Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

Ready for the trip of a lifetime, the adventure you’ve always wanted to pursue?  The great folks at Wild Planet Adventures have crafted once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences you’ll never forget! Started in 1991 by an expert wildlife guide with a passion for nature travel and its power to transform lives, the Wild Planet Adventures eco-tours have received broad acclaim by creating extraordinary experiences that deliver the ultimate adventures for wildlife enthusiasts. Every aspect of these Ultimate Wildlife eco-tours is designed to increase the odds of wildlife sightings, with truly “off the beaten path” destinations, expert naturalist guides and special nocturnal wildlife activities. Wild Planet’s guides are naturalists, biologists, or leaders in their field, such as the legendary master guide Koky Porras in Costa Rica, who has helped train many of Monteverde Cloudforest’s world-class guides.  The many intimate encounters with wildlife leave travelers breathless with wonder, a constant reminder that life is precious, and create experiences that inspire, exhilarate and enlighten. Wild Planet Adventures offers a range of tours for individual and group travel, including their signature “Ultimate Wildlife” eco-tour in 10 different countries.  These specially designed itineraries are full of “once-in-a-lifetime” wildlife encounters, rich with meaning and wonder.  A single moment can leave you profoundly and forever changed:
  • Witness an alpha-male monkey kissing a newborn baby on the forehead
  • Cuddle a three-toed sloth in your arms
  • Wander the cloudforest in search of the Resplendent Quetzal
  • Float silently down the headwaters of the Amazon river past an elusive jaguar
  • Dance underwater with playful Galapagos sea lions and penguins
  • Track tigers , leopards, elephants and rhinos deep in the magical forests of India
  • Listen to gibbons sing love duets to their mates from remote treehouses accessible only by ziplines
Wild Planet Adventure’s Ultimate Wildlife eco-tours currently offer unforgettable experiences in Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, India, Panama, Peru, Thailand, Laos, Zambia (Africa), and a whale cruise in Baja California.  Their guest testimonials and acclaims such as Fodors’ “Top Ten Must-Do Trips” bear out the quality of the tours. Wild Planet Adventures has been named “One of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure. Wild Planet Adventures specializes in small, one-of-a-kind rainforest lodges, many of which have been featured on the Discovery Channel and top travel magazines. They include exciting tropical treehouses, biological stations, and wildlife refuges that offer breathtaking accommodations and outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. And their commitment to sound eco-travel practices is evident in the careful planning and the quality and experience of the tour guides.  For Wild Planet Adventures, ecotourism is not just a marketing catch-phrase. It is a term used to describe ethical tourism that focuses on appreciation and preservation of a country's flora, fauna, ecosystems and culture.   The basic idea behind ecotourism is that visitors to a place can contribute to the environment and support the people who live in that environment.  If the local people can make a living from tourism, then there is less need to burn off the forest for food or hunt endangered animals for the price of their skins.  Wild Planet Adventures hires local guides and drivers and consciously contributes to the local economy, environment and community in each country in which they operate.  Your tourist dollars have a tangible influence in saving the environment, providing jobs, and raising environmental standards.  And all of Wild Planet Adventures trips are certified CarbonFree® by through donations made to offset the carbon footprint of all flights, vehicles, operating carbon of lodges, and the carbon costs of the resources consumed on each trip.  If you’re ready for the walk on the wild side that you’ve always promised yourself, check out the award-winning wildlife eco-tours with Wild Planet Adventures, and pack your backpack!
Facing the terror of teaching your teen to drive?  Want to learn from “anyone but Mom”?  If you live in the Manhattan Beach area of California, you’re in luck!  Behind the Wheel Driving School, family-owned and operated since 1994, teaches in-class and online driver education, driver training and brush-up lessons for teens, adults & seniors. BTW Driving School offers students the knowledge to develop safe and defensive driving skills that will last a lifetime. The lessons are taught by experienced personnel, who emphasize driver’s responsibility and the importance of traffic laws. Their lessons curriculum is extensive, detailed and engaging. Driving lessons are offered seven days a week, to meet all schedules. Parents of new teen drivers will have peace of mind, knowing that their child is in safe hands and being taught by the best. And Behind the Wheel Driving School adds a few lessons in environmentally-sound practices to their driving courses. “At Behind the Wheel Driving School, in addition to teaching our students safe & legal driving practices, we believe it is our duty to be environmentally responsible. Additionally, we feel that we can lead by example in our community, which will bring awareness of the value of making as little negative impact as possible on our mother earth,” says Ryan Stack, BTW Driving School Manager. “By making changes for the better, we are committed to developing sustainable business practices that improve our services & our facilities by making them more eco-friendly.”

In order to lead by example and take actions to fight climate change, the folks at Behind the Wheel Driving School:

  • set up their website to have the capability for customers to register and take driver education online;
  • recycle all aluminum, bottles, paper and other recyclable products used on-site;
  • print double-sided documents whenever possible;
  • recycle printer toner cartridges;
  • increase the use of local services to maintain vehicles; and 
  • offset their remaining carbon footprint with, to provide carbon neutral driving lessons (note the bumper sticker).                                                                                                                                                   
Behind the Wheel Driving School is also being environmentally responsible by only servicing their local community, within a five-mile radius of their office location, rather than driving a long distance (burning more fossil fuels and creating more pollution than necessary). To assist with this effort, they have created local websites to make sure customers are aware of driving education services offered in their community. The primary website is but they offer other local sites for Redondo, Manhattan Beach and El Segundo.
If the Royal Wedding today got you dreaming of the perfect setting for your wedding, consider some of these lovely locations, fit for royalty…or a down-home eco-wedding for more casual nuptials, if that suits your style. Imagine your wedding day surrounded by your closest family and friends, magnificent gardens and a backdrop of blue mountain skies, serene forest and flowing creeks, creating memories that will last a lifetime. The Twenty Mile House signature eco-estate wedding package offers you all this and more. This Northern California venue features spectacular Eco-Wedding packages and specializes in hosting ecologically minded green weddings. Your special day will feature local organic and sustainable farm fresh food, expertly crafted organic wedding cake or desserts, your choice of beautiful flowers including local and native options, inviting local hospitality from some of the friendliest people on earth, all set in the spectacular and environmentally friendly setting of the historic Twenty Mile House Eco-Estate. The Twenty Mile house strives to be a role model in implementing sustainable business practices to enhance the positive impact on the world, preserve the historic Twenty Mile House and to give back to the surrounding local community. To achieve these goals, the Twenty Mile House has established its own Eco Mission, including a pledge to operate carbon free. Nestled along the banks and brushed by the gentle breezes of the Chesapeake Bay, the Inn at Tabbs Creek beckons with a promise of pure relaxation in an eco-focused environment of country living and wholesome dining, surrounded by nature’s beauty. Innkeeper-owners Greg and Lori Dusenberry established the Inn three years ago, inspired by their passion for the environment, organic gardening and farming, sustainable living and green building practices. Guests at the Inn at Tabbs Creek are treated to the luxury and comfort of the Inn’s environmentally focused and lovingly restored accommodations and amenities, including outdoor swimming pool, bayside dock, and a myriad of outdoor activities. Sumptuous meals are prepared from on-premises organic gardens and locally grown fare. The beauty of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay surrounds the Inn, the perfect setting for nature-filled nuptials. As you're making your wedding plans, be sure to consider the environmental impact of your day. and WeddingWire make it easy to design a customized carbon offsetting program for the wedding festivities, guest travel and your honeymoon. Your future awaits you, as do spectacular settings for your special day.  Create the eco-wedding of your dreams, and receive the royal treatment.
What better way for a quick, healthy and satisfying midday warm-up than enjoying a miso soup, brought to you by Edward & Sons Trading Company.  The folks at Edward & Sons travel 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 a unique range of natural and organic specialties. They began in 1978 with instant Miso-Cup®, the natural vegetarian soup and seasoning. Featuring simple, wholesome, freeze-dried ingredients in a handy pocket-sized pouch, just add a little hot water to create savory, satisfying soup-in-seconds™ anywhere. Miso-Cup® has nourished people on the go for over three decades, the first of many Edward & Sons’ items exemplifying their motto “Convenience Without Compromise.” Miso-Cup® soups comes in several flavors:
  • Golden Vegetable Miso-Cup® makes a light and flavorful soup garnished simply with onions and parsley;
  • Savory Miso-Cup® with Seaweed offers full-bodied flavor with the mineral rich addition of Wakame Seaweed;
  • Organic Traditional Miso-Cup® with Tofu; and
  • Reduced Sodium Miso-Cup® which features 68% less sodium.
The newest flavor addition, Japanese Restaurant Style Miso-Cup® is made with organic miso and boasts a full bodied flavor that will remind you of your favorite Japanese restaurant.  Whichever Miso-Cup® you choose, you will be enjoying delicious soup in seconds! Stop by the Edward & Sons website and take advantage of their February 20% discount on all Miso-Cup® flavors. 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.  All of the foods throughout their family of brands contain no ingredients derived from meat, or fowl or fish, and most of their items are suitable for vegans.  Check out the fully array of healthy, environmentally-conscious products available at Edward & Sons Trading Company.
Ever found yourself in the furniture-buying quagmire, staring at one of the furniture industry’s behemoth showrooms with homogeneous products, thinking there has to be a better way to furnish a house, office or apartment? Well so did the creative team that founded Viesso. Most furniture companies present their products in an outdated and inefficient fashion, and consumers were forced to settle for products that are generic, whether or not the pieces fit their specific needs. Viesso brings an innovative process to furniture design and creation that allows for maximum customization, with a website and more efficient showrooms as the core of the company. Viesso allows you to create custom furniture on their innovative website: select the model that suits your sense of style and is the right size for your space. From there, you pick from a large variety of options for fabric, filling, finishes, legs, and more to create your own custom piece, many of which are made from ‘green’ materials. You can price out all the options available on the website. Once ordered, your furniture piece is ready to ship nationwide in about 3 weeks. The aim at Viesso is to be the best solution for modern furniture, on and offline. While all their quality products are created and sold on their website, they support the website offering with a showroom and honest design help to allow people to make educated (and stylish) decisions. By blending customization, modern technology, smart design, and sustainable living, Viesso offers a refreshing way for you to furnish your space. While creating Viesso, the founders aligned themselves with other companies that share the same passion for the environment. All the products designed and produced by Viesso as made to be as “green” as possible. Check the “How It’s Green” tab at the bottom of every product page to see specific details for each individual product. Viesso carries its environmental focus through its overall operations, from small showrooms to reliance on technology and electronic communication. All products are custom-built, so there is little to no waste, and there is no large inventory of products to store, like most companies, because each piece is custom-built when ordered. This makes Viesso’s manufacturing process very efficient and reduces the impact on the environment in terms of materials used. Viesso also offsets a portion of its operational emissions through’s CarbonFree™ Business Partnership program. “We liked the way the programs were setup, and believed in the cause they [] are focused on. In addition, we got a good feeling after contacting them initially,” comments Travis Nagle, one of Viesso's founders. You owe it to yourself to experience the unique furniture selection, design and purchasing experience that Viesso has to offer. Visit their website at
Thursday, 18 August 2011 15:58

Vers Loves Wood (and Trees!)

Looking for beautiful, acoustically-sound cases for your technology devices?  Check out the collection of wood-crafted accessories at Vers. Founded in 2007, Vers produces a unique line of sound systems and mobile device accessories, with a particular emphasis on pursuing environmental sustainability in everything that they do. Unlike other products on the market, Vers’ line is crafted entirely from sustainably-sourced hardwoods and Bamboo. “Wood is simply the perfect material to work with – it’s beautiful, it feels great and has amazing acoustic properties. The best part, though, is that wood is one of the only truly renewable resources on the planet”, says David Laituri, Vers’ founder and CEO. “Wood – and trees – are very important to us, so we replant 100 trees for every tree we use in production. Our tree (re)planting programs are our way of giving back much more then we need.” Vers’ commitment to sustainability and CO2 reduction doesn’t stop there. In addition to sustainable wood sourcing and their deep commitment to reforestation projects, they also seek out the most energy efficient components, recycled paper packaging materials and have even eliminated packaging twist ties (7 miles so far!). “In reality, there is no such thing as a ‘green’ product – every product requires materials and energy to create and requires effort to recycle at the end of its useful life. We see it as our mission to reduce all three of these wherever possible, making maximum use of what is already here, using as little new material as possible and replacing it wherever we can. In the end, it’s the combination of hundreds of little things that add up to a big difference” says David. Vers became a CarbonFree Partner in 2008, and through close monitoring of their annual carbon footprint, has been able to offset more CO2 than their organization creates, effectively making them ‘carbon negative’ since their birth. Vers’ preferred offset option? You guessed it: reforestation.  David emphasizes the point: “Becoming a CarbonFree Partner is an important part of our impact reduction commitment, and the re-forestation option is a perfect fit with our mission. It sends a clear signal to our retailers and customers who we are, what we’re about and what we believe in as a company.” So check out for beautifully designed wooden cases and accessories for your devices that are attractive, durable, acoustically-superior and environmentally-sound. You’ll realize the ‘sound sound’ difference.
Monday, 07 February 2011 15:49

Three Steps to a CarbonFree Valentine's Day

As the annual celebration of love draws near, we’ve got the scoop on exceptional Valentine’s Day gifts, discounts and special offers that squeeze in a little extra love for the environment, too, as CarbonFree® Certified partners.

Step One: Flowers

The Goods: Flower Petal Why We Love Them: Flower Petal's mission is to make sure each flower arrangement, plant and gift is delivered on time, every time, and exactly the way it is requested. View their entire Valentine's Day collection and make that perfect selection. Their flowers are professionally arranged and delivered by a local florist. Bonus: Same day delivery is available until 2pm in the recipient's time zone. The Goods: Bloom Nation Why We Love Them: Bloom Nation shares the love by contributing 10% of any order to support the charity of the customer’s choosing.  And Bloom Nation has made a commitment to offset the carbon emissions for every flower delivery through Bonus: Same day delivery on all their bouquets. The Goods: Organic Bouquet Why We Love Them: Organic Bouquet partners with artisans and growers who adhere to rigorous U.S. and international standards of sustainability. They obtain products from companies who provide safe and just working conditions and a livable wage. With every purchase from Organic Bouquet, you are improving the life of a grower or artisan and protecting the environment for generations to come. Bonus: Organic Bouquet is pleased to offer delivery on Monday February 14th for Valentine's Day.

Step Two: Treats

The Goods: Organic Baskets Why We Love Them: Organic Baskets is a family owned and operated business dedicated to selling only natural and organic gift baskets from the best orchards and farms in the world. Bonus: Receive 10% off Valentine’s Day orders through their online coupon. The Goods: Drexelius Chocolates Why We Love Them: Drexelius Chocolates is your online source for uncommonly good chocolate.  The folks at Drexelius Chocolates love wonderful chocolate, care about the world we live in and support causes that promote healthy, sustainable living. Bonus: Drexelius Chocolates offers free shipping on orders over $25 and make donations raised through sales of chocolate to selected charitable causes. The Goods: Mondizen Why We Love Them: For the ultimate in romantic gifts, why not prepare original French macaroons for your loved one?  Mondizen is a purveyor of unique French goods for delivery all over the world. Bonus: For Valentine’s Day, Mondizen is offering its scrumptious strawberry-filled macaroons, directly from France but with English baking instructions. The Goods: Grounds for Change Why We Love Them: Grounds for Change is a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in 100% Fair Trade Coffee.  They are the first coffee roaster in the US to complete the rigorous third-party certification process necessary to obtain the CarbonFree® Certified Product label. Bonus: Newly on sale, select their special Valentine’s Day gift box for the perfect coffee-lover’s treat.

Step Three: Cards

The Goods: Paper Culture Why We Love Them:  Paper Culture offers eco-friendly stationery on FSC-certified 100% post consumer recycled paper, including all envelopes and packaging. Paper Culture strives to minimize their overall impact on the environment and they plant a tree in a US national forest with every order. Bonus:  Save 20% sitewide in celebration of Valentine's Day. Enter code SENDLOVE at checkout. The Goods: Why We Love Them: works hard to ensure their products are not only stylish, but also eco-conscious. From using recycled paper and eco-friendly digital printing, to maintaining FSC-certified printing facilities and partnering with to offset their carbon footprint, they are doing their part to protect the environment. Bonus: offers carbon-free shipping and a special 15% off Valentine's Day cards.
Spring is around the corner; that means vacation planning time.  Whether it's a wedding, reunion, family event or just a needed getaway, plan a visit to this former stagecoach stop and trading post for local gold miners, the historic 1854 Twenty Mile House. Nestled in the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California, the Twenty Mile House is just an hour from Reno and Lake Tahoe. Choose your perfect accommodation from one of the private cabins or charming and comfortable guest rooms, all with private bathrooms, in the main house bed and breakfast. Indulge in delicious gourmet breakfasts served each morning on the warm sunny porch or by the fire in the main house. The Twenty Mile House has been a haven for travelers, prospectors and pioneers since 1854. Today the over 200-acre property provides the perfect getaway to relax and unwind, plan a romantic weekend, wedding, retreat or other special event.  With over 200 acres of forest on the property and over 1 mile of private river access, there’s plenty to enjoy in surrounding area including miles of spectacular hiking trails, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, inner tubing, unique shopping and excellent dining all close by. Specials & Packages include seasonal specials, romantic getaway weekends, fishing packages, mid-week specials, and gift certificates are always available. The Twenty Mile House features spectacular Eco-Wedding packages.  In 2009, Kevin Gage, Karen Steele and their two-year-old daughter Katelyn moved to the Twenty Mile House to take over the family business and began specializing in hosting ecologically minded green weddings.  Imagine your wedding day surrounded by your closest family and friends, magnificent gardens and a backdrop of blue mountain skies, serene forest and flowing creeks, creating memories that will last a lifetime. The Twenty Mile House signature eco-estate wedding package offers you all this and more. Local organic and sustainable farm fresh food cooked on site in front of you, expertly crafted organic wedding cake or deserts, your choice of beautiful flowers including local and native options, inviting local hospitality from some of the friendliest people on earth, all set in the spectacular and environmentally friendly setting of the historic Twenty Mile House Eco-Estate. The Twenty Mile house strives to be a role model in implementing sustainable business practices to enhance the positive impact on the world, preserve the historic Twenty Mile House and to give back to the surrounding local community. To achieve these goals, the Twenty Mile House has established its own Eco Mission, including a pledge to operate carbon free. If you’re planning a trip northwest or need a wonderful eco-getaway, plan a visit to the Twenty Mile House and see why it’s been a favorite getaway destination for over 150 years.
Does your company need to shake up its online look and feel? Are you ready to take a new spin on your website design? Talk to the folks at Summersault. Summersault, LLC is a web development and hosting company located in Richmond, Indiana that specializes in creating interactive, database driven sites that can adapt and scale to changing needs in a changing world. Summersault’s mission is to build and sustain communities using the technologies of the Internet. Summersault also provides technology consulting, training, and site maintenance. The folks at Summersault believe that technology should be accessible and usable; simplicity, adaptability, and functionality are at the core of our development philosophy. They also feel that excellence in customer service does not come from programs or policies, but instead from the way individuals think about and communicate with their customers. Summersault founders Chris Hardie and Mark Stosberg met while studying Computer Science at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. In 1997, they partnered to form the company, focused on creating informational sites for non-profits and local businesses. Summersault grew to meet the rising demand from local and regional organizations to create professional, engaging websites. Today, Summersault serves clients across the United States. Chris and Mark chose to name their company “Summersault” because they like the imagery the name evokes: youth, happiness, warmth, growth, purpose, forward motion, complete revolution. And Summersault takes a youthful approach to its sustainable business practices. Summersault’s existing efforts to reduce its green house emissions include the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs, composting, recycling and a concerted effort by employees to bike or walk to work. Through its business partnership with, Summersault offsets a portion of its business emissions and supports our projects that invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy and reforestation. So put a new spin on your website design with the pros at Summersault.
Thursday, 17 March 2011 13:55

Green Your Business, Simplify Your Life

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Image courtesy of"][/caption] Today's business world transcends the brick and mortar storefront. A company website means products sitting on the shelf in Milwaukee are ending up in homes in Miami. Likewise, today’s businessperson isn’t just sitting at the counter answering the phone. They’re also connecting via cell while at a conference, faxing from the hotel lobby, and dialing home to check voicemails. Now, what the website did for simplifying sales, the Cloud is doing for communications. “Joining the cloud” means connecting all of your phone lines, even at offices across the country, having calls seamlessly forwarded to your cell phone, or being able to fax from your company’s number no matter where you are in the world. The bonus is that instead of trying to run an entire business from your personal cell phone, you still can have a toll-free number, multiple extensions for different departments, and a professional answering service. What makes this a green move? One word: consolidation. As communications becomes simpler and business more virtual, there is less need for certain industries to shoulder the heavy carbon footprint of a full-time office. That means less electricity consumed for lights, A/C, and heating, as well as less carbon emitted during the weekly commute. partner Nextiva is the leader in cloud-based, business VoIP phone systems, hosting thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States.  Nextiva is a top rated communications provider for a reason. Each service they offer has been engineered to give small business owners an advantage. If you're on the go, it can be difficult to manage messages coming to and from all directions, including home, office and mobile devices.  Nextiva Connect eliminates message management mess.  Instead, they can route incoming calls to your preferred application/phone and set up a protocol so calls and messages follow you anywhere.  There are no busy signals and no missed calls, and you can manage calls online as well.  The system manages phone calls, voicemails, virtual extensions, and more. In December 2010, awarded Nextiva its prestigious "Top Business VoIP Provider of the Year" award for the second year in a row. “Our mission is to become the market leader for small businesses in providing unified communication services, which include VoIP, Fax, Tele and Web conferencing and customer management products at affordable prices. Our vision is to become your #1 choice for serving all of your business communication needs,” said Thomas Gorny, Chairman and CEO of Nextiva. If you’re looking to simplify your business, talk to Nextiva and begin your journey into the clouds.  After all, the sky is the limit.
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