Thursday, 06 January 2011 15:30

Fashionable Clothes for Kids with our Planet in Mind

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The husband and wife team of Crab Apple Kids have it right – create a convenient, one-stop online shop for a lovely collection of unique, stylish and high-quality children’s clothing. Their inspiration is simple: they’re the parents of three beautiful children who often serve as models for their online fashions.

Crab Apple Kids features baby, toddler and children’s clothing for every occasion, including special events such as christenings, holidays and new baby gifts.  Their collection of Christening Gowns and dresses is absolutely outstanding.  The line also features matching family collections, perfect for family portraits, special occasions, or  “multiples.” Crab Apple Kids makes an effort to recycle where possible. They recycle and reuse shipping boxes wherever possible, a practice that cuts packaging their products almost in half. “Crab Apple Kids is a children’s store, and we feel anyone purchasing from us has their children’s and grandchildren’s best interest at heart—and so do we.” Their decision to become a Carbonfund.org small business partner, by donating to Carbonfund.org to support renewable energy, reforestation and avoided deforestation, and energy efficiency also reflects their environmentally-minded business sense. The CrabAppleKids.com shopping site gives customers the option to shop by size, brand, category and occasion. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, free shipping for purchases over $50, and hassle-free returns. Check out the trendy and fashionable styles for your children at: www.crabapplekids.com.
Wendy Jessup and Associates, Inc. (WJ&A) is a woman-owned small business that provides preventive conservation, collections management consulting and planning services to museums and other stewards of cultural and historic property. WJ&A projects include developing preventive conservation policies, collections management and environmental improvement programs. As many WJ&A clients are housed in historic structures and have mixed collections, WJ&A works in collaboration with the architectural community to facilitate the preservation of collections in their design of new or renovated museum facilities. Wendy established WJ&A in 1987, following her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Smithsonian Institution. Wendy has over thirty years of experience in the museum field. She understands the value of conservation, both of cultural and historic properties and of our global environment. In order to counter-balance the necessary travel and operations emissions from her conservation business, Wendy has chosen to partner with Carbonfund.org by contributing to our carbon reduction projects. “As a conservator of the world's cultural heritage, I am committed to incorporating sustainability into all aspects of my practice to help preserve our natural world. Since we must travel for our work, offsetting our carbon footprint is an essential component to our sustainability program.” We’re proud to have Wendy Jessup and Associates as a Carbonfund.org partner, and we applaud her for including environmental stewardship in her efforts to preserve the past for the benefit of the future. For more information about Wendy Jessup and Associates, Inc., please visit their website: http://www.collectioncare.com/home.htm
Thursday, 06 January 2011 10:17

A Wine and Cheese Match Made in Sustainability

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When you combine California wine and European cheese you get a match made in heaven - and now - sustainability. In 2010, Benziger Family Wine and Forever Cheese Inc. both committed to reducing their carbon footprint by supporting Carbonfund.org’s innovative carbon reduction projects. After taking aggressive measures to reduce their carbon footprint as much as they could, Benziger came to Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon emissions they were unable to reduce. Their donation supported truck stop electrification, which reduces tailpipe emissions from freight trucks that transport consumer goods all across the country. With this project, drivers can shut off their engines and utilize the advanced truck stop electrification technology for electricity and heat. This project is relevant to their business, to their region and environment. Forever Cheese Inc. has been a Carbonfund.org partner for many years with their generous donations to support renewable energy and reforestation projects. They are committed to doing their part in helping our planet, and their donation is supporting renewable energy projects. Now on to the delicious, fun and fuss-free part. Try Forever Cheese’s Rustico® Black Pepper, semi-soft sheep’s milk cheese from the countryside of Rome, with Benziger’s 2008 Appellation Series Chardonnay with its luxurious, round mouthfeel and creamy texture . If you prefer red, match Forever Cheese’s Mitica® Malvarosa , a buttery sheep’s milk cheese from Valencia, Spain or Romao® Rosemary Cheese from La Mancha with Benziger’s 2006 Stone Farm Cabernet Sauvignon with its flavors of toasted oak, spicy pepper and anise balanced against dark fruit like currant and ripe plum. Check out more brilliant wine and cheese pairing ideas from Forever Cheese's extremely useful wine and cheese pairing guide: http://forevercheese.com/pairing.asp.
It's time to break free from old habits and start the new year fresh. Losing weight and quitting smoking are common new year's resolutions—and also on the list of top 10 most commonly broken resolutions. Try something new this year by making a pact with the planet for a leaner and greener carbon footprint. Here's how: 1. Drive more efficiently or take transit: Depending on the size of your car, you could be reducing a ton or two or more of carbon dioxide a year by combining trips, mapping out your trip and opting for public transit when possible. You can also fit in aerobic exercise and enjoy the fresh air by walking or biking. 2. Ditch your old bulbs: Compact fluorescent light bulbs and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are available for more energy-efficient lighting, which reduces your carbon footprint by using one-third or less of the energy. A single bulb could save you around $40 or more over its lifetime. 3. Stop the junk mail: It's estimated that clearing forests for junk mail produces as much greenhouse gas emissions as 9 million cars. You can dramatically reduce your junk mail through the service of our nonprofit partner 41pounds, which will contact dozens of mailing companies to remove your name from lists, including catalogs you specify. The cost is $41 for you or a household for five years, and 41pounds will donate $15 to Carbonfund.org to support our carbon reduction efforts. Sign up now. 4. Eat fresh: When life gets hectic, it may be easy on you to rely mostly on prepackaged foods for meals, but it can take a toll on the environment. Start the new year with a resolution to plan some meals drawn from locally sourced food. Make this commitment easy by joining a farm co-op or getting local produce from your market. 5. Go carbon neutral: Make reducing your carbon footprint an integral part of your life by committing to reduce what you can and offset what you can't this year to support third-party validated projects that are reducing emissions globally. Check out Carbonfund.org's calculators to reduce your climate impact from your home, travel or business and consider going carbon neutral as a ZeroCarbon™ individual or family in support of our innovative projects. Check out these energy-saving tips for more ways to do your part for our environment in the new year.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations will host The Learning Conference 2011 in Baltimore, MD on June 6 & 7, held in partnership with the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers. The Learning Conference will convene more than 150 leaders in philanthropy to explore ways to improve learning and evaluation so that grantmakers and nonprofits alike have a better understanding of what works.

To reduce the carbon footprint of The Learning Conference 2011, GEO is inviting conference participants to join this initiative by making a donation to offset their carbon footprint from travel to The Learning Conference 2011. Donations support Carbonfund.org's innovative, third-party validated projects that are reducing carbon emissions globally.

Please visit www.geofunders.org for more information and program details.
Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:34

Get a New Year’s Jump with Effective E-Learning

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Need a way to advance employee training in your organization at “the speed of business”? Articulate can help! The innovative New York company offers rapid e-learning software tools and training strategies that empower anyone to create engaging courses, presentations, quizzes and surveys that “make everyone look good” and produce results. Articulate’s end goal is to make each customer an e-learning hero. With its impressive roster of corporate clients – some of the largest and best-regarded companies in their respective industries – Articulate has the proven tools and track record to help any organization with its e-learning and training needs.

And for the sixth consecutive year, Articulate products have been named Best of E-learning in the annual Elearning! Magazine readers’ choice awards. Articulate earned the top spot in five categories in the 2010 survey, the most in a single year and more than any other company.

Articulate also gives back to the community and to the environment. Articulate helps empower e-learning in the developing world by donating $250,000 of its software through LINGOs, a consortium of humanitarian relief and development organizations. This year, Articulate became a carbon-neutral organization by donating to support Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction projects. If your organization needs to hit the ground running in the new year, check out some of Articulate’s award-winning e-learning programs to give your employee training the boost it needs.
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 14:54

A Shade of Green in a Sustainable New Year!

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Greening a business or organization used to be something only a huge Fortune 500 company could afford or a small mom & pop shop was interested in. As environmental impact continues to grow as a priority, Strategic Sustainability Consultants (SSC) recognized the need to deliver sustainability consultation to organizations and businesses of any size, scaling options to meet the needs of smaller organizations. They call this, “Sustainability for every organization.” SSC helps clients calculate their carbon footprint and discover their “current shade of green,” or, if it’s already a sustainable business, help communicate the lovely shade of green they’ve already achieved. SSC guides clients with services including green audits, sustainability reports and green communications audits. Moreover, they believe part of the consultant/client relationship is knowledge transfer, which they bring about through customized workshops, webinars, presentations, and even in-house training sessions. Strategic Sustainability Solutions makes sure to practice what they preach, boasting their own nice shade of green and living by the Carbonfund.org motto to “Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t.” In fact, SSC is one of Carbonfund.org’s newest CarbonFree® partners, having recently offset the emissions that could not be reduced by supporting Carbonfund.org's third-party validated renewable energy projects. Additionally, SSC conducts an annual green audit on themselves and over three years of audits were able to create a 44% reduction in absolute tons of GHG emissions, a 55% reduction in carbon per man-hour, and a 70% reduction in carbon per dollar of revenue. That is something to cheer in a Sustainable New Year!
With Orbitz customer contributions totaling more than $50,000 sent to the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization Carbonfund.org, the online travel company and its customers have offset over 10 million pounds of carbon emissions in 2010. But just what does a donation like this mean in real life terms: •Taking 965 cars off the road for a year •Planting more than 50,000 trees, covering 231 acres of land •Providing solar systems for more than 3,800 homes. That’s something to raise a toast to this holiday season. And as we embark on a new year, Orbitz continues to encourage its customers to live—and travel—by Carbonfund.org’s mantra “Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t™.” Orbitz makes it easy for consumers to offset carbon emissions as part of the booking process for flights to and from destinations around the world. Carbonfund.org then uses these donations to support third-party validated renewable energy, reforestation and energy-efficiency projects focused on turning back the clock on global climate change. As the travel industry becomes more conscious of its impact on the environment, it’s becomingly easier for travelers to find and support companies who are working to reduce their eco footprint. From hybrid car rentals to wind and solar powered hotels, travelers now have more eco-friendly choices than ever before. Check out Eco-tourism at Orbitz for a comprehensive list of eco-friendly travel options, including car rentals, flight carbon offsetting and hotels that have earned the EnergyStar® and achieved LEED® certification. To find out more about our commitment to green travel, see how Orbitz is engaged in making our world a better place. This guest post was written by Orbitz Worldwide senior travel editor Jeanenne Tornatore at Orbitz Blog.