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Thursday, 14 January 2010 18:44

Funds for Forest Conservation

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Carbon financing has saved over 2 million hectares of forest and channeled hundreds of millions of dollars towards forest projects over the last twenty years. This has helped to preserve tens of millions of trees, improve animal habitats, and sequestered millions of tons of CO2. Ecosystem Marketplace released a new report today entitled, State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2009: Taking Root & Branching Out, that details the history of the forest carbon markets and the great progress that was made in 2009. The report outlines trends in the market, and notes recent upswings in activity. Carbonfund.org has a long history of supporting forest-based carbon offset projects. Currently, Carbonfund.org supports projects in Louisiana, Nicaragua, Brazil, and China that are reducing carbon and improving local environments. Deforestation and forest degradation account for around 20% of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions -- more than the global transportation sector. Forest-based carbon reduction projects actually sequester emissions (or take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere) and have been an effective way to help balance out these emissions. The projects Carbonfund.org supports also help protect or restore habitats, preserve biodiversity and have other benefits for the environment and local communities.
elem1The Fulton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is the first CarbonFree® Green PTA in America. “We are very proud to join CarbonFree® Partner companies and organizations like Discovery Communications, Avis, Amtrak, 41pounds.org and others to help the environment, support energy independence, and help make the transition to a clean energy future possible,” states Fulton PTA President Brian Meshkin. “It is our hope that we will teach our kids and lead by example to encourage progress from the grassroots.” As a CarbonFree® Green PTA, Fulton offset its carbon footprint with a donation to Carbonfund.org, which calculated the carbon emissions from the building usage and attendee transportation to meetings and activities for the 2009-10 school year. Fulton’s donation supports Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated carbon offset projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation which are reducing global warming emissions today. The PTA will also hold a fundraiser where members and friends can make their homes and cars CarbonFree® with 20 percent of the tax-deductible donations supporting the PTA’s environmental initiatives. Additionally, the Fulton Elementary PTA is reducing its paper and ink consumption by 50 percent, supporting its Environmental Committee’s Chesapeake Bay Day assembly and the school’s soil conservation garden at Fulton Elementary as multi-disciplinary learning experiences, and embarking on other environmental initiatives. The Green PTA Program involves: • Becoming a CarbonFree® PTA Partner by reducing, offsetting the carbon footprint of a PTA’s activities • Reducing paper and fossil fuel-based ink consumption through increased use of electronic mediums • Establishing an environmental or wellness PTA committee that promotes more environmentally conscious choices by families such as carpooling • Completing a Green School certification application in the PTA’s state (if available) • Incorporating environmental protection initiatives in PTA projects “With the great families, teachers and administrators at Fulton Elementary, we are pleased to lead the way and plant a seed here that will hopefully grow and flourish as other PTA’s join us,” said Meshkin.
Thursday, 12 August 2010 17:14

Fresh, Organic Ingredients Elevate a Common Meal

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There’s a difference between fresh and frozen, organic and conventional, and foods prepared with less fat than quick-frying. That’s Elevation Burger’s philosophy. Elevating the burger and even the fries it comes with, the company has restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic states, Florida and Texas, and will soon open in New York, Nevada and California. Though it can be challenging to source and prepare quality ingredients, Elevation Burger uses 100% USDA-certified organic, grass-fed, free-range beef. The restaurants also cook with olive oil to reduce saturated fat and avoid trans fats. Reducing the carbon footprint of the foods we eat is important because what we buy and consume can comprise a third or more of our total carbon footprint. Reducing the use of hormones in animals, chemical fertilizers and processed foods helps reduce that footprint. Elevation Burger has been praised for reducing its impact on the environment. The company is also working with Carbonfund.org to reduce its impact further by offsetting its headquarters’ energy use in support of third-party validated renewable energy projects. If you’re vegetarian or just love fries, check out Elevation Burger’s fresh fries cooked in 100% olive oil. Visit www.elevationburger.com to view their menu and learn more about the company’s philosophy. You can also learn more about reducing your carbon footprint here.
No, these aren’t cards made of carbon copy paper (like kids today would even know what that is). Carbon Cards™ are lottery-like cards covered with scratchable dots. Students take the cards through the community, where people scratch off one or more dots, revealing a donation amount ranging from $1 to $3. They then donate the total amount they scratched off. This allows organizations to raise money quickly and easily, and Gone Green Fundraisers™ donates a portion of its proceeds to Carbonfund.org’s carbon mitigation projects. While each dot’s scratch-off commitment is small, between $1-3, it adds to $120 per card toward your school or organization’s fundraising goals. “Modern fundraising is challenging,” said Joni Sue Cleavenger, founder of Gone Green Fundraisers™. “It has to be able to generate cash, and lots of it, but people are just as hard off as schools and no one wants to buy things that they don’t want or need. This makes a great school fundraiser!” “These cards really do more with every dollar,” Cleavenger said. “It gives people a chance to do something about the energy crisis with only a small donation and fund their community school at the same time. This has a real, everyday impact on the kids.” Have your kids ever done a cookie dough fundraiser? Remember picking up the tubs of cookie dough from the school, jamming your freezer with them, delivering them on behalf of your kids, and then having literally gallons of leftover cookie dough stare you in the face every time you open your freezer for the next six months? Doesn’t that make scratch-off cards sound lovely? It also has the added bonus of a built-in donation to critical reforestation, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as the built-in lesson for the kids about the importance of caring for our environment. So at your next community fundraising meeting, we encourage you to bake a plate of cookies from last year's dough and print out some information about Carbon Cards™ to share this great concept. Your fellow parents will thank you.
Advanced Dental Arts is a full service dental office operating in Scituate, Advanced Dental ArtsMassachusetts.  Whether you need a cleaning, basic general dentistry, or advanced cosmetic work, they look beyond your individual teeth so that they can treat not just your mouth, but you the individual. Healthy teeth and gums are just the start. Advanced Dental Arts wants you to smile with confidence at work, at weddings, at reunions, at church, and everywhere. Like many dental offices, Advanced Dental Arts is conscious of the fact that they generate a large volume of medical waste every single day. Many of common dental instruments and materials can't be recycled for sanitary health reasons. However, Advanced Dental Arts invested in digital x-rays and over the last year, switched to full computerization and eliminated all paper patient records. Eliminating such paper use and recycling are a big step to reducing what they can. Advanced Dental Arts also offsets their remaining carbon footprint with Carbonfund.org. To learn more, please visit Advanced Dental Arts.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:09

Free National Park Entrance this Saturday

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[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Joshua Tree National Park"][/caption] Ken Burns calls them America's Best Idea and this Saturday, September 24st, you can indulge in the beauty and splendor of our country's national parks for free. While there are 395 parks that are free on a daily basis, parks like Joshua Tree in California, the Everglades in Florida or the Badlands in South Dakota (plus a TON more) usually charge an entrance fee that will be waived on Saturday. The occasion is National Public Lands Day, the country's largest single-day effort to spruce up parks and other spaces. You can enjoy this opportunity to spend a leisurely day at a park, or join in with volunteers to plant trees, repair trails and make other enhancements on public lands. Saturday is also the Worldwide Day of Play, an event encouraging children to get up and get active. The flagship event will take place in Washington, DC, at President's Park and is hosted by Nickelodeon, the National Park Service and the Nation Park Foundation. Young or old, in the mood to volunteer or take a hike - whatever your outdoorsy agenda may be - click here to find a park near you and take advantage of this free great idea on  Saturday.
With 550,000 downloads in its first 5 months, CauseWorld became a simple, fast-growing way for consumers to donate to charities while shopping. The app, available for iPhone and Android, has now yielded over $1 million in donations, which its developers are calling a "mobile consumer phenomenon." Users earn "karma points" for charity by checking-in via GPS to retail stores and restaurants. No purchase is necessary to earn points. Through partnerships with Carbonfund.org and other leading charities, and monetary support from Citigroup, Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and Sears, CauseWorld allows users to donate karmas collected to reduce their carbon footprint by supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects, feed families in America, or provide clean water in developing countries. "CauseWorld was a trial app we built to see if people will do more than just talk and text with their phones when they're out shopping," said shopkick Co-Founder and CEO Cyriac Roeding. "We had millions of check-ins in just the first weeks. In Manhattan there isn't a block left where users have not checked into a store or restaurant with CauseWorld." The popular app has helped users provide clean water for 80,000 people for a month in Africa, offset 5.7 million pounds of carbon emissions, provide 336,000 meals and more. shopkick is a Palo Alto-based startup funded by Kleiner Perkins's iFund, Greylock Partners and Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn. You can download the app right from Carbonfund.org's home page here.
Thursday, 03 February 2011 17:32

Francophiles Find French Delights at Their Fingertips

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As the world continues to shrink and more people become “world citizens” -travelling and living in different countries and cultures - it’s only natural that cravings for country-specific products will develop. For those world citizens who are Francophiles at heart, now there is a solution. Mondizen has created an online French market, to ensure that anyone with a yearning for French foods, personal care products, baby care, cleaning products and gifts have convenient access to their favorite French products.  With Mondizen's website full of French products, delivered anywhere in the world, you have access to “everyday shopping” from the best of French markets. Mondizen’s creator, Sandrine Escoffier, developed the idea for an online French market after her experiences living in Japan and missing the everyday French products that were a part of her life. French culture cannot be reduced simply to luxury products. In fact it is the opposite; like all other cultures, French culture is full of everyday habits. It is these habits that are at the heart of the culture, that define its authentic reality. And the company name? “We wanted a name that was not yet defined; a name that would open possibilities for the company's development," explains Sandrine.  Mondizen is the combination of several words and concepts. “Mondial" means "worldwide" in French, and the “zen” comes from citizen. “Mondizen" captures the concept of a world citizen at ease, and Mondizen endeavors to make life simpler and freer for its clients. Globalization offers many advantages to humanity. When people travel, there is an opportunity to share cultures and increase understanding and compassion between people living in different parts the world. There are also risks that globalization could lead to the uniformity of cultures, and this would be a great loss to humanity. But globalization can also offer access to authentic ingredients of every culture, from anywhere in the world. Mondizen contributes to this vision. And Mondizen has an environmental awareness that’s evident in its business practices. Today, it is simple to send products around the world. Today, most of us accept that climate change is happening. One of the causes of climate change is human economic activities that release greenhouse gases such as CO2 into the atmosphere. Global trade increases CO2 emissions. To offset the CO2 from shipping products around the world, Mondizen has chosen to establish a partnership with Carbonfund.org to donate the cost of shipping emissions to support the renewable energy, reforestation and energy efficiency projects that Carbonfund.org helps to fund. “We believe the benefits of global trade can make the world a better place for everyone. We searched for a way to offset the negative environmental impacts of shipping our products globally. Mondizen does not want to make a bad situation worse and we believe this is important to our customers,” says Sandrine.   When your yearning for French goods gets the best of you, please visit Mondizen to satisfy your longings.� Tr�s Bien.