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Friday, 26 February 2010 08:40

Born In Love: Pendants with Heart

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Born in Love is a unique pottery business that offers Tirtha Pendants that convey love, hope, and abundance.  The water used in their special crystalline glazes is 'charged' for at least 24 hours in a special egg-shaped vessel which has the word 'love' written over its surface.  It is at this timBorn in Lovee that a bit of water blessed by the living saint, Mata Amritananda Mayi (Amma), is added as well. While mixing the glaze into the water, traditional Vedic chants are sung.  All of their pendants are hand-crafted and fired in a small kiln. Born in Love cares deeply about conveying love through their pendants.  Their hope is to also live sustainably and promote this lifestyle to others through the business and their Tirtha Pendants.  To learn more about their incredible lifestyle, outstanding business and Tirtha Pendants, please visit www.borninlove.net.
bkrvwA lot of people are extremely passionate about fighting climate change, reducing CO2 emissions and staving off a global catastrophe. And by “a lot”, I mean, well, maybe 10-20%. The fact is most people, on any issue, are rather agnostic, have a tacit support for something but certainly are not in the trenches fighting on a day-to-day basis. An overwhelming majority of people want health care reform, millions of people are against it, and yet it is big news when a hundred “passionate” people show up to a town hall meeting of a member of Congress. Enter Greg Craven and his book, What’s The Worst That Could Happen? A Rationale Response To The Climate Change Debate. Greg is a high school science teacher in Oregon who became an Internet sensation last year with a series of videos trying to engage the 60-80% of people in the middle on climate change. His videos have been viewed over 7 million times and his book is as entertaining. Greg does not talk much about climate science. Instead, he looks at the issue of should we do something or should we not from the perspective of risk assessment. Which is worse, taking action to stop climate change and later learning it was not happening, or not taking action and learning (too late) that it was? But the book is about much more than Pascal’s Wager. Greg uses the same ultra analytical approach to helping us decide which information in our information-laden world we should value more. Should we trust a pundit over a scientist, a scientific organization over a think tank, a government over a lobbying group? Where should each stand on our information value spectrum. What’s The Worst That Could Happen? is a surprisingly fresh, interesting, quick and entertaining read. Whether you’ve been in the trenches for a decade on the issue or are one of the 60-80% in the middle, Craven’s perspective and process are unassailably logical. He is the perfect antidote to any climate skeptic. Craven is passionate about being, well, dispassionate. He asks a thousand questions (Note: I have known Greg for twenty years and the book is as Greg is) of the reader without overwhelming the senses. He is serious and yet unbelievably self-deprecating. The book’s faux sticky notes on the pages of facts, humor and examples add to his unique style. Greg makes climate change, and the question of whether we should act on it, understandable to the average person much as Al Gore did a few years ago. What’s The Worst That Could Happen? is a great read. It will energize you to take action, the last pillar of the book. The climate change movement needed this book and Greg’s approach to problem-solving. At Carbonfund.org, we feel any work that helps explain the issue and urgency of climate change is critical and Greg has done just that.
Working on the next great thing, but need help developing a business plan, building a financial model, or connecting with investors? Blue Horizon Venture Consulting (BHVC) provides innovative expert entrepreneurial business consulting services to clients who seek to raise capital to fund startups, spinouts, growth investment projects, to expand internationally, or to implement core strategic improvements. BHVC’s business advisory services have helped entrepreneurs, middle market and Fortune 500 “Growth Ventures” obtain investment capital. Raising capital is a full-time job. BHVC develops your customized venture capital grade business plans while you drive your business forward. Since 1998, BHVC has provided professional venture development services to growth ventures. BHVC’s innovative approach, highly skilled experts, private equity contacts, and project management experience enables them to complete strategic engagements with exceptional results (a 65% success rate in raising capital) and client satisfaction.   BHVC maintains the mission to help entrepreneurial ventures obtain the resources and capabilities they need to achieve rapid growth. The BHVC vision is to become the leader in consulting to companies who seek outside capital, knowledge and connections, and to strive to conduct business with three core values: innovation, funding, and growth. And BHVC’s commitment extends to their CarbonFree® Partnership with Carbonfund.org, making a donation to purchase 35 metric tonnes of carbon credits to offset a portion of their business emissions. If your new venture is in need of business plan development expertise, contact the professionals at Blue Horizon Venture Consulting to help launch and grow your next venture.
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 12:21

Blossom's Inspirations Promise to the Planet

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Blossoms Inspirations made a promise to the planet is to produce fashion accessories using natural and/or recycled materials and utilizing production practices that have low or no impact on the environment. One of the ways that they have achieved this is to ensure that all their hand embroidered belts and gourd ornaments are Certified CarbonFree® . This means that the energy and emissions of the products, from cradle to grave, have been accounted for, reduced, and offset by supporting climate mitigation projects. Here is an example of how Blossom’s has determined the carbon footprint of one of their products. The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) revealed a total of 8,694 gCO2e per belt.   To put that into perspective the US EPA calculates that the consumption of 1 gallon of gasoline is about 8,900 gCO2e and the use of 12 kilowatt-hours of electricity is about 8,300 gCO2e. (EPA Calculator). For Blossom Inspirations, who already works directly with impoverished artisans on fair wage & community development projects in South America, the certification is an extension of a ‘planet-friendly’ philosophy to their business.  They encourage their artisans to use natural and/or recycled materials in their production and revive traditional techniques like wooden loom weaving and hand embroidery.  This type of low emission production and community building opportunities ensure the well-being of artisans and that products are deserving of their CarbonFree® Certified Label. Blossom’s Inspirations are a wonderful example of how fashion trends and environmental consciousness can meet to make the eco-consumer look good and feel good about their purchases.  Multiple designs, cute colors, planet-friendly, and affordable prices make these products an easy sell!!! Please check out their inventory at www.blosssomsinspirations.com today!
In this season of giving, who doesn’t love to receive a bouquet of fresh flowers? Working with flowers is a daily reminder of our earth's natural beauty, and that message certainly isn't lost on Bloom Nation florists, who not only deliver beautifully crafted bouquets across the country but give back to the earth with each order. Bloom Nation, one of Carbonfund.org’s new partners, offers hundreds of breathtakingly beautiful flower arrangements for every occasion, and other gift options including teddy bears, gourmet gift baskets, and scrumptious treats, and they send “more than just flowers!”  Bloom Nation reduces the carbon footprint created by growing, cutting, shipping and delivering the flowers through Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree® Shipping program, which means a portion of the cost of each bouquet supports Carbonfund.org’s forest-based projects, such as the Amazon Forest Conservation Project. These projects are conserving forests or reforesting land to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere and help improve local air quality, while also helping communities by providing habitat for local wildlife or providing employment opportunities. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Bloom Nation has more than 1,000 gift ideas and offers same-day shipping to ensure last-minute inspiration gets there on time. Each gift given through Bloom Nation is pulling double duty – bringing a smile to your friend or loved one and helping reforest and preserve carbon-sequestering forests.
Thursday, 26 August 2010 08:58

Make Your Blog or Website CarbonFree®

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We all know that activities such as commuting to work or lighting our homes contributes a substantial amount to our carbon footprints every year. What about your website or blog? You may not have considered it, but all websites and blogs have carbon footprints, and they are larger than you might imagine. Think about everything that has to happen when you view a website. Your computer downloads information, which is housed by other computers on the Internet, all of which are using a wide array of networks and servers to transmit the information. The energy use adds up. The average personal blog, for example, creates nearly a ton of CO2 in a year! Why choose to make your website CarbonFree®? 1. Brand Recognition Distinguish your website or blog as reducing its impact on the environment with the CarbonFree® logo. 2. Your donation supports third-party validated carbon reduction projects With Carbonfund.org, your donation goes to fund the same third-party validated projects that our other carbon offset programs fund. We don’t claim that you can offset an entire website by planting a single tree, nor would we expect you to believe that. 3. Custom Calculations Have a large business site or just a small family blog? No problem. We can calculate a custom website offset that fits any size of site with any amount of traffic. Get started by visiting www.carbonfund.org/carbonfreewebsite and choose the carbon offset that most closely matches your average monthly pageview count. After your donation is received, we will provide you the appropriate CarbonFree® logos to use on your site for a year. Show your visitors your commitment to the environment by making your website CarbonFree® today!
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 14:07

Blizzards and Global Warming - A Meteorological View

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The Mid-Atlantic is yet again being blasted with snow. This current blizzard is going to add up to 16 inches to our standing snow pack of about 2-3 feet, likely making this the snowiest winter on record in the Washington, DC area (and Baltimore, and Wilmington.. you get the point). Federal government offices have been closed for several days. The mail is not going to be delivered. The bodega across the street is closed. And your devoted Carbonfund.org staff cannot make it into the office and need to work from home.

But there is a perception that is held by some that these extreme blizzards contradict evidence of global warming. While one cannot argue with anecdotal evidence it is inappropriate to try and explain global climate variations with weather events. The big difference is that weather is what happens now or this coming weekend, and climate is the long-term trends that take place over years and decades. With that said, there are experts out there that create a pretty sound logic for how global warming can actually make blizzards more common in winter. Dr. Jeff Masters with Weather Underground sums it up well:
...record-breaking snowstorms are not an indication that global warming is not occurring. In fact, we can expect there may be more heavy snowstorms in regions where it is cold enough to snow, due to the extra moisture global warming has added to the atmosphere--an extra 4% since 1970. Snow is not the same as cold, and we have to look at global temperatures, not snowfall, to evaluate whether global warming is occurring.
So there is actually a reasonable rationale for how global warming and blizzards can coexist. Please add your comment on this post.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 13:15

blissmo Delivers Deals on Tree Planting Action

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Our friends at blissmo would like to help Carbonfund.org plant 500 trees by June 30!   Starting now, blissmo will plant one tree through Carbonfund.org for every 10 new Facebook Likes. What is blissmo?   blissmo is a daily deal site for exceptional organic & eco friendly products at up to 70% off.    They work to cut through the “green washing” out there and find high quality, well-loved products & services that are either certified as organic or eco-friendly, or that have a people & planet positive approach in the DNA of the business.   They then negotiate compelling discounts and offer these products & services to their users by email. So, go ahead – use the box below to Like them on Facebook. You can also go to their Facebook page to see what they are all about and how they're helping Carbonfund.org  plant trees.