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Carbonfund.org's newest CarbonFree(r) Partner, Modern Eco Homes, is kicking off summer with a new promotion: "Find the Keys tomeh_logo Sustainable Youth Contest!"  Contestants will participate in an online scavenger hunt for answers to a set of questions about Sustainable Youth, the sponsor of the promotion.  If you can correctly answer the questions, you win a Total Immune Performance Regimen Package.  This package consists of three anti-aging products valued at over $200 that will revitalize your skin. The prize package creams are all vegan and organic, so you can rest assured that you'll be winning environmentally-friendly products.  You're also supporting a CarbonFree(r) Partner by entering the contest!  If you like what you see, Sustainable Youth is offering a discount on all regularly priced items on your first visit - just use code 10modernecohomes during checkout.  The contest ends on June 11th, so visit Modern Eco Homes to learn the details and enter for a chance to win!
Thursday, 31 December 2009 09:22

Energy from Food: New Research and Potential

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Food helps define societies and brings people together. As we enter the second decade of the new millennium, this will becoming increasingly true as population increases and new energy demands put added emphasis on global food supplies. ethanol1Food can be used to generate electricity. Many Americans know that corn is a vital ingredient to many current ethanol blends, but did you know that many different foods can be used to generate ethanol? Scientists are exploring the energy capacity of potatoes, yams, and onions (among other foods). The goal of all this scientific tinkering is to find a biofuel that can provide more energy per unit of input than corn cost effectively. There is also the increasing use of food byproducts or waste for energy. Carbonfund.org, for example, supports the Chino Basin Dairy Farm Biodigester in California to reduce methane emissions, which are more potent than CO2 emissions, and lessen the impact of global climate change. Combating climate change will require innovative solutions such as this. You can learn more about waste-to-energy and methane reduction projects here.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 16:35

Emissions Up 29 Percent Since 2000

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A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience states that global CO2 emissions have risen 29% since 2000 and 41% since 1990. Moreover, in spite of the global economic downturn, emissions still rose 2% globally in 2008, the most recent year of record. The increase in emissions is attributable to many factors, but most notably the increased emissions of developing nations. The graph indicates that whereas developed nations emissions have basically plateaued over the last 19 years, developing nations emissions have risen dramatically. Emissions from countries like China and India have more than doubled since 1990. To contextualize some of the growth of developing nations emissions, a quarter of developing nations emissions can be attributed to increased international trade. Whereas most of this new study reinforces suspicions that we all already had (namely, we haven't done a darn thing to reduce emissions, so naturally they would rise), it also sheds light on a newly observed trend of the global carbon cycle. Terrestrial and oceanic carbon sinks are disappearing. 45 percent of the global carbon stocks are currently in our atmosphere - up from about 40 percent 50 years ago. This is probably the result of two factors:
  • We are emitting more carbon, outpacing the land and ocean's natural ability to absorb CO2
  • We are destroying natural carbon sinks like trees, meaning that there are fewer places for atmospheric CO2 to go
This increased carbon load our atmosphere now bears is highly disturbing and indicative of the fact that we need to not only reduce emissions but preserve natural carbon sinks in order to avoid the most extreme effects of global warming. Take control of your climate. Offset your emissions today.
logoPlanning a wedding is hard work.  I would know - I'm getting married in May!  It is even more work to plan an eco-friendly event, and think of how every detail impacts the environment.  That is why Elegance & Simplicity Wedding & Event Designers are so great.  They thought of EVERYTHING.  They have wind powered facilities, drive fuel-efficient vehicles, support reforestation efforts, use eco-friendly cleaning practices, and of course offset their footprint with Carbonfund.org! They also help you find vendors who abide by their same standards. When planning my wedding I have tried to be environmentally conscious wherever I can.  I chose to send out a video online  for my save-the-date rather than send out more paper.  I also chose to get my dress from the Bridal Garden, a nonprofit bridal boutique that sells donated dresses from showrooms and other brides rather than buy a new dress.  I plan to use recycled paper for my invitations, and have my guests rsvp online to keep the paper products to a minimum.  Visit Elegance & Simplicity to find out how to make your event greener!
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 15:45

Storybooks Online Connect Families Minus the Miles

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What do you do when you want to show your grandchild how much you love him or her but live too far away? I can think of three ways: Clone yourself and move in with your grandchild; create a robot look-a-like to do your day job; or use Jackson Fish Market’s A Story Before Bed program to record yourself reading a children’s story online. What a great way to share an intimate moment with your grandchild when you’re miles away. Here at Carbonfund.org, we applaud efforts like these to bring people together in low-carbon ways. Virtual meetings, teleconferences, and now nighttime stories can take place without carbon-intensive flights or long drives. Innovative solutions like Jackson Fish Market’s are the kinds of ideas we need to transform our carbon-intensive economy into a clean energy future. That’s not to say you shouldn’t drive to read to your grandkids if you can, but we should all strive to minimize our carbon footprints wherever we can.
With gas prices trending higher and battery prices falling, plug-in cars are expected to make up 9 percent of the U.S. auto market by 2020 and 22 percent by 2030, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Electric cars currently cost more than 75 percent of cars being sold—but individual states are providing financial incentives for people to get on board. California, for example, offers vouchers of  $10,000 to $45,000 for companies that operate hybrid-electric fleet vehicles in-state. You can search for electric vehicle vouchers in your state at the U.S. Department of Energy site and find out how to reduce your driving emissions here.
Thursday, 19 November 2009 14:52

How Far Will the Electric Car Go?

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The US auto market should have two electric cars to choose from in the near future - the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. These vehicles could start the revolution towards zero direct emission cars that are more efficient and less harmful to the environment. But questions are starting to mount over how far these cars can really take you. NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. LEAF ELECTRIC CARAccording to an article in the Washington Post, the Leaf has an all-electric engine that can take you 100 miles on one charge, and the Volt has a gas-electric engine that will take you 40 miles on a charge and then run off its gas engine. Even though many people drive significantly less than 100 miles per day (particularly in urban settings), the fear of having an empty battery with no where close to charge it can strike concern for some. To preemptively combat this fear, a coalition of forces is calling on the government to spend billions of dollars to help build the infrastructure to give drivers the ability to fuel their batteries on-the-go. Though most people will be able to get all the charge they need at home when the car is parked, an on-the-go infrastructure would certainly help. What do you think? Would you buy an electric vehicle even without a vast fueling station infrastructure? Image of the Nissan Leaf; also read this blog posting about the Volt when it was announced.
Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:34

Get a New Year’s Jump with Effective E-Learning

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Need a way to advance employee training in your organization at “the speed of business”? Articulate can help! The innovative New York company offers rapid e-learning software tools and training strategies that empower anyone to create engaging courses, presentations, quizzes and surveys that “make everyone look good” and produce results. Articulate’s end goal is to make each customer an e-learning hero. With its impressive roster of corporate clients – some of the largest and best-regarded companies in their respective industries – Articulate has the proven tools and track record to help any organization with its e-learning and training needs.

And for the sixth consecutive year, Articulate products have been named Best of E-learning in the annual Elearning! Magazine readers’ choice awards. Articulate earned the top spot in five categories in the 2010 survey, the most in a single year and more than any other company.

Articulate also gives back to the community and to the environment. Articulate helps empower e-learning in the developing world by donating $250,000 of its software through LINGOs, a consortium of humanitarian relief and development organizations. This year, Articulate became a carbon-neutral organization by donating to support Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction projects. If your organization needs to hit the ground running in the new year, check out some of Articulate’s award-winning e-learning programs to give your employee training the boost it needs.