“Climate change affects us all, and we all must be a part of the solution," says Delphi President Michael Gerbis
Washington, DC. September 23, 2005 – The Delphi Group, Canada’s leading environmental and clean energy consulting company, and Carbonfund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the threat of climate change, announced today a partnership to reduce Delphi’s global climate impact to zero. Delphi will offset its carbon dioxide footprint in its entirety through its partnership with Carbonfund. Carbonfund will support carbon-reducing projects globally with the support of Delphi.
“We are thrilled to have the leadership and support of the Delphi Group and its employees on the issue of climate change and are glad Delphi chose to offset their carbon footprint with Carbonfund,” said Carbonfund President Lesley Marcus Carlson. “The Delphi Group, our first Canadian business partner, is leading the way among North American companies in the fight against climate change.”
“The Delphi Group is committed to being a good corporate citizen. Our partnership with Carbonfund made sense as the most cost effective and easiest way to reduce our impact on the global climate. As a global company we need to find global solutions that still make business sense,” said Delphi Group President Mike Gerbis.
Since 1988, the Delphi Group has been helping private companies, governments and agencies devise innovative solutions to more effectively manage the process of complex change towards a more competitive and sustainable future. Delphi operates on the premise that business should be a valued part of local and global communities, making both economic and social contributions to our world.
Carbonfund.org Makes it Simple and Affordable for the Institute to Reduce its Climate Footprint
Santa Rosa, CA. September 23, 2005 —How does an organization that trains leaders about environmental and social justice deal with the paradox of its participants creating tailpipe emissions driving to and from classes and meetings? “We retire carbon credits,” said Ron Sundergill, President of the Leadership Institute For Ecology and the Economy.
The mission of the Institute is to train community leaders to create public policy that balances environmental and social equity concerns with economic interests to build sustainable communities. Participants in the training program meet one day every month, usually driving a car to attend.
Sundergill noted, “It’s always bothered us that when people drive to our program to learn how they can make this a more sustainable world, we add CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Sometimes we even feel a bit guilty for preaching to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while our activities actually contribute to the problem.
“I’ve seen activists compromised when labeled as hypocrites because they drove their cars to testify in support of legislation for cleaner air, even when they had no alternative but to drive.
“Recently, we discovered Carbonfund.org and realized they could sequester the estimated 30 tons of carbon created by our program annually, making the Institute ‘carbon neutral,’ We’re very excited that we can tell others that they can do the same for their families and organizations,” Sundergill explained.
“Carbonfund.org is thrilled to add the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Environment to our growing list of companies and organizations that are reducing their climate footprints easily and affordably,” says Carbonfund President Lesley Marcus Carlson. “We created Carbonfund.org because the threat of climate change is too great to pass on to our children. We have to act now.”
Carbonfund.org’s concept is simple. We all contribute to climate change and global warming when we use energy in our homes, drive our cars and fly cross country or buy food and other goods. Carbonfund.org makes it easy for people to calculate their emissions and donate to offset them. Carbonfund.org uses the donations to support carbon dioxide reducing projects, such as wind energy, energy efficiency and sequestration. Donations to Carbonfund.org are tax deductible.
“We have created the easiest pathway for anyone to reduce their climate impact to zero,” adds Carlson. “This is a bottom-up approach that is incredibly simple and affordable. For about $8 a month anyone can reduce their climate footprint to zero. No politician or businessman can take away your right and ability to offset your climate impact.”