Monday, 09 November 2009 18:55 Written by Emily Pugliese
Exciting news! NIKA Water has reached the finals for the 1st Annual Classy Awards recognizing philanthropic achievements in the San Diego community. Specifically, NIKA has been nominated for the "Most Significant Impact by a Business" category and it’s down to one of five finalists out of hundreds. So for NIKA to pull this out we are going to need your help in spreading the word! NIKA is definitely deserving of this honor. NIKA was founded with the purpose of using the power of water to help bring clean water to those in need. By directing 100% of its profits from the sale of their water to alleviate water and sanitation needs in impoverished countries, NIKA hopes to solve the water needs of thousands of families throughout the world. In addition, by enlisting the youth in North America to help them with their mission, they further hope to create awareness and knowledge that act as a catalyst for thousands of youth to get involved in our quest to bring clean water to the impoverished world. NIKA is also addressing the environmental impact of their business. Along with receiving Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Certification by measuring and offsetting 100% of its carbon footprint produced from manufacturing to consumption by funding third-party validated reforestation projects, NIKA has pledged that for every bottle of NIKA water sold it will ensure that a corresponding plastic bottle is taken out of the environment and recycled. To do this, NIKA is working with schools and universities around the country to create plastic bottle buy-back programs where NIKA pays the sponsoring school a small fee for every plastic bottle they collect and recycle. The winner of the 1st Annual Classy Awards will be chosen based on total number of votes cast by this Wednesday, November 11th. Voting will only take a minute or two so please log onto the link below. NIKA is joined in the final group with some incredible organizations such as the San Diego Padres, Bank of America, Verant Group and Sempra Energy. Vote now to help make them #1! Please click HERE to enter your vote. Their category is under the "Business" heading.
Friday, 06 November 2009 18:27 Written by Greg Taylor
Building on their environmental leadership, Lafarge has made the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) recent MOU signing with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) CarbonFree®. Working together, the WHC and USBCSD will help the public and private sectors support sustainability, ecosystem services, wildlife habitat, education and community outreach projects. David Carroll of Lafarge, a partner of both the WHC and the USBCSD, “feels strongly that in order for people to participate in an event they should try to make it sustainable.” Working with Carbonfund.org, Lafarge calculated and offset the carbon footprint from roundtrip travel, meals, and hospitality for this event. By taking care of their environmental footprint, Lafarge, WHC and USBCSD continue their leadership in environmental stewardship.
Our new partner, Clean Air Cab, is a carbon neutral taxi company serving the Phoenix metro area. In addition to purchasing carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org, they go above and beyond and also plant ten trees per month for each cab they have on the road. For October, Clean Air Cab has planted 260 trees! They plan to reach 200 cabs in the next 3 years and plant over 23,000 trees. Rather than your usual Ford Crown Victoria, their entire fleet is made up of Toyota Priuses getting an estimated 50 miles per gallon. They also prove that going green doesn't have to be expensive. They have prices that are cheaper than the top three cab companies in Phoenix. “We believe that going green isn’t something you do – it is something you are,” said Steve Lopez, Founder of Clean Air Cab. In addition to taking care of the environment, Clean Air Cab has programs that protect their local community. Arizona State University students can call Clean Air Cab’s Free Ride Back program to get a cab to take them home if they have been drinking and can't drive themselves. In the morning, they call back and a cab will pick them up and take them back to their car for free. People in the Phoenix, AZ metro area can book a Clean Air Cab taxi online at www.CleanAirCab.com or by calling 480-777-9777. Check out Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree® logo on the back of each Clean Air Cab!
Thursday, 05 November 2009 18:53 Written by Paul Burman
Businesses want global warming solutions. Here at Carbonfund.org, we see that first hand every day with businesses from all over the nation coming to us to find new ways to reduce and offset their carbon footprint. That is why Carbonfund.org was pleased to learn about a new, broad based initiative that launched today - American Businesses for Clean Energy. The purpose of this new group is to create a platform to show the breadth, depth and diversity of support for clean energy and climate legislation among the American business community. As the nonprofit leader in carbon offsets and climate change solutions, Carbonfund.org has registered to join. The group includes Gap Inc. and other businesses around the country. “The House has done its part by passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation,” said Stephen Cowell, chairman and CEO of Conservation Services Group, which helped launch ABCE. “We urge the Senate and the President to do the same.” Their website is designed to empower any business regardless of size or sector to participate in the climate legislation debate. By joining the American Businesses for Clean Energy, businesses can show members of Congress, the media and others that there is strong support for strong climate legislation.
Thursday, 05 November 2009 11:00 Written by Emily Pugliese
Two free webinars will enable you to learn about two exciting programs we offer- product certification, featuring the first carbon neutral product label in the US-- CarbonFree® Certified, and our CarbonFree® Business program. You can sign up for them now: the product certification webinar on Nov. 12, and the business program webinar on Nov. 17. The CarbonFree® Certified Label has already been used by leading brands, and provides a meaningful, transparent way for you to provide carbon neutral products to your customers. This webinar will provide a helpful overview of the process involved in obtaining our label and making your product carbon neutral. Thursday, November 12th, 2pm ET Speakers: · Caterina Conti - Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Anvil Knitwear, Inc., which certified & launched its AnvilRecycled™ apparel CarbonFree® · Christopher Kral - Senior consultant with WSP Environment & Energy on determining a product's carbon footprint · Emily Pugliese - Senior Climate Change Specialist, CarbonFree® Product Certification Program of Carbonfund.org on the certification process Join leading companies such as Motorola, Florida Crystals, and Anvil Knitwear which have certified and successfully launched products CarbonFree®, using the label to impart their environmental commitment, differentiate their brands and help increase sales and customer satisfaction. Our CarbonFree® Business Program lets your business take charge of its carbon footprint and benefit from Carbonfund.org’s services for CarbonFree® Partners. The program is an innovative and flexible way to help your business reduce and offset its carbon footprint. Tuesday, November 17th, 2 pm ET Speakers: Karen Kiley - Vice President, Building Operations, Discovery Communications, parent of Discovery Channel, TLC, TreeHugger and other media brands Eric Carlson - President, Carbonfund.org From Fortune 500 companies to small & start-up businesses, the program comprises many of the most innovative, environmentally responsible companies. Remember to sign up for your free product certification and/or business program webinar today.
A survey of some of the nation's top economists has revealed that nearly all of them favor taking action to fight global warming. Specifically, economists agree that global warming threatens the American economy and that cap-and-trade legislation will spur investment and be good for the economy. Of the 144 economists surveyed by New York University of Law, some of the key findings include:
- 84 percent of the economists agreed that climate change “presents a clear danger” to the United States and global economies;
- 80.6 percent agree that a market-based approach of auctioning emissions allowances to limit carbon emissions;
- 94.3 percent said the United States should agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through an international climate treaty. 57 percent said the country should make such a commitment even without any agreement;
- 97 percent said that measures to reduce emissions would increase energy efficiency and promote innovation;
- the "social cost" of carbon dioxide - the potential damage of warming on society - ranged from $20 to $100 a ton, with one estimate at $10 million.
As sea levels rise, the picture of a new kind of refugee emerges. Climate refugees are people displaced by global warming and related environmental disasters. Hundreds of thousands of these refugees have already been displaced from permanently flooded coastal areas in places like Bohla Island in Bangladesh and the Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea. The 10,000 Tuvaluans living on the low island atoll of Tuvalu pictured here may be next. But rising sea levels do not only affect these exotic far away places. Nearly a quarter of the world's population lives in low coastal areas. Some of the world's great cities like London, Miami, New York, New Orleans, Mumbai, Cairo, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Shanghai are vulnerable to rising sea levels. According to Elaine Kurtenbach of the Associated Press, Chinese cities are among the largest and most threatened. In Shanghai, developers seem to ignore this threat, and they are building new infrastructure on the densely populated coasts. By 2070, experts estimate that nearly 150 million people will be living in areas vulnerable to flooding from rising sea levels.
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 16:41 Written by Ivan Chan
If you, a family member, or someone else you know is an employee of the federal government, donations can still be made to the Combined Federal Campaign to approved charities. Carbonfund.org is an approved charity of the government’s donations drive. It’s a great way to support our carbon offset projects, in renewable energy, energy efficiency as well as reforestation, located in different areas of the country. Our CFC# is 62681. Make your donation today to fight global warming, and remember to keep us in mind for your future CFC donations. You can learn more about the CFC campaign at www.opm.gov/CFC.