Did you know that the Combined Federal Campaign is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign? CFC has more than 200 campaigns around the country and internationally to help raise millions of dollars each year for charity. Federal employees can support Carbonfund.org's efforts to fight climate change by donating to CFC#62681. You'll be supporting Carbonfund.org's innovative projects that are reducing carbon emissions in the U.S. and around the world. The projects are third-party validated, and Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 2010 marks the second year that we have been a part of this important campaign. If you care about climate and our environment but aren't a federal employee, you can make a tax-deductible donation anytime directly at our website: www.carbonfund.org. Please share this blog post with others you know! Thank you for your support.
Trade shows continue to thrive for their ability to bring people together and make valuable connections.  Long a primary driver of business travel, some shows in the world can account for a sizable amount of carbon emissions.  So when a company steps up to reduce their trade show participation's environmental footprint, it’s a big deal.  And Kimberly-Clark has just raised the bar in their industry. As part of its Reduce Today, Respect Tomorrow global sustainability program, Kimberly-Clark has taken a holistic approach to improving its trade show performance.  Working with Expotechnik, a leading global exhibit house, they improved their exhibit’s performance in its use, packaging, weight, transportation, life cycle, recyclability and the incorporation of A/V technology that reduces costly graphic production and printed materials. On top of that, Kimberly-Clark has calculated and offset its carbon footprint for attending the upcoming Greenbuild and ISSA trade shows.  Further, visitors to Kimberly-Clark’s booth will be given the opportunity to offset their emissions from attending the show as well in support of Carbonfund.org's third-party validated carbon reduction projects.
Starting today the Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Certified Motorola CITRUS™ smartphone is available in stores and online. Priced at $49.99 (after $100 mail-in rebate) Motorola CITRUS is an affordable, entry-level smartphone with a compact design that is also good to the earth. CarbonFree® Certified means that Motorola has offset the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone during its lifetime through investments in third-party validated renewable energy sources and reforestation. Also, the CITRUS phone housing is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, the packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink. Verizon Wireless customers who purchase Motorola CITRUS will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Users can subscribe to a Verizon Wireless nationwide plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a data package (beginning at $15 monthly access for 150 MB). Customers can track their data usage by downloading the My Verizon app available in Android Market or by logging on to their My Verizon account online at www.verizonwireless.com/myverizon. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
Thursday, 11 November 2010 14:04

Green Contractors Stand Out in Industry

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Construction was one of the hardest hit industries during the economic recession the last few years, but the pinch was significantly less for green contractors. In fact, four out of the five top-ranked green contractors actually saw an 11.3% increase in business. Between 2008 and 2009, Engineering News-Record's Top 400 Contractors saw revenue drop by 14.1% and the Top 100 Green Contractors, firms that bring in the largest revenues from LEED and other certified projects, fared about the same. But looking at the top 10 of those green contractors, their business only saw a dip of 2.8%. These numbers seem to indicate that when money is tight, consumers feel it makes more sense to stretch your dollar with a top firm that specializes in LEED certified projects, which saves money on a continuous basis in the future via energy savings and water efficiency. LEED certified buildings also stand out for their CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resource and sensitivity to their impacts. Learn more about ways to save money while reducing your environmental impact at Carbonfund.org's Save Energy, Reduce Carbon Emissions page.
If your home improvement goals include a new roof, more efficient heating system or better insulation, you have until December 31st to make use of Uncle Sam's help. The federal energy-efficiency tax credits for these types of projects could run out at the end of the year. It might be a squeeze to get it done but with upwards of $1,500 available, it's worth a try.
Tax Credit: 30% of cost up to $1,500
  • Biomass stoves
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Roofs
  • Water heaters
  • Windows and doors
For more extensive projects that involve reworking the way your home consumes energy, tax credits are available until the end of 2016. If you're looking to get off the grid by implementing renewable energy systems like solar, Uncle Sam can rebate up to 30 percent of the total cost. Tax Credit: 30% of cost with no upper limit
  • Geothermal heat pump
  • Small wind turbine
  • Solar energy systems
The best part about this deal is that energy-efficient projects continue to save you money long after the tax rebate comes in. The average U.S. household spends $1,400 each year on their energy bills, according to ENERGY STAR.  By choosing energy-efficient products, each household could cut this by 30 percent, saving more than $400 each year.
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:14

Oil Prices Expected to Nearly Double in 25 Years

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Oil prices are expected to nearly double in 25 years, coinciding with growth in the economies of India and China and world energy demand. The World Energy Outlook forecast by the International Energy Agency expects energy demand to rise by over a third by 2035. It is already assumed that the main sources of energy to meet this demand will be from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. However it will become more difficult for producers of oil to increase supply as crude oil becomes more difficult to explore and extract. And as the law of supply and demand dictates, the price of oil is expected to nearly double in the next 25 years from $60 a barrel to over $113. Fossil fuels are as we know non-renewable resources. However we it have in our power to begin making the switch to clean power. Wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and biomass can help establish a sustainable and viable economy for the 21st century. There have been some big strides made in reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that coincide with energy production. More needs to be done. That is why Carbonfund.org is directing efforts to validated projects that help mitigate the impact of global warming. Here at Carbonfund.org we encourage people to reduce what carbon emissions they can and offset what they can’t. You can also check out solar energy for your home by partners such as Astrum Solar.
Add one more to the list of Carbonfund.org partners who have won awards and recognition for their sustainability efforts. Kiwano Marketing, based out of Vancouver, Canada, won the Better Business Bureau’s Green Award in part for their outstanding fundraising campaign for the Stanley Park Ecology Society. In supporting one of the world’s best urban parks, Kiwano won accolades for making events greener—encouraging public transit, sourcing locally produced food and wine, cutting paper usage, and offsetting event carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org in support of third-party validated projects. They were rewarded for their holistic approach to sustainability and raised the bar for sustainability for companies in British Columbia. Kiwano Marketing provides sustainable marketing services to small and medium sized businesses. By providing a high return on investment, Kiwano makes it easy and profitable for a company to improve business practices. Kiwano joins Dell, Staples, Samsung, Motorola, JetBlue, Virgin America and many other Carbonfund.org partners who have been recognized for their carbon offset and sustainability programs. Over 1,800 companies have joined our movement to fight climate change now and transition to a clean energy future.
Thursday, 04 November 2010 11:41

Win a Clean Air Lawn Care Franchise

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Second chances are rare. Opportunities for redemption in the business world are especially scarce in our current economy. That's why successful business and Carbonfund.org partner Clean Air Lawn Care pledged to share the wealth by giving away a franchise and an opportunity for a fresh financial start in the new year. Opportunity 2011 is the second annual contest that searches for someone who has the skills, passion and determination to do something positive for themselves and their environment, but who doesn't have the means. Clean Air Lawn Care is the nation's leading full-service sustainable lawn care company, which stands out in the industry with its use of solar-powered lawn mowers, organic fertilizers and quiet electric equipment. The winning candidate will be provided a Clean Air Lawn Care franchise and start-up package worth more than $35K, including training and equipment. Apply by November 5th to win a chance to start the new year fresh with your own environmentally conscious business. Check out the video entry from last year's winner, James Turner of Wilmington, NC.