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main horiz logoThe Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to announce its first For Planet and People annual awards, adding to Carbonfund.org's long history of facilitating our partners' goals to mitigate their carbon footprint.

Since 2003, Carbonfund.org has worked with over 2,000 businesses and 750,000 individuals on climate solutions. Partners support renewable energy, energy efficiency or forestry projects to mitigate their climate impact. our partners support renewable energy projects that push a clean energy market transformation, help our global economy through job creation, and support the agricultural industry in innovative and meaningful ways. Other partners support forest projects that protect biodiversity, conserve important land for recreation, and ensure both clean air and clean water for local communities. And partners support energy efficiency projects that replace outdated technology, reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly, and help us learn to do more with less energy. The support our partners give these projects comprises a critical environmental solution that benefits both planet and people. For the year 2011, the Board of Directors and staff of the Carbonfund.org Foundation have formally recognized a few of our partners, to thank them for taking a leadership role in combating climate change.

"Carbonfund.org is thrilled to honor our partners for their leadership helping to solve climate change by developing innovative programs that are having real and positive effects for our planet," said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. "Our new For Planet and People Awards highlight the extraordinary efforts of our partners, their employees, customers and stakeholders to be part of the solution to climate change."

Each of our award recipients has embraced a different element of carbon reductions in their operations and sustainability goals. Here are the Carbonfund.org's For Planet and People award winners and categories:

Dell, Inc. - Lifetime Achievement

Motorola Mobility - CarbonFree® Products

JetBlue Airways - Travel

Overstock.com - Retail

National Geographic Society – Media

The Unitarian Universalists, Office of the General Assembly - Religious Organization

Mac-Gray Campus Solutions - Education

Ernst & Young, LLP - Events

Carbonfund.org congratulates all of the awardees and thanks them for their commitment to sustainable practices and to the support of important external carbon reductions that are a critical part of our climate change solutions.

Please see press release here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/carbonfundorg-foundation-debuts-for-planet-and-people-awards-138774219.html

We are happy to announce that the GoECOlife™ Platinum Series™ Paper Shredder (GXC120Ti) which carries the CarbonFree® label was one of four shredders “RECOMMENDED” by Consumer Reports in their recent paper shredder review. 19 paper shredders from various brands were tested for speed, capacity and convenience. The GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti rated well in all categories. Consumers can feel additionally confident that they are purchasing a quality product that works well for the customer and the earth! However, this paper shredder scores first in reducing its carbon footprint. The GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti features commercial-grade performance in a personal-sized machine. It utilizes an energy-saving technology that prevents vampire energy waste when the shredder is not in use, but still plugged into an outlet. To earn the CarbonFree® Product Certification, the GoECOlife™ GXC120Ti underwent a rigorous product life-cycle assessment performed by WSP Group to determine the carbon footprint. In addition to using energy-saving technology, GoECOlife™ reduced the remaining carbon footprint through support of Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. This is a purchase that offices and individuals can feel confident about! To learn more about Consumer Reports paper shredder ratings please visit: www.consumerreports.organd to learn more about the GoECOlife™ please click www.goecolife.com.  
Carbonfund.org spent the day at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, September 25th as Virgin and IMP event productions presented Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010. The festival started at Noon, with 21 artists playing on 3 different stages, all in one day! In addition, the day was filled with fun packed activities including a Ferris wheel, a Playstation tent, evening fireworks and all the festival food anyone would ever want. Our educational booth, alongside others like Virgin Unite and Music 4 More, let concertgoers learn how to reduce their climate impact and support carbon reduction projects. To illustrate what festival attendees are doing to reduce where they could, Carbonfund.org offered a large canvas. Here are some favorite quotes from the canvas: "Use natural sunlight during the day." "Bike everywhere." "Unplug electronic devices that are not in use." "Recycle." "Did you know you can run a diesel engine on waste vegetable oil?" "Use public transportation." "We borrow the earth from our children. We don't own it." "Hire locals." "Reuse your drink cups at Virgin Fest." "Nature rocks my socks." The festival was great and Carbonfund.org thanks everyone who came by to support us. And a huge thank you to both Virgin Mobile and IMP for having us. See you next year. Please remember to reduce what you can, offset what you can't.
Blossoms Inspirations made a promise to the planet is to produce fashion accessories using natural and/or recycled materials and utilizing production practices that have low or no impact on the environment. One of the ways that they have achieved this is to ensure that all their hand embroidered belts and gourd ornaments are Certified CarbonFree® . This means that the energy and emissions of the products, from cradle to grave, have been accounted for, reduced, and offset by supporting climate mitigation projects. Here is an example of how Blossom’s has determined the carbon footprint of one of their products. The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) revealed a total of 8,694 gCO2e per belt.   To put that into perspective the US EPA calculates that the consumption of 1 gallon of gasoline is about 8,900 gCO2e and the use of 12 kilowatt-hours of electricity is about 8,300 gCO2e. (EPA Calculator). For Blossom Inspirations, who already works directly with impoverished artisans on fair wage & community development projects in South America, the certification is an extension of a ‘planet-friendly’ philosophy to their business.  They encourage their artisans to use natural and/or recycled materials in their production and revive traditional techniques like wooden loom weaving and hand embroidery.  This type of low emission production and community building opportunities ensure the well-being of artisans and that products are deserving of their CarbonFree® Certified Label. Blossom’s Inspirations are a wonderful example of how fashion trends and environmental consciousness can meet to make the eco-consumer look good and feel good about their purchases.  Multiple designs, cute colors, planet-friendly, and affordable prices make these products an easy sell!!! Please check out their inventory at www.blosssomsinspirations.com today!

First of Electronic Devices Sold by AT&T to Automatically Power Off When Fully Charged

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2011) - Key Facts
  • 25 percent of the plastic in the external housing of the Motorola P793 Back-Up Battery Charger is made from recycled post-consumer water-cooler bottles.
  • The Back-up Battery Charger shuts itself off automatically once fully charged, reducing wasted energy.
  • The Back-up Battery Charger is a portable back-up power accessory that is compatible with all USB devices by major manufacturers.
  • In 2010, AT&T* launched the ZERO Charger which switches itself off to save energy.
Product Specifications In an ongoing effort to introduce more sustainable devices and accessories, AT&T is proud to introduce the Motorola P793 Back-Up Battery Charger, a portable back-up battery charger from Motorola that provides extra power to customers on the go. The Back-up Battery Charger is compatible with all USB devices by major manufacturers and is the first Motorola Mobility power product or accessory built using 25 percent post-consumer recycled content plastic. Dual ports allow users to rapidly charge two electronic devices at the same time. Small and lightweight, the device shuts off automatically once fully charged and can provide up to five hours of additional talk time. Statistics for the Motorola P793 Back-Up Battery Charger device include:
  • 25 percent of the plastic in the external housing is made from recycled water-cooler bottles.
  • Free of brominated flame retardants, polyvinyl chloride and phthalates.
  • First product certified CarbonFree® by CarbonFund.org that is being sold by AT&T. Sufficient carbon offsets were purchased to offset the carbon emissions demonstrated by a lifecycle analysis to be required for the manufacturing, transport, use and end-of-life phases of the device.
AT&T's Environmental Sustainability Initiatives
  • Recently, AT&T announced plans to introduce new plastic in AT&T-branded accessory packaging, which is comprised of up to 30 percent plant-based materials sourced from ethanol harvested from natural sugarcane.
  • Also in 2010, AT&T introduced the ZERO Charger which automatically senses when a mobile device is not plugged in to the charger and cuts the power supply from the wall socket.
  • AT&T also launched the Samsung Evergreen in 2010, a quick messaging device constructed with 70 percent recycled post-consumer plastics, which recently earned Platinum Certification from UL Environment -- a leading global science company for meeting UL Environment's high Sustainable Product Certification standard.
  • AT&T collected more than 3.7 million cell phones for reuse and recycling and more than 1.8 million pounds of cell phone batteries and accessories in 2010. AT&T offers customers simple, convenient ways to donate old cell phones and accessories: drop-off bins in more than 2,000 company-owned retail stores; free, prepaid mailing envelopes available in the stores; and postage-paid mailing labels available via our web site at AT&T Reuse & Recycle
AT&T is committed to integrating sustainable business practices across its business and was included in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI) for the second year in a row and was added to Corporate Responsibility Magazine's 12th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. Visit www.att.com/csr to learn more about sustainability at AT&T and to download the 2010 AT&T Sustainability Report. Quotes "We're pleased to expand our portfolio of products with the Back-Up Battery Charger," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We're passionate about providing quality options to customers as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability." *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Where before people might have stood outside and remarked to their neighbor, “Hmm, it is unseasonable hot for this time of year – I wonder why,” now they can instantly locate scores of articles and data online and share it with their whole social network with 140 character Tweet.  Our way of talking about climate change has, well, changed. Here are three ways to use technology to change the way you take action.     Amtrak’s New App for iPhone This free app gives access to all Amtrak’s travel information, trip booking on the go, and up-to-date train schedules.  In fact, through the partnership with Carbonfund.org, this app even allows the option for carbon neutral travel. That’s a win-win for the environment, considering rail is one of the most energy efficient ways to travel. Click here to get this App. Shopkick’s app for iPhone or Android Shopkick gives you rewards points for simply walking into your favorite stores. You can collect your kicks™ rewards at millions of stores in America then use those points for a wide variety of redemption options, one of which is the ability to donate to over 20 great causes. Supporting Carbonfund.org’s climate mitigation projects is on the list, making it a quick, easy and free way to support the environment. Click here to get this App. Care2 Widget Care2 is the largest and fastest growing social action network boasting over 16 million members. Care2 also owns and operates the #1 site for petitions with as many as 24 million signatures in the past year. Care2 has more than 100 partner sites, including Carbonfund.org. Visitors to www.carbonfund.org will now see a petition widget on the page that allows visitors to take action on a number of important environmental issues. Learn more about Care2, visit: Care2.com. Or go directly to The Petition Site. Motorola Citrus Smartphone Available exclusively through Verizon, Motorola’s Citrus is a touch screen smartphone with an Android operating system. It’s small, fast, highly customizable and has lots of great apps and services like social networking. The phone is also the only smartphone on the market that can boast such high environmental considerations. The Citrus is made from 25% post–consumer recycled plastic, packaged with eco–friendly materials and certified Carbon Free® through an alliance with Carbonfund.org. This means that the phone’s  full lifecycle emissions are carbon neutral.  And, with a 2-year Verizon contract, you can get it for free online. Click here to get the phone or learn more.
There really is an app for that? There are actually TWO apps for that! Available on iPhone and Android, shopkick is a new mobile app that gives you rewards simply for walking into stores, scanning products and signing up friends. With shopkick you earn “kickbucks,” which are points you collect to receive gifts and bonuses at millions of stores and restaurants in America, plus iTunes gift cards, Facebook credits, movie tickets, and much more. If you're feeling like a “do-gooder,” donate your kickbucks to 30 different causes, including Carbonfund.org. For users, the concept is simple and the technology is amazing. Check into a store by scanning an item with the camera on your mobile phone and then tap on it. You’re in! In addition, users receive special promotional offers from corporate sponsors, which are delivered right to your phone as a barcode that can be scanned at the register, an easy, instant and paper-free way to save. For companies, going to this mobile app allows them to reach hundreds of thousands of users and shoppers by offering mobile deals and discounts. Shopkick also allows business to be associated with great causes, like supporting climate mitigation projects through the partnership with Carbonfund.org. Want another app? CauseWorld works with Carbonfund.org, too! CauseWorld allows users to accumulate “karmas” when visiting various stores, with no purchase required, which can then be used for donations. With one karma, Carbonfund.org will offset two pounds of carbon emissions. The average American produces 50-100 pounds of carbon per day, so this is a great way to help offset your daily footprint. The concept of mobile altruism has certainly not gone unnoticed, with corporate sponsors like American Eagle Outfitters, Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s, Simon Malls, Sports Authority, Target, Wet Seal (and many more), joining in to offer shoppers valuable promotions all over the country. To download and learn more about these apps, go to CauseWorld, shopkick, or watch this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esAPuqCQ5Z8
Anvil Knitwear has always been a champion for responsible business and has been an important partner to Carbonfund.org since 2009. Made from 69% pre-consumer recycled cotton, AnvilRecycled is Certified CarbonFree®. Anvil calculated the carbon footprint of the recycled t-shirt and is reducing and off-setting the carbon emissions of each shirt sold through our 3 year and counting partnership. But Anvil is doing so much more to lead the global green movement. In October 2011, Anvil Knitwear teamed up with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) GreenUp campaign to help Europe to ‘GreenUp’ as the world looks towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012. Vivienne Westwood’s Tree-shirts, printed on the AnvilOrganic(TM) and AnvilRecycled(R) line, will raise funds for reforestation efforts in Europe. “Buy a Tree-shirt, Plant a Tree” is the first of 10 actions of GreenUp. Tree-shirts are available exclusively on www.yoox.com, giving all net sale proceeds for the program. Follow the campaign on Twitter @UNEPGreenUp for monthly citizen actions on what you can do to help make a green economy! Also, in May 2011, Anvil Knitwear was awarded “Best First Time Report” by Ceres and the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for North America at the Ceres conference in Oakland, California. And, in December 2011, they will be releasing their 2011 CSR Progress Report that debuts Anvil’s first Water Footprint Assessment. Anvil Knitwear, Inc., an American brand since 1899, is a leading manufacturer of sportswear and accessories, with a proven track record in engaging in responsible business practices. The company is also a leader in the sustainable apparel industry with its AnvilOrganic® and AnvilSustainable™ brands. Anvil has been ranked by the Textile Exchange as the world's seventh-largest organic program and it is the largest domestic purchaser of U.S.-grown certified organic cotton. Anvil offers a wide variety of affordable styles made from fibers such as certified organic cotton, transitional cotton, recycled cotton, and recycled PET bottles and blends in addition to over 70 traditional styles. For more information, please visit www.anvilknitwear.com, www.anvilcsr.com, www.shirtscan.com and www.TrackMyT.com.
Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:26

What 10 Minutes on Care2.com Can Do

Where can you send an e-card, sign a petition, find a healthy recipe for dinner and get the most recent cause-related news? Care2 has it all. With more than 50 employees, 15 million members, 600 nonprofit partners and hundreds of responsible advertisers, Care2 is promoting their causes by recruiting new donors, volunteers and grassroots advocates from civically active members who want to make a difference. Care2 is dedicated to making it easy for everyone to live a healthy, green lifestyle and impact the causes they care about most. So how does it work? Well, here was my 10-minute Care2 experience today. First I sent my husband a “Just Cuz” e-card, where I was able to pick from many cute messages that were sure to make him smile. Then, I signed the petition “Demand Clean Energy Jobs Now” from one my favorite causes Repower America. Since I had no plans for dinner, I clicked over to the Green Living section and grabbed a black bean tostada recipe for tonight. I feel like I just accomplished so much in only 10 minutes! Before I left the site I checked our one of the ways that Care2 is supporting Carbonfund.org, which is through their “Free Click to Donate" program. Members' “free clicks” generate donations from Care2 sponsors. 100% of the donations raised in the global warming section go directly to Carbonfund.org, which we then use to support renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally. These projects are reducing carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.

“Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to get involved and make a difference. Care2 members love to be able to help offset their carbon footprint through our partnership with Carbonfund.org,” says Care2 CEO Randy Paynter.

For information, please visit us at Care2.com.
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