The decision to buy a home or property is typically one that involves great deliberation. Prospective buyers consider the home’s exterior features, interior amenities, neighborhood, surrounding schools, etc. But green features are important to homebuyers too. According to the Certified Staging Professionals (CSP) International Business Training Academy, 92% of people surveyed said “green” features are important when buying a property. Staging is essentially increasing the appeal of a home to secure the highest value. CSP Int'l Business Training Academy is reducing and offsetting its carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Participants in the CSP Certified Eco-Professional Program learn about building certification programs such as LEED and best practices in green building. As an example of "green" features, we recently covered green roofs and white roofs in the Carbonfund.org myClimateMinute newsletter. You can read the article here.
Monday, 02 August 2010 11:03 Written by Greg Taylor
In early 2009, the Maldivian government proclaimed that their country would be the first in the world to become carbon neutral. The website Roadha.com is helping to realize that goal by becoming the first Maldivian CarbonFree® Partner. After calculating their footprint from energy usage, business travel and commuting, Roadha.com is offsetting its carbon footprint in support of Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated reforestation projects. The Maldives are poised to take serious action on its carbon footprint. Standing about 7 feet above sea level, the country is dangerously exposed to rising sea levels, with experts predicting the country could be underwater by the end of the century. The BBC reports that the Maldives will build wind and solar renewable energy facilities to power the country’s electricity grid, investing $110 million a year to make the transition. They will also use sugarcane ethanol to meet their motor fuel needs and significantly cut down their carbon footprint.
Derived from plant material or animal waste, i.e. biomass, biofuels are a form of renewable energy. Biodiesel is one type of biofuel that is made from vegetable oils, animal fats, and recycled grease and can be used as fuel for vehicles or as an additive to reduce the levels of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons from diesel-powered vehicles. You can read about other advantages of biodiesel in this article at Care2, "Butter Could Run Cars." Carbonfund.org partner CIMA Energy Group is helping lead the way towards the development, promotion, and servicing of the alternative and renewable energy market. Working with its parent company, Caravan Trading, LLC, CIMA Energy Group specializes in alternative energy technology such as biofuel feedstock. As part of its commitment to a greener future, CIMA has also partnered with local state and federal agencies to support green-collar job development. You too can support third-party validated renewable energy projects, including biomass projects that convert methane from manure to energy, by offsetting your carbon footprint or making a donation. Learn more here.
Friday, 30 July 2010 12:07 Written by Ivan Chan
We can all fight climate change, and as the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization, we have updated our website with new features & resources to help. Individuals and businesses can reduce what they can, offset what they can't easily and stay connected on climate change news and developments. Get information and tips on reducing your climate impact. View our blog and twitter feeds to learn what we, our supporters and partners are doing about global warming—and how you can help. Visit our site, which also sports a new look. From easy steps to reduce your carbon footprint at home, to offsetting your commute or vacation in support of innovative carbon reduction projects around the world, you can find it on our website. Also, learn about CarbonFree® products and why they matter. Test your "Climate IQ," and view our featured video on reducing your climate impact while on-the-go. Check out our site and leave a comment on this posting to let us know what you think. Thanks!
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 19:59 Written by Ivan Chan
The government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today released its State of the Climate in 2009, saying a detailed review of 10 climate indicators points out that "global warming is undeniable." The indicators, from surface and sea-surface temperatures to measurements of heat content in the oceans and sea levels, have all trended higher. Moreover, in the past 30 years, each decade has gotten warmer with the 2000's being the warmest on record. "The NOAA Report, in confirming the certainty and severity of climate change, is a call to action for policymakers, business leaders and individuals to reduce our climate impact," said Eric Carlson, President, Carbonfund.org. "What makes this report compelling is that it shows the problem is far greater than rising sea levels and heat waves. World food supplies, public health and the viability of many populated areas are also in jeopardy." Over 300 scientists from 48 countries analyzed the climate data. "When we follow decade-to-decade trends using multiple data sets and independent analyses from around the world, we see clear and unmistakable signs of a warming world," said Dr. Peter Stott, contributor to the report and head of climate monitoring and attribution at the UK Met Office Hadley Centre. NOAA has issued a video summarizing the report and an executive summary. You can also download the full report. Read about how you can reduce your climate impact here, and support innovative, third-party validated projects that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 08:59 Written by Michelle Lam
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="192" caption="El Mosote Co-op"][/caption] Who would have thought that beautiful jewelry, handbags, and other novelties could be created from trash such as discarded tires, leather scraps, metal parts, and old magazines? Carbonfund.org partner Revy Fair Trade Products is doing just that, with the help of local co-ops in El Salvador. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="160" caption="Neuva Creacion Co-op"][/caption] The Central American nation is still recovering from a long civil war. Exploitation of workers, child labor and environmental degradation have been common practices in such developing countries, but Revy Fair Trade Products is trying to change this. The company supports the fair trade mission by providing secure jobs and paying fair wages to individuals in each co-op. These co-ops have in turn made a commitment to sustainability; they are taking materials that would otherwise become waste and turning them into unique crafts. Recycling and reusing materials is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint. Click here to learn more ways you can lower your own footprint and check out Revy Fair Trade Products for one-of-a-kind gifts!
- All of the ingredients used in meals are free of trans fats and MSG.
- Each meal is made fresh to order (as opposed to pre-prepared and reheated).
- Moe’s Southwest Grill does not use microwaves or freezers in its kitchens, which cuts down its energy usage significantly.
- Keeping in mind that eating less meat can considerably reduce a person’s carbon footprint, Moe’s menu offers a variety of vegetarian options. In fact, Moe’s won the 2008 Proggy Award for Best Vegetarian Mexican Restaurant.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill has demonstrated its commitment to create a better environment by supporting renewable energy production with the purchase of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) through Carbonfund.org.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 18:06 Written by Greg Taylor
A gem in southwest Florida, Earth and Spirit Garden Gallery is the place to go for sustainable products and living. The store offers a wide variety of local artwork from over 35 artisans, making it easy to beautify your home and help the local arts community. From certified fair trade items to reusable shopping bags, Earth & Spirit also has what you need to lead a more sustainable life. Look for their certified organic produce this fall. Moreover, Earth & Spirit will be a location for Worden Farm harvest members to pick-up goods. Joining a community-supported agriculture farm is a way to get delicious, locally-produced food and cut your carbon footprint. If you’re in the area, be sure to sign up here and pick your food up at Earth & Spirit.