Thursday, 11 November 2010 14:35 Written by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo
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.
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.
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 14:06 Written by Jordana Fyne
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)
- Water heaters
- Windows and doors
- Geothermal heat pump
- Small wind turbine
- Solar energy systems
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:14 Written by Harrison Walford
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.
Friday, 05 November 2010 12:42 Written by Greg Taylor
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.
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.
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 19:26 Written by Ivan Chan
Supporters of action on climate change can look to the defeat of Proposition 23 in California as another example that voters support a strong response to global warming. A divided Congress was apparent from the contentious midterm elections, but that didn't faze voters who defeated what would have suspended California's climate change law, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The law established a timetable to bring California's greenhouse gas emissions down to 1990 levels by 2020 and has been supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as Jerry Brown, who won the seat on Tuesday. Brown also wants to bring about investment in the state to create about 500,000 green jobs and 20,000 megawatts of clean power. Over 60 percent of Californians voted to defeat Prop 23. This underscores national polls by The Washington Post and Stanford University from the summer which show that over two-thirds of Americans support action on climate change by the country.
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 16:44 Written by Jordana Fyne
With gas prices trending higher and battery prices falling, plug-in cars are expected to make up 9 percent of the U.S. auto market by 2020 and 22 percent by 2030, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Electric cars currently cost more than 75 percent of cars being sold—but individual states are providing financial incentives for people to get on board. California, for example, offers vouchers of $10,000 to $45,000 for companies that operate hybrid-electric fleet vehicles in-state. You can search for electric vehicle vouchers in your state at the U.S. Department of Energy site and find out how to reduce your driving emissions here.