Thank you for coming to our Carbon Confessions Cocktail Hour last month in partnership with Green Drinks. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $400 for Carbonfund.org.
Eric Carlson, Co-Founder and President of Carbonfund.org Foundation, took some time to answer our questions about Carbonfund.org’s approach, the type of projects it supports, and the changes he would like to see change in the next 10 years. He even threw in his carbon confession for good measure. Read on to find out about the great work at Carbonfund.org that your donation will support.
Firstly, what is your carbon confession?
I need to be a better recycler…my wife will walk a mile carrying recyclables until she finds a repository. I’m not as responsible in that area. Also, I’m guilty of preferring a chilly house in the summer and a warm, cozy house in the winter.
When was Carbonfund.org set up and what makes it different to other offsetting organizations?
Carbonfund.org began ten years ago with a mission to raise awareness about the negative effects of climate change, how we all can be part of the solution, and made it simple and affordable for individuals and for businesses of any size to calculate and neutralize their carbon dioxide emissions.
As a 501c3 non-profit organization with an emphasis on climate change education and information, we offer our business partners and donors a great degree of operational transparency while providing services to support and promote their sustainability initiatives.
What projects do you fund and how do you ensure that they represent real carbon emission reductions?
We support a range of projects, all are third-party validated and verified to ensure that the carbon credits are real, properly inventoried, and retired on behalf of our business partners and donors. In addition, the projects must meet additional standards and protocol we’ve established.
The projects we select to support include energy efficiency, renewable energy and forestry projects, and all of the projects include some societal benefits in addition to their environmental and economic benefits.
Do you think that awareness about climate change is growing?
Awareness about climate change may be growing, but there’s still a lot of misinformation out there. It’s important that each of us does our part to reduce and neutralize our own emissions, and to help those around us understand the value of these efforts, now and for the future of our planet.
Is there a particular type of person most likely to offset their carbon emissions?
Yes, a smart, well-informed person who cares about the environment today and for the future understands the value of carbon emissions reduction and mitigation. We each have the choice to do something – to take positive action – or to choose to do nothing.
What do you most hope to see change in terms of climate change in the next 10 years?
I’d love to see meaningful carbon emissions reduction/limitations legislation in countries across the world, beginning with the US and China. I’d love to see a pattern of reversing the quantity of global carbon emissions and lowering the parts per million of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.