An essential step in creating a one-planet future is measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices. That is why the Global Footprint Network aims to accelerate the use of the Ecological Footprint — a tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that measures how close we are to the goal of sustainable living. Footprint accounts work like bank statements, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature’s resources faster than the planet can renew them.At Global Footprint Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research organization, programs are designed to influence decision makers at all levels of society and to create a critical mass of powerful institutions using the Footprint to put an end to ecological overshoot and get our economies back into balance. Global Footprint Network's intent is that these initiatives will bring about new solutions and get people talking about the reality of ecological limits. They expect the results will redirect billions of dollars of investment toward making sustainable human development a reality.
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Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:24 Written by Linda Kelly
It's a question that many have asked, but few have attempted to answer. The Global Footprint Network has created research methodology and technology to help answer this question and bring solutions to the Earth's communities. In 2003, Global Footprint Network was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet. Global Footprint Network’s efforts are fueled by a future vision in which human demand on nature is monitored as closely as the stock market. They make this vision a reality by providing the scientific data necessary to drive large-scale social change. Together with hundreds of individuals, 200 cities, 23 nations, leading business, scientists, NGO’s, academics and their 90-plus global partners — spanning six continents — the Global Footprint Network is advancing the impact of the Footprint in the world, applying it to practical projects and sparking a global dialogue about a one-planet future and how we can facilitate change.
Looking for useful, handy gift items with an environmental benefit? BG2 sells exciting, useful and fun eco-products across a broad range of product categories, from home and cleaning, beauty and bath, health and lifestyle, to handy reusable consumer products for all aspects of daily life. BG2 also believes that educated consumers are better consumers. BG2 shares as much information as possible about the products they offer, to help their customers make informed decisions. And they do this by providing product description details and easy-to-understand logos to indicate the environmental benefits of each product. BG2’s logos are meant to be fun and used as a tool of both information and of brevity. The logos are colorful and different so consumers can instantly identify what’s so great about this product and the company that makes it. BG2 raises social responsibility and awareness about our environment and the world through their social media presence and through their ‘BG2 Cares’ program, which incorporates its 1% for the Planet membership and other fundraising causes. BG2 cares very much about climate change, so they spread the word about helping the environment through their newsletters, blogs and other social media outlets. And BG2 carries their environmental commitment to their daily business operations and their personal lives as well. BG2 is powered by 100% green energy, from clean sources like solar, wind and biomass. Paper use is reduced to a minimum, no printing of invoices or packaging slips, wrapping and stuffers are always reused from other packages they receive, and they reduce or eliminate the use of plastics wherever possible, always abiding by the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. And as a new CarbonFree™ partner with Carbonfund.org, BG2 has made a donation to purchase 35 metric tonnes of carbon credits, supporting Carbonfund.org’s mission and our renewable energy projects. So "be good be green” and fill your holiday shopping list with great gifts and products from BG2.
An average consumer can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars (when you count services) on care for one's body. To reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of products and promote wellness, Acure Organics provides products that are free from sulfates and other additives, synthetic fragrances, artificial ingredients and preservatives. Instead, Acure Organics uses fair trade, natural and organic ingredients. Acure Organic's Kristy Guerra says, “I founded Acure Organics as a way to honor my grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years. I wanted to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while also providing healthy products that promote healthier living and a greener planet.” She donates $1 for each product sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Acure Organics also offsets emissions from its operations, supporting Carbonfund.org’s projects that are fighting climate change. If you wonder what those various ingredients mean, Acure Organics provides a walkthrough of ingredients found in its products and what it suggests you avoid. You can also learn more about our business programs and support Carbonfund.org by visiting www.carbonfund.org/business.
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 14:19 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
Benton Consulting Group has been offsetting its emissions with Carbonfund.org for the past two years. As a 1% For the Planet member, their donations for carbon offsets are the equivalent to the CO2 emissions from over 21,000 gallons of gasoline consumed or the carbon sequestered by nearly 5,500 tree seedlings grown for ten years! Today we congratulate Benton Consulting group for their commitment to offsetting their carbon footprint and being a two year CarbonFree Partner with Carbonfund.org. In addition to their offsetting, Benton Consulting Group focuses on productivity consulting. Their productivity system and methodology produces measurable increases in individual and organizational performance and satisfaction by altering how people think about, approach, and manage their work. They have helped organizations such as Boeing and Microsoft increase conversions, reduce meeting times, and recover numerous hours per day. So what does this mean for the environment? Let's take one example: their systems helped reduce time spent on email and the number of messages in their inbox. According to a report by McAfee and ICF, the average carbon footprint of one email is .3 grams of CO2. A year's worth of email at a typical medium-sized business can use a whopping 50,000 kWh. Benton Consulting Group is not only saving businesses time, money, and sanity, but they're helping reduce our energy need. Learn more at Benton Consulting Group.
Thursday, 15 October 2009 14:12 Written by Jason Fitzgerald
The New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy project is a renewable energy project that helps reduce the amount of energy we need to produce from dirty fuel sources like coal and oil. The benefits of this project are two-fold: not only does it flare methane, which is about 23 times more potent as a greenhouse gas at capturing heat, it provides fuel for four reciprocating internal combustion engine-generators. The project produces both power for the regional electricity grid and also reduces the amount of methane released into our atmosphere. The destruction of methane from these types of projects is important in the fight against climate change because methane is far more efficient as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. One of the real concerns about climate change is that as the frozen tundra of areas such as Siberia and Northern Canada melt, an enormous amount of methane - which was previously trapped in the permafrost - will be released into our atmosphere. The specific environmental benefits of the New Bedford Landfill project are significantly decreased methane and carbon dioxide emissions, waste management, odor control and less localized air pollution, reduction of local water pollution, and clean energy production. This third-party verified carbon offset project meets American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol and the Chicago Climate Exchange standards. To learn more about our renewable energy projects, please visit them here.
Thursday, 11 February 2010 17:49 Written by Greg Taylor
Carbonfund.org partner Beatties School Uniforms excels at more than making great school uniforms. They’re leading the industry in greening their uniforms and reducing waste. Beatties has introduced an organic cotton line, starting with a selection of their golf shirts. These are all shipped in specialized containers designed to break down faster, reducing landfill waste. Additionally, they’ve redesigned their packaging, reducing its size by 25% since 2007. As product packaging continues to fill our landfills, this is an important step to fighting our garbage problems. As Carbonfund.org aficionados know, landfills create significant quantities of the greenhouse gas methane, which is about 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide in global warming. By cutting back on waste and investing in Carbonfund.org’s methane projects, Beatties School Uniforms is helping fight global warming as they dress North America’s students in high quality uniforms. Beatties is releasing their new line of 2010 uniforms now, check that out! Remember to cut back on your own carbon footprint!
Friday, 04 February 2011 10:22 Written by Dare Wenzler
Demerara sugar is a type of unrefined sugar with a large light amber grain. Crystallized from the initial pressing of sugar cane (as opposed to sugar beets), the minimal processing gives demerara sugar a unique flavor and crunchy texture. Because demerara sugar is less refined than traditional sugar, it has a rich, creamy, almost caramel like flavor which enhances just about anything you use it in. The large grains also remain crunchy through cooking, which makes demerara sugar a great choice to sprinkle on pies, sugar cookies and the like which might otherwise have a uniform texture. Hint: next time you make cinnamon toast, make it with demerara sugar – you will *not* be disappointed! In particular, Florida Crystals® CarbonFree® Organic Demerara sugar offers a premium demerara to environmentally conscious gourmets. Florida Crystals® products are the very first sugar products to be certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org. This label indicates a product’s carbon footprint was rendered neutral through greenhouse gas cutting measures. [caption id="attachment_7780" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Here's why flambe is best left to the professionals! Yikes! photo courtesy of waltgarrisons.com "][/caption] You can find Florida Crystalsï¿½ Demerara Sugar at just about any retailer; pick up some the next time you go shopping.ï¿½ Then bring it home and try it in this delicious, seasonal recipe for Bananas Foster.ï¿½ ï¿½Bananas Foster is a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with the sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. ï¿½Traditionally, the butter, sugar and bananas were cooked, and then the alcohol was added and ignited. You can certainly try it that way if youï¿½d like (personally I am a little leery of ï¿½ignitingï¿½ anything outside of the fireplace).ï¿½ Also, weï¿½ve substituted the brown sugar for Florida Crystalsï¿½ Demerara Sugar.ï¿½ Demerara provides the same complex , mellow flavor as brown sugar but it retains a slight crunch , adding a wonderful texture to this creamy dessert. ï¿½The bananas and sauce are then served over the ice cream. ï¿½ï¿½The dish was created in 1951 by Paul Blangï¿½ at Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana.ï¿½ It was named for Richard Foster, a friend of Owen Brennan's who was then New Orleans Crime Commission chairman. ï¿½ï¿½Now if there ever was anyone who needed a good dose of rum with his bananas, it would be the chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission. Enjoy! Bananas Foster Ingredients: 3 Tbsp - butter 3 Tbsp - Florida Crystals® Demerara Sugar 1/4 tsp - ground cinnamon 1 Tbsp - lemon juice 2 Tbsp - dark rum (or water) 1 Tbsp - banana liqueur (or water) 2- ripe bananas, peeled and sliced 4 servings vanilla ice cream Pinch of nutmeg Preparation: In a medium skillet, over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the Florida Crystals® Demerara Sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, rum and banana liqueur. Cook and stir until mixture is bubbling and syrupy. Add the bananas and cook until they begin to soften, about 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon hot bananas and syrup over ice cream. Garnish each with a pinch of nutmeg. Serve immediately. Serving Quantity: 3 to 4
Thursday, 12 November 2009 22:19 Written by Ivan Chan
Thank you Bambeco for including offsetting one's holiday travel with Carbonfund.org as a holiday green tip. Bambeco is a stylish eco-retailer launched on Earth Day and has quickly developed a fan following. The company's mission is to offer an appealing, comprehensive selection of green products. Check out their seasonal and holiday home furnishings at www.bambeco.com. This holiday, and year-round, you can affordably and easily calculate your travel carbon footprint, or choose from preset options based on miles traveled. Whether you're traveling by car, train, bus or plane, you can calculate and offset your carbon footprint. Also, learn how you can reduce the carbon footprint of your travel with these energy saving tips.