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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 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   

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The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects involve numerous local and international partners that will collectively protect nearly 250,000 acres in the Amazon Rainforest – the world’s largest rainforest - from slash-and-burn forest clearing and prevent millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Avoided deforestation projects are critical because about 20 percent of global warming is attributed to deforestation, which reduces the Earth's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. Moreover, fallen trees decompose and release methane, a heat-trapping gas about 23 times more potent than CO2. 

The Purus Project was successfully validated to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction in January 2013.  The Purus Project is now being reviewed for verification to the VCS and CCBS to assess the Project’s past performance.

To review the complete Project Documents and submit comments, please visit: 

The Russas and Valparaiso Projects are both currently being reviewed for validation to the VCS and CCBS.  

To review their complete Project Documents and submit comments, please visit: and

 The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects are Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects that will mitigate deforestation, preserve extraordinary biodiversity, and provide alternative economic opportunities to local communities.  Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures and benefit the local communities include, but are not limited to: agricultural extension training, forest patrols of potential deforestation sites, improving local schools and health clinics, and eventually building better houses and installing solar photovoltaic panels for the local communities to improve their livelihoods. 

The Purus, Russas and Valparaiso Projects will also provide a variety of essential ecosystem services such as: erosion and flood control; water cycling, filtration and storage; oxygen production and nutrient recycling; genetic repository for medicinal plants; and habitat for thousands of native Amazonian animal (including scarlet macaws and Amazon River dolphins) and plant species.

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Environmental Triple-Play is a Win-Win-Win: Plant Trees – Triple Your Donations in Dining Rewards – Enter to Win a Caribbean Vacation Foundation Launches Most Ambitious and Rewarding Tree-Planting Campaign to Date

(Bethesda, MD - July 16, 2013)     

The Foundation, a leading climate solutions nonprofit organization, is thrilled to announce the launch of its most ambitious – and rewarding – tree-planting campaign ever. With an aim to plant 50 million trees worldwide, has created a win-win-win making it easy to support tree-planting projects while receiving free dining rewards and entering to win a Caribbean vacation.   

** Plant 50 trees for $50 – Get Back $100 in dining gift certificates!
** Plant 75 trees for $75 – Get Back $200 in dining gift certificates!
** Plant 100 trees for $100 – Get Back $300 in dining gift certificates!

That’s double – even triple - your donation dollars in dining rewards!
And Enter to win a fabulous week-long vacation for two to beautiful Turks and Caicos!  It’s a win-win-win!

It’s Simple. Here’s all you do:
1Go to Facebook page, LIKE the page and enter the Caribbean trip sweepstakes
2 - SHARE the trip sweepstakes to earn FIVE more trip entries
3 – Go to

  • Plant 50 trees for $50, Receive $100 dining rewards
  • Plant 75 trees for $75, Receive $200 dining rewards
  • PLANT 100 FOR $100, RECEIVE $300 DINING REWARDS     

"This is an incredible win-win-win offer!  Simply enter to win a Caribbean vacation sweepstakes, then plant trees and receive twice or three times your donation dollars in dining rewards, which can be used on over 50,000 restaurant deals nationwide. This is a great deal for both people and our planet” exclaims Eric Carlson, president of  " was founded with a mission to make it simple and affordable for individuals and businesses to help improve the environment and fight the effects of climate change, and this environmental triple-play is our most ambitious effort yet!"
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.
Tree-planting projects are simple, affordable actions anyone can support today to help mitigate the effects of climate change.  Be part of the solution – join the Environmental Triple-Play tree-planting campaign, enjoy the rewards, and help to save the environment!

Proceeds from the Environmental Triple-Play will support tree-planting projects around the world that help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and local communities. Our goal is to plant 50 million trees … one meal at a time.

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About the Foundation Foundation is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a low-carbon future. achieves its goals through climate change education, carbon reduction projects, and public outreach.

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The printing industry has taken great strides to implement various sustainability initiatives, in order to reduce industry-produced greenhouse gas emissions and to achieve greater production efficiency through chain-of-custody certifications in alignment with the Forest Steward Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

CarbonFree® Business Partner Aslan Graphics recognized that it could take a leadership position by going beyond the industry-wide efforts and directly mitigating its own operational carbon emissions.  By joining the CarbonFree® Business Partnership six years ago, award-winning Aslan Graphics has offered its clients the advantages of a carbon emissions-neutral print management company in the very environmentally-aware San Francisco market.

"It would be irresponsible to be a part of the printing industry -- an industry that has a big environmental footprint -- and not try to offset some its effects,” explains Dayala Levenson, President and CEO of Aslan Graphics.  “Although there have been tremendous improvements in reducing the impact of printing, I am grateful that we have yet another opportunity to minimize it. has given us an easy way to present a carbon offsetting option to our clients and to take advantage of it ourselves."

Aslan Graphics made a commitment to investing in future renewable energy sources through  Over the past six years, Aslan Graphics has neutralized almost 500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by supporting clean energy project development.   

“While we believe that the most important aspect of an environmental policy is to limit your impact from the start, it's good to know that we are able to help counteract the effects of our business through,” concludes Dayala.  We couldn’t agree more.

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