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.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:28

Eco Friendly Expo in New York Goes CarbonFree®

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Ecofriendly Expo smallDo you want to learn about the newest environmental products and services, learn how to live your life more sustainably, and hear from experts in the fields of sustainability and environmental issues?  Then come to the Eco Friendly Expo located conveniently in the heart of Manhattan.  Over 3 days, you will have the opportunity to visit over 60 exhibitors, ranging from transportation, home and design, and construction to green art, and printing and packaging. Best of all – the Eco Friendly Expo will be CarbonFree® through a partnership with Carbonfund.org.  Every paid admission includes a $1 donation to Carbonfund.org to offset the expo’s carbon footprint from roundtrip travel, hotel room stays, electricity use and meals at the expo.  This donation will help fund Carbonfund.org’s Renewable Energy and Methane Projects, like the New York State Landfill Methane Project.  Based in upstate New York, this project destroys methane, a greenhouse gas about 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend from May 25th through the 27th.  So make this the kick-off event to your green summer and see you there!
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 17:36

Eat Green with Metropolitan Food Service

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MFS LogoMetropolitan Food Service is a family owned and operated food service management company based in Long Island, NY.  They provide Colleges and Universities in the local area with customized dining, vending, and catering services that meet their needs.  Their goal is to inspire and fuel the minds of their customers with fresh, nutritious, creative meals with a focus on convenience, affordability, and sustainability.  As a CarbonFree Partner, MFS offsets its corporate footprint in addition to implementing a wide range of environmental initiatives including:
  • Local, vegan, and organic snack items for the On the Go Healthy Vending Program
  • Local produce and meat
  • Biodegradable and sustainable packaging
  • Recycling of their waste cooking oil
  • Reduced bottled water use
  • Sustainable cleaning products and methodologies.
Additionally, any food that is not purchased is donated. If you're a college student, professor, or administrator in the New York area, who's supplying your dining hall food?  Consider making the switch to Metropolitan Food Service for locally produced food from an environmentally conscious company.
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="269" caption="Elephant spied on a South African Garden Adventure"][/caption] Operating for almost fifteen years, Earthbound Expeditions have taken adventurers to swim with the seals in the Galapagos, sip fine Malbecs in Argentine vineyards, enjoy cooking classes in a 12th century Tuscan castle and attend world-class performances in stunning concert halls. This company is dedicated to the art of travel and will stop at nothing to ensure your journey with them is a memorable experience. If you are in search of an authentic travel experience, take a peek at Earthbound's one-of-a-kind, hand crafted journeys. Designed for the traveler with an independent streak, their small group adventures are certain to please and delight those not wishing to take a "tour" but a journey. Some key features of the Earthbound Expeditions include:
  • Carbon neutral travel - Through their partnership with the Carbonfund.org, all Earthbound globetrotters will travel carbon neutral.  This is accomplished by supporting climate mitigation projects through Carbonfund.org.
  • Location - Whether in a city or a village, accommodations are centrally located so that travelers can simply walk out the door and start exploring!
  • Timing - Carefully crafted itineraries offer the best of a destination without long travel times or being rushed. This means more time for adventure!
  • “Insider” Experiences - Earthbounders enjoy one-of-a-kind intimate experiences with local experts. This means a true local experience.
  • Small Groups - Expeditions are with just 12-29 fellow travelers ( hosted journeys may be larger). You’ll discover treasures that are simply not available to large tour groups.
  • Intimate Dining – Travelers enjoy regional specialties the way they were meant to be enjoyed.
  • No Hidden Costs - All admissions and special events listed in your itinerary are included - even tips for your guide and driver.
  • Superb Expedition Leaders - Guides offer a unique perspective on the destinations. These group leaders are great historians, naturalists and linguists, as well as great travel companions!
Click here to book your Earthbound Expedition today!
Friday, 22 April 2011 12:26

Earth Week Events Abound - Find One Near You!

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It’s been a busy Earth Week, and it finally culminates today and through the weekend with many Earth Day events planned. Find an Earth Day Event in your community, get involved, go green and help save our planet! Looking for inspiration? Here are a few of the great events and service projects of some of our Carbonfund partners: The City of Savannah, Georgia hosts Earth Day Savannah 2011 on April 23 in Forsyth Park. The 2011 theme is "Conserve, Recycle, Grow" to emphasize the importance of creative reuse and environmental conservation. The Festival, with over 80 exhibitors, will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The annual Earth Day Festival is a central part of the City of Savannah's year-round environmental activities. It is the largest Earth Day environmental-education and outreach event in Georgia. The morning’s RecycleRama helps residents recycle items that cannot be disposed of or placed in regular recycling pick-ups. The 3-hour special recycling event averages 700 cars, and last year, the collection included 8500 gallons of paint, 1000 tires, and over 270 pounds of unused or expired medications. As part of Earth Day Savannah’s RecycleRama, Bethany Jewell, Founder of Ethos LLC, a local Savannah climate consultancy, is offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from all those idling cars through Carbonfund.org. Need some new kicks? PlanetShoes.com extended Earth Day to Earth Month with its plant-a-tree matching donation to Carbonfund.org’s Million Tree Challenge. During April, any customer making a purchase on PlanetShoes.com can choose to plant a tree for $1 and earn a 15% discount on their purchase (discount ends at midnight on April 22nd), and PlanetShoes.com will match their tree-planting donation. Be sure to check out their Daily Catch one-day sale items as well. Drexelius Chocolates offers its customers some simple tips to go green on Earth Day. Follow their simple tips and enjoy some of the best chocolate available, with free shipping on orders over $25. Investment management firm Silver Lake continues its environmental stewardship by offsetting emissions related to their annual meeting again this year. The firm has expanded its investment strategies to include a focus on innovation in the energy and natural resources sector. In addition, many of Silver Lake's employees dedicate their time and energy towards philanthropic activities. In addition to employees' direct community involvement, Silver Lake makes monetary donations to charitable organizations that its employees choose each year. Over the past several years, Silver Lake employees elected to make donations to more than 100 charitable organizations across a broad range of missions including education, research, support and community outreach, environmental protection, public policy advocacy and human & animal rights. And Girl Scouts Troop 5020 is already busy at work on a project for Earth Day 2012! The Cadettes of Troop 5020 are working on their Silver Award, which is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can achieve. As part of the Silver Award, the troop will be hosting an Earth Day 2012 event geared to Girls Scout between the ages of 6 and 13. The event will provide activities and information regarding the damage being done to our earth and what we can do to help. Event attendees will be encouraged to bring in change to create donations going to Carbonfund.org’s Million Tree Challenge.
If you’re in the Pine Island, Florida area, plan a side trip to the Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery, a unique destination specializing in Fair Trade, local artwork, and handmade items and gifts. Open Wednesdays – Sundays from 10am - 4pm, Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery hosts a full calendar of fall events for you to enjoy. October is Fair Trade Month, so join Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery in "A Taste of Fair Trade!" on Saturday, October 22nd. Learn how fair trade is making a difference in the world. On Sunday, November 6th, from 1 – 3 p.m., Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery will be the host of the second annual “organic high tea” fashion show on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. What makes this gathering so unique is the fun twist to this high brow affair. The “high tea” will include tea sandwiches, tasty breads and dessert made from all organic ingredients and organic fair trade tea from Equal Exchange. The setting will be the pristine outdoor space of the garden gallery and the facilitator of the event will be the main designer - Deb Z. A silent auction will be held during the tea with items donated from island artists, restaurants, and destinations with proceeds going to Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT). Deb Z is the artist/designer and owner of Zwear Fashions. Her distinctive work is with hand-painted designs on washable silks. The fashion show will feature her scarves, capes, jackets, and other accessories. Other local artisans jewelry, accessories, and designs will also be featured in the show. Join us for a spirit-filled afternoon of women supporting women.  Call 239-282-1025 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to make your reservation for the organic high tea fashion show. Earth & Spirit’s Green Flea Market is held the first Saturday of the month from October to April. The Green Flea Market features fresh mango smoothies, live music, and lots of Pine Island down to earth fun.  Island yoga classes are offered every Thursday morning from 10-11:30 a.m. This year to celebrate the "Creative Coast Weekends" on Pine Island, Earth & Spirit will host Artists in the Garden. On the second Saturday of each month beginning in November, the artists and crafters represented in the gallery will be setting up displays and demonstrations of their work throughout the grounds. Come and enjoy meeting the local creative souls at Earth & Spirit.  Earth & Spirit includes a nursery and organic herb garden, a gift shop, and offers landscaping services, specializing in colorful water-features, outdoor metal sculptures, bamboo trellis, and butterfly gardens.  The pavilion is available for event rentals, for weddings, meetings, and gatherings with meaning.  Earth & Spirit keeps an environmental focus by taking a number of steps to minimize their contribution to global climate change, like offering exclusively organic teas, greener packaging, eco-shipping options, using green energy, and supporting the projects and mission of Carbonfund.org as a CarbonFree® Small Business Partner.