LEI Electronics and Eco Alkalines Batteries are pleased to announce their latest launch with W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger), a Chicago-based Fortune 500 company that shares the Eco Alkalines ™ vision for creating and supplying sustainable businesses and communities. 

Grainger is committed to environmental stewardship in their operations and are dedicated to being a leader in sustainability.  In addition to operating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities and working with the U.S. Green Building Council, Grainger is the first industrial distributor to publically disclose their carbon footprint through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). 

Like Grainger, Eco Alkalines batteries are committed to environmental sustainability and green innovation. Eco-Alkalines batteries are environmentally friendly and landfill safe. They are manufactured with earth friendly derivatives and contain 0% trace amounts of harmful metals such as Mercury, Cadmium and Lead. 

Eco Alkalines™ batteries have been certified Carbonfree® by Carbonfund.org Foundation and NSF Sustainability for the past three years.  This program requires that the batteries’ complete cradle-to-grave life cycle is analyzed, the per-unit carbon emissions is determined then neutralized for each battery unit sold.  In addition to neutralizing life cycle carbon footprints, the batteries continue to meet and exceed some of the most important international standards such as PAS 2050 (carbon label standard) and ISO 14044 (life cycle assessment standard), and they can be used to count towards prerequisites and credits in LEED certified building projects and building operation. 

In addition to their innovative and unique green credentials and applications, Eco Alkalines perform equal to or better than the leading national brands in performance and longevity tests.  Eco Alkalines™ have a guaranteed 5-year shelf life and a unique patented leak resistant seal ensuring that they will not leak into your devices. 

Despite their pioneering eco accolades and novel technology, Eco Alkalines batteries are competitively priced compared to the leading national brands. As eco-friendly technology evolves to a ‘must’ rather than a choice, Eco Alkalines does not believe that consumers and companies should have to pay a premium for a green product. 

Eco Alkalines is a great choice for environmentally-conscious consumers, as the brand continues to create an environmental awareness with a message of its commitment to reduced world-wide carbon emissions and its suggestion to use recycled material and recycle when and where possible.  Customers can purchase Eco Alkalines batteries and other green products through a retail branch, in the 2013 Grainger catalog or on www.grainger.com and www.acklandsgrainger.com. 

The trend towards “farm-to-table” dining is everywhere, and locavores “rule” in many parts of the world.  But how can you tell if a restaurant truly “walks the walk” and is not just “talking the talk”?  An inspiring example is CarbonFree® Business Partner Founding Farmers, with locations in Washington, DC and Potomac, MD (with Tysons Corner, VA slated to open in Summer 2014).  Since September 2008, the award-winning Founding Farmers has been one of the country’s leading restaurants to offer farm-inspired “American True Food & Drink” in a modern, casual setting.

Founding Farmers is a business that is fully committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing the earth with a “Triple Green Approach” to bringing great food from Farm to Fork. The menus at Founding Farmers are based on regional and sustainable agricultural resources whenever possible, and the freezers on site are for ice cream only!

For the fifth consecutive year, Founding Farmers is proud to be an official CarbonFree® Business Partner, supporting global climate-friendly renewable energy projects and the Carbonfund.org mission of education, offsets and outreach. Founding Farmers is 100% carbon neutral by offsetting its CO2 emissions annually with Carbonfund.org. 

"As Washington DC’s greenest restaurant, and one of the greenest in the country, our business model is earth-friendly from the inside out. It was logical, affirmative and natural for the restaurant to partner with Carbonfund.org,” explains Dan Simons, PR Advisor for Founding Farmers.  “We believe in setting an example as a leader in the green/LEED restaurant category, and partnering with Carbonfund.org allows us to share in the mission and share what we’ve done with others."

Secondly, the restaurant operates with the earth in mind, by sorting and recycling all non-food products, processing used cooking oil into bio-diesel, composting all organic waste products, using an in-house super water purification system to eliminate water bottle waste, and cleaning with earth-friendly and chemically neutral products. Even the menus are printed on recycled papers with soy-based inks.

Finally, the architecture and design of the space itself meet the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold design standards and criteria, with the use of reclaimed and recycled materials for the floors, surface finishes and fabrics; with high-efficiency lighting, HVAC and general energy use.Beyond the building itself, Founding Farmers is a Certified Green Restaurant™ as recognized by the Green Restaurant Association for eco-friendly operations.

A collective of American family farmers owns the flagship restaurant, where products are sourcedfrom family farms, ranches, and fisheries across the United States. They celebrate and share the longstanding connection between farmers — the first to lead the green movement — and their historic stewardship of natural resources.  Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Founding Farmers in achieving sustainability leadership in the restaurant industry.

The environmental movement today requires individual and collective efforts that reach beyond one’s personal impact on the earth to make a difference.  The CarbonFree® Business Partnership program gives companies of all sizes a simple and affordable way to neutralize their annual operational emissions, but our programs also create opportunities to go beyond direct impact.

One of our CarbonFree® Partners, Envision Technology Marketing Group (ETMG), a totally virtual marketing firm and a certified green business, is celebrating its sixth year CarbonFree® while maintaining an innovative additional emissions offsetting program that recognizes each new purchase order opened by their clients each quarter. 

For the past six years, ETMG has donated 500 pounds of carbon credits through Carbonfund.org for every new purchase order.  To date, and including ETMG’s own aggregate CarbonFree® Partner offsets, ETMG has neutralized over 1.85 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by supporting clean energy technology and clean air projects around the world.  That equates to taking 175 cars off the road for a year or equals the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered annually by 688 acres of US forestland.

ETMG chose to partner with Carbonfund.org after careful research, based on the high impact green causes Carbonfund.org supports, and the success the foundation has had creating momentum around environmental issues.

“Taking care of our environment has become part of our central mission to provide a unique and affordable service offering to our clients,” explains Michael Grodin, co-founder of ETMG.  “Our ability to leverage cutting-edge technology for all our communications and operational needs is a tribute to our clients, and the incredible products they develop, and showcases the possibilities of a new era of conservation.”

This spring, ETMG produced a clever Infographic that explores the impact of their sustainability efforts.  Carbonfund.org is very happy to partner with an innovative firm such as ETMG, leading its industry in helping transition to a cleaner energy future and healthier environment.

The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects involve numerous local and international partners that will collectively protect nearly 250,000 acres in the Amazon Rainforest – the world’s largest rainforest - from slash-and-burn forest clearing and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 20 percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation, which reduces the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Moreover, fallen trees decompose and release methane, a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2. 

The Purus Project was successfully validated to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction in January 2013.  The Purus Project is now being reviewed for verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Project’s past performance.

To review the complete Project Documents and submit comments, please visit: http://www.climate-standards.org/2012/10/20/the-purus-project-a-tropical-forest-conservation-project-in-acre-brazil/ 

The Russas and Valparaiso Projects are both currently being reviewed for validation to the VCS and CCBS.  

To review their complete Project Documents and submit comments, please visit: http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-valparaiso-project/ and http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-russas-project/

 The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects are Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects that will mitigate deforestation, preserve extraordinary biodiversity, and provide alternative economic opportunities to local communities.  Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures and benefit the local communities include, but are not limited to: agricultural extension training, forest patrols of potential deforestation sites, improving local schools and health clinics, and eventually building better houses and installing solar photovoltaic panels for the local communities to improve their livelihoods. 

The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects will also provide a variety of essential ecosystem services such as: erosion and flood control; water cycling, filtration and storage; oxygen production and nutrient recycling; genetic repository for medicinal plants; and habitat for thousands of native Amazonian animal (including scarlet macaws and Amazon River dolphins) and plant species.

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Environmental Triple-Play is a Win-Win-Win: Plant Trees – Triple Your Donations in Dining Rewards – Enter to Win a Caribbean Vacation

Carbonfund.org Foundation Launches Most Ambitious and Rewarding Tree-Planting Campaign to Date

(Bethesda, MD - July 16, 2013)     

The Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading climate solutions nonprofit organization, is thrilled to announce the launch of its most ambitious – and rewarding – tree-planting campaign ever. With an aim to plant 50 million trees worldwide, Carbonfund.org has created a win-win-win making it easy to support tree-planting projects while receiving free dining rewards and entering to win a Caribbean vacation.   
 

** Plant 50 trees for $50 – Get Back $100 in Restaurant.com dining gift certificates!
 
** Plant 75 trees for $75 – Get Back $200 in Restaurant.com dining gift certificates!
 
** Plant 100 trees for $100 – Get Back $300 in Restaurant.com dining gift certificates!
 

That’s double – even triple - your donation dollars in dining rewards!
 
And Enter to win a fabulous week-long vacation for two to beautiful Turks and Caicos!  It’s a win-win-win!

 
It’s Simple. Here’s all you do:
 
1Go to Carbonfund.org Facebook page, LIKE the page and enter the Caribbean trip sweepstakes
 
2 - SHARE the trip sweepstakes to earn FIVE more trip entries
 
3 – Go to Carbonfund.org/plant-trees-dine-free:

  • Plant 50 trees for $50, Receive $100 dining rewards
  • Plant 75 trees for $75, Receive $200 dining rewards
  • PLANT 100 FOR $100, RECEIVE $300 DINING REWARDS     

"This is an incredible win-win-win offer!  Simply enter to win a Caribbean vacation sweepstakes, then plant trees and receive twice or three times your donation dollars in Restaurant.com dining rewards, which can be used on over 50,000 restaurant deals nationwide. This is a great deal for both people and our planet” exclaims Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org.  "Carbonfund.org was founded with a mission to make it simple and affordable for individuals and businesses to help improve the environment and fight the effects of climate change, and this environmental triple-play is our most ambitious effort yet!"
 
Deforestation is a critical global issue, accounting for about twenty percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally as well as the destruction of habitats, soil erosion, loss of economic opportunities, and degradation of water quality.
 
Tree-planting projects are simple, affordable actions anyone can support today to help mitigate the effects of climate change.  Be part of the solution – join the Carbonfund.org Environmental Triple-Play tree-planting campaign, enjoy the rewards, and help to save the environment!

Proceeds from the Environmental Triple-Play will support tree-planting projects around the world that help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and local communities. Our goal is to plant 50 million trees … one meal at a time.
 

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About the Carbonfund.org Foundation
 
Carbonfund.org Foundation is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a low-carbon future.  Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through climate change education, carbon reduction projects, and public outreach.

The printing industry has taken great strides to implement various sustainability initiatives, in order to reduce industry-produced greenhouse gas emissions and to achieve greater production efficiency through chain-of-custody certifications in alignment with the Forest Steward Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

CarbonFree® Business Partner Aslan Graphics recognized that it could take a leadership position by going beyond the industry-wide efforts and directly mitigating its own operational carbon emissions.  By joining the CarbonFree® Business Partnership six years ago, award-winning Aslan Graphics has offered its clients the advantages of a carbon emissions-neutral print management company in the very environmentally-aware San Francisco market.

"It would be irresponsible to be a part of the printing industry -- an industry that has a big environmental footprint -- and not try to offset some its effects,” explains Dayala Levenson, President and CEO of Aslan Graphics.  “Although there have been tremendous improvements in reducing the impact of printing, I am grateful that we have yet another opportunity to minimize it. Carbonfund.org has given us an easy way to present a carbon offsetting option to our clients and to take advantage of it ourselves."

Aslan Graphics made a commitment to investing in future renewable energy sources through Carbonfund.org.  Over the past six years, Aslan Graphics has neutralized almost 500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by supporting clean energy project development.   

“While we believe that the most important aspect of an environmental policy is to limit your impact from the start, it's good to know that we are able to help counteract the effects of our business through Carbonfund.org,” concludes Dayala.  We couldn’t agree more.

Environmentally-responsible business entrepreneurs come by their inspiration through a variety of experiences.  For Michelle Garcia, Founder and President of Pure&True, a natural and organic beauty and skin care products company based in Oahu, the inspiration began with researching the requirements for LEED building certification.  Through the process, Michelle learned of the many toxic ingredients contained in home and personal care products.  Her continued research led her to develop Pure&True as a cosmetic company devoted to pure, natural and organic product ingredients and with a strong commitment to environmental and social responsibility. 

As a company, Pure&True cares about the choices the business makes and how those choices impact customers’ health and the environment.  They believe it is possible to indulge oneself with skin and beauty care products while making a meaningful difference in the world.  Six years ago, Pure&True made the decision to offset the carbon emissions from its business operations and product shipments by joining the CarbonFree® Business Partnership program and supporting our global reforestation and sustainable energy projects.  As a CarbonFree® Partner, Pure&True has neutralized over 430,000 pounds of carbon emissions, equivalent to the quantity of carbon dioxide sequestered by over 5000 tree seedlings grown for ten years. 

“As a cosmetic company, I believe that Pure&True should be a vehicle to making a difference in the world – through the products it creates and the support it lends to environmental and social charities,” explains Michelle.  “This is the vision that sparked the birth of Pure&True, and I look forward to developing this vision as the company grows.” 

In addition to maintaining its CarbonFree® operations, Pure&True also donates 5% of the profits from each product sale to selected social and environmental charities.  Pure&True makes it possible for their customers to support their products while making positive contributions to protecting and preserving the environment, and improving lives of women and families around the world.

 

The view from a small aircraft brings environmental problems into focus.  Long-term CarbonFree® Partner LightHawk is devoted to assisting environmental protection efforts through the unique perspective of flight.  LightHawk provides aerial services as a tool to help protect land, water and wildlife in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and parts of Canada to a wide variety of organizations working on conservation issues.

As part of its commitment to environmental protection, LightHawk has maintained CarbonFree® operations for the past six years, neutralizing the emissions from all business travel and the fuel consumed by LightHawk flights.  As a CarbonFree® Partner, LightHawk has neutralized over 3.3 million pounds of carbon emissions, equivalent to the quantity of carbon dioxide sequestered by over 38,000 tree seedlings grown for ten years.

"Based on LightHawk’s commitment to the environment, we feel it is our responsibility to adhere to sustainable practices in our emissions, including all flights done by our volunteer pilots,” explains Rudy Engholm, LightHawk’s Executive Director.  “LightHawk believes that by partnering with Carbonfund.org, we are truly making a contribution towards removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere."

Founded in 1979, LightHawk is a nonprofit organization that provides donated flights through a network of volunteer pilots to more than 250 partner conservation groups throughout Central and North America each year.  The aerial view provided by LightHawk flights lends itself particularly well to issues that benefit from a large-scale perspective, particularly protection of wildlife migration corridors, monitoring illegal uses of protected lands, and species-specific scientific research and protection efforts.   Carbonfund.org congratulates LightHawk on achieving its sixth year CarbonFree® and for continuing its important work in providing donated flight services to environmental protection and conservation groups.