Michelle Lam

Michelle Lam

An ice island four times the size of Manhattan and half the height of the Empire State Building broke off an ice shelf in Greenland. This follows recent studies showing dramatic losses in ice mass from melting ice in Greenland and average temperatures from global warming about 4 degrees Fahrenheit higher since the last decade. The ice island–measuring 100 square miles–separated from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. Head researcher, Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware, said, "The freshwater stored in this ice island could keep the Delaware or Hudson rivers flowing for more than two years. It could also keep all U.S. public tap water flowing for 120 days." Greenland's ice sheet holds an estimated 20 percent of the world's ice. Climate experts and scientists predict that if current trends of warming continue, the Arctic Ocean could become ice-free in summer months within just decades, contributing to rising sea levels and coastal flooding. As individuals and businesses, we can all make a difference. Please take steps to reduce your carbon footprint, and support third-party validated carbon reduction projects today. You can learn more by viewing this video:
Goetz Printing Company is one of the Washington area's leading full-service commercial printers, offering both digital and offset printing services. In the company’s own words, it is “ideally positioned to offer you a comprehensive range of options that can meet all of your printing needs.” Through its dedication to reducing its environmental impact, Goetz Printing puts in practice corporate social responsibility and empowers its customers to make environmentally sound choices as well. Not only has Goetz Printing been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), but Goetz has also received Chain of Custody Certification by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Through the latter certification program, Goetz is able to track the amount of certified, uncertified, and recycled content in the forest products it buys, uses, and sells to customers. Goetz Printing additionally participates in Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Partner program to reduce and offset its business carbon footprint.
Forks may be known for being the setting of Stephanie Meyer’s hugely popular saga, Twilight, but Bellingham is making some noise in Washington state too. The City of Bellingham is a Carbonfund.org partner and earlier this month, it played host to the First Annual Appliances Race sponsored by the Appliance Depot. Contestants transformed washing machines, refrigerators, and water heaters into wheeled vehicles ready to race. There were many laughs, skinned knees, and lost wheels along the way, but the real purpose of the event was to emphasize the need to reuse and repurpose old appliances however possible. Recycling reduces the amount of waste in the environment, which in turn reduces carbon footprints. Learn more about how you can reduce your carbon footprint here. Check out a video of the race:
Carbonfund.org is proud to work with many champions for the environment and leaders in different industries. When it comes to rowing, Filippi and its US counterpart, Elite Rowing, Inc., manufacture high-performance equipment. Over 70 national rowing teams have raced Filippi boats and subsequently won hundreds of medals in World Championship and Olympic competition since 1986. The company is the official supplier to the Italian Rowing Federation and US Rowing. Over 70 other national rowing teams choose Filippi, including Canada, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, South Africa, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt and Brazil. Click here to see the full list of teams that Filippi supplies. For its quality control in manufacturing, Filippi has been awarded ISO 9000 certification. To demonstrate its environmental leadership, Filippi is reducing its business carbon footprint by partnering with Carbonfund.org and supporting projects that fight climate change. Learn more about our business programs here.
As a nonprofit ourselves, we know the array of factors that go into starting and then managing a nonprofit organization. Strategic planning, management, capacity building and fundraising must be well thought out in order for a nonprofit to accomplish its mission. Carbonfund.org partner EMD Consulting Group, LLC lends its experience and provides guidance and support in these areas and identifies challenges and opportunities. EMD Consulting Group has helped a number of nonprofits develop their fundraising, marketing plans, economic feasibility studies, program development and much more. The Group has worked with nonprofits with very diverse missions from the Judevine Center for Autism to the University of Michigan Museum of Art. EMD Consulting Group is not only in the business of helping socially responsible organizations, but it demonstrates its own corporate social responsibility by partnering with Carbonfund.org to reduce its climate impact. To learn about how your company can partner with us, visit www.carbonfund.org/business.
Friday, 27 August 2010 12:48

Drink Responsibly with Grounds for Change

Grounds for Change, a family-owned and operated coffee-roasting business, makes every effort to minimize its impact on our environment. Not only is its coffee certified organic and Fair Trade, but it is also shade grown. Shade grown coffee protects migratory bird habitats, reduces clear-cutting in tropical rainforests and promotes biodiversity. Grounds for Change coffee is also CarbonFree® Certified after a comprehensive life-cycle assessment that accounts for, identifies reductions and offsets the carbon emissions associated with the product. Through the product certification program, Grounds for Change is supporting third-party validated projects that will transition us to a low-carbon future. Be sure to visit the Grounds for Change website and take advantage of September’s coffee of the month—a “pleasing combination of Pacific and East African coffees.” And with the measures that Grounds for Change takes to reduce its carbon footprint, you really will be drinking responsibly!
All too often, we place heavy emphasis on the interior of a space and can neglect exterior aesthetics. Anne Penniman Associates, LLC shows people the inherent potential of an area’s surrounding landscape. For residential projects, Anne Penniman Associates strives to create organic extensions of clients’ homes. The company also works with private organizations, institutions, and communities to revitalize neighborhoods and public domains. With each landscape design project, Anne Penniman Associates translates its clients’ vision into balance between form and function. As an extension of its core business, the company is committed to sustainable and low-impact design practices. For each site design, the company’s landscape architects utilize local contractors and local materials when possible, and consider biodiversity aspects in plant selection. Their commitment also extends to the office and beyond–from energy-efficient lighting to employee car pooling, to offsetting carbon emissions through Carbonfund.org in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Learn more about how you as an individual or business can take steps to reduce your own carbon footprint.
Thursday, 29 April 2010 16:59

Climate Bill Faces Impasse

Progress on a landmark climate change bill seems to have reached a standstill, as a key Senate backer Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has announced that he is withdrawing his support. Senator John Kerry was scheduled to unveil the energy and climate change legislation on Monday. It has now been put on hold.
Harry Hamburg/AP
The current Senate bill has been months in the making, for the House bill that passed ten months ago did so by a slim margin. Supporters in the Senate have added provisions for offshore drilling, revenue sharing, and loan guarantees for nuclear power plants to appeal to moderate Democrats and Republicans. Such provisions were not included in the original House bill. Sen. Kerry, with the backing of key environmental groups, aspires to cut emissions of harmful greenhouse gases 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 with this legislation. The loss of Graham’s support, however, is a huge blow, and the outlook for climate change legislation in 2010 appears more uncertain. When, if ever, will our legislators realize that climate change is real, and that a call to action cannot wait? Image Credit: Harry Hamburg, AP
Whether your company needs to build a web application from scratch, improve its website’s user interface, or design a brand identity, Clear Consulting can do all this and more. Its portfolio includes development of e-Learning platforms, trading platforms, e-Commerce user interfaces as well as web and blog design.

In describing its mission, Clear Consulting states, “We believe we can positively affect change by helping like-minded companies be successful.” Additionally, Clear Consulting is an advocate of the triple bottom line business model. To them, people, planet, profit are not opposing goals but goals that can coexist harmoniously. The company donates time and money to support various social causes like People Serving People, a local initiative that provides opportunities to homeless people in Minneapolis. Clear Consulting understands that business goals can–and should–be aligned with environmental responsibility and is a partner of Carbonfund.org to reduce and offset its business carbon footprint.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this Thursday, April 22, the Earth911 news site is running a Twitter contest with a chance to win great prizes like the CarbonFree® Certified GoECOlife™ SOHO 8-Sheet ULTRA-QUIET™ Paper Shredder. In the 20 days leading up to Earth Day, Earth911 has been giving 2 tips a day as to how people can lead a greener lifestyle and reduce their carbon footprint. For instance, replacing one's incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) is a simple step that reduces energy consumption by up to 75 percent. Contestants must have a Twitter account and need only to Re-tweet the Earth Day Channel as new tips are released to be entered for a chance to win eco-friendly prizes. Up for grabs are, among other things, an Interactive Boxed Set of stationery courtesy of Ecosaurus, eco-friendly T-shirts courtesy of Earth911, and the Carbonfund.org CarbonFree® Certified GoECOlife™ shredder. Winners of the contest will be announced April 23. What are you waiting for? It's a win-win situation: learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, share what you learn with others, and be entered for a chance at a prize!
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