Since its inception in 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has maintained a commitment to provide high quality and organic health products to its customers, with a focus on “people, plants and planet.”
Part of this commitment extends to the company’s ongoing broad and successful sustainability program, which includes reductions in energy consumption and support of renewable energy sources, and a program to neutralize any remaining carbon emissions it cannot eliminate.
Over the past ten years, Mountain Rose Herbs has offset 2208.15 metric tons of greenhouse gases – that’s almost 5 million pounds or the equivalent of carbon dioxide sequestered by 1,810 acres of forests in one year. The company’s entire annual carbon footprint, including shipping, customer service, executive travel, distribution, etc., is offset through the Carbonfund.org.
“Mountain Rose Herbs has made it a priority to reduce our carbon footprint with our newly installed solar array and partnership with Carbonfund.org,” explains Alyssa Lawless, Director of Sustainability at Mountain Rose Herbs.
In 2015, Mountain Rose Herb installed over 100 photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity for the main facility in Eugene, Oregon. The 25 kWh solar array installed on the roof will produce an estimated 32,604 kWh of power in the first year, saving money and investing in renewable energy. Over the expected 35 year lifespan of the system, it is anticipated to offset 470 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the conservation of 10,980 trees or 48,170 gallons of gasoline. And for MRH employees, the company installed a two dock electric vehicle charging station, continuing to innovate and reduce its overall carbon footprint.
Energy conservation is paramount at Mountain Rose Herbs. Their facility was constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and uses Energy Star appliances. Mountain Rose Herbs is proud to have converted to 100% renewable energy by transferring its conventional electrical power usage to renewable energy sources, credits, and development.
The average American is responsible for 10 tons of CO2 emissions annually through their direct energy use at home, driving and flying. However, the average American is responsible for about 23 tons of CO2 when you also include their purchases, activities and the other services we all share throughout the economy.
While most people and businesses can reduce energy use by improving the efficiency of their homes and offices, buying cars that get better gas mileage and making other changes, reducing it to zero through individual actions is nearly impossible. Carbon offsets are a cost effective way to reduce the remainder of one’s climate footprint, and companies like Mountain Rose Herbs continue to lead the way in operational sustainability.
Founded in 1996 by former federal employee John Grobe, Federal Career Experts (FCE) is a small business that specializes in training and consulting in the areas of retirement and transition services for federal government agencies and their employees. FCE has a network of consultants, most of whom are retired federal employees, with experience in all categories of federal retirement, benefits and career transition areas. In addition, John Grobe has written several popular books and designed training manuals in the area of federal retirement and career transition that serve as stand-alone resources for federal employees.
As part of its overall mission, Federal Career Experts believes in protecting the planet by making choices that enhance the quality of the atmosphere and the resulting quality of life. In order to help achieve this goal, Federal Career Experts became Carbonfree® in 2007, offsetting their carbon footprint by supporting Carbonfund.org’s renewable energy projects. FCE has maintained this environmental commitment for ten years, and remains one of Carbonfund.org’s most tenured Carbonfree® Business Partners.
“The nature of Federal Career Experts’ business requires that we travel a great deal”, said John Grobe, President. “Though we are conscientious about our energy usage, we still have a relatively large ‘carbon footprint’ and have chosen to take steps to offset our impact on global warming.”
To date, Federal Career Experts has neutralized carbon emissions equal to removing 71 passenger vehicles from the road for a full year. This continuous focus on serving federal employees while maintaining a sustainable business practice sets FCE apart in its field. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Federal Career Experts and celebrate their tenth year in this long-term commitment to operational excellence.
Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson is one of the leading construction defect law firms in Colorado, Minnesota, and Texas, representing property owners and community associations with construction defect claims against developers, builders, subcontractors, and their insurance companies.
Since 2007, the firm also has maintained a commitment to operational sustainability by participating in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program with Carbonfund.org. Through the program, the firm has neutralized a portion of their annual operating carbon emissions and consistently supported carbon emissions reduction, mitigation and clean air technology projects with their annual program donations. Over the past ten years, the firm has grown, as has its commitment to this important environmental program. To date, the firm has neutralized over 2 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to mitigating the environmental impact of burning 103,000 gallons of gasoline.
For over fifteen years, Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson has represented thousands of property owners and community associations faced with construction defects, which can be a catastrophic and frightening situation for a property owner or community association.
When a property owner or community association hires Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson to handle their construction defect claims, the firm secures expert engineers to investigate the issues and determine repairs, negotiates with builders, developers, and subcontractors to seek a fair and reasonable settlement out of court, and if necessary, advocate on their behalf at trial or arbitration. After resolution, the firm remains available as a resource for clients as they hire contractors and perform repairs.
This type of commitment to client service and construction defect resolution is mirrored by the firm’s long-term commitment to operational sustainability. Carbonfund.org congratulates Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson on its tenth anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner and the firm’s demonstrated leadership in environmental responsibility.
With the success of COP21 in Paris last December, and the record number of companies and organizations around the world making significant pledges to reduce their carbon emissions, Carbonfund.org is thrilled to celebrate thirty-five of its business partners that have maintained carbon emissions reduction and mitigation programs continuously for the past ten years.
These organizations have shown long-term and consistent leadership in maintaining environmentally responsible business operations. Programs vary from tree-planting campaigns to recognize customers or employees and to celebrate Earth Day, to product shipping or travel and event-related emissions offsets, to full annual operational carbon neutrality.
Our tenth anniversary partners have supported innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, clean air technology and critical forest preservation projects around the world.
Together, these thirty-five organizations have mitigated the negative impact of an astonishing 375 million pounds of greenhouse gases - equivalent to removing 35,810 passenger cars from the roads for a year! In addition, they’ve planted 10,400 trees in reforestation and tree-planting initiatives around the world, to celebrate Earth Days, customers or employees.
Carbonfund.org’s Tenth Anniversary Business Partners include:
- A2 Hosting
- Air Charter Team
- Bath ASU
- Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C.
- Boston Trust & Investment Management Company – Walden Asset Management
- Brynmorgen Press
- Calvert Group
- CREDO Mobile
- Detour, LLC
- Eagle-Eye Tours
- Earth Science Naturals
- EcoBrander Promos
- Federal Career Experts
- Flavorus, Inc.
- Forever Cheese
- Hacienda Owners Association
- Hargrove & Associates
- Hotel Carlton
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- National Audubon Society
- ONNO T-Shirt Company
- Teas Etc.
- Unitarian Universalists – General Assembly (actually their 11th Anniversary!)
- USGBC-New Jersey Chapter
“It is both humbling and heartening to see this extensive list of organizations and businesses, of all sizes and in all industries, that have maintained a steadfast commitment to environmental responsibility and supporting the projects and the mission of Carbonfund.org,” exclaimed President and Co-Founder Eric Carlson. “With this type of leadership and dedication, these organizations continue to set the standard for others to follow. I am so honored to be able to recognize these long-term partner organizations.”
Each of these business partners and organizations is receiving a special Carbonfree® Partner – 10 Years logo, and Carbonfund.org will be planting 100 trees in honor of each tenth anniversary partner to thank them for their long-term partnership.
Watch this space, as we’ll be publishing a blog dedicated to each of our ten-year partners, to share more about their leadership in environmental sustainability.
WONDERHEADS is a multi-award winning physical theatre company specializing in mask performance and exquisite visual storytelling for adults and children. The works are performed in full-face mask, a wordless form that mixes European larval mask traditions with character mask styles, resulting in a craft rarely seen on the stage today.
Even performance art and storytelling produces carbon emissions. As a touring theatre company, WONDERHEADS recognizes the carbon footprint created by its activities, such as spending a lot of time on the road driving, flying back and forth across the country, staying in hotels, and eating out. To mitigate the impact of the company’s carbon emissions, WONDERHEADS has joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership and made a donation to support carbon emissions reduction, forest preservation and clean energy technology projects.
“We Wonderheads have been growing more and more concerned about our impact on the environment with all the miles we drive, flights we take, and hotels we stay in, and we feel that it is our responsibility to give back what we are taking,” explains Kate Braidwood, Co-Founder & Artistic Head of WONDERHEADS. “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by offsetting our CO2 emissions each year through Carbonfund.org.”
In addition to the partnership with Carbonfund.org, the company works to minimize its impact on the environment as much as possible while traveling via recycling, using reusable dishes and utensils, and conserving energy by reducing electricity use. The team also uses recycled goods first when building and designing sets, props, costumes and masks.
Audiences have described the WONDERHEADS experience as watching a living cartoon – the whimsy and imagination of Pixar or Warner Bros in theatrical form. In this distinct style of storytelling, WONDERHEADS step beyond words and ignite the hearts and imaginations of audience members. Now WONDERHEADS has taken steps to move beyond its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by offsetting what remains.
Even organizations that actively seek to fund and support innovations in education and technology have a carbon footprint. Those that maintain a strong commitment to environmentally responsible operations do something about it.
New Carbonfree® Business Partner, The Abe Farag Family Foundation (AFFF), is a great example. In the process of carrying out the foundation’s work, the founding family has a carbon footprint associated with energy usage and travel. Through the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, The Abe Farag Family Foundation has offset the carbon dioxide emissions created by the founder’s family through support of Carbonfund.org’s clean energy and carbon emissions mitigation projects.
The Abe Farag Family Foundation’s mission is to encourage and fund innovative projects focused on education and technology. The foundation seeks to improve the lives of people across the world by making financial awards that encourage innovation and creativity in the areas of education and technology.
AFFF provides assistance to jumpstart new ideas and solutions to help solve current problems by partnering with and supporting many creative individuals and non-profit education companies around the world. Carbonfund.org is proud to start 2016 in partnership with a leader in funding innovation and maintaining environmentally sustainable operations.
New Denver eatery in LoDo “Lower Downtown”, Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery, is doing things right. Honor Society’s menu offerings reflect a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, providing its customers with dining choices full of nutrients and flavors from fresh, local, and prepared-from-scratch ingredients.
Honor Society is committed to doing the right thing for customers, employees, communities and our world. As evidence, Honor Society chose to calculate its estimated annual operating emissions then make a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize the impact of those emissions. Honor Society’s donation is supporting carbon emissions reduction, clean air and forest preservation projects. In this way, Honor Society acknowledges and addresses the impact that food sourcing has on our planet.
Honor Society’s restaurant is one of the few restaurants in the world to achieve the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Status from the U.S. Green Building Council. The restaurant’s interior is designed through a concept they’ve coined “barn meets loft”. This contemporary combination of natural reclaimed surfaces combined with clean contemporary sight lines hopes to inspire customers with not only the quality of their food, but also the comfort and natural aura of the dining environment.
At Honor Society, caring for the environment we live in is equally as important as caring about the food that promotes healthy living and the communities that support us. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Honor Society in their efforts to offer Denver an environmentally responsible dining experience.
Dolphin Blue, an online retailer of environmentally sustainable “green” products and a Carbonfree® Business Partner for the past five years, has launched its Green Office Starter Kit bundle, to help make it easy for businesses to try “green” office products.
Founded in 1994 on the belief that we can all consume responsibly, Dolphin Blue provides high quality non-toxic and post-consumer recycled content products, so that environmentally conscious companies and individuals can purchase products aligning with their values.
Dolphin Blue’s own commitment to Carbonfree® operations has neutralized almost 718,000 pounds of greenhouse gases over the past five years, equivalent to planting 8350 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for ten years.
The Green Office Starter Kit bundles include products that Dolphin Blue uses in its own office, so they are well-tested and endorsed. Dolphin Blue is offering the starter kits to make it easy for someone who is looking to make their workplace environment more sustainable.
We all can make a difference in our product choices and work environments, and that is what Dolphin Blue is all about - making it easy for each of us to be responsible in what we consume with their assortment of green printing, office, home, children's toys and pet supplies. Carbonfund.org is honored to partner with Dolphin Blue in their efforts to Make Green Waves at Home and Work™.
Toronto-based Counting Opinions takes seriously its responsibilities to its customers and to its own operational sustainability. Since 2011, the company has participated in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, neutralizing over 470,000 pounds of greenhouse gases by supporting clean air technology and carbon emissions reduction projects around the world. These emissions reductions have the same environmental impact as avoiding the use of over 24,000 gallons of gasoline.
“We live in an ever-increasingly complex, global macrocosm. Evidence clearly indicates that humanity is negatively impacting global climate,” states Frank Biss, VP Sales and Operations at Counting Opinions. “As such, each and every one of us has a responsibility to minimize our negative impacts and find ways to more effectively co-exist with nature. The consequences of not doing so are catastrophic. Carbonfund.org in our view exemplifies these most urgent efforts.”
Counting Opinions provides organizations in the libraries community with innovative, comprehensive, cost-effective ways to capture, manage and measure performance data, including open-ended customer feedback, qualitative and quantitative data, trends, benchmarks, outcomes and peer comparisons. Its applications work across all browsers and platforms; are fully hosted in a secure professionally managed IT facility; and require minimal or no customer IT involvement.
Counting Opinions is a true "virtual" company - all staff members work from their respective homes, thus eliminating the carbon dioxide produced and time consumed by daily trips to and from the office. The staff utilizes only electronic communications, minimizing the need for printed documents and conduct sales and support calls by either telephone or electronically, thereby minimizing the company’s "travel footprint." Each year, Counting Opinions makes a donation to Carbonfund.org to neutralize remaining operational emissions that it cannot eliminate. In our opinion, these actions count, and Counting Opinions is leading the performance data and customer feedback technology field with its continued commitment to sustainability.
It all started with a ball of yarn. It inspired the founders of Jones & Vandermeer to undertake a year-long adventure to find beautiful, rare, and sustainably created yarns and fabrics, then make those products available to their customers. They carry organic fabrics and have recently launched their own line of organic and fair trade cotton alpaca yarn infused with copper.
Jones and Vandermeer, the owners’ dogs, taught them that world is a beautiful place on which to tread lightly and try to leave it better than we found it. By sourcing products from around the globe and getting it to customers as quickly and conveniently as possible, packages must board trucks or planes in the process.
To reduce their carbon footprint, Jones & Vandermeer joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program and has renewed that commitment for the past five years. In that time, Jones & Vandermeer has neutralized 395,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, the same quantity as released by combusting over 20,000 gallons of gasoline.
Jones & Vandermeer prints certain product tags and paper materials through a certified green printer, using 100% recycled paper and environmentally friendly soy-based inks. Products are wrapped in either 100% recycled tissue paper or reusable cotton bags, where possible. Jones & Vandermeer understands how to follow the thread of sustainability throughout its operations, and Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with them in these efforts.