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Washington, DC. March 22, 2006 – The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) General Assembly will take place from June 21-25 in St. Louis, Missouri. This year, the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), an affiliate organization to UUA, whose mission is to promote “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” has requested that General Assembly participants be given the opportunity to make a small contribution to offset the average per person amount of carbon emissions produced by a typical conference like GA. Carbon offsets are the process of reducing a ton of carbon dioxide emissions in another location for the emissions caused in either homes, offices, commuting, traveling or other activities that use energy and cause emissions. The contributions from GA will address climate change by supporting renewable energy and efficiency projects through a partnership with Carbonfund.org, a non-profit organization whose goal is to make carbon offsets and climate protection easy, affordable and a normal way of life for every individual and business.

The primary goal for Carbonfund.org, the UUA General Assembly Planning Committee, and UU Ministry for Earth is to move towards making this annual event carbon neutral on a voluntary basis. The UUA expects between 4,000-5,000 participants and will encourage them to make a tax deductible $6 contribution to offset their carbon footprint at the event. After the conference is over, Carbonfund.org and UU Ministry for Earth will produce a report on the results, the positive impacts made, and detail lessons learned for future events.

In addition, Carbonfund.org and UU Ministry for Earth will share a booth at the event, where participants will learn about climate change, the best ways to take action, and learn about reducing one’s personal carbon footprint and carbon offsets. In addition, Carbonfund.org will conduct a UUMFE-sponsored workshop for attendees entitled: “Using Carbon Offsets to save Creation.”

Carbonfund.org is looking forward to supporting and developing their partnership with the UU Ministry for Earth and the Unitarian Universalist Association. “Carbonfund.org is very proud to develop a partnership with the UU Ministry of Earth and the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly,” said Leslie Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “We are very impressed with their level of commitment and determination in making reductions and offsets a regular part of their event planning, and we look forward to expanding this program throughout the UUA organization.”

Jan Sneegas, Director of General Assembly and Conference Services at the UUA said, “Because the Association embraces social and environmental responsibility, then naturally our events should reflect that commitment. The GA Planning Committee is working toward the environmental sustainability of our meeting on several fronts, including working with hotels and vendors to increase the use of sustainable practices. But it is perhaps most exciting to see that nearly one in four of our registrants has volunteered to contribute to this effort in the first week of registration. We believe there is broad-based support among our attendees to make General Assembly a “green” meeting and we are strongly committed to this endeavor”

UU Ministry for Earth Chair, Claudia Kern comments: “The General Assembly will be voting this June on a Statement of Conscience on Global Warming. UUs are deeply concerned about this urgent crisis and are seeking meaningful ways in which they may take action both as individuals and as congregations. We understand that a sustainable future will require unprecedented changes in how we live our lives, but at the same time we recognize the reality that most of us cannot immediately give up our cars, remodel our homes with alternative energy options for heat and electricity, or avoid some air travel. As we work hard to change our behaviors and to move our society as rapidly as possible towards sustainable solutions, carbon offsets offer us an action we can take right now to begin reducing our footprint on the Earth.”

About UUMFE
UU Ministry for Earth is the environmental affiliate organization of the UUA. Their focus is upon the theological, spiritual, and ethical implications of human behaviors as they affect the health and sustainability of the living Earth. Their work includes a Green Sanctuary Certification process, production and dissemination of resource materials for study, religious education and worship, and support for UUs in their personal and congregational efforts to create a healthy, just, and sustainable world.

 

 

Washington, DC. March 23, 2006 – Environmental Defense and the Advertising Council, the leader in public service announcements, have launched a “Fight Global Warming” campaign to raise awareness about global warming and urge individuals to take action. Carbonfund.org, a non-profit organization whose goal is to make climate protection both easy and affordable, was selected as one of the first campaign retailers to provide carbon offsets to the public via the initiative as a practical step to combat global warming.

“The Fight Global Warming campaign is a critical step because it is not only raising awareness, but also calling for immediate action.” says Lesley Marcus Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “The goals of the campaign closely mirror Carbonfund.org’s goals of education and taking action immediately, and we are thrilled to be a part of such a significant endeavor.”

“Fight Global Warming” is a multi year media campaign launched today via television, radio, print, and the web. After seeing or listening to a message, people are encouraged to go tohttp://www.fightglobalwarming.com to learn more about global warming and more importantly, what they can do to slow it down. A key element of the campaign is encouraging people to calculate their own carbon emissions, review options for reducing their emissions, and offset emissions that they cannot immediately reduce.

Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in one location, where it is cost effective, to offset the emissions they are responsible for in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions. For instance, Carbonfund.org is featuring a bio-mass project for the campaign that uses cow manure to generate electricity. Buying offsets for this project allows someone to replace their CO2 contributing electricity.

“The United States no longer has the luxury to debate global warming. We must take decisive steps to prevent a tipping point from which we cannot return.” says Fred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense. “Carbon offsets are a very efficient and useful tool for taking action, and we are very happy to have Carbonfund.org as a campaign partner.”

About Environmental Defense
Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

 

 

San Francisco, CA. April 4, 2006 - The Social Venture Network (SVN), a network of business leaders committed to building a just and sustainable world, plans to make its annual member gathering carbon neutral with Carbonfund.org, as a practical step to combat global warming. “We’re very pleased to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon emission impact of our conference and help take action against climate change,” said Deborah Nelson, co-executive director of SVN.” This year’s annual meeting, being held in Kennebunkport, Maine April 20 through 23, will focus on the power of connection and innovation. Among the noted speakers will be Steve Case, CEO of Revolution and former CEO and Chairman of AOL, and Gloria Steinem, co-founder of Ms. Magazine.

With some 250 people attending and traveling to Kennebunkport, the event will produce carbon emissions caused by air travel, ground transportation, and the use of facilities in the hotel. Carbonfund.org and SVN will offset the carbon dioxide emissions by supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency projects, and reforestation projects that reduce an equal amount of emissions. SVN is committed to accounting for its carbon expenditures.

“Social Venture Network is taking an excellent and practical step by offsetting their emissions from this conference with Carbonfund.org,” says Lesley Marcus Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “We are extremely pleased that such a fantastic group of business leaders are taking this step, and we hope that the rest of the business community is not far behind.”

Carbonfund.org is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make carbon offsets and climate protection easy, affordable and a normal way of life for every individual and business. Carbon offsets - also called renewable energy certificates and ‘green tags’ – enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in one location, where it is cost effective, to offset the emissions they are responsible for in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions. For instance, a clean, zero COwind farm can offset the carbon dioxide produced by a coal-fired power plant that powers a home. Social Venture Network, via Carbonfund.org, is supporting wind and energy efficiency projects that subsidize the cost of clean, renewable energy that also helps further the technology.

The average American is directly responsible for about 10 tons of carbon dioxide annually through their home, car and air travel, and their average total annual impact rises to an average of 24 tons when factoring in the purchase of goods and services. Conferences, with the heavy reliance on air travel and other transportation, are an easy first step for any organization that wants to offset their carbon emissions. Because conferences also bring decision makers together, for Carbonfund.org, it is an excellent opportunity to educate and demonstrate that being responsible is both simple and environmentally effective.

About Social Venture Network
Founded in 1987 by some of the nation’s most visionary leaders in socially responsible business, SVN (http://www.svn.org) is a non-profit network of leaders committed to building a just and sustainable world through business. SVN promotes new models of leadership for socially and environmentally sustainable business through its network of nearly 400 business owners, investors and nonprofit executives.

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org reduces the threat of climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint and support climate-friendly projects. With its easy-to-use calculator, low offset cost per ton of CO2, and certified offset projects, Carbonfund.org is proving that anyone can reduce their impact on climate change easily and efficiently.  Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization, and a member of the EPA’s Green Power Network, the Chicago Climate Exchange and Ceres.

 

 

Washington, DC. April 5, 2006 - The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), a globally recognized automotive trade association, has offset the carbon dioxide emissions produced from travel to today’s 2006 Automotive Industry Executive of the Year reception by making a contribution to Carbondfund.org.

Sponsored by AIAG and DNV Certification, the invitation-only event at the Detroit Athletic Club honors Bill Ford, chairman of the board and CEO of Ford Motor Company, who is the recipient of the 2006 Automotive Industry Executive of the Year Award.

“We are very happy AIAG is taking this initial step,” says Lesley Marcus Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “Awareness, education, and action are all important steps in stopping climate change, and AIAG is elevating all three.”

Carbonfund.org is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make carbon offsets and climate protection easy, affordable and a normal way of life for every individual and business. Carbon offsets - also called renewable energy certificates and ‘green tags’ – enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in one location, where it is cost effective, to offset the emissions they are responsible for in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions. For instance, a clean, zero CO2 wind farm can offset the carbon dioxide produced by a coal-fired power plant that powers a home.

The average American is directly responsible for about 10 tons of carbon dioxide annually through their home, car and air travel, and their average total annual impact rises to an average of 24 tons when factoring in the purchase of goods and services. Events such as this one, with often heavy reliance on transportation, are an easy first step for any organization to offset. Because events also often bring decision makers together, for Carbonfund.org, it is an excellent opportunity to educate and demonstrate that being responsible is both simple and environmentally effective.

About AIAG
Founded in 1982, AIAG is a globally recognized organization where OEMs and suppliers unite to address and resolve issues affecting the worldwide automotive supply chain. AIAG’s goals are to reduce cost and complexity through collaboration; improve product quality, health, safety and the environment; and optimize speed to market throughout the supply chain. Headquartered in the metro Detroit area, its more than 1,500 member companies include North American, European and Asia-Pacific OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.aiag.org.

 

 

Earth Day Initiatives Promote Practical Action on Climate Change

Bethesda, MD. April 19, 2006 — Calvert, the nation’s largest family of socially responsible mutual funds, announced today that it is going ‘Carbon Neutral’ for Earth Day. This means that the company will offset its office carbon dioxide emissions, a key contributor to climate change.

This year, Calvert will offset 1,485,000 kWh of its annual electric energy usage through Carbonfund, and through this offset, will support an array of renewable energy projects throughout the nation. “The program is a powerful way to translate one’s commitment towards a better energy future,” said Lily Donge, a Social Research Analyst at Calvert. “Calvert is doing a lot to mitigate climate change – through our advocacy and dialogue with companies, our involvement with other investors on climate risk, and now through offsetting our own electricity footprint.”

This carbon neutral initiative is just one part of a multi-faceted strategy Calvert has created to address the potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change. Calvert released today a web-based special report: “Turning Up the Heat on Climate Change” that outlines Calvert efforts to address climate change.  These efforts include research and advocacy with companies to raise awareness about the risks and opportunities presented by climate change and Calvert investments in companies with alternative energy projects. To read the report, go to www.calvert.com/climate.html.

To implement the carbon neutral program, Calvert partnered with Silver Spring, MD, based non-profit Carbonfund.org. Calvert is also encouraging employees and shareholders to calculate their carbon footprint, reduce their emissions, and offset the remainder by going carbon neutral themselves.

In this special report, Calvert provides a carbon calculator and a link to allow individuals to contribute to Carbonfund.org to retire renewable energy credits to offset their own emissions.  Calvert also provides a practical list of actions each individual can take to reduce their energy consumption.  In addition, Calvert is also encouraging shareholders to write Congress to support federal legislation to address climate change and to write to leading companies to congratulate them on taking steps to mitigate their impacts.

“Calvert continuously looks for ways to involve shareholders in making a difference in the world,” said Paul Hilton, Calvert’s Director of SRI marketing. “That’s why we needed to go beyond offsetting our own emissions and give our shareholders a way to learn about the issue and take action.  In this way we can help create a community of change.”

Carbon offsets - also called renewable energy certificates or ‘green tags’ – enable individuals and businesses to offset the emissions they are responsible for in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions.  For instance, a clean, carbon-free wind farm can offset the carbon dioxide produced by a coal-fired power plant that powers a home. Carbonfund.org is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make carbon offsets and climate protection easy, affordable and a normal way of life for every individual and business. 
“Calvert is a respected investment industry leader, and we are very pleased that Calvert is taking this important step with Carbonfund.org,” said Lesley Marcus Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “Climate change is happening now, and will have a major impact on investment decisions throughout the world. The fact that Calvert is taking this step to lead by example and educate is tremendous.”

About Calvert
Calvert, based in Bethesda, Maryland, is best known as a leader in the field of social investing, celebrating 30 years of helping investors reach their financial goals. Calvert manages thirty-two mutual funds with over $12 billion in assets under management. In 2000, Calvert created the Calvert Social Index™, a benchmark for measuring the performance of large, U.S.-based socially responsible companies.

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org reduces the threat of climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint and support climate-friendly projects. With its easy-to-use calculator, low offset cost per ton of CO2, and certified offset projects, Carbonfund.org is proving that anyone can reduce their impact on climate change easily and efficiently.  Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization, and a member of the EPA’s Green Power Network, the Chicago Climate Exchange and Ceres.

 

 

San Francisco, CA., April 20, 2006 - The Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmentalists, is offsetting their annual ceremony with Carbonfund.org. Held on the 24th of April at the San Francisco Opera House, the Goldman Environmental Foundation will offset the event on behalf of their guests and the award winners and highlight the need for taking account of carbon emissions and global warming.

“The Goldman Environmental Prize is meant to draw attention to the global nature of environmental issues and award those who work on a grassroots level to make a difference,” says Lorrae Rominger, deputy director of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. “Making our event carbon neutral is a logical extension of what the Goldman Prize seeks to accomplish.”

This year’s event will award each winner $125,000. After the event in San Francisco, the winners will travel to Washington DC for another awards ceremony at the National Geographic Society and meetings with political, policy and environmental leaders at events on Capitol Hill and at the Brookings Institute . With the award winners coming from all over the world, the Goldman Foundation has ensured that their extensive travel will also be carbon neutral via Carbonfund.org.

“To work with such a signature organization and event is very exciting for Carbonfund.org,” says Eric Carlson president of Carbonfund.org. “The Goldman Environmental Prize is very representative of both the environmental problems and the inspirations people have to stop them, and we are glad to be considered a part of the solution.”

Carbonfund.org is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make carbon offsets and climate protection easy, affordable and a normal way of life for every individual and business. Carbon offsets - also called renewable energy certificates and ‘green tags’ – enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in one location, where it is cost effective, to offset the emissions they are responsible for in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions. For instance, a clean, zero CO2 wind farm can offset the carbon dioxide produced by a coal-fired power plant that powers a home.

The average American is directly responsible for about 10 tons of carbon dioxide annually through their home, car and air travel, and their average total annual impact rises to an average of 24 tons when factoring in the purchase of goods and services. Conferences, with the heavy reliance on air travel and other transportation, are an easy first step for any organization to offset. Because conferences also often bring decision makers together, for Carbonfund.org, it is an excellent opportunity to educate and demonstrate that being responsible is both simple and environmentally effective.

About The Goldman Environmental Prize
Founded in 1990, the Goldman Environmental Prize awards $750,000 annually to environmental heroes from six continental regions. Nominated confidentially by a network of renowned environmental organizations and environmental experts, recipients are chosen for their sustained and important environmental achievements. The Prize offers these environmental heroes the recognition, visibility, and credibility their efforts deserve.

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org reduces the threat of climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint and support climate-friendly projects. With its easy-to-use calculator, low offset cost per ton of CO2, and certified offset projects, Carbonfund.org is proving that anyone can reduce their impact on climate change easily and efficiently.  Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization, and a member of the EPA’s Green Power Network, the Chicago Climate Exchange and Ceres.

 

 

Hold Free Web Meetings and Help the Environment with New ‘Plant-A-Tree with WebEx’ Campaign

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 21, 2006—For the 36th annual Earth Day, WebEx has created an offer that is both good for business and the environment. WebEx (Nasdaq: WEBX), the leading provider of on-demand collaborative business applications, has partnered with nonprofit Carbonfund.org to launch WebEx for Clean Air, a series of programs to educate companies on corporate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the roll web meetings can play in an intelligent CO2 reduction program.

The first part of this program is the launch of the “Plant-a-Tree with WebEx” campaign, an easy way to experience the business productivity benefits of web meetings while helping offset global carbon dioxide emissions. Users simply go to http://www.webex.com/go/zerocarbon, sign up for the special WebEx Meeting Center free trial, hold two business meetings and WebEx will plant a tree in their name through Carbonfund.org.

“By helping to reduce unnecessary travel associated with meetings, WebEx helps companies reduce their corporate carbon dioxide footprint and lower the overall cost of doing business,” said Eric Carlson, president, Carbonfund.org. “Plant-a-Tree with WebEx is just one aspect of our WebEx for Clean Air partnership to help educate and encourage companies to become carbon-aware and pursue environmentally sound policies.”

“We’re cleaning the air, one meeting at a time,” added Carlson.

WebEx meetings are a productive alternative to business travel which is a leading contributor to harmful carbon dioxide emissions. A person that flies just 30,000 miles a year puts more than 19,100 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Replacing even a small number of those trips with web meeting can dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. For example:

·      Using WebEx instead of one person flying from New York to London for a team meeting would save 2,690 pounds of carbon dioxide

·      Using WebEx instead of two people traveling from Chicago to San Francisco for a sales presentation would save 4,696 pounds of carbon dioxide

·      Using WebEx for a training session with 12 participants flying from Dallas to San Francisco would save 22,377 pounds of carbon dioxide

“There are 50,000 WebEx meetings on an average day, and if just 0.1% of those web meetings replaced a long haul flight, WebEx would save nearly 60 tons of CO2 from being created,” said Rick Faulk, chief marketing officer, WebEx. “These days, good business practices need to be profitable and sustainable. WebEx helps companies improve their reach, lower the cost of doing business, and do their part to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and global warming.”

“Plant-a-Tree with WebEx builds on the success we’ve had with a similar program in the United Kingdom where we’ve already planted more than 1,000 trees,” added Faulk.

WebEx Communications provides on-demand collaboration applications to individuals, small businesses and enterprise organizations. WebEx applications combine both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration capabilities and allow businesses to leverage the web as an efficient channel for interaction with customers, partners and co-workers. These on-demand applications enhance high-touch business processes, such as sales and training, with efficient web-touch interactions.

All WebEx applications are built on the MediaTone platform and delivered via the WebEx MediaTone Network, a platform and global network specifically designed for on-demand applications.  MediaTone APIs make it easy for developers to build specialized applications that leverage the network’s real-time collaboration capabilities or add these capabilities into third party applications.

About WebEx
WebEx Communications, Inc. is the global leader of on-demand applications for collaborative business on the web. WebEx applications are used across the enterprise in sales, support, training, marketing, engineering and product design. WebEx delivers its range of applications over the WebEx MediaTone Network, a global network specifically designed for secure delivery of on-demand applications. WebEx Communications is based in Santa Clara, California and has regional headquarters in Europe, Asia and Australia. Please call toll free 877-509-3239 or visit for more information.

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org reduces the threat of climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint and support climate-friendly projects. With its easy-to-use calculator, low offset cost per ton of CO2, and certified offset projects, Carbonfund.org is proving that anyone can reduce their impact on climate change easily and efficiently.  Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization, and a member of the EPA’s Green Power Network, the Chicago Climate Exchange and Ceres.

 

 

Each Home Owner Will Receive $25 for their Solar-Powered Indirect Carbon Dioxide Emission Reductions for 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2, 2006 — Carbonfund.org, a leading nonprofit organization making it easy and affordable for any person or business to reduce their climate impact, and Environmental Resources Trust, a leading certifier of renewable energy, announced today a partnership to support the Chicago Zero Energy Solar Homes Project with Carbonfund.org purchasing the renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by the solar installation. The project is a seven home affordable housing development in Chicago’s North Lawndale community that utilizes advanced technologies to reduce the energy demand of the house and adds a 2.5 kW photovoltaic solar roof to generate most of the remaining electricity for the home. Carbonfund.org will retire the RECs purchased from the project to offset the carbon footprints of the non-profit’s contributors.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Begun in 2003, the Chicago Zero Energy Solar Homes Project was envisioned to help reduce the costs of living in homes for low-income families by employing energy efficient and solar energy technologies. The program seeks to take advantage of demand for renewable energy certificates and clean air goals in the city of Chicago to induce investment in solar production on individual homes. A development agreement signed in 2004 between ERT and Bethel New Life (a faith-based community services not for profit organization) authorized the start of the program. Construction began on the first seven of 15 homes to be built under a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in April 2005. The homes were completed by December 2005 and families moved in by February 2006.

Part of the solar costs were covered with a program related investment made from ERT’s Reinvestment Fund. The Reinvestment Fund was created out of proceeds from the purchase of RECs from ComEd by the City of Chicago. The fund was designed to make investments in renewable energy. Under the agreement with Bethel New Life the Reinvestment Funds would be made available in exchange for the rights to sell the RECs to recoup the initial investment. In exchange, homeowners receive 20% of the proceeds.

Each Zero Energy Solar Home deploys an energy efficient package of ENERGY STAR appliances, lighting and insulation, and a 2.5 kilowatt solar shingle roofing system. The combination of energy-efficiency and solar power production means that the home’s energy impact is brought down by at least 75%. Average monthly energy savings are estimated to be over $77. Additionally, homeowners will receive a check for $25 for the sale of the solar RECs for one year, increasing average cost savings to $950 per year.

“The Chicago Zero Energy Solar Homes Program represents a significant opportunity for home builders and home buyers to cost-effectively reduce their global warming impact,” stated Carbonfund.org President Eric M. Carlson. “Carbonfund.org also supports the community development and other social benefits the project offers. We are thrilled that each home owner will receive a $25 check for reducing the threat of global warming.”
According to Alden Hathaway, Director, EcoPower Programs at the non-profit, Environmental Resources Trust, “The Chicago Zero Energy Solar Homes Program provides low income homeowners with the security of very low electric bills plus added revenue from solar REC sales. This further helps support the efforts to keep low income families in affordable homes.”

Carbonfund.org and ERT share a goal of helping to reduce the cost of clean, renewable and domestically produced energy, such as solar power. “With Greenland melting twice as fast as just a decade ago, more frequent and severe hurricanes and temperatures increasing globally, reducing the threat of global warming is a critical challenge of our time,” added Carlson. “Finding innovative and cost-effective solutions to global warming, such as the Chicago Zero Energy Solar Homes Program, is a huge step in that direction.”

About Environmental Resources Trust
Environmental Resources Trust is a not for profit organization dedicated to pioneering markets to benefit the environment. Through its GHG Registry and EcoPower Programs, ERT is the leading certifier and register of both greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy certificates.

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org reduces the threat of climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint and support climate-friendly projects. With its easy-to-use calculator, low offset cost per ton of CO2, and certified offset projects, Carbonfund.org is proving that anyone can reduce their impact on climate change easily and efficiently.  Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization, and a member of the EPA’s Green Power Network, the Chicago Climate Exchange and Ceres.

 

 

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility Walks the Talk of Environmental Leadership

BEDFORD, NH – May 9, 2006–New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR), a network of businesses committed to socially responsible business practices, will be offsetting energy use at its 2006 Spring Conference, “Corporate Social Responsibility: A Win-Win-Win Linking People, Principles & Profits,” at the Wayfarer Inn in Bedford, NH on May 11, 2006.

“We are very pleased that Carbonfund.org is helping us to offset the emissions from our Spring event,” said Jill Healey Wurm, conference chair and director of public affairs at Verizon.  “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about how our actions impact climate change and some of the steps we can all take to minimize our impact on the environment.” added Ms. Wurm.

NHBSR is offsetting the emissions from the event through Carbonfund.org, a leading nonprofit organization which works to make it easy and affordable for any person or business to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets - also called renewable energy certificates and ‘green tags’ – enable individuals and businesses to offset the emissions they are responsible for creating in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in a location where it is more cost effective to do so.  For instance, a clean, zero CO2 wind farm can offset the carbon dioxide produced by a coal-fired power plant that powers a home.

For NHBSR, Carbonfund.org offset 22,000 pounds of CO2 expected to be created by the conference by supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that subsidize the cost of clean, renewable energy and that also help to develop the necessary technology.

The average American is directly responsible for producing about 10 tons of carbon dioxide annually through their home, car and air travel, and their average total annual impact rises to an average of 24 tons when factoring in the purchase of goods and services. Conferences, with the heavy reliance on air travel and other transportation, are an easy first step for any organization to recognize and take responsibility for their carbon emissions.  Carbonfund.org advocates for organizations to ‘reduce what they can, and offset what they can not.’ In practical terms, this translates into greater reliance on car pooling to events, using centralized locations if possible, and limiting electricity usage. Once the organization has reduced the carbon emissions that are practical to achieve, offsetting with Carbonfund.org makes the event carbon free. “Because conferences often bring decision makers together, for Carbonfund.org, it is an excellent opportunity to educate business leaders and to demonstrate that being responsible is both simple and environmentally effective,” said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org.

The May 11th NHBSR Spring Conference 2006 will be held at the Wayfarer Inn at 121 South River Road in Bedford, NH from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Myron Kandel, one of the founders of CNN and president of the newly created Concord, NH based Initiative for Corporate Responsibility and Investor Protection will be the keynote speaker. Some of the Lead Sponsors are The Browne Center, Pax World, Nixon Peabody LLP, and Timberland who are joined by Partner Sponsors Anthem, Cirtronics, NE Delta Dental, PSNH, & Citizens Funds. Registration is $100 for NHBSR members, $125 for non-members, and $30 for students.  Register online at http://www.nhbsr.org  or by phone at 603-645-2605. 

About NHBSR
New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is a non profit organization whose mission is to build and support a network of businesses committed to adopting socially responsible business practices, recognizing that people, principles and profits must be linked.  NHBSR believes that businesses can do well while doing good; social responsibility begins locally with each of us; and businesses can be financially successful while bringing out the best in the human spirit, enriching the community and being respectful of the natural environment. NHBSR’s goal is to strive to give its members the most innovative tools possible to help businesses meet these objectives.  For more information, visithttp://www.nhbsr.org.

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org reduces the threat of climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint and support climate-friendly projects. With its easy-to-use calculator, low offset cost per ton of CO2, and certified offset projects, Carbonfund.org is proving that anyone can reduce their impact on climate change easily and efficiently.  Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization, and a member of the EPA’s Green Power Network, the Chicago Climate Exchange and Ceres.

 

 

Financial analysis website and blog Deepmarket.com to offset one ton of CO2 emissions for every blog that links to Deepmarket.com

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2006 — Deepmarket.com, a blog that researches new techniques for stock market analysis, and Carbonfund.org, a pioneering nonprofit organization making it easy and affordable for any person or business to reduce their climate impact, announced today an innovative program to link carbon offsets with weblog links.  Deepmarket.com has pledged to offset one ton of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas causing global warming, for each blog that links to deepmarket.com.

“In working with Carbonfund.org, I hope to encourage bloggers to go beyond the debate about climate change,” said Eric Cahoon, who writes the DeepMarket.com blog.  “This challenge to bloggers is to help create awareness of actions they can take now – such as taking advantage of energy efficient appliances and reducing the energy they use.  In working with Carbonfung.org, they can have further impact by reducing carbon emissions, supporting renewable energy and reforestation projects.”

“Solving the problem of global warming and our addiction to oil and fossil fuels will take innovative ideas and creative thinking,” said Carbonfund.org President Eric Carlson.  “Deepmarket.com is showing that good business can go hand in hand with a better environment.  We applaud Deepmarket.com for this creative, unique and effective way to educate millions of people about global warming while also supporting the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.”

According to the program, Deepmarket.com, which is already a supporter of Carbonfund.org and has offset its carbon footprint, will offset one ton of carbon dioxide emissions with Carbonfund.org for every blog that links to Deepmarket.com.  The program costs fellow bloggers nothing to participate.

DeepMarket.com wanted a way to bring attention to Carbonfund.org in a simple, but effective manner.  “I found that Carbonfund.org had the most comprehensive and cost effective programs for carbon emissions offsets and I wanted to help support their programs.”  Eric Cahoon added “Beyond the climate change issue, Carbonfund.org is addressing the need for alternatives to fossil based energy sources – one of my primary concerns.”

The signs of global warming and climate change are all around us.  2005 was the warmest year on record.  Greenland is melting 2.5 times faster than just a decade ago.  The Arctic may be on an irreversible melting cycle.  Carbon dioxide levels are at their highest levels of concentration in more than 650,000 years.  Major storms are becoming more frequent and more severe.  Global warming is here, we are all responsible for it and we must all take action to stop it.

“The evidence of global warming is inescapable,” added Eric Carlson.  “We are all responsible for global warming and we all must be part of the solution.  Deepmarket.com is today taking an important leadership step in solving this global problem.”

About Deepmarket.com
DeepMarket.com is a blog written by Eric Cahoon that explores advanced methods for stock market analysis.  Eric Cahoon is an independent data mining consultant.

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