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img7As if earthquakes and poverty were not enough, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere is now facing seasonal rains that can bring flooding and tragedy. To help address this problem, Carbonfund.org today announced that its "Million Tree Challenge" campaign is redirecting all of its donations for the next three months to tree planting in Haiti. The Million Tree Challenge is a campaign launched in March to plant a million trees by making it easy and affordable for businesses and individuals to donate to the campaign. Historically, poor land use practices have magnified the devastating effects of natural disasters like the recent earthquake, resulting in severe flooding and landslides. With the rainy seasoimg1n approaching fast, the need for long-term solutions as well as short-term aid is critically important. As recently as 2008, a series of storms resulted in hundreds of deaths and over $1 billion in damage. "Many of Haiti's problems may seem intractable, but planting trees is something we can do today that will help prevent floods and build communities," said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. "By planting trees and restoring native ecosystems, we can do our part to aid the recovery for Haitians today and for future generations." Carbonfund.org also reported that all donations will bimg3e matched 2:1 to the Haiti tree planting. Carlson called on companies and individuals to join the Haiti tree planting project. Deforestation is responsible for roughly 20% of global warming. Planting trees today restores local habitat, helps minimize floods and create jobs. To support Haiti by joining the Million Tree Challenge, please visit: www.carbonfund.org/trees.
With deforestation today accounting for about 20 percent of global warming, Carbonfund.org is challenging individuals and businesses to help plant a million trees while raising awareness about the importance of tree planting and reforestation in solving climate change. For $1 per tree, the Carbonfund.org Million Tree Challenge provides an opportunity for action on global warming leading up to Earth Day on April 22nd. MTC_treeIndividuals and businesses can make a tax-deductible donation toward tree planting at: www.carbonfund.org/trees. The campaign lets donors choose how many trees they wish to have planted. An individual can, for instance, make a donation to plant a tree for each family member, or each mile in a daily commute. A business can plant a tree for each employee, or each sale made. Carbonfund.org’s Million Tree Challenge Launch Partners include: Staples, Amtrak, Motorola, Hyundai, and Mac-Gray, each making an early commitment to the campaign. For example, Staples will be collecting $1 donations from customers at its U.S. stores from April 18-24, 2010, and will match customer donations raised during this time, up to $20,000. Companies that have also made commitments include: Evogear, WeddingWire.com, Planetshoes.com, WVO Management, and the Maryland GreenHawks basketball team. “Supporting Carbonfund.org with the Million Tree Challenge helps positively impact our climate, and serves as a concrete way to help educate others about sustainability,” said Mark Buckley, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Staples. “Staples has been contributing to the climate change cause through energy conservation, green building design, and renewable energy purchases. In addition, by using recycled paper as the standard in our Copy & Print Centers, offering a wide selection of green paper choices in our stores and on Staples.com, and providing technology recycling services, Staples makes it easy for our customers to make a difference for the environment, what we call EcoEasy.” Amtrak will be promoting the campaign on their Whistle Stop online community for passengers, and to their Amtrak Guest Rewards program members. “Passenger rail is a travel mode that produces some of the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile. Amtrak is taking steps using new technologies, fuels and procedures to further reduce emissions. We support tree planting as a great personal step to incrementally reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Roy Deitchman, Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety for Amtrak. Please join the challenge today - make a donation to plant trees at: www.carbonfund.org/trees, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the campaign. Thanks!
Carbonfund.org announced the launch of the first EPA Climate Leaders approved carbon offset project with Casella Waste Systems, Inc.’s Clinton County Landfill Methane Project. Carbonfund.org is now offering offsets from the project to businesses and individuals at www.carbonfund.org/climateleaders. savedThe project, located near Plattsburgh, NY, is a landfill methane collection and destruction system. Recent improvements to the project have added a gas-to-energy plant producing approximately 5 megawatts of clean energy that can supply the electricity needs of 5,000 households. Casella, a charter member of the EPA Climate Leaders program and the only solid waste and resource management company in the program, developed the project. “We are excited to support the first-ever EPA Climate Leaders approved carbon offset project,” said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “Climate change affects every one of us, and we all must be part of the solution. Projects like Clinton County are reducing emissions today and hastening our transition to a low-carbon future.” The Clinton County Landfill Methane Project is located at a 70-acre facility permitted to accept 175,000 tons of solid waste per year. At the site, decomposing organic material such as paper and food produce landfill gas, a portion of which is methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is about 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. By combusting the gas, the project keeps the methane out of the atmosphere, thereby dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The offsets currently available through Carbonfund.org represent methane destruction that occurred between January and September 2008. It is estimated that over 100,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions were avoided in the period, equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from over 18,300 passenger vehicles. The EPA Climate Leaders program is a partnership between industry and government that works with companies to develop climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting reduction goals, and annually reporting progress on emissions reductions to EPA. Visit www.carbonfund.org/climateleaders.

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.

Carbon management is increasingly used by businesses not only to monitor their emissions, but make decisions pertaining to their carbon footprint. By tracking and accounting for emissions, businesses can reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of being environmentally sustainable. Carbonfund.org's Carbon ExpressTrack™ web-based software program is accessible for small, medium as well as large businesses. Whereas carbon accounting and management can be expensive, or cumbersome through spreadsheets, Carbon ExpressTrack is affordable and user-friendly. Carbon ExpressTrack is a unique solution that allows users to easily enter or to upload utility usage, as well as vehicle, business travel and other energy use. The software lets business managers monitor and report on emissions using widely accepted protocols like the WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol and EPA Climate Leaders Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Carbonfund.org President Eric Carlson said, “Carbon ExpressTrack advances our mission to fight global warming by empowering businesses to track and ultimately reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon ExpressTrack makes carbon accounting and management accessible for any company, in any industry, and is an important tool in achieving business sustainability goals.” As a nonprofit organization, Carbonfund.org is able to offer low pricing without sacrificing features for effective carbon accounting and management or scalability as a business grows. Carbonfund.org also assists in quality assurance checks before reports are produced. Carbonfund.org is offering special pricing for Carbon ExpressTrack as an incentive for companies to track and manage their emissions. Businesses can sign up for as low as $59.99 a month by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (240) 247-0630. A brief video demo of Carbon ExpressTrack is available at www.carbonfund.org/cet. Businesses can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive information regarding free webinars about Carbon ExpressTrack.
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.