If Carbonfund.org had a tree for every time we said reducing your carbon footprint saves you money, we'd have, well, perhaps a very sizable forest. In these times of federal budget woe, how appropriate is it that the government is wising up and realizing that more efficient energy can save them 11 billion dollars going forward, or the equivalent of 235 million barrels of oil? The federal government's carbon footprint is 121.3 million metric tons, according to a report released by The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). That number is divided into two categories - reducible emissions and that which shall not be touched, which includes military operations, law enforcement and other emissions. Of the 121.3 million, 54.9 million come from this category, with the Department of Defense toting a disproportionately large footprint of 52.2 million metric tons of emissions on its own in 2010. That's 95% of all the non-reducible emissions. Meanwhile, the reducible emissions have dropped 2.5 million metric tons from the 2008 baseline to 66.4 million metric tons. That 2.5 million is equivalent to the annual emissions from 490,196 cars, which is great, but come on government. We can do better than this. According to the president's sustainability goals, the federal government will reduce its direct emissions (things like fuel or building energy use) by 28% and its indirect emissions (energy used in the lifecycle of things we buy and use) by 13% by 2020. This is where the CEQ estimates that planned reductions will save $11 billion in energy costs. Are you happy with the progress, or do you think these are some empty green promises?
Did you know that the Combined Federal Campaign is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign? CFC has more than 200 campaigns around the country and internationally to help raise millions of dollars each year for charity. Federal employees can support Carbonfund.org's efforts to fight climate change by donating to CFC#62681. You'll be supporting Carbonfund.org's innovative projects that are reducing carbon emissions in the U.S. and around the world. The projects are third-party validated, and Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 2010 marks the second year that we have been a part of this important campaign. If you care about climate and our environment but aren't a federal employee, you can make a tax-deductible donation anytime directly at our website: www.carbonfund.org. Please share this blog post with others you know! Thank you for your support.
Thursday, 06 January 2011 15:30

Fashionable Clothes for Kids with our Planet in Mind

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The husband and wife team of Crab Apple Kids have it right – create a convenient, one-stop online shop for a lovely collection of unique, stylish and high-quality children’s clothing. Their inspiration is simple: they’re the parents of three beautiful children who often serve as models for their online fashions.

Crab Apple Kids features baby, toddler and children’s clothing for every occasion, including special events such as christenings, holidays and new baby gifts.  Their collection of Christening Gowns and dresses is absolutely outstanding.  The line also features matching family collections, perfect for family portraits, special occasions, or  “multiples.” Crab Apple Kids makes an effort to recycle where possible. They recycle and reuse shipping boxes wherever possible, a practice that cuts packaging their products almost in half. “Crab Apple Kids is a children’s store, and we feel anyone purchasing from us has their children’s and grandchildren’s best interest at heart—and so do we.” Their decision to become a Carbonfund.org small business partner, by donating to Carbonfund.org to support renewable energy, reforestation and avoided deforestation, and energy efficiency also reflects their environmentally-minded business sense. The CrabAppleKids.com shopping site gives customers the option to shop by size, brand, category and occasion. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, free shipping for purchases over $50, and hassle-free returns. Check out the trendy and fashionable styles for your children at: www.crabapplekids.com.
Friday, 18 September 2009 16:11

Fashion For A Cause

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Fashion Fights Poverty is causing waves in the fashion community by making this year’s Annual BenFashion Fights Povertyefit CarbonFree®. Every year Fashion Fights Poverty brings the top eco and ethical high-end fashion designers to the nation’s capital. In what the Washington Post describes as “one of the largest fashion fundraisers in Washington, DC,” the Annual Benefit raises money to combat poverty in some of the poorest parts of the world. By focusing on sustainability, eco friendly, and ethical designs, Fashion Fights Poverty sets the bar for responsibility in the fashion industry. This year’s Annual Benefit exemplifies that commitment, as Fashion Fights Poverty has offset the event's carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org. Take their message to heart – know where your clothes come from, who makes them, and what they’re made out of. We can all make an impact and help better the world through fashion.
Greenbiz.com published an article in May titled Transparency; Regulations Drive LCA Popularity that highlighted the growth in corporate interest to perform Life Cycle Assessments, otherwise known as LCAs. A fill product LCAs is a method used to calculate the carbon footprint of each unit through the entire supply chain – from raw material extraction to use and disposal.  This article highlights a Green Research report that surveys the field of LCAs including companies, academia, and LCA providers. What the report found was that the typical barriers for performing LCAs include costs, time, lack of regulation, and a lack of awareness of the benefits. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="392" caption="image courtesy of scienceinthebox.com"][/caption] As the article points out though, the benefits can far outweigh the barriers.  For example, the cost and time associated with LCAs is heavier on the first product. As data is collected and incorporated into research databases, the re-use of that information cuts significantly both the time and cost of the process for the company’s additional products. Now, how about lack of regulations or awareness of benefits? The article reports that when the survey done asked companies “What best reflects your thinking on the business benefits of LCA?” The top five responses were that the LCA will: enable them to make better products, enable them to respond to customers, put sustainability on scientific footing, enhance brand, and help make them more efficient.  This research report also finds:
“Of 23 companies surveyed that have already conducted LCAs, 82 percent plan to do at least one in the next 12 months. The number of scientific publications that reference LCAs has jumped from 473 in 2008 to 902 in 2010, with 636 referencing LCAs between January and April 2011. And LCA tool vendors and consultants report 30-40 percent sales increases a year, with many companies turning to LCAs to get a better grasp on their impacts, respond to demands for transparency and get ahead of regulations or eco-label requirements.”
An example of an eco-label that requires an LCA is CarbonFree® Product Certification. This certification label is a meaningful, transparent way for companies to provide environmentally friendly, carbon neutral products. By determining a product’s carbon footprint with an LCA, reducing inefficiencies where possible and then offsetting remaining emissions through third-party validated carbon reduction projects, companies can (as the survey points out): differentiate the brand and product, increase sales, improve customer loyalty and, of course, strengthen corporate social responsibility & environmental goals. Companies that have performed LCAs and achieved this certification include: Motorola, LEI Electronics, Intek America, Nika Water, Grounds for Change, Domino Sugar as well as others.  Considering this new research report on LCAs, these companies are clearly onto something! For more information about these products or about the Certification Program, visit: www.carbonfund.org/products
As a nonprofit ourselves, we know the array of factors that go into starting and then managing a nonprofit organization. Strategic planning, management, capacity building and fundraising must be well thought out in order for a nonprofit to accomplish its mission. Carbonfund.org partner EMD Consulting Group, LLC lends its experience and provides guidance and support in these areas and identifies challenges and opportunities. EMD Consulting Group has helped a number of nonprofits develop their fundraising, marketing plans, economic feasibility studies, program development and much more. The Group has worked with nonprofits with very diverse missions from the Judevine Center for Autism to the University of Michigan Museum of Art. EMD Consulting Group is not only in the business of helping socially responsible organizations, but it demonstrates its own corporate social responsibility by partnering with Carbonfund.org to reduce its climate impact. To learn about how your company can partner with us, visit www.carbonfund.org/business.
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 19:07

Evo Joins Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge!

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Evogear_logoOur CarbonFree® Partner evo builds on its 3.5 year partnership with Carbonfund.org to help us plant one million trees. If you’re looking for some great skis, snowboards, or wakeboards, you can join the effort by donating $0.50 at checkout. Evo will match each of these donations for a total of $1 to plant a tree as part of Carbonfund.org's Million Tree Challenge. Evo is committed to maintaining a healthy natural environment because the sports they love depend on it! While the ski, snowboard and wakeboard industries are far from perfect, a growing number of brands that evo carries are produced with the environment in mind. Some of the industry leaders in this regard include:  Patagonia, Bond Outerwear, Arbor Snowboards, Lib Tech Snowboards, Gnu Snowboards, Surface Skis, and Liberty Skis. If you want to join evo and Carbonfund.org in the Million Tree Challenge, you can plant your own tree too! Just visit our page at www.carbonfund.org/trees and plant as many trees as you’d like for $1 each.
Envision Technology Marketing Group, Inc. (ETMG) is a 100% virtual marketing communications agency that provides high technology companies with a comprehensive range of marketing services, including project management, writing and editing, design and production capabilities. ETMG’s scalable business model gives clients the option to choose the services they need to meet current and long-term tactical and financial objectives. ETMG has operated as a virtual company since its inception in 1998– a decision that has made a positive impact on its bottom line as well as the environment. ETMG does not maintain commercial office space or use any commercial janitorial services. Employees do not commute and therefore do not contribute related harmful CO2 emissions into the environment. Every employee works from home, connecting with their clients and with each other by maximizing the use of virtual business tools such as instant messenger, webinars and social media sites. In this way, ETMG has managed to streamline project workflow as well as business operations while maintaining a miniscule carbon footprint. While being virtual has its inherent environmental benefits, it wasn’t enough. ETMG stepped up its environmental commitment by implementing green policies throughout the company and has purchased hundreds of tons of carbon offset credits that will go towards several energy conservation measures. ETMG partners with Carbonfund.org to offset their carbon footprint in an effort to neutralize the impact their operations have on the environment. Further, ETMG donates 500 pounds of carbon credits through Carbonfund.org for every new purchase order opened by a client. And ETMG has reached its goal of becoming 100% carbon neutral and has been certified as a “Green Business” by the Bay Area Green Business Program—a program that distinguishes small to medium-sized businesses that protect, preserve and sustain the environment.  Read more about ETMG's process in their "Becoming Green Certified" blog posting. “We’re at a time when being environmentally sustainable is a better way to do business, not just because it’s the right thing to do,” said Michael Grodin, principal of ETMG. “We are planting a seed to encourage our employees and customers, no matter how environmentally conscious they may already be, to become more green in ways that are meaningful to them. Leading by example multiplies the effect of being green and every small step counts.” Click here to learn more about the exceptional marketing services offered by ETMG.