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.
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.
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.
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.
The team at Greenwave Foods, which makes “cruncha ma-me” edamame snacks, is driven by a zealous belief in their core values, which focus on ethical business practices, environmental sustainability, and holistic plant-based nutrition. Their core mission is to provide unique snacks that are truly healthy, not just “healthier” versions of junk food.
Freeze-drying and shipping their cruncha ma-me snacks uses energy, so Greenwave Foods reduces its carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org to purchase carbon credits that fund reforestation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects around the world.
From inception five years ago, Greenwave Foods has maintained a commitment to neutralizing its estimated annual operating emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated and verified carbon offset projects. As a Carbonfree® Business Partner since 2011, Greenwave Foods has mitigated over 360,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by driving a passenger car almost 400,000 miles.
We’re all busy - We are always on the run, so it is often hard to eat fresh vegetables. With cruncha ma-me snacks, we can reach for an all-natural wholesome veggie snack that is nutritious, tastes great and can be eaten anytime, anywhere. Cruncha ma-me edamame snacks provide good sources of protein and fiber and are a tasty alternative to highly-salted chips or sugary candy bars and other unhealthy snacks.
When you reach for cruncha ma-me snacks, you’re supporting a company that supports environmental preservation, too. Carbonfund.org thanks Greenwave Foods for five years of partnership in helping to reduce the negative impact of greenhouse gases on our environment.
Salsa Labs helps nonprofits ignite action and fuel change by growing and engaging a base of support through its all-in-one online engagement platform. But for their own annual business activities, Salsa has chosen to mitigate the impact of their fuel consumption by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon emissions reduction, clean air technology and forest preservation projects.
Since joining the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program in 2010, Salsa has neutralized almost a million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the emissions created by driving a passenger car over a million miles.
“Carbonfund.org shares our core values of making the world a better place," comments Tammy Sproule, Director of Marketing at Salsa. "Their commitment to the environment and fighting climate change is inspiring and we look forward to this partnership.”
With Salsa, organizations can easily organize their supporters and chapters, fundraise, advocate, communicate through email and social media, host events and measure results. The company currently empowers more than 3,000 organizations and their more than 92 million donors, members, activists and fans.
Earlier this year, Salsa announced the release of its newest software, Solis. Designed to help growing nonprofit organizations – including many environmental organizations -- take full advantage of online communications, outreach and fundraising, Solis guides its users step-by-step through developing email, donation, social sharing and online CRM tools, all in one application.
“By integrating all the tools nonprofits need as well as proven best practice guides and tips within the application, we save organizations more than just time. We can lead even the smallest nonprofit to success,” said Charles Parsons, Director of Product Development.
Carbonfund.org commends Salsa Labs for creating scalable solutions for nonprofit and advocacy groups of all sizes, and for maintaining an ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility for its own operations.
This year will mark Dolphin Blue’s 5th anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner. The staff at Dolphin Blue is proud and honored to continue offsetting operational emissions with Carbonfund.org and has decided to take it a step further by purchasing an additional 36 metric tonnes of carbon offsets to neutralize projected annual operating emissions. Including these latest offsets purchased, Dolphin Blue has neutralized almost 718,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 8350 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.
Dolphin Blue has come a long way these past 5 years, by expanding their business offerings to include all-green, no harm products for household cleaning, lawn and garden care, pet care, children’s toys and body care that are produced with a minimal carbon emissions. Every product that Dolphin Blue carries is made from post-consumer recycled content, requiring less energy to produce, and is made in the USA, which means fewer emissions, compared to products made from virgin materials and imported from other countries.
Dolphin Blue supports initiatives that foster education and awareness in issues of sustainability, energy alternatives, organic agriculture and reducing waste. Dolphin Blue wants everyone who visits their website to be educated on why they are purchasing these items and the difference buying one eco-friendly product can make.
Dolphin Blue also is honored to be associated with organizations such as B Corporation, Green Chamber of Commerce, EPA Green Power Partner, Chlorine Free Products Association, North Texas Clean Air Coalition, Green Source DFW, and the Voluntary Renewable Energy Coalition.
For over 20 years, Dolphin Blue has continued to conduct business always respecting the natural world in which we live, and they ask their customers and other businesses to do the same. That’s why Dolphin Blue is encouraging other B Corps to go above and beyond by offsetting their companies’ annual operational emissions and educating their customers on the importance of reducing their individual carbon footprint.
Earthbound Expeditions believes that travel is more than a race to check off sites and monuments; that when done right – and responsibly - travel is perhaps the very best way to learn about different cultures and people without damaging their lands or the environment.
Through Earthbound’s proud partnership with Carbonfund.org, Earthbounders are actively reducing their carbon footprint and helping to ensure that the planet’s many wonders are preserved for future generations. The Carbonfund.org motto, “reduce what you can; offset what you can’t,” fits perfectly with Earthbound Expeditions’ long established philosophy of supporting locally-owned businesses, promoting education and embracing the concept of “slow” travel.
By using Carbonfund.org’s easy-to-use carbon calculator, Earthbound Expeditions is able to determine the size of your carbon footprint for any specific trip. Earthbound then sets aside a portion of the trip proceeds and purchases carbon credits that support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.
Over its five years as a Carbonfree® Business Partner, Earthbound Expeditions has neutralized over 7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, the same quantity of emissions as sequestered by planting 82,500 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.
Earthbound is committed to supporting environmental education, community businesses and providing travelers with a one-of-a-kind, authentic travel experience while offsetting guests’ carbon footprint. Earthbounders stay in locally owned hotels, utilize the talents of locally trained lecturers, dine in small, family-owned establishments and support projects like the Alamar Organopónico Co-op farm in Cuba and the Greening Project in South Africa. In addition to regularly scheduled trips, Earthbound Expeditions also offers custom, hand-crafted overseas adventures for schools, universities, garden clubs, families and public radio stations.
Travel is often a life-changing experience. When you join Earthbound Expeditions, you can be confident that you are supporting local businesses, workers, schools and communities, while knowing that the carbon emissions generated by your travel are responsibly neutralized through the partnership between Earthbound Expeditions and Carbonfund.org.
Holiday gift-giving means toys and appliances powered by batteries. Keep your gifts as green as they can be by purchasing Certified Carbonfree® Eco Alkalines™ Batteries to power up those gifts for Hanukkah and on Christmas morning.
Today, more and more people are mindful of the products they use every day and how those products affect our environment. Certified Carbonfree® Eco Alkalines™ Batteries have completed a rigorous evaluation of their carbon footprint, reducing emissions where possible, then neutralize the remaining greenhouse gases associated with the entire life cycle of each battery. By purchasing Certified Carbonfree® Eco Alkalines™ Batteries, you're doing your part to reduce the CO2 and climate change impact from the production, distribution, and disposal of alkaline batteries.
“Eco Alkalines™ Batteries continue to lead the market in environmental conservation and sustainability initiatives,” says Eric M. Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org Foundation. “By measuring, reducing and neutralizing their products’ carbon footprint, Eco Alkalines™ Batteries become the most environmentally responsible batteries available on the market today.”
Eco Alkalines™ Batteries 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. Eco Alkalines™ perform equal to or better than the leading national brands in usage and longevity tests, and despite these eco accolades, Eco Alkalines™ batteries are competitively priced compared to the leading national brands. Eco Alkalines™ have a guaranteed 5-year shelf life and a unique patented leak resistant seal.
Eco Alkalines™ Batteries are available online, at Amazon Smile (please support Carbonfund.org when you shop here!), and in retail stores in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. For more information on ECO Alkalines™ watch their YouTube video. Keep the holidays green – power up with Certified Carbonfree® Eco Alkalines™ Batteries this season.
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.