An ice island four times the size of Manhattan and half the height of the Empire State Building broke off an ice shelf in Greenland. This follows recent studies showing dramatic losses in ice mass from melting ice in Greenland and average temperatures from global warming about 4 degrees Fahrenheit higher since the last decade. The ice island–measuring 100 square miles–separated from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. Head researcher, Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware, said, "The freshwater stored in this ice island could keep the Delaware or Hudson rivers flowing for more than two years. It could also keep all U.S. public tap water flowing for 120 days." Greenland's ice sheet holds an estimated 20 percent of the world's ice. Climate experts and scientists predict that if current trends of warming continue, the Arctic Ocean could become ice-free in summer months within just decades, contributing to rising sea levels and coastal flooding. As individuals and businesses, we can all make a difference. Please take steps to reduce your carbon footprint, and support third-party validated carbon reduction projects today. You can learn more by viewing this video:
Monday, 09 August 2010 11:03

Brammo Helping Meet the Need for (Clean) Speed

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As an avid cyclist and motorcyclist, I can tell you that there is nothing better than getting around the world on two wheels. The wind in your hair, the agility and the freedom make the experience second to none. Both the bike and the motorcycle provide me a lot of fun and give me practical transportation, but I always felt there could be a greener alternative for motorcycles to generate the power. Brammo, Inc., an Oregon-based electric motorcycle manufacturer sports a small fleet of electric motorcycles that can get you from point a to point b without using a drop of gasoline. Their electric motorcycles are designed for performance, with their Empulse model being able to reach speeds of over 100+ and has a range of over 100 miles. That kind of speed would keep me happy, though it could also get me in trouble. Recently, Brammo worked with Carbonfund.org to offset their participation in the Red Bull Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA in support of our third-party validated carbon reduction projects. They offset their travel to and from the event and mitigated the impact of the electricity used to power the electric motorcycle! So if you get your motorcycle license, try an electric motorcycle and offset your remaining emissions with Carbonfund.org to support our projects. Like Brammo, we are fast and clean.
Thursday, 05 August 2010 16:59

Making Your Fairytale Wedding a Greener Wedding

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Every girl has fantasies of her fairytale wedding and I am certainly not immune to this. I want to have a September wedding at a gorgeous venue overlooking the water. At the same time, I am also conscious of my carbon footprint and considering my large family–18 aunts and uncles and countless more cousins–my wedding is bound to have a large footprint. I’m determined, however, not to compromise my desire for a big wedding with my desire to preserve the environment. [caption id="attachment_5228" align="aligncenter" width="285" caption="Harrison Hurwitz via Style Me Pretty"][/caption] Luckily, there are a number of resources for brides-to-be who want to make their weddings more environmentally-friendly. Green Bride Guide, for instance, is an entire website dedicated to planning a green wedding. Prospective brides can access tips, information and a directory of green vendors, as well as search for greener honeymoon destinations.

There is also the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS), which is an international organization of dry cleaners that specializes in gown cleaning, restoration and preservation. The wedding gown is perhaps the most important aspect of a wedding for a girl. AWGS enables brides to preserve the beauty of their wedding gowns through ZeroCarbon restorations, which means emissions are offset to support third-party validated carbon reduction projects.

Just this week, the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists announced that it has partnered with Green Bride Guide to provide expert content and offer greater access to what's green- and wedding- related.

The AWGS has also created a destination wedding kit for purchase, which includes offsetting. You can learn more about offsetting your own wedding at our website here. Image Credits: Style Me Pretty and AWGS
Thursday, 05 August 2010 16:02

Creating Harmony Between Building and Landscape

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All too often, we place heavy emphasis on the interior of a space and can neglect exterior aesthetics. Anne Penniman Associates, LLC shows people the inherent potential of an area’s surrounding landscape. For residential projects, Anne Penniman Associates strives to create organic extensions of clients’ homes. The company also works with private organizations, institutions, and communities to revitalize neighborhoods and public domains. With each landscape design project, Anne Penniman Associates translates its clients’ vision into balance between form and function. As an extension of its core business, the company is committed to sustainable and low-impact design practices. For each site design, the company’s landscape architects utilize local contractors and local materials when possible, and consider biodiversity aspects in plant selection. Their commitment also extends to the office and beyond–from energy-efficient lighting to employee car pooling, to offsetting carbon emissions through Carbonfund.org in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Learn more about how you as an individual or business can take steps to reduce your own carbon footprint.
Washington, DC is noticeably one of the greener cities today, with a recent boom in energy-efficient building and renovation, shoppers using reusable bags and restaurant menus with organic or sustainably produced fare. Founding Farmers, the city's first LEED-certified restaurant for greener design and a Carbonfund.org partner offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, has won a Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Restaurant. A restaurant that is succeeding in operating greener and serving up great food is a big accomplishment and an example for others given the city's very competitive restaurant scene (and many foodies). The District Department of the Environment is making a case study of Founding Farmers available at its website. The city notes that Founding Farmers "focuses on sourcing food and products that have been grown and harvested through sustainable agricultural methods, from the meats, poultry and produce, to the beverages, spirits and wines. Just six months after opening, the restaurant was named a Certified Green Restaurant™ by the Green Restaurant Association for daily operational practices to reduce waste..." The city also notes that Founding Farmers offsets its remaining business carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org. The offsetting supports third-party validated projects that are reducing carbon emissions, such as clean, renewable energy. Founding Farmers will be accepting the award presented by Mayor Adrian Fenty's office on Thursday. You can view the other award winners here. Stay tuned to our twitter feed for more on this news!
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 18:20

Orbitz Featured Among Best Ecotourism Websites

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Ecotourism is the fastest growing segment in the travel industry. Within a few years, ecotourism is expected to generate hundreds of billions of dollars for the global economy, while helping to conserve habitats and endangered species. According to The Daily Green, there is no cut-and-dry or universally agreed upon definition of ecotourism, but it encompasses traveling to destinations in a sustainable and low-impact way. More precise enthusiasts may define ecotourism as traveling to natural and protected areas. [caption id="attachment_5256" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona"]Alamo Canyon [/caption]

The Daily Green compiled a list of the best ecotourism websites based on general overview and country-specific information. Orbitz is among those honored, as the company has put together a great ecotourism hub for information and planning tools. One can search for eco-friendly hotels as well as eco-friendly destinations. Orbitz also partners with Carbonfund.org to offer customers the option to offset flights booked through its website in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects around the world. Image Credit: Charles Conner, US National Park Service
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 16:05

Filippi Boats Put the “Elite” in Elite Rowing

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Carbonfund.org is proud to work with many champions for the environment and leaders in different industries. When it comes to rowing, Filippi and its US counterpart, Elite Rowing, Inc., manufacture high-performance equipment. Over 70 national rowing teams have raced Filippi boats and subsequently won hundreds of medals in World Championship and Olympic competition since 1986. The company is the official supplier to the Italian Rowing Federation and US Rowing. Over 70 other national rowing teams choose Filippi, including Canada, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, South Africa, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt and Brazil. Click here to see the full list of teams that Filippi supplies. For its quality control in manufacturing, Filippi has been awarded ISO 9000 certification. To demonstrate its environmental leadership, Filippi is reducing its business carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org and supporting projects that fight climate change. Learn more about our business programs here.
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 17:52

Many Homebuyers Seeking "Green" Features

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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.