After inventing the first visible light emitting diode, General Electric has harnessed that power to develop a light bulb to be available later this year or early 2011 and expected to provide a 77 percent energy savings. The GE Energy Smart® LED bulb should also produce nearly the same light output as a 40-watt incandescent bulb, while lasting more than 25 times longer. The bulb is expected to last for 17 years on an average 4-hour per day usage. Imagine installing a light bulb in your house, paying pennies on the dollar for electricity usage and not having to replace the bulb for almost two decades! The bulb lights up to 450 lumens, more than enough to provide the same light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb. Retailers set the final price, but the bulb is expected to cost $40 - $50 at least initially. To learn more about the bulb and compare with other, conventional lighting, click here.
The price of oil and gas continues to creep up all over America - causing a variety of ripple effects on American wallets and emissions. The cost of oil is up to over $86 a barrel, the highest levels since 2008, and pundits are predicting that we will reach the untenable $100 a barrel price point before too long. This is causing gas prices to shoot up nationwide. The Pacific Northwest and parts of the East Coast, for example, are seeing gas prices over $3; Michigan and Missouri are not far behind that price for a gallon. It seems like ages ago that we were dealing with $4 gas - but in reality that was only in 2008. As gas prices shot up, Americans started driving less, purchasing more fuel efficient cars, and tried to maximize the efficiency of their necessary car trips. The unfortunate reality is that we are likely going to have to deal with high fuel prices in the future, potentially the very near future, so the steps we take today to reduce our dependence on gas will have enormous effects moving forward. The good news is that we can change. In April 2008, in response to higher gas prices, Americans drove 20 billion fewer miles than they did the previous April. That is a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; for tips on how to get better gas milage or reduce your emissions, click here.
Thursday, 10 September 2009 12:24 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Galaxy Nutritional Foods is redefining cheese with the launch of its new and improved soy-based Veggie brand products. As the leading provider of cheese alternatives, Galaxy is introducing its new and improved soy-based Veggie Slices which feature a better taste and higher quality ingredients. The new Veggie, which debuts with a fresh look, can be found in the produce section of grocery stores nationwide in October. Providing an excellent source of calcium with no cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat, or lactose, Veggie boasts a simplified ingredient list that research demonstrates is preferable by five out of seven consumers. The cheese alternative is available in slices, shreds, blocks, and a grated topping, with flavors including Cheddar, Pepper Jack, American, Swiss, Mozzarella, and more. Galaxy Nutritional Foods offsets its shipping emissions with Carbonfund.org. Their unique program allows their customers to vote on project type, allowing Galaxy to support reforestation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy carbon offset projects. To learn more about Galaxy Nutritional Foods and to vote on their offsets, visit Galaxy Foods.
Thursday, 07 October 2010 12:00 Written by Alterra Hetzel
Maryland's Bethesda Green public-private partnership for sustainable growth and Bethesda Magazine will be honoring the region’s green leaders at the Bethesda Green Gala Thursday evening at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Carbonfund.org is making the Gala a CarbonFree® Event, balancing the event's footprint in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects that are fighting climate change today. The evening, emceed by former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey, will feature the 2010 Bethesda Magazine Green Award Winners, a seasonal menu with fare from local purveyors, and local/organic beer and wine from Honest Tea. In addition, the gala will hold an auction including local and sustainable trips, gifts and services, including a local commuting offset from Carbonfund.org. Learn more by visiting www.bethesdagreen.org. If you're a business or organization in Montgomery County, Maryland, you can become a Montgomery County Certified Green Business like Carbonfund.org. Visit www.mcgreenbiz.org.
As the New Year approaches, we all begin to look ahead. Many of us wish we could plan and control our own futures… That’s exactly what Glen Hiemstra, founder of Futurist.com, is helping organizations and individuals do – embrace and create their own preferred futures! Glen delivers keynote addresses and conducts strategic planning sessions that are based on three fundamental futurist questions: What is probable? What is possible? What is preferred? Part of Glen’s preferred future is a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable development. As part of this vision, Futurist.com has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the emissions attributable to Glen’s travel itineraries and their office operations, in support of Carbonfund.org's carbon reduction projects. Glen’s trainings help clients to make better decisions today by better understanding their future goals and objectives. Recognizing how today’s actions will impact tomorrow’s world is a fundamental part of environmental stewardship. Glen Hiemstra and Futurist.com provide tools for effective strategic planning, inspiration for developing vision and practical steps to put the preferred future within the reach of his clients. To learn more about Futurist.com, check Glen’s speaking schedule or book an engagement, visit www.futurist.com.
Friday, 22 April 2011 09:58 Written by Alterra Hetzel
The Future is the One Place Everyone is Headed Traveling by train is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel. As a more energy efficient mode of travel, rail contributes less per passenger mile to global warming than either cars or airplanes. When you travel with Amtrak® and offset your emissions, you help fight global warming and improve the future of our environment. And when you join Amtrak Guest Rewards program, you can do even more. For Earth Day through Train Day, the motto for Amtrak’s Guest Rewards Program is “The future is one place that everyone is headed, and how we get there is important.” From Earth Day on April 22nd until Train Day on May 7th, Amtrak Guest Rewards will be matching 50% of all carbon offset redemptions. Guest Rewards members earn points for train travel and can use those points to mitigate their train travel carbon footprint. And what’s more? Both Amtrak and Earth Day celebrate their 40 year anniversary this year! Since 2009 Amtrak and Carbonfund.org have partnered to offer carbon neutral travel options to customers and for Guest Rewards. Redeeming points with Amtrak’s Guest Rewards is as easy as one, two, three:
- Enroll today
- Provide your member number at the time of booking and earn points for every dollar spent on Amtrak travel
- Use your points to redeem a wide selection of rewards, including free Amtrak travel and carbon offsets
Carbon financing has saved over 2 million hectares of forest and channeled hundreds of millions of dollars towards forest projects over the last twenty years. This has helped to preserve tens of millions of trees, improve animal habitats, and sequestered millions of tons of CO2. Ecosystem Marketplace released a new report today entitled, State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2009: Taking Root & Branching Out, that details the history of the forest carbon markets and the great progress that was made in 2009. The report outlines trends in the market, and notes recent upswings in activity. Carbonfund.org has a long history of supporting forest-based carbon offset projects. Currently, Carbonfund.org supports projects in Louisiana, Nicaragua, Brazil, and China that are reducing carbon and improving local environments. Deforestation and forest degradation account for around 20% of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions -- more than the global transportation sector. Forest-based carbon reduction projects actually sequester emissions (or take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere) and have been an effective way to help balance out these emissions. The projects Carbonfund.org supports also help protect or restore habitats, preserve biodiversity and have other benefits for the environment and local communities.
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 11:03 Written by Ivan Chan
The Fulton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is the first CarbonFree® Green PTA in America. “We are very proud to join CarbonFree® Partner companies and organizations like Discovery Communications, Avis, Amtrak, 41pounds.org and others to help the environment, support energy independence, and help make the transition to a clean energy future possible,” states Fulton PTA President Brian Meshkin. “It is our hope that we will teach our kids and lead by example to encourage progress from the grassroots.” As a CarbonFree® Green PTA, Fulton offset its carbon footprint with a donation to Carbonfund.org, which calculated the carbon emissions from the building usage and attendee transportation to meetings and activities for the 2009-10 school year. Fulton’s donation supports Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated carbon offset projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation which are reducing global warming emissions today. The PTA will also hold a fundraiser where members and friends can make their homes and cars CarbonFree® with 20 percent of the tax-deductible donations supporting the PTA’s environmental initiatives. Additionally, the Fulton Elementary PTA is reducing its paper and ink consumption by 50 percent, supporting its Environmental Committee’s Chesapeake Bay Day assembly and the school’s soil conservation garden at Fulton Elementary as multi-disciplinary learning experiences, and embarking on other environmental initiatives. The Green PTA Program involves: • Becoming a CarbonFree® PTA Partner by reducing, offsetting the carbon footprint of a PTA’s activities • Reducing paper and fossil fuel-based ink consumption through increased use of electronic mediums • Establishing an environmental or wellness PTA committee that promotes more environmentally conscious choices by families such as carpooling • Completing a Green School certification application in the PTA’s state (if available) • Incorporating environmental protection initiatives in PTA projects “With the great families, teachers and administrators at Fulton Elementary, we are pleased to lead the way and plant a seed here that will hopefully grow and flourish as other PTA’s join us,” said Meshkin.