With gas prices trending higher and battery prices falling, plug-in cars are expected to make up 9 percent of the U.S. auto market by 2020 and 22 percent by 2030, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Electric cars currently cost more than 75 percent of cars being sold—but individual states are providing financial incentives for people to get on board. California, for example, offers vouchers of  $10,000 to $45,000 for companies that operate hybrid-electric fleet vehicles in-state. You can search for electric vehicle vouchers in your state at the U.S. Department of Energy site and find out how to reduce your driving emissions here.
Thursday, 19 November 2009 14:52

How Far Will the Electric Car Go?

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The US auto market should have two electric cars to choose from in the near future - the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. These vehicles could start the revolution towards zero direct emission cars that are more efficient and less harmful to the environment. But questions are starting to mount over how far these cars can really take you. NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. LEAF ELECTRIC CARAccording to an article in the Washington Post, the Leaf has an all-electric engine that can take you 100 miles on one charge, and the Volt has a gas-electric engine that will take you 40 miles on a charge and then run off its gas engine. Even though many people drive significantly less than 100 miles per day (particularly in urban settings), the fear of having an empty battery with no where close to charge it can strike concern for some. To preemptively combat this fear, a coalition of forces is calling on the government to spend billions of dollars to help build the infrastructure to give drivers the ability to fuel their batteries on-the-go. Though most people will be able to get all the charge they need at home when the car is parked, an on-the-go infrastructure would certainly help. What do you think? Would you buy an electric vehicle even without a vast fueling station infrastructure? Image of the Nissan Leaf; also read this blog posting about the Volt when it was announced.
Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:34

Get a New Year’s Jump with Effective E-Learning

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Need a way to advance employee training in your organization at “the speed of business”? Articulate can help! The innovative New York company offers rapid e-learning software tools and training strategies that empower anyone to create engaging courses, presentations, quizzes and surveys that “make everyone look good” and produce results. Articulate’s end goal is to make each customer an e-learning hero. With its impressive roster of corporate clients – some of the largest and best-regarded companies in their respective industries – Articulate has the proven tools and track record to help any organization with its e-learning and training needs.

And for the sixth consecutive year, Articulate products have been named Best of E-learning in the annual Elearning! Magazine readers’ choice awards. Articulate earned the top spot in five categories in the 2010 survey, the most in a single year and more than any other company.

Articulate also gives back to the community and to the environment. Articulate helps empower e-learning in the developing world by donating $250,000 of its software through LINGOs, a consortium of humanitarian relief and development organizations. This year, Articulate became a carbon-neutral organization by donating to support Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction projects. If your organization needs to hit the ground running in the new year, check out some of Articulate’s award-winning e-learning programs to give your employee training the boost it needs.

Carbonfund.org is proud to announce the launch of Ecosearch.co, a free online search service that enables anyone to help protect the environment simply through their everyday web searches. Ecosearch.co generates revenue from Google, which it uses to support international reforestation projects. One year from now, Carbonfund.org hopes to have planted three million trees through Ecosearch.co, or about 8,000 trees every day. To celebrate the launch and jumpstart their goal, Carbonfund.org will plant two trees for the first 250,000 new users who set Ecosearch.co as their computer’s default search engine and Like it on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ecosearch.co). “You can set Ecosearch.co as your default search engine and forget about it because you’re receiving the same great results,” said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “It’s one easy, free way to make a difference that anyone can do today.” Ecosearch.co chose to support reforestation projects because of the scope of their environmental and social benefits. Tree planting absorbs carbon dioxide to reduce climate change, improves air quality, preserves biodiversity, controls flooding by minimizing runoff and topsoil loss, provides habitat and nutrition for wildlife, and creates jobs managing tree nurseries, planting and care. “The devastation caused by mass deforestation is one of the most critical environmental problems facing our world and people today,” added Carlson. “We must develop simple and effective ways to reduce deforestation and ultimately turn the tide by reforesting crucial land around the world. Ecosearch.co aims to do just that.” Funds earned from ad revenue support projects like the Haiti Reforestation Initiative, which plants trees throughout Haiti, particularly the municipalities most impacted by the devastating earthquake in 2010. There local organizations work with communities to bring fresh life to the region via trees and jobs.

Carbonfund.org Partner Ecoprint is leading the printing industry by improving its environmental sustainability. Ecoprint lives up to Carbonfund.org’s motto of Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t. By reducing the energy intensity of their sales per dollar by over 40%, Ecoprint has significantly cut back on its carbon footprint. This helps the environment, Ecoprint customers, and their bottom line. For the power that they’ve had to use, Ecoprint was an early adopter of renewable energy. Their business has been powered by renewable energy since 2003. EPEcoprint has also lead the industry by developing eco-friendly printing processes. They invented a metal-free “eco-ink” free from dangerous heavy metals. This reduces heavy metal pollution and helps protect users from heavy metal ingestion. They also maintain their own line of 100% recycled papers, enabling Ecoprint customers to have a wide selection of eco-friendly products. Ecoprint specializes in printing publications, booklets, newsletters, and books. They cater to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and progressive businesses. If you need great printing services and want to minimize your impact on the environment, check out Ecoprint today.
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 17:41

Economists Agree: Fight Global Warming

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A survey of some of the nation's top economists has revealed that nearly all of them favor taking action to fight global warming. Specifically, economists agree that global warming threatens the American economy and that cap-and-trade legislation will spur investment and be good for the economy. Of the 144 economists surveyed by New York University of Law, some of the key findings include:
  • 84 percent of the economists agreed that climate change “presents a clear danger” to the United States and global economies;
  • 80.6 percent agree that a market-based approach of auctioning emissions allowances to limit carbon emissions;
  • 94.3 percent said the United States should agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through an international climate treaty. 57 percent said the country should make such a commitment even without any agreement;
  • 97 percent said that measures to reduce emissions would increase energy efficiency and promote innovation;
  • the "social cost" of carbon dioxide - the potential damage of warming on society - ranged from $20 to $100 a ton, with one estimate at $10 million.
What this survey indicates is that consensus regarding the impacts of global warming goes far beyond the scientific community. An economist's agenda is generally to support rational policy that most benefits society. So this survey confirms what many of us have believed for years - that the potential cost of global warming far outweighs the benefits of coordinated actions to reduce emissions. By increasing energy efficiency, businesses and individuals will not only reduce emissions but will also have more money to spend on more important things. Further, by spurring investment in clean energy technologies jobs will be created in strategic growth areas. Moreover, health care costs will be reduced when our air is cleaner - fewer asthma attacks means people are spending less on inhalers and spending more time at work. Support a strong and vibrant economy. Fight global warming now.
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:14

Oil Prices Expected to Nearly Double in 25 Years

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Oil prices are expected to nearly double in 25 years, coinciding with growth in the economies of India and China and world energy demand. The World Energy Outlook forecast by the International Energy Agency expects energy demand to rise by over a third by 2035. It is already assumed that the main sources of energy to meet this demand will be from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. However it will become more difficult for producers of oil to increase supply as crude oil becomes more difficult to explore and extract. And as the law of supply and demand dictates, the price of oil is expected to nearly double in the next 25 years from $60 a barrel to over $113. Fossil fuels are as we know non-renewable resources. However we it have in our power to begin making the switch to clean power. Wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and biomass can help establish a sustainable and viable economy for the 21st century. There have been some big strides made in reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that coincide with energy production. More needs to be done. That is why Carbonfund.org is directing efforts to validated projects that help mitigate the impact of global warming. Here at Carbonfund.org we encourage people to reduce what carbon emissions they can and offset what they can’t. You can also check out solar energy for your home by partners such as Astrum Solar.
May Blog Next week the EcoFriendly Expo is bringing green to the Big Apple.  Held at the swank 7 W across from the Empire State Building in Manhattan, the event will showcase the best in high-end design, architecture, transportation, travel, art and fashion.  As they say, they’re bringing green to a grand new level. Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the Museo del Barrio, Ben Jervey, author of The Big Green Apple, Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian from the Land Art Generator Initiative, and members of The Bloomberg Administration will headline the Expo’s biggest draw, the Power of Green Lecture Series.  Leaders in their fields, these speakers will highlight the value and business case for acting sustainably.  The Expo will highlight New York’s environmental leadership and its commitment to the Global Community by supporting industries of the future and the US economy. On top of bringing people together to create partnerships and foster sustainable growth, the EcoFriendly Expo is CarbonFree®.  $1 from every ticket will be donated to Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint of the show. Tickets are almost a steal at $10 each and they are going fast.  Make sure you don’t get left out of this year’s hottest green event!  Purchase yours here.