Envirosearch.org Uses Bing Search, Ad Revenue Supports Environmental Projects
Carbonfund.org is proud to announce today's launch of Envirosearch.org, a free online search service that enables anyone to help protect the environment simply through their everyday web searches. Envirosearch.org, which is powered by Bing and generates revenue from Yahoo! ads, supports international conservation projects like reforestation efforts and wildlife preservation. Envirosearch.org is a groundbreaking collaboration of environmental organizations addressing conservation on both a global and local level. Through the combined efforts of Carbonfund.org, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, and Environmental Media Association, the site will support meaningful conservation initiatives. Envirosearch.org will initially support tree-planting programs in Haiti, India and the United States, along with the important programs of its conservation partners. “Envirosearch.org proves once again that protecting our environment and doing the things we enjoy and need to do can go hand in hand,” said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “If there is just one simple thing everyone can do today to help our environment, making the switch to Envirosearch.org is it.” Deforestation is a critical global issue, accounting for about twenty percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally as well as the destruction of habitats, soil erosion, loss of economic opportunities, and degradation of water quality. Envirosearch.org supports global reforestation efforts and will also sponsor clean energy and other important environmental programs. Envirosearch.org is powered by Bing with sponsored ads through Yahoo!, which means it provides the same great results as the Microsoft-based search engine and offers ads relevant to the search. Envirosearch.org is a free service to the user.
Carbonfund.org is thrilled to once again partner with the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) by offsetting their 2009 National Business Travel Association International Convention and Exposition held this year in San Diego from August 23-26. Carbonfund.org will retire over 100 metric tons of CO2 to offset the electricity usage of the San Diego Convention Center during the course of the four days that the 2009 Convention will be taking place. Convention attendees are also able to offset the emissions relating to their air travel by visiting the Convention’s special partner page on the Carbonfund.org website.
The NBTA’s commitment to greening their signature event goes well beyond offsetting, as they have incorporated several eco-friendly initiatives into this year’s Convention. The commitment to reducing their impact includes creating fewer printed materials and ensuring that these materials, such as the Convention Program & Exposition Guide, are printed on recycled paper using vegetable-based inks by a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified printer.
In selecting The San Diego Convention Center as the host of this year’s event, the NBTA made a very green choice for the Convention. The San Diego Convention Center has installed an energy efficient heating and cooling system, lighting, and kitchen upgrades that have resulted in savings of almost 3 million kWh annually. Recycling at the facility has diverted 24% of the total waste and a new food composting program will divert 260 tons of food annually. Leftover Convention items, such as surplus furniture and computers will be donated to local schools or social services. San Diego is also one of the "10 most walkable U.S. cities," which helps reduce the need for driving while in the area. The San Diego Convention Center is connected to several hotels with easy access to the San Diego Trolley and buses ? making it a great “green” host for the NBTA Convention.
We salute the NBTA for undertaking a comprehensive initiative to green the 2009 Convention. By reducing what they can, and offsetting what they can’t, the NBTA is demonstrating excellent leadership to its members and sponsors. If you are attending the 2009 NBTA Convention, please stop by and say hello to the Carbonfund.org team by visiting us at booth #1346!