Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:35 Written by Paul Burman
Carbonfund.org partner Virgin America was recognized as the Most Eco-Friendly Airline in the SmarterTravel Editors' Choice Awards. The green achievements are a major reason why Carbonfund.org was so thrilled to partner with Virgin America to help them further reduce their carbon footprint. Some of the green initiatives that Virgin America has undertaken:
- Supporting LEED Certified building standards for select facilities/terminals;
- Offering preferential parking for hybrid cars;
- Operating a fuel-efficient fleet of airplanes that save money and carbon emissions;
- Publicly listing the airline's carbon footprint;
- Offsetting the emissions of their corporate headquarters with Carbonfund.org;
- Enabling passengers to offset when purchasing their travel or in-flight through their touch-screen RED system.
Monday, 07 February 2011 12:25 Written by Alterra Hetzel
The idea behind Virgin America is to "build a new kind of airline from the guest up," and that includes flying in the face of conventional ideas about sustainability. Founded just four years ago in 2007, Virgin America is growing fast and keeping a focus on their environmental impact the whole way. In their recently released sustainability report, Virgin America details green measures taken as well as the principles that guide future environmental decisions. These “Sustainability Principles” include a commitment to transparency, leadership in carbon efficiency, investment in sustainable growth (things like LEED-certified buildings and terminals) and collaboration with industry groups and partners like Carbonfund.org. So what did the report find? The Virgin America fleet is 25% more fuel efficient than the U.S. average and, for their second year of operations, will continue to lead the nation in carbon efficiency with a .7% reductions in GHG emission despite the overall growth in its fleet and operations over the year. Virgin America recycles on 39% of their flights and has committed to increasing aluminum recycling to 50% by January 2011 and to 75% by 2012. In 2011, they are also pursuing Gold or higher LEED certification for the Virgin section of a new San Francisco terminal – a first for a major airport terminal in the U.S. In addition, through their partnership with Carbonfund.org Virgin offers guests the ability to offset their in-flight travel with the touch-screen entertainment platform. This is a new, innovate way to engage customers in sustainable travel while they're actually flying. Virgin also annually offsets their corporate headquarters' emissions. One of the projects that Virgin supports is the Truck Stop Electrification project, which reduces tailpipe emissions from some of the heaviest emitters of all: the 18-wheelers that transport our consumer goods all over the country. The project installs a small device in trucker cabins that eliminates the need to keep the engine running for power during rest stops. The technology in this device allows truckers to heat and power the interior of their truck, run the radio and check email without forcing the engine to burn diesel, saving a gallon of diesel per hour of operation. To learn more about Virgin America's sustainable practices, click here to read their full sustainability report.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:01 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
From March 16th - 28th, the 18th annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital will present 155 poetic and thought-provoking films that delve into diverse topics such as farming, natural gas, even bee colonies. Over 60 of these films are Washington, D.C., United States, and World premieres that celebrate the environment and highlight the increasing challenges to life on Earth. A special focus of this year's film festival will be on our food: how it is produced and distributed and the myriad effects our food has on the environment. A few of the most anticipated films include Gasland, chronicling the natural gas industry, and Sweetgrass, about a group of Montana shepherds. Films like these add to one of the strongest lineups in Environmental Film Festival history. With a full schedule of films playing at locations throughout Washington, DC, be sure to get your tickets soon! A list of films and locations can be seen here with full show times.
One of our business partners, Clean Air Lawn Care, is up for an Entrepreneur of the Year award. They're a very cool business--they use electric mowers, organic fertilizers and recycle all their clippings. Please take a second and vote for them! The Emerging Entrepreneur Award from Entrepreneur Magazine selects innovative startup businesses who stand out among their peers. After being chosen as a semi-finalist, the winner must be selected by the online community at http://www.entrepreneur.com/e2009/vote/emerging.php#432 The winner will be featured in the January ’10 and December ’10 issues of Entrepreneur Magazine. It’s a tremendous honor to be working with a company that has been selected one of the 5 semi-finalists for this award. We hope you will join us in helping to push them to the top! The contest ends on Monday, so vote now! And for those of you on twitter, please tweet this: RT @Carbonfundorg Vote Ends Monday! Help innovative green business win prestigious #Entrepreneur Award http://bit.ly/om3ao #green #eco Read the press release:
Clean Air Lawn Care Nominated for Emerging Entrepreneur 2009 Fort Collins, CO – Clean Air Lawn Care CEO, Kelly Giard, has been nominated to be Entrepreneur Magazine’s Emerging Entrepreneur of 2009! This is an incredible honor for all of Clean Air Lawn Care and a testament to the changing face of business – a commitment to being green, setting high ethical and environmental standards, and being an example to others. Clean Air Lawn Care is a lawn maintenance business that uses clean electric and biodiesel powered equipment. The vehicles hauling this equipment have mounted solar panels which charge the electric equipment during the workday. The equipment is clean and quiet; the fertilizer is organic; the business is carbon neutral. Clean Air Lawn Care is the pioneer of sustainable lawn care franchising. In the October 2008 print issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, Clean Air Lawn Care was identified as one of the top 5 green franchises in America. The January 2009 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine showcases the Franchise 500 and Clean Air Lawn Care again is listed as one of the major players in a green franchise movement. The sustainable company has been receiving other national attention as well. In May of this year, the company graced the cover of Turf Magazine, an indication that change is indeed coming to the lawn care industry. Noting the sustainable methods used by Clean Air Lawn Care, the magazine stated, “Clean Air may have a jump on competitors who are clinging to traditional techniques.” Why Sustainable Lawn Care… • 5-10% of the nation’s air pollution comes from gas powered lawn equipment. • In one hour, one gas lawn mower can pollute as much as an SUV driven 23,600 miles. • The company saves $10,000 a year on gas and spends less than $500 to charge the equipment through renewable energy. • Electric lawn mowers cut noise emissions by 50%-75%. Through the use of electric equipment powered by renewable energy, Clean Air Lawn Care removed 32,000 pounds of air pollution equaling over 1,000,000 vehicle miles in 2008. The positive impact of Clean Air Lawn Care’s business is parallel with growth. The company’s growth equals a larger reduction in national air pollution. The online vote is taking place at http://www.entrepreneur.com/e2009/vote/emerging.php#432 Watch the video and learn how Clean Air Lawn Care is starting a revolution in lawn care and changing the way America mows the lawn.
Friday, 25 March 2011 11:06 Written by Jordana Fyne
Carbonfund.org is thrilled to be nominated in TreeHugger's annual Best of Green Awards. We love what we do, and it's great to be recognized, but awards like these really are a testament to supporters like you who share and spread our mission to reduce and offset our climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. So let's spread the love, folks. Tweet your vote. Thanks for your support!
Monday, 24 August 2009 14:09 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Our partner Clean Air Lawn Care is up to exciting things! In addition to offsetting their business footprint, their lawn maintenance service helps reduce CO2 emissions by providing alternatives to gas powered equipment and chemical fertilizers. According to their CEO and founder Kelly Giard, approximately 5-10% of US emissions are from lawn maintenance equipment. Clean Air Lawn Care uses electric mowers and truck-mounted solar panels to charge its equipment. They are currently in the running for Entrepreneur Magazine's Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2009! As a finalist, they are competing against several other businesses in the "Emerging" category. Help make Clean Air Lawn Care the next big thing! To vote, click here and view their video and company bio. To see if the service is available in your area, check out their website.
CarbonFree® Partner Tradepal has been nominated for the "Best New Startup of 2009" at the Crunchies Awards in San Francisco. Tradepal is an online social marketplace that enables users to trade items with their friends. They built a trading model inspired by the efficiency and clarity of financial markets, yet easy for anyone to use. Tradepal Members trade with friends, make new friends, save money and the environment. They need the support of everyone possible so that their idea of a green, online, social marketplace that has REUSE as a mantra can survive and thrive among other marketplaces. The deadline to vote is TOMORROW, 12/4 so please vote today! Click here to vote: http://is.gd/558Qy. The 2009 Crunchies is the third annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, Internet and technology innovations of the year. Media co-hosts include TechCrunch and VentureBeat. The ceremony takes place in January in San Francisco.
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.