray Campus Solutions. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions.
Celebrating 60 years in service, Mac-Gray Campus Solutions is the premier laundry service provider to over 600 college and university campuses. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load™ initiative in 2008 with Carbonfund.org, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon. Through their Lighten the Load™ initiative they reduce their carbon footprint one school at a time while educating students on the benefits of being sustainable in the laundry room. Managing their impact on the environment is a corporate priority for Mac-Gray, achieved through a various guidelines beyond the carbon offset program. They encourage customers to reduce the environmental impact of their properties and facilities, offering them environmentally responsible solutions to accomplish this objective. They communicate with employees, customers, and suppliers about environmental issues and activities to encourage responsible behavior. They invest in the development of technology that will help reduce the impact our business activities on the environment. They conserve natural resources through the reuse and recycling of materials and by purchasing recycled materials whenever possible. And they encourage suppliers to provide products that are environmentally responsible, including the purchase of recycled materials.
“We are honored to receive the For People and Planet award from our partner, Carbonfund.org,” said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray’s chief executive officer. “This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load™ initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being ‘green’ in the laundry room. As the nation’s leading provider of laundry facilities management for the college market, we look forward to partnering with more academic institutions on this important initiative.”
Today’s blog highlights our Retail Category winner, Overstock.com. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions
In 2011 Overstock.com, now known as O.co, initiated a CarbonFree® shipping program on all of their Worldstock items. This program, free to customers, illustrates wonderfully how companies can be good to both people and planet. Overstock.com gives all net profits from the Worldstock Fair Trade department to fund philanthropic projects in several countries. Worldstock funds have helped in the construction of an earth bag house, rain water harvesting tanks (to provide clean water to the orphans), composting toilet and shower units, just to name a few. Worldstock Fair Trade returns 60 to 70 percent of the sales dollars to the artisans that make the items for sale on Overstock.com’s site, which allows them to improve their economy, educational systems and communities. Now, by shipping carbon neutral, Worldstock items have the least impact on the Earth they seek to protect. This successful, socially responsible department would not be possible without the leadership of President, Jonathan E. Johnson.
Overstock.com is a technology-based retail company offering customers a wide variety of high-quality products, at great value, with superior customer service. The company provides its customers with the opportunity to shop for bargains by offering suppliers an alternative inventory distribution channel. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Overstock.com is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market System and can be found online at http://www.overstock.com and http://www.o.co.
Today’s blog highlights our For Planet and People Media Category award winner, National Geographic Society. Carbonfund.org congratulates and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions.
The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888, including areas of geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. National Geographic has paid special attention to the impact of their own activities on the Earth and has truly lived up to Carbonfund.org’s motto to Reduce what you can, Offset what you can’t™. National Geographic recently worked with WWF to reduce CO2 emissions from operations by 80 percent by the end of 2010 and to reduce CO2 emissions from its magazine paper and printing materials supply chain by 10 percent by 2015. In 2007, they achieved LEED-EB Gold, and the NGS Headquarters also has placed these buildings in the top 25% of the most energy-efficient buildings in the USA. National Geographic keeps more than 60 percent of all its waste out of landfills, their employees are able to compost their lunch leftovers as well as the cafeteria's special compostable takeaway containers, cups, and straws. And this is in addition to a robust HQ recycling program including electronics, ink toners, metals, plant materials, and most building and office supplies. What they have been unable to reduce on their premises, they have offset with Carbonfund.org for -four years. This work would not be possible without the employee-driven efforts of their GoGreen Committee, and specifically Hans Wegner.
Did you know that American meat consumption has doubled since 1960? Or that the water needs of livestock are huge, far above those of vegetables or grains? An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide, far more than transportation. Annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow, but cutting down on meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
Eating less meat can also deliver a wealth of health benefits such as reducing your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. Not to mention the financial benefits considering meat often costs more than grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is no need to give up meat altogether, simply reduce your consumption. On the days that you do eat meat, look for locally raised options to further lower your carbon footprint and help the local economy.
You can save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel by forgoing meat one day a week. Meatless Monday has a nice ring to it. Read more and get meat-free recipes at http://www.meatlessmonday.com/.
Today we would like to highlight our Lifetime Achievement award winner, Dell, Inc. in our For Planet and People Blog Series.
Dell has been a long-term partner with Carbonfund.org and Conservation Fund to run their Plant-a-Tree for Me program. The program allows Dell customers to offset the carbon dioxide emissions related to the use of their Dell products by helping to regrow and protect forests. One hundred percent of all customer donations directly support Dell's nonprofit partners - The Conservation Fund and Carbonfund.org - in their quest to plant millions of trees that will help trap carbon dioxide as they grow and protect the precious resources of our planet. Dell has been consistently commended for their attention toward climate issues in the IT industry, in part due to the leadership of Michael Dell and the commitment of Dell's Sustainability team. Carbonfund.org is pleased to present Michael Dell and the Dell Sustainability team with our annual Lifetime Appreciation award for their partnership now and into the sustainable future.
"We are delighted and humbled to receive this award, made possible in large part by the generosity of our customers whose donations fuel Dell's Plant-a-Tree program,” said Bruno Sarda, Director of Sustainability Operations.
The Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to announce its first For Planet and People annual awards, adding to Carbonfund.org's long history of facilitating our partners' goals to mitigate their carbon footprint.
Since 2003, Carbonfund.org has worked with over 2,000 businesses and 750,000 individuals on climate solutions. Partners support renewable energy, energy efficiency or forestry projects to mitigate their climate impact. our partners support renewable energy projects that push a clean energy market transformation, help our global economy through job creation, and support the agricultural industry in innovative and meaningful ways. Other partners support forest projects that protect biodiversity, conserve important land for recreation, and ensure both clean air and clean water for local communities. And partners support energy efficiency projects that replace outdated technology, reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly, and help us learn to do more with less energy. The support our partners give these projects comprises a critical environmental solution that benefits both planet and people. For the year 2011, the Board of Directors and staff of the Carbonfund.org Foundation have formally recognized a few of our partners, to thank them for taking a leadership role in combating climate change.
"Carbonfund.org is thrilled to honor our partners for their leadership helping to solve climate change by developing innovative programs that are having real and positive effects for our planet," said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. "Our new For Planet and People Awards highlight the extraordinary efforts of our partners, their employees, customers and stakeholders to be part of the solution to climate change."
Each of our award recipients has embraced a different element of carbon reductions in their operations and sustainability goals. Here are the Carbonfund.org's For Planet and People award winners and categories:
Dell, Inc. - Lifetime Achievement
Motorola Mobility - CarbonFree® Products
JetBlue Airways - Travel
Overstock.com - Retail
National Geographic Society – Media
The Unitarian Universalists, Office of the General Assembly - Religious Organization
Mac-Gray Campus Solutions - Education
Ernst & Young, LLP - Events
Carbonfund.org congratulates all of the awardees and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions that are a critical part of our climate change solutions.
Please see press release here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/carbonfundorg-foundation-debuts-for-planet-and-people-awards-138774219.html
- Electing to use recycled paper for necessary printed materials
- Choosing FSC and Rainforest Alliance Certified papers for product catalogs
- Creating digital and e-learning solutions to reduce waste
- Replacing direct mail with email and web promotions
- Removing petroleum-based materials from product materials
- Swapping inefficient lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs