Monday, 08 February 2010 15:50

Automate Your Board Reviews with BoardEvals

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BoardEvals’ web-based evaluation solutions help organizations perform more efficient, effective and thorough board evaluations.  BoardEvals BoardEvalsreplaces the ad-hoc, manual processes used by most organizations today with an automated, standardized board evaluation process that saves time and expenses, while at the same time improving corporate governance practices.  They enable more thorough board evaluations by incorporating the full range of board evaluation activities, including board self-evaluation, committee self-evaluation, and 360 degree evaluations of individual board members. Not only does this more automated process save time, resources, and expenses, but BoardEvals is a Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Partner.  They are offsetting their office, business travel, and employee commuting emissions by supporting third-party validated renewable energy carbon reduction projects.  Interested in learning how BoardEvals can help improve efficiency in your organization? Visit BoardEvals now!
Carbonfund.org Partner Electrum Marketing is a unique branding agency that excels at helping Electrum_Marketingbusinesses find, get and keep customers. They specialize in identifying what sets their clients apart, optimizing their delivery of that product or service, then finding cost-effective ways to promote it to their target audience. From strategic planning to website design, they offer a full menu of branding services to clients throughout Florida and beyond. Electrum's services include consulting, graphic design, website design, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, brand delivery and training, mystery shops and customer satisfaction surveys. Electrum was able to reduce 35 tons of C02 generated annually by the agency by donating to Carbonfund.org to support reforestation projects. Energy efficiency in their office has improved with the installation of compact fluorescent lighting, reduced consumption, programming the thermostat, and sealing the door and windows. For more information on how Electrum Marketing can help you find, get and keep more customers, visit www.electrummarketing.com.

First of Electronic Devices Sold by AT&T to Automatically Power Off When Fully Charged

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2011) - Key Facts
  • 25 percent of the plastic in the external housing of the Motorola P793 Back-Up Battery Charger is made from recycled post-consumer water-cooler bottles.
  • The Back-up Battery Charger shuts itself off automatically once fully charged, reducing wasted energy.
  • The Back-up Battery Charger is a portable back-up power accessory that is compatible with all USB devices by major manufacturers.
  • In 2010, AT&T* launched the ZERO Charger which switches itself off to save energy.
Product Specifications In an ongoing effort to introduce more sustainable devices and accessories, AT&T is proud to introduce the Motorola P793 Back-Up Battery Charger, a portable back-up battery charger from Motorola that provides extra power to customers on the go. The Back-up Battery Charger is compatible with all USB devices by major manufacturers and is the first Motorola Mobility power product or accessory built using 25 percent post-consumer recycled content plastic. Dual ports allow users to rapidly charge two electronic devices at the same time. Small and lightweight, the device shuts off automatically once fully charged and can provide up to five hours of additional talk time. Statistics for the Motorola P793 Back-Up Battery Charger device include:
  • 25 percent of the plastic in the external housing is made from recycled water-cooler bottles.
  • Free of brominated flame retardants, polyvinyl chloride and phthalates.
  • First product certified CarbonFree® by CarbonFund.org that is being sold by AT&T. Sufficient carbon offsets were purchased to offset the carbon emissions demonstrated by a lifecycle analysis to be required for the manufacturing, transport, use and end-of-life phases of the device.
AT&T's Environmental Sustainability Initiatives
  • Recently, AT&T announced plans to introduce new plastic in AT&T-branded accessory packaging, which is comprised of up to 30 percent plant-based materials sourced from ethanol harvested from natural sugarcane.
  • Also in 2010, AT&T introduced the ZERO Charger which automatically senses when a mobile device is not plugged in to the charger and cuts the power supply from the wall socket.
  • AT&T also launched the Samsung Evergreen in 2010, a quick messaging device constructed with 70 percent recycled post-consumer plastics, which recently earned Platinum Certification from UL Environment -- a leading global science company for meeting UL Environment's high Sustainable Product Certification standard.
  • AT&T collected more than 3.7 million cell phones for reuse and recycling and more than 1.8 million pounds of cell phone batteries and accessories in 2010. AT&T offers customers simple, convenient ways to donate old cell phones and accessories: drop-off bins in more than 2,000 company-owned retail stores; free, prepaid mailing envelopes available in the stores; and postage-paid mailing labels available via our web site at AT&T Reuse & Recycle
AT&T is committed to integrating sustainable business practices across its business and was included in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI) for the second year in a row and was added to Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 12th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. Visit www.att.com/csr to learn more about sustainability at AT&T and to download the 2010 AT&T Sustainability Report. Quotes "We're pleased to expand our portfolio of products with the Back-Up Battery Charger," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We're passionate about providing quality options to customers as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability." *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Warmer waters in the Arctic are causing methane releases from the ocean that have, until now, been very well stored. New research from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks is indicating that from an area west of the Bering Strait, plumes of methane can be observed rising from what was once permafrost. While researchers aren't making snap judgments about what this implies for the Earth's climate, the potential impacts could be huge. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is not as abundant in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, but has a warming effect about 23 times greater than CO2. Concentrations of methane have roughly doubled since pre-industrial times - most of these increases have come from human sources - and there appears to be no slowing of these emissions. One of the scarier things about global warming is that changes in temperature can have far-reaching effects. Scientifically, this is commonly referred to as feedback. If increased CO2 causes temperatures to rise and warm arctic waters such that stored methane is released, and that methane in turn warms the planet more causing more methane to be released - it's an example of feedback. Given the risks and effects - such as rising sea levels, floods, heat waves and spread of diseases are serious - it makes sense for all of us to take action on global warming. Remember to calculate, reduce and offset your carbon footprint today. For example, check out Carbonfund.org's carbon calculators and third-party validated carbon reduction projects to offset your footprint by clicking here.
Friday, 13 November 2009 17:02

AQuickDelivery: Delivering Time and Green

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Looking for an eco-friendly courier service in the Atlanta, GA area?  Look no further than AQuickDelivery, the area's fastest and most reliable same-day messenger service in the greater Atlanta area.  They have the capability of delivering anything to anywhere in the area in less than an hour, and you can even place orders online.  AQuickDelivery has literally hundreds of clients in the Atlanta region, including Fortune 500 companies, and continue expanding by being the most reliable, cost-effective, and one-click source for the fastest delivery in the area. AQuickDelivery's investment in technology has enabled them to offer convenient and eco-friendly options for their customers including a paperless, mail-free courier transaction.  They have online order entry and tracking, payment via credit card, and e-billing instead of using paper bills.  Bike transportation is always used where possible to cut emissions. While AQuickDelivery certainly "Reduces What They Can," they are also "Offsetting What They Can't" by partnering with Carbonfund.org to offset all carbon dioxide emissions from their deliveries.  They are a proud member of Carbonfund.org's Shipping Program.  AQuickDelivery exemplifies industry leadership in providing a valuable service to its clients while helping transition to a clean energy future. If you would like to calculate your shipping carbon footprint, please use our calculator or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.
Where before people might have stood outside and remarked to their neighbor, “Hmm, it is unseasonable hot for this time of year – I wonder why,” now they can instantly locate scores of articles and data online and share it with their whole social network with 140 character Tweet.  Our way of talking about climate change has, well, changed. Here are three ways to use technology to change the way you take action.     Amtrak’s New App for iPhone This free app gives access to all Amtrak’s travel information, trip booking on the go, and up-to-date train schedules.  In fact, through the partnership with Carbonfund.org, this app even allows the option for carbon neutral travel. That’s a win-win for the environment, considering rail is one of the most energy efficient ways to travel. Click here to get this App. Shopkick’s app for iPhone or Android Shopkick gives you rewards points for simply walking into your favorite stores. You can collect your kicks™ rewards at millions of stores in America then use those points for a wide variety of redemption options, one of which is the ability to donate to over 20 great causes. Supporting Carbonfund.org’s climate mitigation projects is on the list, making it a quick, easy and free way to support the environment. Click here to get this App. Care2 Widget Care2 is the largest and fastest growing social action network boasting over 16 million members. Care2 also owns and operates the #1 site for petitions with as many as 24 million signatures in the past year. Care2 has more than 100 partner sites, including Carbonfund.org. Visitors to www.carbonfund.org will now see a petition widget on the page that allows visitors to take action on a number of important environmental issues. Learn more about Care2, visit: Care2.com. Or go directly to The Petition Site. Motorola Citrus Smartphone Available exclusively through Verizon, Motorola’s Citrus is a touch screen smartphone with an Android operating system. It’s small, fast, highly customizable and has lots of great apps and services like social networking. The phone is also the only smartphone on the market that can boast such high environmental considerations. The Citrus is made from 25% post–consumer recycled plastic, packaged with eco–friendly materials and certified Carbon Free® through an alliance with Carbonfund.org. This means that the phone’s  full lifecycle emissions are carbon neutral.  And, with a 2-year Verizon contract, you can get it for free online. Click here to get the phone or learn more.
There really is an app for that? There are actually TWO apps for that! Available on iPhone and Android, shopkick is a new mobile app that gives you rewards simply for walking into stores, scanning products and signing up friends. With shopkick you earn “kickbucks,” which are points you collect to receive gifts and bonuses at millions of stores and restaurants in America, plus iTunes gift cards, Facebook credits, movie tickets, and much more. If you're feeling like a “do-gooder,” donate your kickbucks to 30 different causes, including Carbonfund.org. For users, the concept is simple and the technology is amazing. Check into a store by scanning an item with the camera on your mobile phone and then tap on it. You’re in! In addition, users receive special promotional offers from corporate sponsors, which are delivered right to your phone as a barcode that can be scanned at the register, an easy, instant and paper-free way to save. For companies, going to this mobile app allows them to reach hundreds of thousands of users and shoppers by offering mobile deals and discounts. Shopkick also allows business to be associated with great causes, like supporting climate mitigation projects through the partnership with Carbonfund.org. Want another app? CauseWorld works with Carbonfund.org, too! CauseWorld allows users to accumulate “karmas” when visiting various stores, with no purchase required, which can then be used for donations. With one karma, Carbonfund.org will offset two pounds of carbon emissions. The average American produces 50-100 pounds of carbon per day, so this is a great way to help offset your daily footprint. The concept of mobile altruism has certainly not gone unnoticed, with corporate sponsors like American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s, Simon Malls, Sports Authority, Target, Wet Seal (and many more), joining in to offer shoppers valuable promotions all over the country. To download and learn more about these apps, go to CauseWorld, shopkick, or watch this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esAPuqCQ5Z8
Anvil-westwoodlogCarbonfund.org partner Anvil Knitwear have joined forces with renowned fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to launch a limited edition T-shirt to support the efforts of rainforest nations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to stop deforestation. Deforestation is responsible for over 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all the world's cars and trucks combined. The Coalition for Rainforest Nations wants slow the rate of deforestation by initiating a mechanism known as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). Through REDD+, the United Nations will issue carbon credits for each hectare of living rainforest giving landowners a financial incentive to keep their land forested instead of logging it. Anvil Knitwear, Inc, a leading manufacturer of socially and environmentally responsible apparel and accessories, provided eco-friendly T-shirts from its AnvilSustainable™ collection. Each shirt is made with a blend of recycled polyester, derived from approximately three recycled plastic bottles and transitional cotton that comes from farms that are converting to organic farming methods, a three-year process required for receiving organic certification. Anvil Knitwear is also supporting rainforest protection through their partnership with Carbonfund.org.  Earlier this year the AnvilRecyled™ tees received our CarbonFree® Product Certification. To meet rigorous standards of the CarbonFree® Product Certification Program, Anvil assessed the carbon footprint of the recycled tee throughout its lifecycle, from raw materials sourcing, manufacturing and transportation to screen printing, consumer use and disposal. Anvil made the tee carbon neutral by reducing emissions during the production process and by supporting the Return to Forest reforestation project in Nicaragua.   To learn more about all of Anvil’s impressive sustainability efforts, please visit www.anvilknitwearcsr.com.