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.

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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.

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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
  • evo
  • Federal Career Experts
  • Flavorus, Inc.
  • flowerpetal.com
  • Forever Cheese
  • Greenerprinter
  • Greenforce
  • Hacienda Owners Association
  • Hargrove & Associates
  • Hotel Carlton
  • LightHawk
  • Merriman
  • Modwalls
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • National Audubon Society
  • ONNO T-Shirt Company
  • Orbitz
  • Sastaa
  • SunEdison
  • Teas Etc.
  • UniRac
  • 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.   

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Every business has telecom needs – have you re-evaluated yours or do you plan to do so in the New Year?  Here’s a simple way to investigate telecom solutions while supporting Carbonfund.org and helping to fight the impacts of climate change.

Carbonfund.org business partner Nice Touch Communications (NTC), based in New York City, was an early leader in charitable giving programs with its Telecom for Charity initiative.  NTC is a sales and consulting firm that has been providing voice and data solutions for over 15 years, and they launched Telecom for Charity in 2008.  NTC works with businesses, non-profits, charities and other organizations to provide top tier telecom services while also donating 5% of each customer’s monthly telecom bill to their selected charity through the Telecom for Charity program.  Nice Touch Communications strives to find the best fit - to improve and optimize service, and to save money for its customers - otherwise, it's just not a fit!

Telecom for Charity (T4C) provides its business customers with the opportunity to support Carbonfund.org right from their monthly telecom bill.  As a result, NTC clients and their employees are contributing back to society simply by going about their daily business of making phone calls and using the Internet.  Every time a phone call is made, or a webpage is visited, Telecom for Charity customers are adding to their monthly support donations to Carbonfund.org.  But the donations do not increase monthly costs. The donations come directly from Telecom for Charity and NTC, made on behalf of each business customer. 

To date, Telecom for Charity’s donations have neutralized almost 800,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the carbon emissions created by driving a typical passenger car over 850,000 miles.

"We wholeheartedly believe in what Carbonfund.org is doing; and feel our program can be a great way to generate support with minimal effort for a long time to come," says Jay Frank, Program Director for Telecom for Charity.  

For prospective customers and any Carbonfree® Business Partner interested in telecom services, Telecom for Charity will make a donation to mitigate 2.5 metric tonnes of carbon emissions to Carbonfund.org, supporting carbon reduction and clean air project innovation, with no obligation to the prospective customer, just for talking to T4C about their telecommunications environment and telecom needs. 

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Long-term Carbonfree® Business Partner Skyline Eco-Adventures, the original zipline tour company – 1st of its kind in the USA – received the top votes as Hawaii’s #1 land activity/adventure tour company by Hawaii Magazine's “Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards” for the second year in a row.  Skyline Eco-Adventures was founded in 2002 on Maui, Hawaii, by father and son, Buck and Danny Boren. Skyline's first location, the Haleakala Skyline Tour, is located on Historic Haleakala Ranch in beautiful upcountry Maui. 

From the very beginning, it has been Skyline Eco-Adventures' mission to thrill guests with a unique outdoor adventure, while providing significant funds and resources to protect the fragile and irreplaceable natural and cultural environment of Hawaii.  Since 2010, Skyline Eco-Adventures has been a Carbonfree® Business Partner, using our online calculator to compute estimated annual tour operational emissions, then neutralizing those emissions by supporting reforestation and forest conservation projects around the world.  Through 2015, Skyline Eco-Adventures has mitigated the impact of almost 3.7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the impact of planting almost 42,800 tree seedlings and growing the trees for ten years.      

Skyline Eco-Adventures offers four different zipline tours on three of Hawaii’s islands, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.  At each Skyline Eco-Adventures location, guests are treated to great experiences with one of Hawaii's best guide team. Named one of Hawaii's Best Places to Work for five years running, the Skyline's staff help make each experience unforgettable.  

In addition to maintaining carbon neutral tour operations, Skyline Eco-Adventures’ staff involved in a variety of other community and conservation projects, including its Zip 4 the Trees event and 1% For the Planet donation program.  Carbonfund.org is happy to continue to partner with Skyline Eco-Adventures in their tour emissions offset program and congratulates the tour company’s many recognitions for giving back to community and preserving our natural environment.  

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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

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The Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly meeting strives to address, confirm and take action on the social, economic and environmental issues that matter most to its engaged membership.  June’s GA meeting in Portland, Oregon certainly accomplished this – on the second day of GA, the US Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage was announced, and the GA schedule for the day turned to celebration of this ground-breaking event. 

The Portland GA also affirmed the membership’s support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, following the massacre at the bible study group at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  General Assembly members passed an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) on the final afternoon of GA, urging congregants to “join the fight for racial justice against the harsh racist practices to which many black people are exposed.” 

This year’s GA also reached a milestone in the event’s environmental commitments by achieving 100% carbon offsetting of the carbon emissions produced by the five-day event.  Each year since 2006, GA attendees have been given the option to make a donation to offset their per-person portion of the event’s overall carbon emissions associated with attendee travel, venue and hotel room energy consumption, local transportation, meals, waste management and shipping.  

In recent years, GA attendee donations offset about half of the event’s total overall carbon emissions, but this year, UUA decided to make a commitment to offset the entire event’s carbon emissions.  Working with long-time partners sustainable events planner MeetGreen and Carbonfund.org Foundation, UUA’s team calculated the GA event’s total greenhouse gases then budgeted the donation required to offset the entire 2925.4 metric tonnes – about 6.5 million pounds – of carbon emissions.  Carbonfund.org used UUA’s carbon offset donation to purchase and permanently retire the total corresponding carbon credits in the US-based Truck Stop Electrification project in order to fully offset UUA GA event emissions.  This innovative project provides long-haul truckers with an electricity-powered device to run their cab’s heating, cooling and electronics, thus allowing the driver to turn off the engine and avoid idling on diesel fuel during rest and sleep hours, saving millions of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, improving resting conditions for drivers and air quality while lowering noise levels at truck stops with these installations. 

The UUA continues to lead in bulding a better way for its members and their communities, and achieving this important goal of 100% carbon offsets for its General Assembly event marks another milestone in the UUA’s commitments to sustainability.  Carbonfund.org is honored to partner with UUA and MeetGreen in this important initiative.

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For the past six years, Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, has augmented its commitment to “Lean and Green” operations by neutralizing carbon emissions associated with its National Sales Meeting.  Through this program, Benco Dental has mitigated the negative impact of almost 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to neutralizing emissions from driving a standard passenger car 6.4 billion miles, by supporting Carbonfund.org's clean air and carbon emissions reduction projects.      

A focus on the environment can be felt throughout Benco, starting with their CenterPoint headquarters in Pittston, PA, designed to meet and exceed USGBC guidelines and attain LEED certification.   The company’s “Go Green” program identifies its products that meet 10 criteria universally recognized as reducing a product’s environmental impact and designates the eco-friendly products with a green leaf. 

The Benco Dental “Lean and Green” team is made up of associates who volunteer their time to organize and conduct community tree plantings and cleanups throughout the year, and help to identify ways Benco can be environmentally friendly. Associates also participate in an extensive recycling program that includes paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, batteries, CDs, DVDs and toner cartridges.

Building a brighter greener future is part of Benco Dental Company’s mission, and Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with Benco in achieving its goals.

 

 

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emerginC is a simple story of emerging, which began in 1996 with one of the most stable and effective vitamin C serums to emerge on the market. The buzz about the product began to spread and emerginC started to grow by word of mouth. More products emerged -- two, then four, then eight -- and now emerginC has approximately 80 products and a wide variety of cost-effective treatment options from both the emerginC signature and scientific organics product lines.  All the while, emerginC never compromised a commitment to quality and effectiveness - and to environmental sustainability - and the company continues to emerge. 

For the past six years, emerginC has been a Carbonfree® Business Partner, neutralizing almost 460,000 pounds of greenhouse gases through supporting Carbonfund.org’s clean air and carbon emissions reduction projects around the world.  This reduction in carbon emissions has the impact as planting 5350 trees and letting them grow and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for ten years.

"We take many steps to minimize our impact on the environment. Our corporate office runs on wind power, our product boxes and brochures are made from paper from well-managed forests, printed with vegetable inks, and we ship our orders with biodegradable packing 'peanuts',” explains Ian Lirenman, CEO and Founder of emerginC.  “We chose Carbonfund.org because of their efficiency, the on-the-ground solutions they deliver and the fact that they don't engage in carbon offset trading."  

The folks at emerginC have taken a leading role in giving back and in sustainability with the "buy one, plant one" tree planting program, and the company also includes packets of emerginCeeds with every US domestic order to help customers start their own vegetable garden with USDA organic mixed lettuce or arugula seeds. 

The company started an emerginBees bee habitat initiative to help combat Colony Collapse Disorder among US bee colonies.  Many medicines, both conventional and alternative remedies, come from flowering plants. Without the bees to spread the seeds, many plants - including food crops - will die off.   The emerginBees seedbombs are a combination of compost and clay that acts as a carrier for the seeds. They can be launched over walls or fences and into inaccessible areas such as wasteland or along railways.  emerginC makes every effort to source products and ingredients ethically and sustainably wherever possible, including the use of fair trade ingredients. 

As a way to help drastically reduce the number of plastic bottles used around the world, emerginC is moving away from plastic product packaging and using glass bottles as an alternative. The company is now headquartered in its own building near the waterfront in Brooklyn, NY, with weekly yoga classes, rooftop vegetables, flowers, and chickens that give the staff organic eggs all year round.

 

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Celebrating over thirty years, Earth Science Naturals creates products with the goodness of natural ingredients enhanced with plant-based nutrients, vital vitamins, soothing botanicals, hydrating moisturizers and pure essential oils.  Committed to providing environmentally safe skin, body, and hair care without parabens, animal testing, animal-derived ingredients or artificial colors, Earth Science Naturals cares about its customers, and about the environment we share. 

Earth Science also cares about the impact its business has on our environment.  Even with the care taken to choose the most environmentally-safe products and practices, Earth Science knows its own office energy use, product transportation and business travel creates greenhouse gas emissions.  To neutralize this impact, Earth Science partners with Carbonfund.org to support carbon emissions reduction and clean air projects.  Since joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program seven years ago, Earth Science has neutralized over 600,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, the equivalent to planting almost 7000 trees and growing them for ten years. 

“At our core, we believe that having a “healthy” business means striving to do good in the world,” explains Kenneth Grand, Owner and President.  “A proud sponsor of Carbonfund.org, Earth Science Naturals is dedicated to supporting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the fight against climate change by supporting climate-friendly projects." 

Earth Science will be launching a new hair care line this fall with all locally sourced packaging and bottles at 80% post-consumer content.  They’ve repackaged their Active Age Defense line in more sustainable packaging, use recyclable components manufactured locally, choosing American-made, recycled, and sustainable resources whenever possible.  All cartons hold the FSC seal, certified to ensure responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. 

Earth Science is dedicated to support the fight against climate change by encouraging and supporting climate-friendly projects, locally and nationally.  By specifically seeking out local vendors and local manufacturing facilities, Earth Science reduces transportation and its related pollution.  All Earth Science products are produced in California, near the corporate offices in Santa Barbara, and many products have been formulated using organic and fair trade extracts and oils. 

As a family-run business, Earth Science Naturals values giving back to and staying connected with its national and local communities.  Earth Science Naturals has been a strong supporter of not only global environmental concerns, but also local organizations that work toward building healthy, sustainable communities, through planting trees, funding educational programs, pet adoptions or providing meals. 

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