Thursday, 31 December 2009 09:22

Energy from Food: New Research and Potential

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Food helps define societies and brings people together. As we enter the second decade of the new millennium, this will becoming increasingly true as population increases and new energy demands put added emphasis on global food supplies. ethanol1Food can be used to generate electricity. Many Americans know that corn is a vital ingredient to many current ethanol blends, but did you know that many different foods can be used to generate ethanol? Scientists are exploring the energy capacity of potatoes, yams, and onions (among other foods). The goal of all this scientific tinkering is to find a biofuel that can provide more energy per unit of input than corn cost effectively. There is also the increasing use of food byproducts or waste for energy. Carbonfund.org, for example, supports the Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester in California to reduce methane emissions, which are more potent than CO2 emissions, and lessen the impact of global climate change. Combating climate change will require innovative solutions such as this. You can learn more about waste-to-energy and methane reduction projects here.
polar2With Dec. 31 approaching, please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to Carbonfund.org to fight global warming today! Through the environmental leadership and support of donors, Carbonfund.org in 2009:
  • Reached 5 billion pounds of CO2 reduced through carbon reduction projects around the globe;
  • Supported innovative projects like India's Neria low-impact hydroelectric project which generates clean power, helps create jobs and local investment in clean technologies;
  • Received the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) and Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) dual validation for the 1,870 acre Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project in Louisiana;
  • Certified new products including Motorola's Renew W233 mobile phone as CarbonFree®, the leading carbon neutral product label in the world;
  • Joined the 1Sky, 350, TckTckTck, and the Clean Energy Works coalitions;
  • Was featured in USA Today, US News, Mother Nature Network, among many others, and participated in Earth Day on the National Mall;
  • Participated in Maya Lin's What is Missing? campaign on deforestation;
  • Added Motorola, Transamerica, Samsung and numerous small and start-up businesses to the CarbonFree® business program, promoting the message: "Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can't™."
Please take a moment and make a year-end, tax deductible donation to Carbonfund.org to support our programs and projects. Help Carbonfund.org get to 10 billion pounds of CO2 reduced. For every $20 you donate, Carbonfund.org will also plant a tree in your honor. December 31st is almost here so please, donate now. Thank you!
Carbonfund.org Partner Peacock Republic is a boutique soap, candle, and home decor retailer.  Their soaps use organic herbs and natural oils, and theirPeacock face and body products are environmentally friendly packaged in handmade plantable paper with wildflower seeds. Peacock Republic even has a children's clothing line that is handmade in the US and strives to use upcycled (converting waste materials, for example, into new materials or products) and organic fabrics whenever possible. In addition to having a great line of products, Peacock Republic donates basic necessities to those in need for every item sold.  For every bar or bottle of soap they sell, a bar is donated to domestic violence shelters.  For every garment they sell, an outfit is given to a child in need.  Their partnership with Carbonfund.org allows them to run a carbon neutral business by supporting independently verified carbon reduction projects. Shop Peacock Republic to support small business, handmade USA products, and give to those in need.
Thursday, 24 December 2009 11:38

Last Minute Holiday Gifts Quick & Easy!

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If you've still got names on your gift list to check off, giving Carbonfund.org E-Certificates is fast, meaningful and affordable! certifYou can help someone reduce their carbon footprint, from as little as $10 or a custom donation amount, and within minutes- even seconds- receive a framable e-certificate made out in your recipient's name. The e-certificate recognizes their support for renewable energy, energy efficiency or reforestation projects that are fighting global warming. forest-photoBe sure to take advantage of Carbonfund.org's bonus offers this year! Carbonfund.org will plant a tree in your honor for every $20 donated. You can also get a reusable Carbonfund.org Chico Bag to carry your shopping or groceries for every $50 donated while supplies last. So what are you waiting for? Click here to shop now!

Maryland's leader in environmental education and school certification is leading by example.  The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, living by Carbonfund.org’s motto to “Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t” has cut its annual conference’s carbon footprint by a third and is offsetting that footprint.  By encouraging carpooling and moving the conference to a closer location, MAEOE has significantly cut down on fuel use in traveling to the event. The 2010 conference, also MAEOE’s 25th anniversary, will highlight the progress MAEOE has made over the past 25 years.  MAEOE provides educators in the state of Maryland with valuable environmental education skills.  Through workshops, training programs, awards programs, publications and materials, MAEOE is also helping lead the state to a greener, cleaner tomorrow. Further, with MAEOE’s school certification program, schools around the state are becoming local environmental leaders by cutting back on their eco-footprints.  For more information on how to get trained as an environmental educator or obtain green school certification, please visit their site at www.maeoe.org.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 15:29

Build-a-Bear Christmas Video

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Build-a-Bear, the chain of stores that allows children to custom build their own plush toys, has released a 'webisode' that features animated arctic animals fretting over the future of their icy home due to climate change. The future of the Arctic Ice caps is in question because of global warming induced temperature rise, and Santa and his friends are stressing out over what may happen to Christmas if their homeland is no more. Here is some dialog from the webisode:
Girl Elf: Santa, it’s gone! Papa Elf: It’s gone, It’s gone! Santa: What’s gone? Girl Elf: Tell ‘em, Dad! Papa Elf: The North Peak. Santa: A mountain? A mountain’s gone? How is that possible? Ella the polar bear: Santa, sir, that’s why I’m here. That’s why we’re here. The ice is melting! Santa: Yes, my dear, we know, the climate is changing. There’s bound to be a little melting. Ella: It’s worse than that, Santa, a lot worse! At the rate it’s melting, the North Pole will be gone by Christmas!” Santa: My, my…all of this gone by next Christmas? I don’t think so. Ella: No sir, not next Christmas, this Christmas! The day after tomorrow!
You may view the three videos by clicking here, here and here. What is your opinion? Will global warming force Santa to move? What about the millions of other potential climate refugees? Help protect Santa, the elves and the millions of potential climate refugees all over the world. Reduce what you can, and offset what you can't!
ShareASale is a unique CarbonFree® Partner and one of the leading affiliate ShareASalemarketing solutions available.  By connecting affiliates with the growing list of 2,500 merchants in the ShareASale network, they are providing award winning technology to both retailers and affiliates alike to drive sales and revenue.  ShareASale won ABestWeb's prestigious "Best Affiliate Network" award four years in a row and has garnered awards for "Best Affiliate Manager," "Best Service to the Industry," and "Best Affiliate Program." In addition to providing one of the most effective customer acquisition methods on the web, ShareASale is a strong supporter of Carbonfund.org.  Their donations are supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects that are fighting global warming today.  Their continued support is the equivalent to offsetting the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of over 480 homes, the carbon sequestered annually by over 790 acres of pine forest, or the greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling over 1,200 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill.  ShareASale is making a real, measurable impact in the fight to stop climate change.  We encourage all individuals and businesses to take action today; offset your carbon footprint today!
Pronounced "too-ah," Tuwa.com strongly believes in social values and carries TuwAenvironmentally responsible products that enable people to live healthy, sustainable lives.  Through a partnership with Carbonfund.org, TuwA makes a donation to offset one pound of carbon dioxide for every TuwA point earned on their website!  Check out their TuwA Points program and get started. Also visit TuwA to browse their wide selection of furniture, bedroom and bath accessories, and fitness products. That's just a sampling of what they offer! While I don't have the yard for a green house, one of my favorite products (and clearly on my wish list) is a Green House Kit that would let me continue to grow some vegetables into the winter. Need something for an indoor space? I highly recommend an air purifier, especially one with a HEPA filter, if you live in an urban area that might have reduced air quality. No matter what you choose this holiday season, make sure your gifts enhance the lives of those you're giving to through improved health or environment.  To learn more, visit TuwA or their Green Library of comprehensive eco-friendly and healthy living tips.