We are happy to announce that the GoECOlife™ Platinum Series™ Paper Shredder (GXC120Ti) which carries the CarbonFree® label was one of four shredders “RECOMMENDED” by Consumer Reports in their recent paper shredder review. 19 paper shredders from various brands were tested for speed, capacity and convenience. The GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti rated well in all categories. Consumers can feel additionally confident that they are purchasing a quality product that works well for the customer and the earth! However, this paper shredder scores first in reducing its carbon footprint. The GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti features commercial-grade performance in a personal-sized machine. It utilizes an energy-saving technology that prevents vampire energy waste when the shredder is not in use, but still plugged into an outlet. To earn the CarbonFree® Product Certification, the GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti underwent a rigorous product life-cycle assessment performed by WSP Group to determine the carbon footprint. In addition to using energy-saving technology, GoECOlife™ reduced the remaining carbon footprint through support of Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. This is a purchase that offices and individuals can feel confident about! To learn more about Consumer Reports paper shredder ratings please visit: www.consumerreports.organd to learn more about the GoECOlife™ please click www.goecolife.com.  
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 16:59

Carbon Reduced, Economy Stimulated

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With both our economy and our climate in crisis mode right now, the 'Cash for Clunkers' CARS program took aim at both reducing global warming emissions and spurring investment in America's manufacturers. The program came to a close on Monday and has been deemed 'wildly successful' by Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Dealers submitted 690,114 rebate claims totaling $2.88 billion dollars. 84% of people traded in their 'clunker' trucks for fuel efficient cars like Toyota Corrolla, Honda Civic and the Toyota Camry. The switch from older trucks to more efficient cars has resulted in a 58% improvement in MPG among the nearly 700,000 participants of the CARS program. That is going to save consumers a lot of gas and a lot of money! There are many benefits to a program like CARS that highlight what Americans may be able to expect from comprehensive climate legislation.
  • Job Creation - by putting the right incentives in place that encourage greener technologies, jobs are created that can't be outsourced. Americans need to build the technology needed to meet our ambitious climate goals. The CARS program claims to have saved or created over 42,000 jobs and boosted economic growth for the third quarter of 2009 by 0.3-0.4 percentage points.
  • Consumer Savings - though there is an upfront cost to cleaner technologies (those participating in the CARS program were only subsidized for part of the value of the new vehicle, the rest they had to spend out of pocket), savings will be reaped over the long run. An average vehicle's lifespan is about 13 years and 145,000 miles - so one vehicle traded in through the CARS program will use about 3,354 fewer gallons (and emit about 65,600 fewer pounds of CO2!) than their clunker predecessors over that lifetime. Assuming gas costs $3.00 over that lifespan, that is a savings of more than $10,000!
  • Environmental Benefits - the benefits to the environment from reducing emissions, be it at the tailpipe or at a smokestack, are multifaceted. By reducing global warming pollutants, we are also improving local air quality (which improves human health), preventing the release of toxic materials that seep into our water and food (which also improves human health), and reducing the need to drill or mine for fossil fuel resources.
The CARS program was a success because it was an easy to understand initiative that benefited consumers and the environment. Many of the proposed initiatives in the current climate legislation provide this same kind of win-win. If only the Waxman-Markey bill had four-wheels, a steering wheel, and surround sound stereo, I don't think that we would still be debating it's merits in congress... Vroom Vroom! (Image Courtesy of the AP)
Friday, 19 June 2009 11:53

Carbon Offset Standard VCS Being Updated

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Is it real, and who says so? Real carbon offsets are third-party verified and meet the highest internationally recognized standards. An uncertified project provides no assurances that it is actually doing what you are paying it to do - making the investment inherently risky. One of the leading carbon offset standards is the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). A wide variety of project types, including reforestation, are verified to this standard because it is an internationally recognized label of quality. Recently it was announced that this standard is getting updated. According to BusinessGreen.com, "Under the new requirements, emission-reduction projects wishing to carry the popular Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) label will have to adhere to more detailed and stringent requirements governing how they achieve third-party verification for their projects... while all VCS-approved projects already require third-party approval from two separate verification bodies, previous guidance on how this should be achieved was open to some interpretation." Carbonfund.org supports projects that are third-party verified to the highest standards, including North America's first project to meet both the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards with Gold Distinction and the VCS.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 16:05

Carbon Offset Purchasing Guide Released

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rpnlogoThe Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) - a project of the Center for a New American Dream - has released its purchasing guide for carbon offsets. RPN had contacted Carbonfund.org as a nonprofit provider who has worked with over 1,200 businesses & organizations. The guide is a comprehensive source of information that is particularly useful for businesses and institutions that are looking into offsetting their carbon footprint. The guide empowers readers by outlining the framework for what makes a quality carbon offset, the standards, third-party verification and auditing. Carbon offset standards like the Voluntary Carbon Standard, the Climate Acton Reserve, the Gold Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards ensure that projects meet the most stringent additionality and permanence requirements - thus making the projects real and reliable. Unlike other offset guides out there today this guide makes no attempt to rank providers. Many carbon offset provider rankings are based on subjective and/or arbitrary criteria that may or may not have anything to do with whether an offset is real or of high quality. Click here to view the guide.
Thursday, 24 September 2009 15:39

The Carbon Offset Survey Says...

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EcoSecurities is about to launch the second iteration of their Carbon Management and Offsetting Trends Survey Results new and improved for 2009. The survey participants included 280 companies and 31 carbon offset organizations from all over the world to gain insights into green purchasing patterns and important decision making factors. Carbonfund.org participated in the survey that is slated for public download on September 29th. Carbonfund.org is honored to be a top recognized carbon offset provider in the survey.Carbonfund.org top carbon offset provider Some key insights from the study is that interest in green issues is still high despite the recession, with 76% of companies surveyed having implemented or are developing a carbon plan and 60% of companies have measured their carbon footprint. But North American companies are lagging behind, with only 54% of companies surveyed having completed a carbon footprint assessment. Other highlights from the survey include:
  • Over three quarters of companies have implemented or have started developing a carbon management strategy
  • Two thirds of respondents have already offset their carbon emissions or will consider offsetting in the future
  • Environmental benefits (91%) were highlighted as one of the main motivations for interest in carbon offsets, closely followed by carbon neutrality and marketing (89%)
  • 72% of participants nominated the US as the most desirable geographic region for purchasing offsets; this may reflect the desire for domestic projects as 56% of the respondents came from North America. Africa and South America were also rated as highly desirable locations for emission reduction projects
  • Respondents prefer renewable energy projects above any other project type with solar scoring 92% and wind 86%
By and large, the majority of respondents have a favorable view of carbon offsets and choose to support offsets for positive reasons.  But even with so many companies offsetting and the maturity of the market, many companies are still unclear on the carbon standards out there (though there is a strong preference for projects that meet third party standards). Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about carbon offsets. Learn how to measure, reduce and offset your carbon footprint with the highest quality third-party validated carbon offsets. Curious about your carbon footprint? Check out our carbon calculators.
CF Certified ProductTwo free webinars will enable you to learn about two exciting programs we offer- product certification, featuring the first carbon neutral product label in the US-- CarbonFree® Certified, and our CarbonFree® Business program. You can sign up for them now: the product certification webinar on Nov. 12, and the business program webinar on Nov. 17. The CarbonFree® Certified Label has already been used by leading brands, and provides a meaningful, transparent way for you to provide carbon neutral products to your customers. This webinar will provide a helpful overview of the process involved in obtaining our label and making your product carbon neutral. Thursday, November 12th, 2pm ET Speakers: · Caterina Conti - Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Anvil Knitwear, Inc., which certified & launched its AnvilRecycled™ apparel CarbonFree® · Christopher Kral - Senior consultant with WSP Environment & Energy on determining a product's carbon footprint · Emily Pugliese - Senior Climate Change Specialist, CarbonFree® Product Certification Program of Carbonfund.org on the certification process Join leading companies such as Motorola, Florida Crystals, and Anvil Knitwear which have certified and successfully launched products CarbonFree®, using the label to impart their environmental commitment, differentiate their brands and help increase sales and customer satisfaction. CF PartnerOur CarbonFree® Business Program lets your business take charge of its carbon footprint and benefit from Carbonfund.org’s services for CarbonFree® Partners. The program is an innovative and flexible way to help your business reduce and offset its carbon footprint. Tuesday, November 17th, 2 pm ET Speakers: Karen Kiley - Vice President, Building Operations, Discovery Communications, parent of Discovery Channel, TLC, TreeHugger and other media brands Eric Carlson - President, Carbonfund.org From Fortune 500 companies to small & start-up businesses, the program comprises many of the most innovative, environmentally responsible companies. Remember to sign up for your free product certification and/or business program webinar today.
GreenHawks Mascot Dunkin and Jason FitzgeraldYesterday I had the privilege of attending the first press conference of the Maryland GreenHawks, a professional basketball team that is about "more than basketball," said Tom Doyle, the CEO and President of the Premier Basketball League.  New Head Coach Rob Spon is hungry for a championship after coaching the PBL team Manchester Millrats last year to a 16-4 record.  Highlighting key players such as Byron Mouton, Scooter Sherrill, and Daniel Artest, the Maryland GreenHawks are sporting serious talent this season.  Above is a picture of me with their mascot Dunkin! So what makes the GreenHawks so green?  Well, the team will be delivering messages of environmental responsibility to fans and the youth they volunteer with, in addition to playing in recycled uniforms.  They even took a big step and offset with Carbonfund.org the team's travel to away games, its ten home games, and its corporate facility. Let's put that into tangible terms: the Maryland GreenHawks are offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions of over 20,000 gallons of gasoline or those avoided by recycling over 62 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill.  Their donation is supporting carbon reduction projects that result in the equivalent amount of carbon sequestered annually by over 40 acres of pine forest. Their first home game is January 16, 2010 at the Thomas S. Wootton Athletic Center at Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland.  Their full schedule is here!  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
CFDIn the DC metro area, it's Car Free Day, encouraging commuters to consider alternatives to driving. If more people biked, took transit or walked, not only would it free up some room on the highways and roads, it would reduce air pollution and encourage exercise. In fact, the DC metro area has some of the lowest air quality in the country. Although as a region DC has some avid runners and great trails, more people could take advantage of the area's outdoor offerings especially on weekends. The events are in conjunction with World Car Free Day, each Sept. 22. Learn more about the events around Car Free Day here. Also, you can offset your carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org in support of outstanding projects that are reducing carbon emissions in the US and abroad. Get started- calculate your carbon footprint!