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
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:48

Obama Calls for Clean Energy Future

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In an email to supporters, President Obama called for a clean energy future and said, "our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk." In addition to reducing the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, he emphasized the need to "make everything -- from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks -- more energy-efficient." He warned, "But if we refuse to heed the warnings from the disaster in the Gulf -- we will have missed our best chance to seize the clean energy future we know America needs to thrive in the years and decades to come." You can help hasten our transition to a clean energy future by supporting renewable energy and other innovative carbon reduction projects now. Learn more about the renewable energy projects Carbonfund.org supports here. Tonight the president will give his first nationally televised address from the Oval Office at 8pm ET on the oil spill and next steps. You can read the text of his email at this link.
11 million gallons: That’s the amount of crude oil that spilled in the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident. Up to 84 million gallons: This is the amount of oil estimated to have spilled from the BP oil well ruptured on April 20. According to new estimates released by U.S. government scientists, the ruptured BP oil well has leaked from four to eight times the amount of oil that was spilled in 1989. And there is no indication yet that the spill will be fully contained in the near future. The priority has been to stop the leak, that much is clear. But we must also consider the long-term implications here as well. In order to ensure that a similar environmental disaster doesn't occur again, we must look to clean energy solutions to help meet our nation's and world's energy needs. Learn more on how you can support clean energy projects here.