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Friday, 11 November 2011 12:22

Carbonfund.org Launches Bring A Partner Campaign

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The Carbonfund.org Foundation is excited to introduce our "Bring a Partner" Referral Program, a special offer to encourage current partners to introduce the CarbonFree® Partner program to your clients, customers, suppliers and other networks. They get introduced to the program's benefits and you earn discounts on your 2012 program renewal. To date, our partners have supported the mitigation of over 5 billion pounds of CO2, but we can do more! And we hope this program makes that easy. For each new business to join the CarbonFree® Partner program and list your company as the referring partner, we will discount your 2012 partnership program renewal by $60, or 6 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide reductions. The number of new partners you refer to the program, and the number of discounts you earn, are limited up to the value of your 2012 partnership renewal. Just send the following link to your networks: http://www.carbonfund.org/site/business/sbp_referral_program Please include contact information for Linda Kelly, Business Partnership Manager,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , in the event your referrals have any questions about our partnership program or our work to confront climate change. Our 2012 CarbonFree® Partner Program donation levels are just $360 for businesses of 1-5 employees, $720 for 6-10 employees, and $1440 for 11-20 employees, so the Bring a Partner program provides a great way to expand your environmental impact and save money. The Bring a Partner Referral Program starts immediately and will include all new referral partners who join and whose partnership donation is received by December 10th, 2011. Your 2012 partnership renewal donation invoice will reflect the discount from any new partner referrals you earn. So "green your network" and spread the word about the CarbonFree® Partnership program.

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!

This story is reposted from the June 20, 2011, release by Cross-Post, LLC. It's also a great resource for anyone looking for employment. Be sure to read through for a list of green job search engines. Company Donates Thousands of Dollars on Behalf of Advertising Clients. Cross-Post LLC, parent company of Green-Employers.com and GreenEmployers.net, marked the first anniversary recently of working with Carbonfund.org to help protect the environment. Cross-Post LLC works with many newspapers in North America and posts their employers classified ads to the Green Employers Network. Companies, interested in "Green" issues select the network in order to attract and recruit like-minded job candidates. "In the first year we have posted more than 3,000 jobs for employers and their local newspapers to the Green Employers Network," noted John Fujii, Cross-Post CFO. "Our company has made a corresponding donation to Carbonfund.org on their behalf totaling more than $8,000 for the period." “We're thrilled to be working with Cross-Post as a part of their sustainability program,” said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “Their work promoting green jobs is essential to our country’s transition to a clean energy future. Cross-Post’s commitment to reducing their own carbon impact by supporting Carbonfund.org's third-party validated projects exemplifies their role as an environmental leader in their field.” Newspapers participating in the Green Employers Network include The Las Vegas Review Journal, TulsaWorld, The Oklahoman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, PhillyBurbs, Riverside Press Enterprise and others. "In these tough economic times, non-profits are hit pretty hard. We're privileged to be able to assist Carbonfund.org in any way that we can in their mission to protect our precious natural resources and decrease carbon emissions," said Carl Braun, Cross-Post CEO. Cross-Post has a joint venture partnership with Aftercollege.com and several of their clients participate in the network. Other Cross-Post partners include Patriotjobs.net, Latpro.com, Retirementjobs.com, Diversityworking.com, IHireVeterans.com, USABledVeterans.com, Hire-A-Patriot.com, Job1.co , HireHealth.net, HospitalDreamjobs.com, Hospitaljobsonline.com, Nurse-Recruiter.com, Nursingjobs.org, CallcenterJobs.com, CallCenterCareers.com, HireCustomerCare.com, Medjobbs.com, USNursenet.com, Nurseweekjobs.com and Pennenergyjobs.com.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 10:17

Carbonfund.org Featured on Green Earthling Deals

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Be sure to visit the Green Earthling Deals site this week to make a tree-planting donation to Carbonfund.org. Plant 50 trees for a $25 donation or 100 trees for a $40 donation – but hurry! It’s this week’s featured Green Earthing Deal. Green Earthling Deals are offered by EarthTechling.com, rapidly becoming a trusted resource and "must visit" web destination for consumers seeking information on green technology and its impact on their lives. EarthTechling.com is an online consumer publication focused on all things green technology. From clean energy and electric vehicles to green gadgets and green buildings, their passionate team and readers weigh in on the latest green news, services, and products. EarthTechling covers advancements in green technology occurring around the world from their home base in Portland, Oregon. Their website features news headlines (available on Apple iPad, iPhone, Google Android, and Amazon Kindle) product reviews, buying guides, podcasts, and an events database. EarthTechling appeals to both the casual consumer looking to conserve natural resources and reduce the carbon footprint of their daily lives, and the hardcore environmentalists seeking the latest conservation news and product information. EarthTechling’s Green Earthling Deals site promotes environmentally-focused products offered at deep discounts for limited time periods to the 180,000+ monthly visitors to the EarthTechling.com site. Deforestation is responsible for about 20% of global warming, and reforestation is a critical part of the solution. Planting trees: • absorbs carbon dioxide to reduce climate change, • improves air quality, preserves biodiversity, • controls flooding by minimizing runoff and topsoil loss, • provides habitat and nutrition for wildlife, • creates jobs through planting and managing tree nurseries. All of those benefits for an affordable donation. So take action this week – join the Carbonfund.org Million Tree Challenge and make a donation through Green Earthling Deals.
main vert logoCarbonfund.org was featured in The Wall Street Journal about growing consumer participation in carbon offset programs. One of the 5 groups featured, Carbonfund.org was cited as being "one of the first" and the only nonprofit carbon offset provider they reviewed. Carbonfund.org's leadership is also reflected in being voted recently as the best carbon offset provider in the readers' choice awards of the TreeHugger website. The organization's work wouldn't be possible without the work of our supporters and partners: Thank you for your leadership on the environment! With Earth Day coming up, be sure to participate in the Carbonfund.org Million Tree Challenge. You can help us reach our goal of planting a million trees while raising awareness about deforestation by donating a $1 for each tree you'd like planted on your behalf. Please visit www.carbonfund.org/trees today!
I think you have to take chances in life. You probably get three, four or five chances in life to jump and see what’s going to happen. And if you don’t, you’ll always regret it. —Eric Carlson
Today marks Carbonfund.org's 7th anniversary and its inspirational growth from a start-up nonprofit to a national leader in fighting climate change. Often, knowing how things began provides a great deal of insight about an organization. I had the opportunity to sit down with Carbonfund.org's founders Eric and Lesley Carlson to talk about the beginning, where the organization is, and where it's going. What was the biggest challenge of turning Carbonfund.org into a national leader? EC: We had a big hurdle to get over in convincing people that you can reduce your carbon footprint at an affordable price. Once we were able to do that, the entire market changed. There were groups charging $20 or so to offset a ton of carbon. We knew we could do it in the $5-$6 range, and that’s what we charged at that time. After we got over that initial hurdle of saying basically a certified ton is a certified ton, we were off to the races. It was that explanation that got our first large partners. Now we’re known for both our high-quality projects and our low cost-per-ton. Was it difficult to balance family with a shared work life?  Did you take turns worrying about work and family? LC: Absolutely, and really when starting on a mission that has a great impact, one’s going to talk about it a lot. It’s hard to separate work and home. How we did it was deciding that Eric would take the lead on the organization, and I’d take more of a part time role so that someone would take care of the kids. Do you have advice for young families starting on an entrepreneurial path? EC: I think you have to take chances in life. You probably get three, four or five chances in life to jump and see what’s going to happen. And if you don’t, you’ll always regret it. So being an entrepreneur, taking that chance, leaving that job, hiking that mountain or doing whatever it is you decide—you should. It’s exciting and those opportunities almost always work out better, whether they are instantly successful or not. So I think young people should become entrepreneurs. Now, how you manage that within your family, within your relationships, is a challenge, and you need to work at that almost as hard as running your organization or business. LC: I think there have to be rules to ensure some balance. At some point the work discussion has to end so you have time for specific days or hours that are only family-oriented. Starting an organization takes a lot of work and time, a lot of thinking and conversation. But it’s nice because your family is then invested in something; our daughters definitely feel they’re part of the organization we’ve created. What are Carbonfund.org’s key priorities? LC: You hear people talk about some of the solutions. The Obama administration talks about green jobs, and just the other night Bill Clinton was talking with David Letterman about green jobs and how easily the transformation can be made. Carbonfund.org’s role needs to be helping make solutions easy and affordable, including keeping the message simple—that there are simple solutions out there, while building support for understanding and reducing one’s carbon footprint. What are Carbonfund.org’s biggest accomplishments from your perspective? EC: One of our biggest accomplishments is that we’ve been able to prove there’s a viable market for carbon. There were academic reports that said it would cost $50-$100 to reduce one ton of carbon. Those of us in the energy-efficiency sector and other industries knew that wasn’t the case. At $50-$100 ton, there is no climate legislation because it simply breaks the bank. We were able to show that you can reduce carbon for $10 or less a ton, and that these are the types of carbon reduction projects that people will support. Please click here to read more of this Q&A with Eric and Lesley Carlson.
Carbonfund.org is calling for the US to stay home from the UN climate negotiations in Cancun, which would give participating countries the ability to extend the term of the Kyoto Protocol or agree on a new emissions reduction treaty. Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org, said, "The US has been the 800-pound gorilla in the room at climate negotiations. As the largest global emitter per capita with enormous entourages at the meetings, all attention goes toward the US. Put simply, the problem is that there are not 67 votes in the US Senate to ratify any climate deal the President might negotiate. It's like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. The world needs to wise up and move the ball to a different field." Climate change is a global problem that requires an international effort to solve. Carbonfund.org is calling on countries to take action, at a minimum by extending the term of the Kyoto Protocol or by taking steps to build on the progress of the protocol and the voluntary carbon markets. "There are enough potential carbon buyers in the European Union, Japan, Australia and Canada and enough potential carbon sellers in China, India, Indonesia and Brazil to create a robust carbon reduction pact," said Carlson. Nearly a hundred other smaller countries could also sign onto a global pact. "We have the technical capability and market readiness to transform our global economy to one where clean energy costs less than dirty energy and efficient technology costs less than inefficient technology," added Carlson. "That is the goal."
Carbonfund.org President Eric Carlson today appeared with author and professor Robert H. Frank at a National Press Club Newsmaker Event. The topic, selected by a committee of the Press Club, was an economic assessment of carbon offsets, particularly in context of the cap-and-trade climate legislation in Congress. Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed the landmark climate bill, which now awaits debate and a vote in the Senate.npc3 Speaking at the event, Eric said, "The great thing about cap-and-trade is that the environment gets its piece upfront. The cap is set at the right level with slow reductions and the market has to figure out how to get there." For example, quality carbon offsets can be a cost-effective way to reduce carbon footprints. Carbonfund.org offers third-party validated and certified offsets meeting the highest accepted standards. To reach the approx. 80% reduction in 2050 set by the climate bill recently passed by the House, about a 2% - 3% reduction annually would be required. This goal, said Eric, is extremely doable. Dr. Frank, who recently published The Economic Naturalist's Field Guide: Common Sense Principles for Troubled Times and is a New York Times economics columnist, noted that the climate bill incentivizes emissions reductions through cap-and-trade. It's a sensible approach that places a set level of overall reductions for the nation. In addition, the most efficient operations, or companies, are rewarded while less efficient companies in terms of their energy use and carbon emissions, are encouraged through this process to be more efficient. Read more about the climate bill in this blog post.