In order to maximize product sustainability and environmental responsibility, reduce product carbon footprint and enhance transparency in product sustainability initiatives, Eco Alkalines™ Batteries once again undertook a rigorous audit and update of the cradle-to-grave Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for its products.  This audit and update of the product LCA included enhanced product functionality analysis and energy usage, new initiatives to reduce transportation-related emissions and product packaging emissions, greater detail of raw materials content assessment, and establishment of an ongoing product carbon footprint reduction plan with annual goals and achievement measurements. 

The updated LCA meets current PAS 2050 and ISO requirements to renew registration of Eco Alkalines™ batteries as Certified Carbonfree® Products with Carbonfund.org Foundation, and ongoing product sales will be reported to Carbonfund.org so that corresponding carbon credits to neutralize the carbon footprint for all products will be purchased and retired on behalf of LEI Products by Carbonfund.org. Eco Alkalines™ batteries have been Certified Carbonfree® by Carbonfund.org Foundation and NSF Sustainability for the past four years.  

“Eco Alkalines Batteries continue to lead the market in environmental conservation and sustainability initiatives,” states Eric M. Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org Foundation.  “The comprehensive re-evaluation they’ve completed of their products’ carbon footprint to the latest in sustainability standards underscores their ongoing commitment to offering businesses and consumers the most environmentally responsible batteries available on the market today.” 

Eco Alkalines™ batteries are committed to environmental sustainability and green innovation, are environment and landfill conscious. The packaging is manufactured with 80% of recycled materials and the batteries are derived from earth elements  which have no trace amounts of harmful metals such as Mercury, Cadmium and Lead. 

In addition to their innovative and unique green credentials and applications, Eco Alkalines™ perform equal to or better than the leading national brands in performance and longevity tests.  Eco Alkalines™ have a guaranteed 5-year shelf life and a unique patented leak resistant seal ensuring that they will not leak into your devices. 

Despite their pioneering eco accolades and novel technology, Eco Alkalines™ batteries are competitively priced compared to the leading national brands. As eco-friendly technology evolves to a ‘must’ rather than a choice, Eco Alkalines™ does not believe that consumers and companies should have to pay a premium for a green product. 

Eco Alkalines™ batteries are geared to environmentally-conscious consumers, as the brand continues to create an environmental awareness with a message of its commitment to reduced world-wide carbon emissions and its suggestion to use recycled material and recycle products when and where possible.  You may support Eco Alkalines™ Batteries and learn more about them at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ecoalkalines-batteries-reduces-carbon-footprint.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:39

VonChurch Committed to Being Green through Being Carbonfree®

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For the past five years, San Francisco-based VonChurch, the leading recruiting firm specialized in helping digitally focused companies evolve, has achieved one of its many commitments – to “being green” – in part through its Carbonfree® Business Partnership program with Carbonfund.org.  Each year, VonChurch makes a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize their estimated annual operational emissions. 

"It is crucial we continue to take part in taking care of our environment,” explains Nicole Ossey, HR Director of VonChurch.  “The partnership with Carbonfund.org helps us do that because of information and programs they provide, which are able to support the goal of our company to be a Green Certified Business."

To date, VonChurch has neutralized over 800,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the emissions created by driving a standard passenger car almost 875,000 miles.

Founded in San Francisco in August 2008, VonChurch is committed to preserving the environment. Not only is the firm offsetting emissions for its office energy usage and its eleven employees, but they also offset emissions from flights that they initiate when recruitment candidates fly to meet VonChurch clients.

Additionally, VonChurch participates in the San Francisco Green Business program, a non-profit organization that establishes rigid requirements to ensure green business practices.  These commitments to “being green” keep VonChurch at the forefront in the recruiting industry as an environmental leader.

Corporate Risk Systems Limited (CRS), a UK-based Risk Management Consultancy, provides consultancy and training solutions across Health, Safety and Environmental sectors and supports many international clients in insurance markets, the public sector, and commercial organizations.

As a responsible organization offering environmental and health and safety support to its clients, CRS recognizes the need for all organizations to reduce their environmental impact through implementation of effective carbon emissions and waste reduction policies.  To address its own operational emissions, CRS developed a Carbon Reduction and Offset Policy, using Carbonfund.org to offset its entire annual corporate emissions and make Corporate Risk Systems Carbonfree®

"It’s down to each individual and organization to accept its environmental impact, if sustainable development is to turn from a concept into reality,” says Richard Ball, Head of Environment for CRS.  “Climate Change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today, and it is all our responsibility to reduce carbon emissions at source where possible, and offset our residual carbon footprint." 

Over the past eight years, CRS has neutralized almost 1.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the emissions produced by combusting almost 80,000 gallons of gasoline. 

Corporate Risk Systems Limited is a forward-thinking and innovative HSE training and consultancy group, ISO 9001 certified and Carbonfree®.  Their auditing, training and consulting services have benefitted clients in over 60 countries on six continents, and their commitment to neutralizing their own operational emissions establishes CRS as a clear leader in corporate risk consultancy and sustainability leadership. 

Care To Click is an online community where people's small actions can make a big impact. The organization’s goal is to make the world a better place for everyone, which includes protecting our environment for future generations. 

By joining the Carbonfree® Small Business Partnership program with Carbonfund.org, Care To Click has neutralized almost 80,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.  This reduces the company’s operational emissions and makes it a more sustainable organization. 

“We owe it to future generations to leave the world a better place than we found it,” explains Tracilyn Scala, Founder of Care To Click.  “Carbonfund.org has made doing so their mission and deserve everyone's support.” 

Care To Click helps raise money for environmentally conscious groups, including Carbonfund.org. By taking a few simple actions on the Care To Click website, like donating free clicks and tweets, printing useful coupons and shopping online using Care To Click's “Care To Search” browser extension, users prompt donations to charitable organizations.  

Care To Click encourages everyone to take action, and recognizes that these actions have an impact.  As a Carbonfree® Small Business Partner, Care To Click has taken the lead in neutralizing its own operational emissions.

 

Tandus Centiva, A Tarkett Company, offers a unique line of flooring products as a true fit-for-purpose approach to enhance building spaces for learning, working, healing and living.  An important component of its product line is offering Certified Carbonfree® flooring products to its customers, through a program developed by Carbonfund.org.

The company utilizes Cradle to Cradle principals to strategically design and manufacture its products. This closed-loop approach focuses on four key areas: the choice of good materials in the design of products, the responsible use of resources to minimize impacts on the environment, the well-being of people during product use and closed loop recycling at the end-of-use to produce new products with good materials. 

The Certified Carbonfree® Product program relies upon a full cradle-to-grave Life Cycle Assessment of each registered product, to determine the entire carbon footprint associated with each square yard of flooring material.  Tandus Centiva has renewed its Certified Carbonfree® Product Registration again this year for seven of its flooring products.

“Tandus Centiva will continue to conserve energy and utilize renewable energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with its operations and products,” explains Glen Hussmann, President of Tandus Centiva.  “Additionally, registering Powerbond® and modular products as Carbonfree® through the Carbonfund.org provides Tandus Centiva customers with a credible means of purchasing Carbonfree® floor coverings.” 

Tandus Centiva uses a multifaceted approach to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and products including the reduction of energy, water and solid waste, the increased use of recycled material and renewable energy, along with a continued emphasis on closed loop recycling and post-consumer reclamation of its products.  These strategies along with the Certified Carbonfree® Product options places Tandus Centiva among the sustainability leaders in the flooring industry. 

PureLife Dental is “watching its Ps” when it comes to its triumvirate of operating commitments.  PureLife empowers dental practitioners to make a positive difference in the health of their patients, staff, and environmental impact, so that achieving better health can be a realistic part of every purchase decision they make.

The firm’s “Patients, Planet, Profits” Pledge ensures that PureLife Dental’s customers benefit from the company’s goal to provide the highest quality and most environmentally healthy products at the best available prices.  From complete waste solutions to everyday dental supplies, PureLife Dental believes that healthy patients, a healthy planet, and healthy profits can all be achieved, with no tradeoffs required.

Through Carbonfund.org, PureLife Dental offsets 100% of the company’s annual operational emissions, as well as all of the shipping emissions for every product they sell, from the manufacturing line to the customer’s door.  Since 2008, PureLife Dental has neutralized over 16.5 million pounds of carbon emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects around the world.  Those carbon emissions reductions are comparable to the quantity of carbon dioxide sequestered by over 192,000 tree seedlings planted and grown over a ten-year period. As a result, PureLife Dental customers are reducing their own environmental impact with every order placed through PureLife.

“When we launched PureLife, the first thing we did was to see how we could reduce the impact of shipping products all over the country,” said Cassie Walker, VP of Marketing and Sustainability. “This was important, because dentists could buy their supplies from anyone, but if they buy them from us there’s a reduced eco impact, automatically.”

“We chose Carbonfund.org for our offset program because they had credibility – their projects are third-party validated and additional – as well as the expertise to help us calculate our emissions until we developed that capability in-house,” said Walker. “They’ve continued to help us refine our program and figure out approachable ways to talk about it with our customers.”

In addition to their carbon neutral operations, PureLife’s Feel Good Collection include products that have an environmental advantage over their traditional counterparts. Whether they contain recycled content or non-toxic chemistries, or they come in reduced or recycled content packaging, these products allow dental practitioners to make a difference without sacrificing anything. 

PureLife Dental’s commitment to “Patients, Planet, Profits” underscores its sustainability leadership in the dental supply industry, and Carbonfund.org is honored to partner with PureLife to help achieve these goals.

Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations firm with offices in 81 countries, weaves Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) into everything the firm does for its clients and employees.  Weber Shandwick is mindful of its environmental impact and promotes sustainability by minimizing its own environmental footprint and partnering with clients who share a passion for contributing to their communities.  Weber Shandwick’s business plans and global employee culture share a “green mindset” and a commitment to being “engaging, always.” 

In 2009, Weber Shandwick implemented a non-billable travel emissions offsetting program with Carbonfund.org, designed to neutralize employees’ global business travel by supporting carbon reduction and clean air technology projects around the world.  To date, Weber Shandwick has neutralized over 16 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions related to staff business travel, the same quantity of emissions as created by burning almost 825,000 gallons of gasoline.  The firm also focuses on minimizing consumption of resources like water and energy, maximizing the efficiency of resource use, and minimizing and responsibly dealing with waste.  

Weber Shandwick’s “Green Teams” lead the firm’s efforts to maintain ISO 14001 certification requirements, set future goals for the firm’s sustainability achievements, and tailor environmental programs to suit their respective offices. 

In 2013, the firm launched the Impact Project to enhance the pro bono and volunteer efforts of its workforce across various global regions.  Weber Shandwick recently held its 8th annual Making A Difference Awards program to spotlight individuals and specific offices that make a positive impact through what they do for others around the world.  Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Weber Shandwick in making a difference by improving the firm’s sustainable business travel. 

Edward & Sons Trading Company, Inc. supplies innovative natural and organic vegetarian foods to stores and consumers throughout the world.  Since the introduction of Miso-Cup® natural instant soup mix in 1978, they’ve been guided by their motto, "Convenience without Compromise"®. It is a principle that runs throughout the whole family of food offerings. 

Edward & Sons’ Trading Company, Inc. was born out of a commitment to create delicious natural foods featuring convenient preparation in step with busy, health-aware lifestyles. Their team travels the world to taste and evaluate regional foods, to source the finest ingredients, and to partner with the most reliable farmers, packers and food artisans to create their unique range of natural and organic specialties. 

The company also believes in minimizing the environmental impact of its operations.  Since 2009, Edward & Sons’ Trading Company has partnered with Carbonfund.org to neutralize the carbon emissions associated with its annual operations.  Over the past six years, Edward & Sons has mitigated the impact of almost 4 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the same quantity of greenhouse gas emissions that would be absorbed by 45,500 tree seedlings planted and grown for ten years! 

Edward & Sons’ Trading Company believes in convenient foods with simple, wholesome  ingredients and its products will never contain artificial flavors or colors, chemical preservatives, or hydrogenated fats.  All items are vegetarian and most are suitable for vegans.  Edward & Sons™ products are available online and in natural food stores and supermarkets throughout North America and many international locations.  With its Carbonfree® business operations and product shipping, Edward & Sons’ Trading Company is a great choice for the eco-conscious and health-minded shopper.  

The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects involve numerous local and international partners that will collectively protect more than 250,000 acres in the Amazon Rainforest – the world’s largest rainforest - from slash-and-burn forest clearing and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 15 percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation, which reduces the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Moreover, fallen trees decompose and release methane, a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2. 

The Purus Project was successfully validated to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction in January 2013 and was then successfully verified in December 2013.  The Purus Project is now being reviewed again for verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Project’s performance from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. 

To review the complete Project Documents and submit comments, please visit: 

http://www.climate-standards.org/2012/10/20/the-purus-project-a-tropical-forest-conservation-project-in-acre-brazil/ 

Puma photographed by biodiversity camera on Purus Project 

Puma photographed by biodiversity monitoring camera on Purus Project

The Russas and Valparaiso Projects were successfully validated to the VCS and CCBS with Gold Distinction in March and July 2014.  Both Projects are now being reviewed for verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Projects’ performance from March 2011 to December 2013.  

 To review their complete Project Documents and submit comments, please visit: 

http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-valparaiso-project/ and

http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-russas-project/ 

Agricultural Training Courses Completed for Russas-Valparaiso Projects 

The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects are Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects that mitigate deforestation, preserve extraordinary biodiversity, and provide alternative economic opportunities to local communities.  Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures and benefit the local communities include, but are not limited to: agricultural extension training, forest patrols of potential deforestation sites, improving local schools and health clinics, and eventually building better houses and installing solar photovoltaic panels for the local communities to improve their livelihoods. 

The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects will also provide a variety of essential ecosystem services such as: erosion and flood control; water cycling, filtration and storage; oxygen production and nutrient recycling; genetic repository for medicinal plants; and habitat for thousands of native Amazonian animal (including scarlet macaws and Amazon River dolphins) and plant species. 

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Agricultural Training Courses Completed for Russas-Valparaiso Projects 

Pakpour Consulting Group believes that environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility, and as civil engineers tasked with providing safe, clean water and air to the communities it serves, PCG chose to be at the forefront of the fight against global warming and hope to lead other civil engineering firms to follow suit so it can become the first industry to achieve carbon neutrality. 

“As a certified green business in Alameda County, going to a zero carbon footprint was the natural next step for us. Environmental stewardship is everyone's responsibility, and as civil engineers tasked with providing safe, clean water and air to our communities we should be at the forefront of the fight against global warming,” stated Joubin Pakpour, P.E., president of Pakpour Consulting Group. “We hope other civil engineering firms will follow suit so we can become the first industry to achieve a zero footprint.” 

"Carbonfund.org’s mission is to improve the world by helping people reduce their environmental footprint. Their goal is to provide a forum for the massive and growing, but mostly unconnected majority of people – whether they think of themselves as citizens or business people, parents or consumers, activists or theorists who want to do the right thing. Action is impossible without information. Pakpour Consulting Group is proud to be working with Carbonfund.org." 

Pakpour Consulting Group provides comprehensive municipal civil engineering design and construction management services for a wide variety of public projects.  Services include serving as contract district engineer, water distribution systems engineering, civil plan review, transportation engineering, sewer and storm drainage design, hydrology studies, program management services, constructability review and construction management. 

Since 2007, Pakpour Consulting Group has monitored, measured and ultimately neutralized its environmental footprint.  Pakpour Consulting Group offsets the carbon emissions used in producing its supplies such as paper and packaging and its office electricity by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction, clean air technology and forest preservation projects.  In the past five years, Pakpour Consulting Group has neutralized over 500,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions through Carbonfund.org – the same quantity of emissions produced by the average passenger car driving almost 550,000 miles. 

 “As part of this process we scrutinized almost all of our day to day operations and through innovative approaches, we now recycle 80% of our waste and have reduced our paper usage by 13% while the company has doubled in size,” stated Pakpour. 

In addition to the operational emissions measurement, reduction and mitigation, Pakpour Consulting Group is helping to restore the natural resources used to manufacture paper and other office supplies through tree planting, watershed restoration and conservation projects. Carbonfund.org appreciates the commitment to environmental leadership and action that Pakpour Consulting Group continues to demonstrate through these company-wide efforts. 

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