CES'Green' was definitely a running theme at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held last weekend in Las Vegas.  Although I knew that there would be a small sustainability section I was pleasantly surprised to see how many companies were talking about, even focusing on, the greening of their products and their business.  From energy efficiency and widespread recycling programs to reduced packaging and carbon neutrality, everywhere I looked companies were touting their efforts to minimize the environmental impacts of their products.  All of the major consumer electronics companies, including Samsung, Casio, Toshiba, Panasonic and more had entire sections dedicated to their sustainability efforts and where boasting about the increased efficiency of all of their 2010 models. For example, Panasonic provided an array of green products and initiatives. Through a joint venture with Sharp and Toshiba, Panasonic has created a recycling program with 100's of free drop off locations in all 50 states.  This program was the first winner of the US EPA’s National TV Recycling Challenge for responsible recycling end-of-life TVs.  Their booth also showcased Panasonic’s innovative residential fuel cell technology which takes hydrogen from city gas and oxygen from the air to generate heat and electricity.  Coupled with their residential storage batteries, which help to store the energy created by the fuel cells or solar power generators, this technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we power our homes. At the impressive Samsung booth they unveiled their eco-design and energy efficient products including LED TVs, 30” free-standing induction ranges, Energy Star Blue-ray players and more.  Samsung also partnered with us to address the environmental impact of participating in the show by offsetting their presence at the show, including the booth, which was the largest at CES, transportation, and lodging. The 2010 show proved that sustainability and energy efficiency is not a fad, but rather a way forward.  The consumer electronics industry has realized that making efficient, environmentally friendly products will make their customers happy, strengthen their corporate social responsibility and increase their bottom line.
Friday, 15 January 2010 14:47

Video: Climate and Energy Policy Year in Review

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2009 was a historic year for climate change action, as the US House of Representatives passed climate change legislation, and Senators introduced possible legislation in their chamber. The EPA ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants that should be regulated under the Clean Air Act. One of the year-in-review videos is by the American Clean Skies Foundation in this 4 minute video.
Thursday, 14 January 2010 18:51

The Sunchaser Challenge Goes CarbonFree®

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Sunchaser Challenge mediumThe nation’s premier race to support endangered species has gone CarbonFree®.  Working with Wild Ones Promotions, Carbonfund.org has calculated the carbon footprint of all 4 North American races, including travel to the locations, hotel stays at the races and any equipment used at the races themselves.  To make these races CarbonFree® Wild Ones Promotions is donating $1 for every competitor. This donation will support Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects. The Sunchaser Challenge begins at sunrise on May 22, 2010.  Thousands of competitors in four different locations in the United States will run, mountain bike, kayak, cycle, and navigate their way to rescue 50 different animals before sunset.  At checkpoints throughout the race, participants will need to collect representations of different endangered animals, and the solo or team entrant who collects the most wins a prize.  By raising awareness of endangered species and donating money to wildlife charities, the Sunchaser Challenge is at the forefront of protection efforts in the United States. Truly fulfilling its mission to protect the environment, the Sunchaser Challenge has made a commitment to make sure it is as sustainable as possible.  Registrations are being completed online, recycling stations will be set up throughout the race locations, participants are encouraged to bring old running shoes to recycle at the race, organic food and drinks are being made available at the race, and serving ware that will be used are biodegradable and recyclable. Registration is filling up quickly for the events located in Saranac Lake, NY; Lake Geneva, WI; Lake Havasu, AZ; and North Lake Tahoe, CA.  Wherever you are in the country, there’s a race in your time zone.  Give the race a try – raise some money for endangered species and see if you can be this year’s top scorer! Go to www.sunchaserchallenge.com now to find out more and join the Sunchasers!
Thursday, 14 January 2010 18:44

Funds for Forest Conservation

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Carbon financing has saved over 2 million hectares of forest and channeled hundreds of millions of dollars towards forest projects over the last twenty years. This has helped to preserve tens of millions of trees, improve animal habitats, and sequestered millions of tons of CO2. Ecosystem Marketplace released a new report today entitled, State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2009: Taking Root & Branching Out, that details the history of the forest carbon markets and the great progress that was made in 2009. The report outlines trends in the market, and notes recent upswings in activity. Carbonfund.org has a long history of supporting forest-based carbon offset projects. Currently, Carbonfund.org supports projects in Louisiana, Nicaragua, Brazil, and China that are reducing carbon and improving local environments. Deforestation and forest degradation account for around 20% of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions -- more than the global transportation sector. Forest-based carbon reduction projects actually sequester emissions (or take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere) and have been an effective way to help balance out these emissions. The projects Carbonfund.org supports also help protect or restore habitats, preserve biodiversity and have other benefits for the environment and local communities.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 17:41

Ship Greener with ClickShipNGo.com!

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ClickShipNGoClickShipNGo.com is an online provider of shipping management services for individual consumers and small businesses. Users can retrieve and compare freight quotes from competing carriers, schedule pickups and track shipments online, generate required paperwork, and manage their total shipping needs in an easy and affordable manner. Due to their large buying power, they pass the savings directly to their customers which would not be possible by going directly to the carrier.

In addition to offering an effective shipping management service, ClickShipNGo.com is a CarbonFree® Shipping Partner and makes a donation to Carbonfund.org for every package they ship to reduce, offset its carbon emissions.  If you need to ship a package, or own a business and are looking for an environmentally-friendly provider, choose ClickShipNGo.com.  Just by using their service, your package will not only be shipped at an affordable price, but it will generate a donation that supports third-party validated carbon reduction projects that fight climate change today.  You can visit their website at www.clickshipngo.com.
As many drivers know, the price of gasoline has been steadily rising for some time now. Gas is now up to $2.74, up 1.4 cents from last night and $0.95 cents from this time last year. As gas prices inch closer and closer to $3 in time for the spring travel season (at least that is what some experts are predicting) the dialog over fuel consumption will likely increase. How can we do more with less, and why do we keep on running into these same problems? Energy shocks and oil crises are nothing new and come about cyclically. Gas prices go up and people start to drive less, interest in more efficient vehicles rises, and consumption goes down. This follows basic economic principles of supply and demand, although some have expressed strong concerns about speculation in markets. Nobody should be shocked to see gas prices inching back up. The US consumes nearly 20 million barrels of oil a day - causing us to put massive amounts of pressure on a finite resource. Moreover, even slight changes in supply can have ripple effects that cause prices of oil and gas to fluctuate dramatically. A viable solution is efficiency. It took the US a long time to address fuel efficiency as this chart shows. While Congress has taken action through improving fuel efficiency standards, the vehicles produced presently vary quite a degree in their fuel efficiency. Some vehicles have substantially better fuel efficiency. Technology exists to help, but it takes commitment by auto makers and consumers alike to make fuel efficient vehicles the norm rather than the exception. As gas prices rise this spring and you are paying more at the pump, think about the future and the most sustainable way to curb rising fuel prices. We must demand action from our nation's leaders to continue to improve fuel efficiency standards, while making fuel efficient vehicles- and choosing fuel efficient vehicles.
Monday, 11 January 2010 17:37

The Cable Show 2010 Goes CarbonFree®

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CableShow2010 logoThe Cable Show 2010, the cable telecommunications industry’s premier annual conference, has gone CarbonFree®.  In addition to being the place to be for technology companies and content providers to exhibit the latest they have to offer, The Cable Show may well be one of the greenest places to be in Los Angeles in May.  By working with Carbonfund.org, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has calculated their conference’s carbon footprint and instituted a program toward offsetting that footprint. NCTA is offsetting The Cable Show’s emissions from employee travel, hotel stays, meals and the LA Convention Center. By supporting Carbonfund.org’s high quality third-party validated carbon reduction projects, The Cable Show 2010 has become an environmental leader among conventions.  Further, exhibitors and attendees can contribute to offset the carbon footprint associated with their Cable Show participation.  Attendees will have option as they register for the event. The Cable Show 2010, May 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA, will bring together leaders from the entertainment, technology and media sectors for three days of engaging panel discussions, cutting-edge exhibit displays, special conferences and exclusive events.  Last year over 12,000 people attended.  Next year, will you be there? Want to learn more about CarbonFree® events? Click Here!

Green Edventures logoDo you worry about the impact your travel has on the environment and on local communities?  Do you enjoy learning about local customs and local environmental conditions when you travel?  When you take a trip with Green Edventures, they’ve got you covered.  Offering three educational adventures in the spring and summer of 2010, Green Edventures gives you the best of all worlds.  All three trips employ local guides, well versed in the local cultures and environmental problems.  Furthermore, these trips are carbon neutral through Green Edventures’ partnership with Carbonfund.org.

From frolicking with sea lions, snorkeling in a coral reef, and trekking breathtaking desert vistas in Mexico, to glacier hiking and sea kayaking in Alaska, Green Edventures provides options for different interests.  Green Edventures focuses on the three “e” values:  education, environment and empowerment to inspire people to become active environmental citizens.  On a green edventure, you learn from knowledgeable local guides about pressing environmental issues, like how climate change affects Alaska’s wilderness, overfishing in Baja California, and invasive plant species in Kenai Fjords National Park.

If you’re interested in attending a teacher-led Green Edventure, please visit their website at www.GreenEdventures.com.  The trips are filling up, so you'll want to sign up soon.