Tuesday, 28 December 2010 10:19 Written by Alterra Hetzel
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.
Thursday, 23 December 2010 11:00 Written by Dare Wenzler
LEI Electronics has been named an International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for certified carbon neutral (CarbonFree®) Eco Alkalines batteries. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 35 product categories. Eco Alkalines are the world’s first batteries to be certified carbon neutral (CarbonFree®) by Carbonfund.org. Eco Alkalines are considered earth-friendly and landfill-safe by Canadian and US environmental protection agencies. In a world where manufacturers charge a premium and in many cases provide less quality for Eco Friendly Products, LEI has managed to keep costs competitive while still maintaining the quality of their product that is equal or better to most well-known major brands. The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards have recognized achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. It is organized by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)—producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. The Awards are sponsored by PC World magazine. LEI’s Eco Alkalines will be displayed at the 2011 International CES, which runs January 6-9, 2011. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center and will also be featured at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 4. The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
- Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
- Aesthetic and design qualities
- The product’s intended use/function and user value
- Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive
- How the design and innovation of the product compares to other products in the marketplace
As the New Year approaches, we all begin to look ahead. Many of us wish we could plan and control our own futures… That’s exactly what Glen Hiemstra, founder of Futurist.com, is helping organizations and individuals do – embrace and create their own preferred futures! Glen delivers keynote addresses and conducts strategic planning sessions that are based on three fundamental futurist questions: What is probable? What is possible? What is preferred? Part of Glen’s preferred future is a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable development. As part of this vision, Futurist.com has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the emissions attributable to Glen’s travel itineraries and their office operations, in support of Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects. Glen’s trainings help clients to make better decisions today by better understanding their future goals and objectives. Recognizing how today’s actions will impact tomorrow’s world is a fundamental part of environmental stewardship. Glen Hiemstra and Futurist.com provide tools for effective strategic planning, inspiration for developing vision and practical steps to put the preferred future within the reach of his clients. To learn more about Futurist.com, check Glen’s speaking schedule or book an engagement, visit www.futurist.com.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 11:30 Written by Jordana Fyne
The date never changes, but Christmas has a tricky way of sneaking up on some of us each year. If you still have a few names on your gift list and are starting to feel the time-crunch, Carbonfund.org is ready with holiday gifts that are not only thoughtful but quick. Give a gift that reduces the carbon footprint of someone you care about and receive a personalized certificate in minutes that you can send on. Your donation supports Carbonfund.org's innovative, third-party validated projects that help the climate by reducing carbon emissions. As a bonus to you this holiday season—get a free, Carbonfund.org grocery tote for a $30 gift purchase, or two totes for a purchase of $50 or more. Sharing your interest in climate change is a great way to give to your family and to the environment. Visit www.carbonfund.org/holiday today.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 10:05 Written by Linda Kelly
Nestled along the banks and brushed by the gentle breezes of the Chesapeake Bay, the Inn at Tabbs Creek beckons with a promise of pure relaxation in an eco-focused environment of country living and wholesome dining, surrounded by nature’s beauty. Innkeeper-owners Greg and Lori Dusenberry established the Inn three years ago, inspired by their passion for the environment, organic gardening and farming, sustainable living and green building practices. Guests at the Inn at Tabbs Creek are treated to the comfort of the Inn’s environmentally-focused and lovingly restored accommodations and amenities, including outdoor swimming pool, bayside dock and a myriad of outdoor activities. Sumptuous meals are prepared from on-premises organic gardens and locally grown fare. The beauty of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay surrounds the Inn. The Inn at Tabbs Creek takes its environmental commitment seriously. Beyond their own sustainable renovation and management practices, Greg and Lori have chosen to partner with Carbonfund.org to proactively offset the carbon emissions for the overnight stay of each of the Inn’s guests, in support of Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects. Winners of the 2010-2011 “best innkeepers” award from bedandbreakfast.com, Greg and Lori await your arrival and are ready to accommodate your needs! You can visit the Inn's website at www.innattabbscreek.com.
The 2012 Ford Focus' quiet ride is brought to drivers in part by post-consumer cotton from recycled blue jeans. The automaker incorporated cotton from recycled clothing to produce material for carpets and sound-absorption in the Focus, to be available in the early part of 2011. It takes about two pairs of average-sized American jeans to outfit a car. “The good news is these jeans didn’t end up in a landfill, nor did we use the water, fertilizer and land to grow virgin cotton,” said Carrie Majeske, Ford's product sustainability manager. “It’s an alternative that our customers can appreciate, it’s cost-effective, and it’s better for our planet. These are the kinds of sustainable solutions we are looking for in all our vehicles.” Ford Motors has an established track record of utilizing recycled materials in its vehicles, such as resins recycled out of detergent bottles or tires to make aerodynamic shields. By their own calculations, in 2009 Ford diverted between 25 and 30 million pounds of plastic from landfills and saved $4.5 million by reusing recycled materials.
Savers Bank of Massachusetts is now supporting Carbonfund.org, donating to help our organization's programs and projects to fight climate change. Savers Bank is committed to giving back to the communities the bank serves and that involves taking steps to preserving the environment. The bank gives incentives to their customers to switch to e-statements and places a strong focus on Earth Day annually by providing useful tips to their customers to conserve energy, as well as giving out thousands of reusable shopping bags to customers and charitable organizations. They also encourage communities to recycle while protecting their personal information by offering free shredding throughout the year. In 2008, the bank purchased a fuel-efficient Honda Element that they use for volunteer purposes and business runs. In effort to encourage their customers to go green they will be introducing a green auto loan in 2011 which will provide customers with a better interest rate for fuel-efficient vehicles. With offices in Southbridge, Uxbridge, Auburn, Grafton, Charlton and Sturbridge, Savers Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Home Loan Bank, the Co-operative Central Bank, and Massachusetts Bankers Association. Founded in 1910, Savers Bank has assets of over $400 million, offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking services and a strong legacy of community commitment and customer service. For more information, call 1-800-649-3036 or visit www.saversbank.com.
Friday, 17 December 2010 11:20 Written by Linda Kelly
In this season of giving, who doesn’t love to receive a bouquet of fresh flowers? Working with flowers is a daily reminder of our earth's natural beauty, and that message certainly isn't lost on Bloom Nation florists, who not only deliver beautifully crafted bouquets across the country but give back to the earth with each order. Bloom Nation, one of Carbonfund.org’s new partners, offers hundreds of breathtakingly beautiful flower arrangements for every occasion, and other gift options including teddy bears, gourmet gift baskets, and scrumptious treats, and they send “more than just flowers!” Bloom Nation reduces the carbon footprint created by growing, cutting, shipping and delivering the flowers through Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree® Shipping program, which means a portion of the cost of each bouquet supports Carbonfund.org’s forest-based projects, such as the Amazon Forest Conservation Project. These projects are conserving forests or reforesting land to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere and help improve local air quality, while also helping communities by providing habitat for local wildlife or providing employment opportunities. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Bloom Nation has more than 1,000 gift ideas and offers same-day shipping to ensure last-minute inspiration gets there on time. Each gift given through Bloom Nation is pulling double duty – bringing a smile to your friend or loved one and helping reforest and preserve carbon-sequestering forests.