Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson is one of the leading construction defect law firms in Colorado, Minnesota, and Texas, representing property owners and community associations with construction defect claims against developers, builders, subcontractors, and their insurance companies.
Since 2007, the firm also has maintained a commitment to operational sustainability by participating in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program with Carbonfund.org. Through the program, the firm has neutralized a portion of their annual operating carbon emissions and consistently supported carbon emissions reduction, mitigation and clean air technology projects with their annual program donations. Over the past ten years, the firm has grown, as has its commitment to this important environmental program. To date, the firm has neutralized over 2 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to mitigating the environmental impact of burning 103,000 gallons of gasoline.
For over fifteen years, Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson has represented thousands of property owners and community associations faced with construction defects, which can be a catastrophic and frightening situation for a property owner or community association.
When a property owner or community association hires Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson to handle their construction defect claims, the firm secures expert engineers to investigate the issues and determine repairs, negotiates with builders, developers, and subcontractors to seek a fair and reasonable settlement out of court, and if necessary, advocate on their behalf at trial or arbitration. After resolution, the firm remains available as a resource for clients as they hire contractors and perform repairs.
This type of commitment to client service and construction defect resolution is mirrored by the firm’s long-term commitment to operational sustainability. Carbonfund.org congratulates Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson on its tenth anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner and the firm’s demonstrated leadership in environmental responsibility.
Since their launch back in 2003, A2 Hosting has been headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan - aka "Tree Town" – boasting its 50,000 trees and 150 parks. This is just one of the reasons that the team at A2 Hosting feels it’s their duty to contribute to the fight against climate change. The goal of their FutureServe Green Hosting initiative is to help protect the environment for future generations, while offering excellent server hosting and support to its clients.
Through their partnership with Carbonfund.org, A2 Hosting has supported global reforestation efforts and continued development of clean, renewable sources of energy in order to mitigate their operational emissions. Their annual offset donations have neutralized over 2.25 million pounds of greenhouse gases. In addition to being 100% carbon neutral, A2 Hosting has implemented a number of green policies like employee telecommuting practices and the re-use of older hardware to help reduce its operational carbon footprint.
A2 Hosting cares about our environment and they care about providing the highest level of service to their customers. Their 24/7/365 support staff work hard to ensure all client servers run at peak performance. When you have a question, you’ll speak to a real person at A2 Hosting – client support service is never outsourced. The service results show through the many industry awards that A2 Hosting has received over the years. A2 Hosting also offers informational blog posts and customer referral programs to its clients.
A2 Hosting is focused on ensuring their customers also get the fastest hosting speeds available through their exclusive Turbo Servers, offering up to 20X faster page loads compared to most competing hosts.
Carbonfund.org is proud to partner with A2 Hosting and recognize their industry leadership through their long-term commitment to offering carbon emissions neutral operations for their many high speed hosting solutions to its customers.
With the success of COP21 in Paris last December, and the record number of companies and organizations around the world making significant pledges to reduce their carbon emissions, Carbonfund.org is thrilled to celebrate thirty-five of its business partners that have maintained carbon emissions reduction and mitigation programs continuously for the past ten years.
These organizations have shown long-term and consistent leadership in maintaining environmentally responsible business operations. Programs vary from tree-planting campaigns to recognize customers or employees and to celebrate Earth Day, to product shipping or travel and event-related emissions offsets, to full annual operational carbon neutrality.
Our tenth anniversary partners have supported innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, clean air technology and critical forest preservation projects around the world.
Together, these thirty-five organizations have mitigated the negative impact of an astonishing 375 million pounds of greenhouse gases - equivalent to removing 35,810 passenger cars from the roads for a year! In addition, they’ve planted 10,400 trees in reforestation and tree-planting initiatives around the world, to celebrate Earth Days, customers or employees.
Carbonfund.org’s Tenth Anniversary Business Partners include:
- A2 Hosting
- Air Charter Team
- Bath ASU
- Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C.
- Boston Trust & Investment Management Company – Walden Asset Management
- Brynmorgen Press
- Calvert Group
- CREDO Mobile
- Detour, LLC
- Eagle-Eye Tours
- Earth Science Naturals
- EcoBrander Promos
- Federal Career Experts
- Flavorus, Inc.
- Forever Cheese
- Hacienda Owners Association
- Hargrove & Associates
- Hotel Carlton
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- National Audubon Society
- ONNO T-Shirt Company
- Teas Etc.
- Unitarian Universalists – General Assembly (actually their 11th Anniversary!)
- USGBC-New Jersey Chapter
“It is both humbling and heartening to see this extensive list of organizations and businesses, of all sizes and in all industries, that have maintained a steadfast commitment to environmental responsibility and supporting the projects and the mission of Carbonfund.org,” exclaimed President and Co-Founder Eric Carlson. “With this type of leadership and dedication, these organizations continue to set the standard for others to follow. I am so honored to be able to recognize these long-term partner organizations.”
Each of these business partners and organizations is receiving a special Carbonfree® Partner – 10 Years logo, and Carbonfund.org will be planting 100 trees in honor of each tenth anniversary partner to thank them for their long-term partnership.
Watch this space, as we’ll be publishing a blog dedicated to each of our ten-year partners, to share more about their leadership in environmental sustainability.
Sustainable Supply is one of the top providers of industrial supplies, restroom products, building materials, and safety products for the commercial marketplace. With over 1,000,000 products available on its website, Sustainable Supply has earned Internet Retailer’s top 1,000 ranking for five consecutive years and a top 1,000 ranking on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. for three years in a row.
Sustainable Supply realizes that sometimes its customers need everyday hardware products that aren’t “green”, like a hammer or safety glasses. To help customers “go green” no matter what kind of product is purchased, Sustainable Supply offers carbon-neutral shipping through Carbonfund.org for all deliveries - at no additional cost to customers.
“We chose to partner with Carbonfund.org because offsetting the carbon emissions from all of our deliveries gets at the heart of what Sustainable Supply does,” states Scott Krueger – LEED AP O+M, Sustainability Communications Manager. “Nobody has manufactured a green hammer yet, so we decided to make those kinds of products a little greener through the delivery process at no additional cost to our customers.”
In addition, Sustainable Supply calculates and neutralizes its annual office energy usage, business travel and employee commuting emissions through donations to Carbonfund.org, supporting renewable energy projects around the world.
Sustainable Supply believes strongly that it is their corporate responsibility to help contribute to a future that is more efficient and healthier for humans and the environment. Sustainable Supply offers telecommuting and bike-to-work programs for its employees, and uses high efficiency lighting and building-wide recycling programs. These programs, along with Carbonfree® operations and shipping services, set Sustainable Supply apart as a smarter option for building green.
Looking for holiday gifts with a greater impact than merely delighting the recipient?
Check out new Carbonfree® Business Partner Impact Consumer, which has just launched their online consumer goods site focused on providing products from companies that actively give back for each product purchased.
Impact Consumer is an E-Commerce marketplace for products with a positive environmental or social impact, seeking to create a meaningful consumer experience. From futbol/soccer ball and skateboard companies that give one for every one purchased, to a sunglasses company that supports Optometry Giving Sight, a candle company creating jobs for US refugees, and a children’s books publisher that supports clean drinking water initiatives, Impact Consumer’s featured products also focus on sustainable and Fair Trade materials.
Learn more about Impact Consumer and the products that give back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDi-5tvb63I
Not only do the products they sell help to improve the world through social and environmental initiatives, but Impact Consumer has taken the additional step to balance all of the carbon dioxide generated from shipping the products to purchasers, and 25% of the company’s net profits will go to support their non-profit partners and ImpactConsumer outreach programs.
Founder and CEO Connor Eberhart says it very clearly: “As consumers, we directly support the practices of the companies we buy from, so let’s choose to purchase products from companies who are improving our planet.”
Impact Consumer has chosen to support Carbonfund.org and our carbon emissions reduction and mitigation projects, in order to neutralize its own operating emissions and product-to-consumer shipping emissions, thus lessening its own environmental impact on our world.
The historic 1854 Twenty Mile House – a former stagecoach stop – is a stunning and secluded eco-estate on a 200-acre riverside property, surrounded by the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. For over 150 years, the Twenty Mile House charming guest house and private cabins have hosted eco-weddings and provided a haven for those looking for a truly relaxing getaway from their busy lives.
For the past five years, Twenty Mile House also has participated in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, neutralizing almost 400,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s clean air technology, forest preservation and carbon emissions reduction projects. To date, this sustainability program has reduced the same quantity of greenhouse gases as are sequestered by planting almost 4500 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for ten years.
The Twenty Mile House Eco-Wedding packages include use of the spectacular grounds, featuring lush forest, beautiful gardens, serene creeks, flowing rivers and star-filled sky. Dining options include organic and locally-sourced options, and the wedding staff helps couples create the destination wedding experience that best suits their dreams. The Twenty Mile House offers an onsite Wedding Fair for couples who have booked their wedding date or are interested in learning more about the eco-wedding options. For families and visitors, the list of activities in extensive, featuring local hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking and canoeing, fishing, golf and winter skiing.
Twenty Mile House marries back-to-nature experiences with environmental responsibility, and Carbonfund.org congratulates the staff on their fifth year as a Carbonfree® Business Partner.
For pet owners in the Durham, N.C. area, there’s a great new alternative to pet care. Paws On Durham is a full-service professional pet sitting company, partnering with pet owners to emulate the care and love they give to their pets and providing a stress-free pet sitting experience. In addition, Paws On Durham cares about its local community and the broader environment we all enjoy.
Paws On Durham Pet Sitting is committed to reducing the company’s carbon footprint by being aware of how our actions impact the environment,” explains Anthony L. Garza, Paws On Durham Owner/Top Dog. “We partnered with Carbonfund.org to purchase offsets to ensure we can make up for the carbon emissions we cannot reduce. Our goal is for our staff and clients to be socially responsible and aware of our actions and how we can continue to improve our planet.”
The company’s commitment to the environment is simple: they do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. Whenever possible, Paws On Durham staff walks or bikes to their clients’ home; however, the majority of the business requires driving cars. To combat their carbon output, Paws On Durham made the decision to join the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program to purchase carbon offsets on behalf of all of their employees.
In addition to purchasing offsets, the company uses additional efforts to control its carbon footprint including:
- assigning pet sitters according to proximity of clients to reduce travel time;
- using online reservation and profile systems to reduce paper waste;
- using Energy Star low energy consumption office machinery, natural light and CDL bulbs in corporate and home offices to reduce energy consumption; and
- developing plans for customers to become involved in reducing their footprint as well!
Whether their client is at work, on the town, or on vacation, Paws On Durham provides them peace of mind, knowing their pets are receiving excellent care. All Paws On Durham pet sitters are hired as regular employees, receive extensive training, and are bonded and insured. In addition, Paws on Durham is managing its carbon footprint responsibly and sustainably, in partnership with Carbonfund.org.
Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A), an architectural, interior design and planning practice headquartered in Cambridge, MA with over three decades of service to its clients and community, attributes much of its success and cultural alignment with the green building movement. In 2000, TK&A joined the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to enhance and expand the firm’s expertise and became an early adopter of pursuing Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their clients’ projects, including the first LEED certified buildings on the campuses of Washington University, Boston College and a LEED Core & Shell (CS) Pilot Project. In 2009, TK&A joined “A Better City,” a consortium of Boston-area businesses whose goal is to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through their “Challenge for Sustainability” program. TK&A engaged in the program and has taken the steps to initiate annual reporting of its own business operations through a Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Report, including a detailed accounting and neutralization of the firm’s annual operational carbon emissions, in partnership with Carbonfund.org.
Since 2011, TK&A’s firm-wide carbon emissions offset program has resulted in a balancing of 1,877 metric tonnes (MTs) – over 4 million pounds - of CO2 emissions from its operations (504 MTs in 2014). The emissions neutralization program has had the same positive environmental impact as planting 48,000 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for ten years.
TK&A plans to continue tracking and offsetting operational emissions while simultaneously engaging staff to help reduce the firm’s impacts on the planet, engaging staff in daily mindfulness of sustainable behaviors that benefit the business and their practice. These efforts culminated in The City of Cambridge awarding TK&A two “Go-Green” awards in 2012 in the Large Business Category for “Transportation” and “Climate Change.”
Carbonfund.org congratulates Tsoi/Kobus & Associates on its progressive positions on operational sustainability and reporting, and for continuing to achieve Carbonfree® business operations.
Spring is here – weekend warriors are out in droves, trying to create a special oasis in their back yards. Homeowners in the greater Boston area with a yen for natural and easy-care landscaping have an advantage – they can have their own "everyday getaway" with the help of Land Escapes Design Inc.
Land Escapes brings a passion for the natural world to environmentally friendly, low-maintenance landscape designs and custom cutting edge floral inspirations. They’ll help create an "everyday getaway" in your outdoor living space, a sanctuary where you can unwind, relax, entertain and enjoy your natural surroundings.
Land Escapes is serious about its commitment to the environment, for client landscaping designs and for its own business operations. A Carbonfree® Business Partner for the past five years, Land Escapes makes an annual donation to Carbonfund.org each year to neutralize the carbon footprint from its operations. Over those five years, Land Escapes has mitigated the impact of almost 350,000 pounds of carbon emissions, the amount of greenhouse gases sequestered by 4000 tree seedlings planted and grown over a ten-year period.
“Carbonfund.org has helped us achieve our sustainability goals in two ways. The first is by ensuring that our donation goes toward worthy necessary causes to heal our planet and help offset our portion of the damage done,” explains Trevor Smith, Principal of Land Escapes Design. “The other is by helping us assure our clients that we mean what we say and practice what we preach. By having the Carbonfund.org logo on our site and literature clients and potential clients alike can be sure they are making a wise choice and choosing a company with a conscience, concerned with the role they play in the world. Having the Carbonfund.org logo also helps us set the bar for our peers and competition as well causing them to rethink their roles.”
Land Escapes specializes in landscape design, water features, rain harvesting systems and rain gardens, living wall and living roof systems, as well as complete event design for all occasions and seasonal decorating.
Land Escapes Design partners with its landscaping clients to design unique “everyday getaways” and partners with Carbonfund.org to ensure that its own operations do no harm to the natural environment it seeks to enhance.
Professor David Dornfeld is the Will C. Hall Family Chair in Engineering and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at UC-Berkeley, where he has taught for over 30 years. Professor Dornfeld has been working in and teaching sustainable manufacturing for over a decade and writes a green manufacturing blog. His interest in hands-on experiences in sustainability encouraged the establishment of a student-led carbon emissions footprinting project for the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS) at UC-Berkeley.
In 2008, Professor Dornfeld and his students launched the program to assess, estimate and attempt to reduce LMAS’ annual carbon footprint. The students were tasked to come up with the carbon footprinting methodology, set the project boundaries, and calibrate the emission source calculations.
As part of the project’s development, students surveyed carbon offset providers and selected to work with Carbonfund.org, due to competitive pricing for offsets, name recognition, transparency of operations, and ease of working with Carbonfund.org staff.
The project’s goal to reduce the lab’s carbon footprint is challenged as the lab is part of a larger university facility. Neither Professor Dornfeld nor any of the mechanical engineering students can directly control the lab’s energy consumption, although the lab benefits from broader University sustainability measures such as energy efficient lighting installations. One of largest components of the department’s annual carbon footprint is emissions related to travel for conferences and meetings, so efforts are made to use video conferencing versus in-person event attendance. This illustrates one of the benefits of the project -- to make students more aware of personal choices and resulting carbon emissions.
After five years of assessing and neutralizing the lab’s annual carbon emissions, the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UC Berkeley has mitigated the same quantity of carbon dioxide as is sequestered by 6 acres of preserved US forestland.
The UC-Berkeley Mechanical Engineering Department’s experiential learning project to assess, reduce and offset its annual carbon footprint has had a real and measurable impact, and Carbonfund.org is proud to be a partner in these efforts.