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.
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!