Wednesday, 01 June 2011 12:21

Blossom's Inspirations Promise to the Planet

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Blossoms Inspirations made a promise to the planet is to produce fashion accessories using natural and/or recycled materials and utilizing production practices that have low or no impact on the environment. One of the ways that they have achieved this is to ensure that all their hand embroidered belts and gourd ornaments are Certified CarbonFree® . This means that the energy and emissions of the products, from cradle to grave, have been accounted for, reduced, and offset by supporting climate mitigation projects. Here is an example of how Blossom’s has determined the carbon footprint of one of their products. The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) revealed a total of 8,694 gCO2e per belt.   To put that into perspective the US EPA calculates that the consumption of 1 gallon of gasoline is about 8,900 gCO2e and the use of 12 kilowatt-hours of electricity is about 8,300 gCO2e. (EPA Calculator). For Blossom Inspirations, who already works directly with impoverished artisans on fair wage & community development projects in South America, the certification is an extension of a ‘planet-friendly’ philosophy to their business.  They encourage their artisans to use natural and/or recycled materials in their production and revive traditional techniques like wooden loom weaving and hand embroidery.  This type of low emission production and community building opportunities ensure the well-being of artisans and that products are deserving of their CarbonFree® Certified Label. Blossom’s Inspirations are a wonderful example of how fashion trends and environmental consciousness can meet to make the eco-consumer look good and feel good about their purchases.  Multiple designs, cute colors, planet-friendly, and affordable prices make these products an easy sell!!! Please check out their inventory at www.blosssomsinspirations.com today!
In this season of giving, who doesn’t love to receive a bouquet of fresh flowers? Working with flowers is a daily reminder of our earth's natural beauty, and that message certainly isn't lost on Bloom Nation florists, who not only deliver beautifully crafted bouquets across the country but give back to the earth with each order. Bloom Nation, one of Carbonfund.org’s new partners, offers hundreds of breathtakingly beautiful flower arrangements for every occasion, and other gift options including teddy bears, gourmet gift baskets, and scrumptious treats, and they send “more than just flowers!”  Bloom Nation reduces the carbon footprint created by growing, cutting, shipping and delivering the flowers through Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree® Shipping program, which means a portion of the cost of each bouquet supports Carbonfund.org’s forest-based projects, such as the Amazon Forest Conservation Project. These projects are conserving forests or reforesting land to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere and help improve local air quality, while also helping communities by providing habitat for local wildlife or providing employment opportunities. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Bloom Nation has more than 1,000 gift ideas and offers same-day shipping to ensure last-minute inspiration gets there on time. Each gift given through Bloom Nation is pulling double duty – bringing a smile to your friend or loved one and helping reforest and preserve carbon-sequestering forests.
Thursday, 26 August 2010 08:58

Make Your Blog or Website CarbonFree®

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We all know that activities such as commuting to work or lighting our homes contributes a substantial amount to our carbon footprints every year. What about your website or blog? You may not have considered it, but all websites and blogs have carbon footprints, and they are larger than you might imagine. Think about everything that has to happen when you view a website. Your computer downloads information, which is housed by other computers on the Internet, all of which are using a wide array of networks and servers to transmit the information. The energy use adds up. The average personal blog, for example, creates nearly a ton of CO2 in a year! Why choose to make your website CarbonFree®? 1. Brand Recognition Distinguish your website or blog as reducing its impact on the environment with the CarbonFree® logo. 2. Your donation supports third-party validated carbon reduction projects With Carbonfund.org, your donation goes to fund the same third-party validated projects that our other carbon offset programs fund. We don’t claim that you can offset an entire website by planting a single tree, nor would we expect you to believe that. 3. Custom Calculations Have a large business site or just a small family blog? No problem. We can calculate a custom website offset that fits any size of site with any amount of traffic. Get started by visiting www.carbonfund.org/carbonfreewebsite and choose the carbon offset that most closely matches your average monthly pageview count. After your donation is received, we will provide you the appropriate CarbonFree® logos to use on your site for a year. Show your visitors your commitment to the environment by making your website CarbonFree® today!
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 14:07

Blizzards and Global Warming - A Meteorological View

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The Mid-Atlantic is yet again being blasted with snow. This current blizzard is going to add up to 16 inches to our standing snow pack of about 2-3 feet, likely making this the snowiest winter on record in the Washington, DC area (and Baltimore, and Wilmington.. you get the point). Federal government offices have been closed for several days. The mail is not going to be delivered. The bodega across the street is closed. And your devoted Carbonfund.org staff cannot make it into the office and need to work from home.

But there is a perception that is held by some that these extreme blizzards contradict evidence of global warming. While one cannot argue with anecdotal evidence it is inappropriate to try and explain global climate variations with weather events. The big difference is that weather is what happens now or this coming weekend, and climate is the long-term trends that take place over years and decades. With that said, there are experts out there that create a pretty sound logic for how global warming can actually make blizzards more common in winter. Dr. Jeff Masters with Weather Underground sums it up well:
...record-breaking snowstorms are not an indication that global warming is not occurring. In fact, we can expect there may be more heavy snowstorms in regions where it is cold enough to snow, due to the extra moisture global warming has added to the atmosphere--an extra 4% since 1970. Snow is not the same as cold, and we have to look at global temperatures, not snowfall, to evaluate whether global warming is occurring.
So there is actually a reasonable rationale for how global warming and blizzards can coexist. Please add your comment on this post.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 13:15

blissmo Delivers Deals on Tree Planting Action

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Our friends at blissmo would like to help Carbonfund.org plant 500 trees by June 30!   Starting now, blissmo will plant one tree through Carbonfund.org for every 10 new Facebook Likes. What is blissmo?   blissmo is a daily deal site for exceptional organic & eco friendly products at up to 70% off.    They work to cut through the “green washing” out there and find high quality, well-loved products & services that are either certified as organic or eco-friendly, or that have a people & planet positive approach in the DNA of the business.   They then negotiate compelling discounts and offer these products & services to their users by email. So, go ahead – use the box below to Like them on Facebook. You can also go to their Facebook page to see what they are all about and how they're helping Carbonfund.org  plant trees.
Monday, 02 August 2010 11:02

Biofuels Hold Promise for Renewable Fuels

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Derived from plant material or animal waste, i.e. biomass, biofuels are a form of renewable energy. Biodiesel is one type of biofuel that is made from vegetable oils, animal fats, and recycled grease and can be used as fuel for vehicles or as an additive to reduce the levels of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons from diesel-powered vehicles. You can read about other advantages of biodiesel in this article at Care2, "Butter Could Run Cars." Carbonfund.org partner CIMA Energy Group is helping lead the way towards the development, promotion, and servicing of the alternative and renewable energy market. Working with its parent company, Caravan Trading, LLC, CIMA Energy Group specializes in alternative energy technology such as biofuel feedstock. As part of its commitment to a greener future, CIMA has also partnered with local state and federal agencies to support green-collar job development. You too can support third-party validated renewable energy projects, including biomass projects that convert methane from manure to energy, by offsetting your carbon footprint or making a donation. Learn more here.
Thursday, 17 September 2009 10:18

The Biggest Global Health Threat of the 21st Century

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[caption id="attachment_2397" width="199" caption="Increased temperatures and unpredictable rainfall can compromise our food supply."]Increased temperatures and unpredictable rainfall can compromise our food supply.[/caption]
What is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century? Is it swine Flu? AIDS? Obesity?   According to a group of 18 leading doctors from around the world in a recent letter to the British Medical Journal & Lancet it is climate change. Here are some of the ways that climate change affects human health: 1)      Food Supply: Increased temperatures and unpredictable rainfall can reduce crop yields, affect livestock and compromise our food supply. 2)      Extreme Weather Events:  Climate change may cause more heat waves, cold waves, storms, floods and droughts.  This can increase the risk of food and water shortages and water- and food-borne diseases.  Heat waves can claim the lives of the weak, and elderly as in Europe’s 2003 summer heat wave which claimed the lives of over 30,000 people. 3)      Disease: Many diseases carried by insects such as malaria, and dengue fever thrive in warmer climate conditions and climate changes can prolong and intensify the transmission of these diseases. 4)      Air Quality: Warmer temperatures mean a higher frequency of smog which exacerbates respiratory conditions such as asthma and other chronic lung diseases. In recent years the polar bear has become the prominent face of climate change, but we need to refocus on the human faces affected by the changes in our environment. We must emphasize the children, families and communities whose health will be affected by these changes and concentrate less on the polar bears.
With HRDQ, developing great people skills is easy. And you can rest assured that you’re working with an organization that’s sensitive to the environment at the same time. For more than 30 years, HRDQ has been a trusted developer of experiential learning resources that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. They offer a wide range of reliable, research-based training materials, including assessments, games, customizable programs, and e-learning workshops on in-demand topics such as leadership, communication, coaching, and team building. At the core of every HRDQ solution is their Experiential Learning Model, the formula thousands of corporate trainers, human resource professionals, educational institutions, and OD consultants have relied upon to improve the skills of frontline employees, high-ranking executives, and just about everyone in between. Combining the best of organizational learning theory, proven facilitation methods and adult learning styles, it’s a model that inspires lasting change. Together with their commitment to lifelong learning, HRDQ is also dedicated to seeking eco-friendly ways of operating their business and serving their clients, from introducing new product mediums to packaging and conserving natural resources. Besides the carbon offsets they’ve purchased through the CarbonFree® Partnership program, here are a few of the ways HRDQ strives to minimize their impact on the Earth:
  • Electing to use recycled paper for necessary printed materials
  • Choosing FSC and Rainforest Alliance Certified papers for product catalogs
  • Creating digital and e-learning solutions to reduce waste
  • Replacing direct mail with email and web promotions
  • Removing petroleum-based materials from product materials
  • Swapping inefficient lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs
“We are proud to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon imprint, transition to an energy-clean future, and minimize our impact on the Earth. HRDQ’s commitment to lifelong learning works hand-in-hand with our strategic initiative to achieve sustainable practices and an environmentally-friendly business approach.” Bradford Glaser, President & CEO, HRDQ To learn more about the training modules and programs offered by HRDQ, click here.