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Thursday, 17 September 2009 10:18

The Biggest Global Health Threat of the 21st Century

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[caption id="attachment_2397" width="199" caption="Increased temperatures and unpredictable rainfall can compromise our food supply."]Increased temperatures and unpredictable rainfall can compromise our food supply.[/caption]
What is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century? Is it swine Flu? AIDS? Obesity?   According to a group of 18 leading doctors from around the world in a recent letter to the British Medical Journal & Lancet it is climate change. Here are some of the ways that climate change affects human health: 1)      Food Supply: Increased temperatures and unpredictable rainfall can reduce crop yields, affect livestock and compromise our food supply. 2)      Extreme Weather Events:  Climate change may cause more heat waves, cold waves, storms, floods and droughts.  This can increase the risk of food and water shortages and water- and food-borne diseases.  Heat waves can claim the lives of the weak, and elderly as in Europe’s 2003 summer heat wave which claimed the lives of over 30,000 people. 3)      Disease: Many diseases carried by insects such as malaria, and dengue fever thrive in warmer climate conditions and climate changes can prolong and intensify the transmission of these diseases. 4)      Air Quality: Warmer temperatures mean a higher frequency of smog which exacerbates respiratory conditions such as asthma and other chronic lung diseases. In recent years the polar bear has become the prominent face of climate change, but we need to refocus on the human faces affected by the changes in our environment. We must emphasize the children, families and communities whose health will be affected by these changes and concentrate less on the polar bears.
With HRDQ, developing great people skills is easy. And you can rest assured that you’re working with an organization that’s sensitive to the environment at the same time. For more than 30 years, HRDQ has been a trusted developer of experiential learning resources that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. They offer a wide range of reliable, research-based training materials, including assessments, games, customizable programs, and e-learning workshops on in-demand topics such as leadership, communication, coaching, and team building. At the core of every HRDQ solution is their Experiential Learning Model, the formula thousands of corporate trainers, human resource professionals, educational institutions, and OD consultants have relied upon to improve the skills of frontline employees, high-ranking executives, and just about everyone in between. Combining the best of organizational learning theory, proven facilitation methods and adult learning styles, it’s a model that inspires lasting change. Together with their commitment to lifelong learning, HRDQ is also dedicated to seeking eco-friendly ways of operating their business and serving their clients, from introducing new product mediums to packaging and conserving natural resources. Besides the carbon offsets they’ve purchased through the CarbonFree® Partnership program, here are a few of the ways HRDQ strives to minimize their impact on the Earth:
  • Electing to use recycled paper for necessary printed materials
  • Choosing FSC and Rainforest Alliance Certified papers for product catalogs
  • Creating digital and e-learning solutions to reduce waste
  • Replacing direct mail with email and web promotions
  • Removing petroleum-based materials from product materials
  • Swapping inefficient lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs
“We are proud to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon imprint, transition to an energy-clean future, and minimize our impact on the Earth. HRDQ’s commitment to lifelong learning works hand-in-hand with our strategic initiative to achieve sustainable practices and an environmentally-friendly business approach.” Bradford Glaser, President & CEO, HRDQ To learn more about the training modules and programs offered by HRDQ, click here.    
Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:24

Just How Big is the Human Footprint on Earth?

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It's a question that many have asked, but few have attempted to answer.  The Global Footprint Network has created research methodology and technology to help answer this question and bring solutions to the Earth's communities. In 2003, Global Footprint Network was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet. Global Footprint Network’s efforts are fueled by a future vision in which human demand on nature is monitored as closely as the stock market. They make this vision a reality by providing the scientific data necessary to drive large-scale social change. Together with hundreds of individuals, 200 cities, 23 nations, leading business, scientists, NGO’s, academics and their 90-plus global partners — spanning six continents — the Global Footprint Network is advancing the impact of the Footprint in the world, applying it to practical projects and sparking a global dialogue about a one-planet future and how we can facilitate change.

An essential step in creating a one-planet future is measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices. That is why the Global Footprint Network aims to accelerate the use of the Ecological Footprint — a tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that measures how close we are to the goal of sustainable living. Footprint accounts work like bank statements, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature’s resources faster than the planet can renew them.

At Global Footprint Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research organization, programs are designed to influence decision makers at all levels of society and to create a critical mass of powerful institutions using the Footprint to put an end to ecological overshoot and get our economies back into balance. Global Footprint Network's intent is that these initiatives will bring about new solutions and get people talking about the reality of ecological limits.  They expect the results will redirect billions of dollars of investment toward making sustainable human development a reality.
Thursday, 15 December 2011 00:07

BG2 is Your Site for Green Gift Ideas

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Looking for useful, handy gift items with an environmental benefit? BG2 sells exciting, useful and fun eco-products across a broad range of product categories, from home and cleaning, beauty and bath, health and lifestyle, to handy reusable consumer products for all aspects of daily life. BG2 also believes that educated consumers are better consumers. BG2 shares as much information as possible about the products they offer, to help their customers make informed decisions. And they do this by providing product description details and easy-to-understand logos to indicate the environmental benefits of each product. BG2’s logos are meant to be fun and used as a tool of both information and of brevity. The logos are colorful and different so consumers can instantly identify what’s so great about this product and the company that makes it. BG2 raises social responsibility and awareness about our environment and the world through their social media presence and through their ‘BG2 Cares’ program, which incorporates its 1% for the Planet membership and other fundraising causes. BG2 cares very much about climate change, so they spread the word about helping the environment through their newsletters, blogs and other social media outlets. And BG2 carries their environmental commitment to their daily business operations and their personal lives as well. BG2 is powered by 100% green energy, from clean sources like solar, wind and biomass. Paper use is reduced to a minimum, no printing of invoices or packaging slips, wrapping and stuffers are always reused from other packages they receive, and they reduce or eliminate the use of plastics wherever possible, always abiding by the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.  And as a new CarbonFree™ partner with Carbonfund.org, BG2 has made a donation to purchase 35 metric tonnes of carbon credits, supporting Carbonfund.org’s mission and our renewable energy projects. So "be good be green” and fill your holiday shopping list with great gifts and products from BG2.
Monday, 26 July 2010 17:50

Better Health from a Smaller Footprint

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An average consumer can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars (when you count services) on care for one's body. To reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of products and promote wellness, Acure Organics provides products that are free from sulfates and other additives, synthetic fragrances, artificial ingredients and preservatives. Instead, Acure Organics uses fair trade, natural and organic ingredients. Acure Organic's Kristy Guerra says, “I founded Acure Organics as a way to honor my grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years. I wanted to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness while also providing healthy products that promote healthier living and a greener planet.” She donates $1 for each product sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Acure Organics also offsets emissions from its operations, supporting Carbonfund.org’s projects that are fighting climate change. If you wonder what those various ingredients mean, Acure Organics provides a walkthrough of ingredients found in its products and what it suggests you avoid. You can also learn more about our business programs and support Carbonfund.org by visiting www.carbonfund.org/business.
Benton Consulting GroupBenton Consulting Group has been offsetting its emissions with Carbonfund.org for the past two years.  As a 1% For the Planet member, their donations for carbon offsets are the equivalent to the CO2 emissions from over 21,000 gallons of gasoline consumed or the carbon sequestered by nearly 5,500 tree seedlings grown for ten years!  Today we congratulate Benton Consulting group for their commitment to offsetting their carbon footprint and being a two year CarbonFree Partner with Carbonfund.org. In addition to their offsetting, Benton Consulting Group focuses on productivity consulting.  Their productivity system and methodology produces measurable increases in individual and organizational performance and satisfaction by altering how people think about, approach, and manage their work.  They have helped organizations such as Boeing and Microsoft increase conversions, reduce meeting times, and recover numerous hours per day. So what does this mean for the environment?  Let's take one example: their systems helped reduce time spent on email and the number of messages in their inbox.  According to a report by McAfee and ICF, the average carbon footprint of one email is .3 grams of CO2.  A year's worth of email at a typical medium-sized business can use a whopping 50,000 kWh.  Benton Consulting Group is not only saving businesses time, money, and sanity, but they're helping reduce our energy need.  Learn more at Benton Consulting Group.
Thursday, 15 October 2009 14:12

New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

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The New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy project is a renewable energy project that helps reduce the amount of energy we need to produce from dirty fuel sources like coal and oil.  The benefits of this project are two-fold: not only does it flare methane, which is about 23 times more potent as New Bedforda greenhouse gas at capturing heat, it provides fuel for four reciprocating internal combustion engine-generators.  The project produces both power for the regional electricity grid and also reduces the amount of methane released into our atmosphere. The destruction of methane from these types of projects is important in the fight against climate change because methane is far more efficient as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. One of the real concerns about climate change is that as the frozen tundra of areas such as Siberia and Northern Canada melt, an enormous amount of methane - which was previously trapped in the permafrost - will be released into our atmosphere. The specific environmental benefits of the New Bedford Landfill project are significantly decreased methane and carbon dioxide emissions, waste management, odor control and less localized air pollution, reduction of local water pollution, and clean energy production. This third-party verified carbon offset project meets American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol and the Chicago Climate Exchange standards.  To learn more about our renewable energy projects, please visit them here.
Beatties Logo pngCarbonfund.org partner Beatties School Uniforms excels at more than making great school uniforms. They’re leading the industry in greening their uniforms and reducing waste. Beatties has introduced an organic cotton line, starting with a selection of their golf shirts. These are all shipped in specialized containers designed to break down faster, reducing landfill waste. Additionally, they’ve redesigned their packaging, reducing its size by 25% since 2007. As product packaging continues to fill our landfills, this is an important step to fighting our garbage problems. As Carbonfund.org aficionados know, landfills create significant quantities of the greenhouse gas methane, which is about 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide in global warming. By cutting back on waste and investing in Carbonfund.org’s methane projects, Beatties School Uniforms is helping fight global warming as they dress North America’s students in high quality uniforms. Beatties is releasing their new line of 2010 uniforms now, check that out! Remember to cut back on your own carbon footprint!