Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:07

John Isner Must Need a New Pair of Shoes

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As a longtime tennis lover, I was glued to my computer screen with fascination as the historic Wimbledon first-round match between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicholas Mahut notched up more games than any before in the sport.  I can only imagine how exhausted he may still be and how much his body must ache.  But his shoes must be in even worse shape; John needs a new pair of shoes. Lucky for John and all you other sports players (and shoe wearers), Carbonfund.org partner Planet Shoes has a huge selection of the best shoes around.  Right now, with the coupon code fire20, you can save 20% off all sale items on their site.  It’s the start of the summer sports season and a great time to get a new pair of shoes from an eco-conscious company. As an early participant in our Million Tree Challenge, Planet Shoes collected donations from its customers and matched them to plant 2,615 trees.  Further, Planet Shoes allows its customers to make a donation to offset the carbon footprint of shipping their shoes – an effort that has reduced almost 3 million pounds of CO2 to date.
Saturday, 26 June 2010 14:43

Support Gulf Cleanup with WE ADD UP

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Carbonfund.org partner WE ADD UP recently announced two new additions to their wonderful T-shirt line. All proceeds from the sale of these shirts will help support oil spill cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. With every “Clean It Up” shirt sold, $10 will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Network. Since the first days of BP's oil drilling disaster, the Gulf Restoration Network has provided independent monitoring and advocacy focused on ensuring an effective and transparent response to the crisis. Sale of the “Hair to the Rescue” shirt will lead to a $10 contribution to Matter of Trust, a nonprofit organization that is coordinating the international movement of hair dressers, pet groomers, and others who are donating hair to make hair booms. Hair, a natural fiber, is stuffed into nylons, creating booms that are very effective for soaking up oil.

WE ADD UP, with over 16,000 participating members, is a global campaign printed on organic cotton T-shirts that literally counts you in for your green commitments. Every shirt is printed by hand with a unique number on the front. Your number represents your position in the sequential global count of people who are taking steps to help solve the climate crisis. As the count grows, we demonstrate to the world that “WE ADD UP.” On the back of each shirt is a word or phrase that describes an action almost anyone can take to reduce their carbon footprint, such as: Unplug, Lights Off, Hybrid, Bike, Buy Local, and 25 others. Consumers choose which action they are committed to and receive their number. To be counted-in and help support cleanup efforts, visit www.weaddup.com today.
A national survey supports the view that Americans are willing to change their energy consumption to help the environment as well as save costs. According to a national survey commissioned by General Electric, 79 percent of those polled said they are willing to adjust their short-term energy consumption behaviors to ensure long-term results. Such behaviors include using “smart” devices such as thermostats or appliances. Bob Gilligan, vice president at GE Energy Services, explains, “There are some things that are essential to achieving a desired quality of life, and Americans overwhelmingly agree that investing in our nation’s energy future is one of them.” It is not news that the environment is a top-of-mind concern for Americans, but what accounts for their willingness to act? The following are some of the primary motivators determined from the survey:
  • Desire to save money (95 percent)
  • Increased control over energy bill (90 percent)
  • Desire to make a difference for children or grandchildren (88 percent)
  • Reduced number of power outages (86 percent)
  • Environmental concerns (85 percent)
You can get tips on saving energy at Carbonfund.org's Save Energy page and learn how you can reduce, offset your carbon footprint from using energy in your home or to get around. Read more about the survey and the press release here.
Providing a simpler way for individuals and businesses to reduce the climate impact of moving goods & freight, ClickShipNGo.com gives customers the option to offset their shipping in support of Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects. ClickShipNGo.com offers shipping management services for individual consumers and small businesses. "ClickShipNGO.com takes a broader, longer term approach and focuses on the customer’s experience," said Mark Palladino, director of business development. "We aim to provide the customer a simple and functional online experience and to create an environment where customers can rely on us to be available, to be courteous, to be fair and to be responsive to their needs." According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the transportation industry as a whole is responsible for 29% of the total carbon emissions in the US. For each freight quote booked through its website, ClickShipNGO.com offsets with Carbonfund.org to help reduce the climate impact of shipping. This valuable partnership is helping to change behaviors and attitudes in the freight industry about the environment. Learn more about ClickShipNGo.com and their initiatives by clicking here.
The introduction of iTunes forever changed the music industry in 2001, and record companies have been fighting an uphill battle ever since. Digital music is often hailed as the more environmentally-friendly way to enjoy music by eliminating energy and waste associated with the production and disposal of compact discs. But record companies are trying to change that notion, and Involved Productions is helping to lead the way by reducing their business' carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org. If you like to dance and frequent the clubs, chances are you’ve heard a record produced by this London-based music production and publishing company. Involved Productions is home to several well-known dance music labels including Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep, and Involved Records. A recent release, “Left/Right Switch” by Holderman, is featured on a Nike promotion and is a club favorite around the world. Check out Anjunabeats on YouTube at www.youtube.com/anjunabeats.
Thursday, 17 June 2010 10:15

Help Dad Be Greener This Father's Day

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Father's Day is a great time to help Dad be greener, and most likely he'll be grateful & proud. The carbon emissions and greenhouse gases that are produced as a result of our everyday activities (e.g. driving or turning on the A/C) contribute significantly to climate change. Global warming and rising temperatures have major consequences for the planet: droughts, severe flooding, damage to marine ecosystems, etc. With Father’s Day coming up, you can show your appreciation for Dad and be a part of the solution by giving him a CarbonFree® Certified gift or offsetting his carbon footprint. Dad can’t live without his morning cup of coffee? CarbonFree® certification partner Grounds for Change offers a variety of organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee blends that are sure to satisfy. Does Dad drive or use public transportation to get to work every day? Offset his vehicle for a year in support of carbon reduction projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency or reforestation. Better yet, consider a ZeroCarbonTM annual offset. You'll receive a customizable, framable certificate for offsetting with Carbonfund.org in his name. Our partners also provide great gifts for Dad. Check out Dell's FastTrack deals that can get a computer ordered and delivered in 48 hours. For books, visit Better World Books' huge selection. They'll also offset your shipping with Carbonfund.org, and every purchase helps fund global literacy programs. Make this Father's Day greener for you and Dad. Your commitment to saving the environment will make Dad proud.
Forks may be known for being the setting of Stephanie Meyer’s hugely popular saga, Twilight, but Bellingham is making some noise in Washington state too. The City of Bellingham is a Carbonfund.org partner and earlier this month, it played host to the First Annual Appliances Race sponsored by the Appliance Depot. Contestants transformed washing machines, refrigerators, and water heaters into wheeled vehicles ready to race. There were many laughs, skinned knees, and lost wheels along the way, but the real purpose of the event was to emphasize the need to reuse and repurpose old appliances however possible. Recycling reduces the amount of waste in the environment, which in turn reduces carbon footprints. Learn more about how you can reduce your carbon footprint here. Check out a video of the race:
The president called for action toward a clean energy future in his first nationally televised address from the Oval Office, saying, "The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now." While the US consumes more than one-fifth of the world's oil, the nation has less than two percent of the world's oil reserves. This discrepancy is "part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean– because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water." Obama also called upon Congress to move forward on energy and climate legislation. "Last year, the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill– a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses." Although there are costs to making the transition, he said, "I say we can't afford not to change how we produce and use energy – because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater." Since 2003, Carbonfund.org has become the leading nonprofit climate change solutions organization, with a mission to help you reduce your climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Please take action now, or learn more about the clean, renewable energy projects that Carbonfund.org supports. You can find the full text of the president's address by clicking here. Image Credit: Alex Brandon/AP