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img00002Please consider making 2010 a carbon neutral year. This could be your resolution that makes not only a positive impact on your life and those around you, but the lives of all by helping to fight global warming. It's a critical year-- will the US make good on its promises to take concerted action on global warming by passing strong climate legislation? Will the world take the Copenhagen UN Climate Conference to the next level by acting on stated goals? Individual action, whether by an individual, a group, family, or a business or organization matters more than ever to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Action also shows you support a clean energy future, and environmental sustainability in pursuing economic growth in our country and abroad. If you've never calculated your carbon footprint before, consider doing so today. It's easy. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and offset the rest to be carbon neutral today. By offsetting, you balance out the emissions you can't avoid by supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or reforestation. lets you choose the type of project to support. You can do all this at's website. Click here to get started. The average carbon footprint of an American is about 24 metric tons a year, or 50,000 pounds of CO2 a year! So take action today on your carbon footprint. A simple preset option that offers is ZeroCarbon™ to offset your carbon footprint in support of carbon reduction projects. The option is available for both individuals and families at's carbon calculator. If you're affiliated with or run a business, be sure to check out's business calculator and preset options. You can make 2010 a carbon neutral year. Get started today!
There's no doubt computer and video games are preferred entertainment for a growing number of youths and young adults. Competitors now even meet Olympic style. The World Cyber Games (WCG) kicked off a four-day, final competition at the Los Angeles Convention Center today. It marks the 10th anniversary of bringing together the top computer and video game players. This year, the Grand Final is a carbon-neutral event for the first time. 450 of the best ranked gamers from 60 countries are gathering this weekend to compete for more than $250,000 in cash, prizes and the honor of being named the global champion. Samsung, the Games' worldwide partner, has made the Grand Final a carbon-neutral event, balancing the event's carbon footprint with support of the third-party validated Reclaiming America's Heartland carbon reduction project in the Dakotas. The project's goal is to conserve ecologically vital grasslands and wildlife habitat in North and South Dakota, including the endangered Whooping Crane and numerous species of geese and ducks, while preventing the release of CO2 emissions over the project's lifetime. will also present a Corporate Climate Leadership Award to Samsung at the WCG. Eric Carlson, President of remarked, “Making the World Cyber Games Grand Final carbon neutral for the first time shows Samsung’s strong commitment to taking positive steps that help the climate and all of us. is proud to recognize Samsung’s sustainability initiatives by presenting this Corporate Climate Leadership Award.” To learn more about the WCG, click here. Visit to learn more about our work in helping businesses achieve their sustainability goals and reduce their climate impact.
The White House announced today that it will soon have solar panels and a solar hot water heater. The installations will be part of a Department of Energy solar energy demonstration project. “President Obama has said the Federal Government has to lead by example in creating opportunity and jobs in clean energy,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “By installing solar panels on arguably the most famous house in the country, his residence, the President is underscoring that commitment to lead and the promise and importance of renewable energy in the United States.” Solar power has had an on-off relationship with presidents. President Carter's 1979 solar installation at the White House was removed by President Reagan in 1986. Then, the first President Bush put in place a system to provide electricity to a maintenance building and heat the pool. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.” Today's announcement is part of the administration's stated commitment to clean energy investment, jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, whose department has not lifted a ban yet on deep-water drilling, is expected to announce approval of two large solar collection systems in the California desert and further plans for offshore wind power in the Atlantic. Learn more about reducing your own carbon emissions and support renewable energy projects here.
The White House has released the first Federal Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans designed to achieve environmental, economic and energy goals. The plans were made pursuant to the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance, signed by President Obama in Oct. 2009. Similar to corporate social responsibility or sustainability plans in the private sector but sometimes larger in scope, the agencies' plans are to be implemented and updated annually. Under the Executive Order, plans should prioritize actions based on the return on investment for taxpayers and meet energy, water and waste reduction targets. Agencies plan to cut emissions by, for example, making infrastructure improvements, reducing fossil fuel use and implementing better maintenance practices. The General Services Administration (GSA) plans to use its purchasing power to help improve the supply chain of products the government uses, and The Interior Department plans to install renewable energy systems at wildlife refuges and its other lands. Agencies also plan to reduce energy use from data centers, among other initiatives. You can view the agencies' plans from the White House Council on Environmental Quality web page here. Also, learn about how is working with businesses, organizations and government in reducing their impact on climate, such as through CarbonFree® Certified Products and programs to reduce carbon emissions.
This is a great video on why we all should take action on global warming. Alex Bogusky, who was a principal and co-chairman of the award-winning ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, launched this video on the web to engage more people by simplifying the message about climate change. If you haven't seen the video yet, you can play it here. In Pollution=Bad, Clean=Good, he urges us to stop debating climate change and start doing something about it. After all, taking positive steps will result in a cleaner environment and reduce the threats from climate change.
Heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, which fell by 7 percent in 2009, are forecast to rise this year and in 2011. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Dept. of Energy has released its energy outlook, expecting a 3.2 percent and 1.6 percent increase in emissions for 2010 and 2011, respectively. The government also projects continued demand growth by the electric power sector for coal. A factor in the emissions increases this year and next is the expected increases in economic activity, which results in more energy consumption. This includes petroleum use in the transportation sector and coal and natural gas use for electricity production. The continued demand for fossil fuels in electricity production brings to light the urgent need for more clean energy to help reduce carbon emissions. As an individual or business, you can support clean, renewable energy today. Individuals can choose renewable energy for electric power, e.g. from your utility company or supplier, and reduce and offset your carbon emissions in support of renewable energy projects. Businesses can reduce, offset emissions for everything from operations and events to products and shipping; you can learn more here. Also—companies can support renewable energy production through renewable energy certificates (RECs), such as's MyGreenFuture Green-e Energy certified RECs.
A top climate official of the UN believes the global climate talks in Copenhagen later this year will be crippled- if there are no "strong commitments" from developed nations on slashing CO2 emissions by 2020. De BoerYvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told Agence France Presse (AFP) in a phone interview that the absence of such commitments "would defeat the whole purpose of the Copenhagen agreement." The Copenhagen talks are meant to negotiate a new climate treaty to succeed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012. A key area of disagreement is between developed and developing countries. Developing countries have asserted the US, Japan, EU and others should be expected to do more than developing countries to halt climate change. Meanwhile, developed countries have contended that developing countries need to make stronger commitments themselves. The UNFCCC has calculated that, by 2020, the cost of mitigating climate change will rise to about $200 billion annually and adapting to it will rise to $100 billion each year. The sooner that countries can arrive at a plan to reduce emissions systemmatically, the quicker the world can act to keep costs from spiraling. Countries, companies, organizations and individuals have the means to take action now, including carbon offsets that can reduce emissions cost effectively. In Congress, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) passed the House but is awaiting Senate consideration. Photo Credit of Yvo de Boer: AFP
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today pressed for passage of climate legislation by the US before the world's climate talks in December at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen. "We think it is important for the president to be empowered to be able to say to the rest of the world that America stands ready to lead on this issue," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said after an energy briefing at the White House. Reuters is reporting that Vilsack and Secretary Locke met with groups from the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, advocating that passage would be good for the environment and economy. An Agriculture Department study shows farmers could boost their net income by $10 billion to $20 billion in the long term earning money from offsets-- contracts to plant trees or change the way they till land to lock more carbon in soils, Vilsack said. Locke spoke on leadership by the US, vis-a-vis reluctance by some countries to set significant caps of emissions. "The United States needs to set a very firm and clear example if we are to be successful in getting the other countries to be equally aggressive in addressing climate change," said Locke.copenhagen The House of Representatives passed by a close margin the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) bill on June 26. The Senate is expected to consider and possibly debate its version of the legislation when it reconvenes in September.
meltA survey by a research and survey firm The Mellman Group finds that a large proportion of Americans, 71%, want the country to reduce carbon emissions; moreover, the survey finds that 58% of Americans favor not just action, but strong action. Demand for action crosses party lines. 68% of independents and 54% of Republicans want action on global warming, as do 86% of Democrats. Majorities in each region of the country seek action: 76% in the Northeast, 69% in the South, 69% in the Midwest, and 74% in the West. The survey also found that 70% of Americans find global warming to be a serious economic and national security threat to the U.S., particularly with regard to droughts and rising sea levels and their impact on developing countries. Read more about the survey results here.
rd1Examiner Columnist Jenny Rough provides her seven eco-friendly travel tips to reduce one's carbon footprint. She asks readers to consider food's carbon footprint, which travelers sometimes forget when on the road. For example, eating locally grown foods or dining at restaurants that emphasize locally grown foods in their menus can help minimize the carbon footprint. She also suggests using refillable bottles for everyday needs like shampoo, etc.- a good idea as it can be difficult sometimes to find recycling bins or stations when traveling. Providing resources that readers can use in planning their trips, she mentions to reduce, offset one's carbon footprint. Check out her travel ideas here: Also, please visit our website to learn more about your carbon footprint, and try our carbon calculators.
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