CarbonFree(r) Partner Founding Farmers is serving up our type of Founding Farmersenvironmental responsibility!  Located on historic Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, DC, Founding Farmers is the first LEED restaurant in the greater DC metro region, and is the first upscale-casual, full-service LEED Gold restaurant in the entire country.   With an underlying philosophy to support family farms and sustainable agriculture, you can be sure your meal at Founding Farmers is as fresh, unprocessed and farmer-sourced as possible. Hospitality Design Magazine and ASID named Founding Farmers the Project Winner of the 2009 Earth-Minded Awards and the restaurant was also awarded the Grand Prize in the Restaurant/Casual category from the 2009 Association for Retail Environments Retail Design Awards.    In addition to being named a "Top 50 Best New Restaurant" by Travel + Leisure this past June, the restaurant has garnered many other honors from local and regional publications. All of the awards they've received only complement the unique mix of modern and old country that blend harmoniously in the Founding Farmers' atmosphere.  Farm tables, dynamic open space, and old wood are highlights that wait for you at one of DC's hottest new restaurants. Their homemade creations range from classic American traditions to great farm meals.  If you're looking for a new, hip restaurant in DC that combines old and new, visit Founding Farmers to learn more or book a reservation.
Forks may be known for being the setting of Stephanie Meyer’s hugely popular saga, Twilight, but Bellingham is making some noise in Washington state too. The City of Bellingham is a Carbonfund.org partner and earlier this month, it played host to the First Annual Appliances Race sponsored by the Appliance Depot. Contestants transformed washing machines, refrigerators, and water heaters into wheeled vehicles ready to race. There were many laughs, skinned knees, and lost wheels along the way, but the real purpose of the event was to emphasize the need to reuse and repurpose old appliances however possible. Recycling reduces the amount of waste in the environment, which in turn reduces carbon footprints. Learn more about how you can reduce your carbon footprint here. Check out a video of the race:
Thursday, 04 June 2009 12:11

New Forest Carbon Offsetting Survey

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The IPCC estimates that deforestation and forest degradation are responsible for 20% of global warming pollution; meaning any comprehensive solution to global warming must incorporate a way to reduce our emissions and keep trees in the ground. Emissions trading schemes like RGGI and CCAR already incorporate provisions that allow for forest based carbon offsets, and in the voluntary carbon market foresty related carbon offsets have been popular for years for a variety of reason. But what does the future hold for trees in the world of carbon offsets? A new survey seeks to shed light on exactly that question. A survey released by EcoSecurities, Conservation International (CI), ClimateBiz and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) entitled The forest carbon offseting survey 2009 overviews the entire background of forest carbon offsets and provides great insights on what the future might hold. The highlights and insights from the survey include:
  • Avoided deforestation (91%) and reforestation with native tree species (89%) were rated the most desirable forestry projects in regards to carbon results;
  • South America (78%), Africa (71%) and South East Asia (69%) are the three most desirable regions to purchase forest carbon credits;
  • The Clean Development Mechanism (64%) and the Voluntary Carbon Standard (60%) were rated as the most desirable standards when purchasing forest carbon offsets;
  • Participants highlighted the most important factor when purchasing forest offsets are carbon standards (91%), closely followed by experience and credibility (87%);
  • In comparison to Europe (19%), companies in North America (50%) are much more willing to pay up front for carbon credits that will be generated more than five years from now;
  • Benefits to local communities (89%) and the global scale of the problem (77%) have been the key motivational factors for adopting offsets from forest carbon projects.
This survey reinforces some of the anecedotal evidence that Carbonfund.org has been compiling from its donors for years. The forest based projects that our donors choose to support have strong community co-benefits, are validated to the highest third party standards (some are validated to two!), and produce real and additional reductions in global warming pollution. By recognizing deforestation's role in global warming and understanding the preferences of the people supporting these projects, we can work to develop more projects that meet environmental goals and appeal to donors. Fighting global warming will require a lot of wind turbines and solar pannels, but it will also require us getting dirty, planting trees, and helping communities in the process.
Monday, 20 December 2010 15:11

Ford to Use Recycled Jeans in the New Focus

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The 2012 Ford Focus' quiet ride is brought to drivers in part by post-consumer cotton from recycled blue jeans. The automaker incorporated cotton from recycled clothing to produce material for carpets and sound-absorption in the Focus, to be available in the early part of 2011. It takes about two pairs of average-sized American jeans to outfit a car. “The good news is these jeans didn’t end up in a landfill, nor did we use the water, fertilizer and land to grow virgin cotton,” said Carrie Majeske, Ford's product sustainability manager. “It’s an alternative that our customers can appreciate, it’s cost-effective, and it’s better for our planet. These are the kinds of sustainable solutions we are looking for in all our vehicles.” Ford Motors has an established track record of utilizing recycled materials in its vehicles, such as resins recycled out of detergent bottles or tires to make aerodynamic shields. By their own calculations, in 2009 Ford diverted between 25 and 30 million pounds of plastic from landfills and saved $4.5 million by reusing recycled materials.
Don’t be fooled by this winter’s exceptional snowfalls, global warming is still real, warns a prominent scientist at Duke University.    Despite the snowy pummeling the US received, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climate Data Center reports that January 2010 was one of the warmest Januarys on record. Temperatures were about half a degree Fahrenheit above the long-term averages in the chilly US while South Africa, Australia and Brazil suffered from excessive heat waves. “This pattern of warmer temperatures and stronger storms is consistent with climate models that show global warming will bring more extreme weather, specifically more severe storms with greater amounts of precipitation,” says  William L. Chameides, dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Additionally, climate scientists are still reeling from leaked emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit in November 2009. The documents were apparent proof to skeptics that scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change.  But Chameides asserts that “careful, objective, complete reading of the scientific literature reveals the scientific evidence that the globe is warming – and that this warming is connected to human activities – remains strong.”
farmersmarketMany consumers have started to make more climate-friendly decisions about their food. This has led to increased access to farmers markets all over the country, which provide access to healthy fruits and vegetables to urban markets and an income for small farmers. Check out LocalHarvest.org to see if you have a farmers market in your town. Or, if you prefer to garden yourself, see if you have a community garden. From the UK to DC, there were a few great stories out this week about our food--how we can keep eating deliciously and more climate friendly. Tesco, a supermarket in the UK, started displaying the carbon footprint of their milk, and have pledged to measure another 500 products by the end of the year. It’s a part of a campaign to help their customers understand their carbon footprint better. You can also learn more about product labeling at our CarbonFree® Products page. Also, President Obama would be interested in a farmers market in front of the White House, where visitors can see what great produce we get in the Washington region—and perhaps get a snack that is more healthy and nourishing than the typical vendors tourists frequent. He said, "It gives suddenly D.C. more access to good, fresh food, but it also is this enormous potential revenue-maker for local farmers in the area." More excertps of his view here>>.

Ever wish you could decrease your jet lag?

flyrightlogIt's been sold in airports and onboard airlines and has also been offered through an American Express membership program and the FlyRight website. FlyRight's jet lag remedy contains an all natural blend of 12 herbs designed to boost the immune system, improve circulation, and offset travel fatigue.

Now, through a partnership with Carbonfund.org, a portion of the proceeds from sales of FlyRight Jet Lag Formula will support Carbonfund.org's efforts to help end global warming through Carbonfund.org's third-party verified carbon offset projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation. Ted's Tinctures, Inc., makers of FlyRight is also offsetting the company's business office emissions.

Founded in 2007 by Ted Ray, Silicon Valley Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist, FlyRight Jet Lag Formula is the first in a line of all natural herbal supplements that increase productivity and improve quality of life for business travelers worldwide. It was developed by Mr. Ray for his clientele of Silicon Valley executives and road warriors who sought a jet lag solution to keep them healthy and productive on the road. To learn more please visit the FlyRight website here.

Tuesday, 08 December 2009 16:55

Flowers Change Everything

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This holiday season, nothing shows you care than a carefully chosen floral arrangement that's shipped carbon neutral!  CarbonFree® partner flowerpetal_logoFlowerpetal.com is your same-day flower delivery experts, offering a full range of floral products for every occasion.  Whether it be a birthday, Hanukkah, Christmas, or an anniversary, Flowerpetal.com truly believes that flowers change everything.  You have the option of shopping by the type of product you're looking for, the sentiment you want to convey, or even the occasion you're celebrating! Additionally, if you order before 2pm on weekdays or Noon on Saturdays, you will enjoy same-day delivery for your flower order!  Flowerpetal.com offers a 7 day freshness guarantee, a very safe shopping experience, and offsets the carbon emissions of all of their shipments with Carbonfund.org's shipping program. Send a warm holiday gift this season with a floral arrangement from our partner Flowerpetal.com.  Festives ideas include Christmas or Hanukkah arrangements!