The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) announced its first ever Carbon Emission Offsets Sponsor—Intacct—for the 15NTC (Nonprofit Technology Conference) this past March in Austin, Texas. Through the generous sponsorship of Intacct, and partnership with Carbonfund.org, NTEN was able to offset the impact of 971 metric tonnes of CO2 produced by the event’s activities.
This is a big number, but what does it mean?
The effects of 971 metric tonnes (2.14 million pounds) of CO2e are equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions produced by:
- 204 passenger vehicles - or
- 348 tons of waste sent to the landfill - or
- 88.6 homes' energy use for one year - or
- 109,261 gallons of gasoline consumed
"We believe that as conveners putting on large annual events to bring our diverse community together, it's important to make sustainability a part of our planning process and culture, especially as many of NTEN's members are environmental organizations," explains Eileigh Doineau, Development Manager for NTEN. "When thousands of people come to our events, the food, travel, and hotel room turnover generates an immense amount of carbon emissions. It's really important to us to show our community that we're doing our part to mitigate those effects."
With Intacct’s event emissions offset donation, Carbonfund.org purchased and retired third-party validated carbon offsets on the behalf of NTEN. The CO2 emitted from 15NTC through attendee and staff travel, hotel nights, and meals was neutralized through the purchase of carbon credits that support forestry preservation and replanting projects in Texas and other parts of the Southern United States.
Carbonfund.org thanks both NTEN and Intacct for making 15NTC a Carbonfree® Event and for setting an example for other environmentally responsible conference and event organizers.
Earth Day is a universally loved celebration day. It is not narrowly defined as religious, nationalistic, familial, war-related or governmental. Rather, it is globally recognized day to celebrate the wonders of Mother Earth that we all share, with more than one billion people around the world expected to take part in some form of commemorating the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. It is also a day intended to encourage everyone to stop, reflect on the state of our Earth and the environment, and consider what each of us can do to improve, enhance and preserve our world.
Carbonfund.org is proud to acknowledge our many business partners that are doing their part to honor Earth Day and helping to protect our natural environment.
We lead off with global IT services leader CA Technologies and its significant commitment to host the annual CA World event, its largest global gathering of customers and partners, during Earth Week as a completely CarbonFree® Event.
“Sustainability is integral to our business and we believe it’s important to lead by example,” explained Cynthia Curtis, chief sustainability officer, CA Technologies. “Ensuring CA World 2013 is a carbon neutral event demonstrates to customers, partners and employees that we are serious about our sustainability commitment. We believe that sustainability isn’t just the right thing to do -- it’s smart business.”
CarbonFree® Business Partner Solosso Pte LTD of Switzerland, offering beautifully custom-designed men’s dress shirts to the world’s executives, chose Earth Day 2013 to launch a new campaign to plant a tree for each shirt purchased by its customers.
“As a clothing company, we want to lead the way to sustainability in an industry that is infamous for its carbon emissions,” says Jan Klimo, Head of Business Development at Solosso.
The International Legal Technology Association has planted 1500 trees this Earth Day, in honor of its membership, expected to eclipse 1500 this year.
Nextiva, a leading unified communications and business VoIP service provider, and a CarbonFree® Business for the past five years, is planting a tree for each of its customers this Earth Day.
“We feel the tree planting activities align perfectly with our goal of being a “green” organization. We have a strong commitment to providing great customer service, so we are honoring our customers with tree planting certificates as “thank you” notes to recognize their loyalty to Nextiva,” explains Kambria Nagy, Marketing Communications Manager at Nextiva.
MaMa Organic Market of Bethesda, Maryland has launched a program to plant one tree for every customer purchase. This is an important initiative intended to honor the store’s namesake, who they lost at a young age, and whose commitment to nature and the world’s less fortunate creatures inspires the company’s dedication to sustainable operations and customer service.
Carbonfund.org business partner Nice Touch Communications (NTC), based in New York City, was an early leader in charitable giving programs with its Telecom for Charity Every Day is Earth Day initiative. NTC is a sales and consulting firm that has been providing voice and data solutions for over 15 years, and they launched Telecom for Charity in 2008. NTC works with businesses, non-profits, charities and other organizations to provide top tier telecom services while also donating 5% of each customer’s monthly telecom bill to their selected charity through the Telecom for Charity program.
"We wholeheartedly believe in what Carbonfund.org is doing; and feel our program can be a great way to generate support with minimal effort for a long time to come," says Jay Frank, Program Director for Telecom for Charity.
These are but a few examples of the ways that Carbonfund.org is working in conjunction with our loyal business partners to help them honor the environment on Earth Day and beyond.
If you haven’t taken action for Earth Day, it’s not too late.
Plant trees for your customers, clients, family, friends, neighbors, network as part of our Million Tree Challenge – we’re over halfway there!
Support our clean energy and carbon reduction projects around the world.
Join in the global celebration of Earth Day and help us hasten the transition to a cleaner energy future.
The theme for CA World ’13 is "Go big. IT with impact." However, as they put it, in one very important way, CA World will go big with zero impact.
CA Technologies, one of the world’s leading providers of IT management systems and energy management solutions, and sponsor of its annual CA World event, is committed to lead by example in order to advance the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. This focus made the decision to host CA World ’13 as a CarbonFree® Event an easy choice.
What does this mean exactly? CA Technologies partnered with the Carbonfund.org Foundation to calculate all estimated carbon emissions associated with CA World based on attendee travel, lodging and meals, and the venue’s electricity and heating fuel consumption. Then, CA Technologies chose to neutralize the resulting event emissions by supporting two projects that mitigate an equal amount of greenhouse gases:
- A landfill methane gas-to-energy project in New York State that will capture methane (a gas about 23 times more damaging than carbon dioxide) from landfills and convert it into heat energy for four counties in New York.
- A rainforest and biodiversity protection and preservation project in the Amazon Basin of Acre, Brazil that provides rainforest preservation, biodiversity and endangered species habitat conservation, and sustainable economic opportunities and improved water and soil quality for the local population.
“At CA Technologies we take our commitment to sustainability seriously. We believe it is simply smart business," said Cynthia Curtis, Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies. "CA World is our largest event -- bringing together thousands of attendees from around the world to showcase our solutions. At an event of this magnitude, it was important that we highlight our commitment to sustainability. By working with Carbonfund.org, we are offsetting our greenhouse gas emissions through meaningful projects that help mitigate our environmental impact and create local jobs."
“This is one of the largest events of its kind to fulfill the commitment to become truly CarbonFree®,” explains Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “CA Technologies donation for the CarbonFree® Event program is quite a significant action by a leader in IT service solutions and a company clearly committed to sustainability in all aspects of its operations.”
CA World is the flagship event for CA Technologies, providing the opportunity to share and showcase innovation and best practices—from CA and from their customers and partners. This year, those best practices include leadership in the area of event emissions neutralization through the CarbonFree® Event program for CA World ’13.
As spring nudges its way into April, most of us are looking forward to longer, warmer days and short-sleeved outdoor activities. There is, however, a very hardy group of extreme sports enthusiasts preparing for the grueling sub-zero temperatures that will envelope them during the running of the 11th annual UVU (You versus You) North Pole Marathon on April 9th.
The North Pole Marathon is run over the classic 26.2 miles marathon distance, and the race includes an individual competition with male and female divisions and a team competition for teams of three or more. There will be 24 hours of daylight at the North Pole during race time, so the race is scheduled to commence at midnight, if the conditions are optimal. Forty-eight competitors from 20 countries will take part in the 2013 UVU North Pole Marathon.
This year’s UVU North Pole Marathon will set a record of its own by achieving CarbonFree® Event status in partnership with Carbonfund.org. Race organizer Polar Running Adventures worked with Carbonfund.org to assess the event-related carbon dioxide emissions resulting from attendees’ international flights to the Svalbard, Norway meeting venue, attendee and staff travel from Svalbard to the North Pole camp, all helicopter flight emissions related to race set-up and management, and heating fuel consumed by the accommodation tents provided at the race site.
The overall calculated emissions impact was then offset by an equal investment in reforestation projects in the Brazilian Amazon in order to neutralize the estimated race-related emissions.
The North Pole Marathon race course crosses Arctic ice floes six to twelve feet thick, located at the Geographic North Pole. In fact, not a single section of this marathon crosses over land. Dubbed the 'World's Coolest Marathon' by Runner's World magazine in 2004, and with temperatures hovering around April’s 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, icicles forming on eyelashes, eyebrows and noses will be the least of the competitors’ worries.
The first ever North Pole Marathon was a 'solo' run by Polar Running Adventures’ own Richard Donovan. Richard won the First Ever South Pole Marathon ten weeks previously and became the first marathoner at both poles by completing the North Pole Marathon.
"The melting sea ice of the Arctic Ocean is often cited to be the result of the impact of global warming. Hence, the North Pole Marathon is very conscious of the need to use its race location on the polar ice cap in a positive environmental manner,” explains Richard. “Many of the participants use the event to spread climate change messages to a large global audience, and we have found a perfect partner in Carbonfund.org to make sure our race is CarbonFree®."
In addition to organizing the world's most northerly marathon, Polar Running Adventures also organizes the world's most southerly marathon, the Antarctic Ice Marathon. Working with a network of associate specialists, including the world's foremost polar logistics experts, the company delivers world class events in the most remote parts of the planet. Carbonfund.org admires these hearty competitors and is proud to partner with Polar Running Adventures to help the North Pole Marathon achieve CarbonFree® status.