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  • Published: Sep 30th, 2010
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Carbonfund.org Celebrates 7 Years: A Q&A with Its Founders

What was the biggest challenge of turning Carbonfund.org into a national leader?

EC: We had a big hurdle to get over in convincing people that you can reduce your carbon footprint at an affordable price. Once we were able to do that, the entire market changed. There were groups charging $20 or so to offset a ton of carbon. We knew we could do it in the $5-$6 range, and thats what we charged at that time. After we got over that initial hurdle of saying basically a certified ton is a certified ton, we were off to the races. It was that explanation that got our first large partners. Now were known for both our high-quality projects and our low cost-per-ton.

Was it difficult to balance family with a shared work life? Did you take turns worrying about work and family?

LC: Absolutely, and really when starting on a mission that has a great impact, ones going to talk about it a lot. Its hard to separate work and home. How we did it was deciding that Eric would take the lead on the organization, and Id take more of a part time role so that someone would take care of the kids.

Do you have advice for young families starting on an entrepreneurial path?

EC: I think you have to take chances in life. You probably get three, four or five chances in life to jump and see whats going to happen. And if you dont, youll always regret it. So being an entrepreneur, taking that chance, leaving that job, hiking that mountain or doing whatever it is you decideyou should. Its exciting and those opportunities almost always work out better, whether they are instantly successful or not. So I think young people should become entrepreneurs. Now, how you manage that within your family, within your relationships, is a challenge, and you need to work at that almost as hard as running your organization or business.

LC: I think there have to be rules to ensure some balance. At some point the work discussion has to end so you have time for specific days or hours that are only family-oriented. Starting an organization takes a lot of work and time, a lot of thinking and conversation. But its nice because your family is then invested in something; our daughters definitely feel theyre part of the organization weve created.

What are Carbonfund.orgs key priorities?

LC: You hear people talk about some of the solutions. The Obama administration talks about green jobs, and just the other night Bill Clinton was talking with David Letterman about green jobs and how easily the transformation can be made. Carbonfund.orgs role needs to be helping make solutions easy and affordable, including keeping the message simplethat there are simple solutions out there, while building support for understanding and reducing ones carbon footprint.

EC: One of the things weve done very well is that we have simplified the problem of climate change and have made carbon reduction projects simple to understand. I think some of the policy discussion may have gotten far too complicated, and I think many people think a solution to climate change is both really complicated and expensive. I think were uniquely established to show there are simple, affordable solutions.

What are Carbonfund.orgs biggest accomplishments from your perspective?

EC: One of our biggest accomplishments is that weve been able to prove theres a viable market for carbon. There were academic reports that said it would cost $50-$100 to reduce one ton of carbon. Those of us in the energy-efficiency sector and other industries knew that wasnt the case. At $50-$100 ton, there is no climate legislation because it simply breaks the bank. We were able to show that you can reduce carbon for $10 or less a ton, and that these are the types of carbon reduction projects that people will support.

Read more of the Q&A with Eric & Lesley Carlson here.

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  • Published: Sep 16th, 2010
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Carbonfund.org Launches Carbon ExpressTrack to Simplify Carbon Accounting & Management

Carbonfund.org, the leading nonprofit climate change solutions organization, today launched what it calls

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Eric Carlson of Carbonfund.org Presented Avis Spirit Award

Carbonfund.org President Eric Carlson was presented the Avis Spirit Award on Friday for his work and commitment on climate change. Carlson co-founded Carbonfund.org in 2003. The organization has since grown to over 450,000 supporters and 1,400 partners while providing solutions to reduce the climate impact of individuals and businesses as well as the first carbon neutral product certification and labeling program in the US, CarbonFree

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Carbonfund.org Certifies CarbonFree

Phone Is Fifth Motorola Product Certified by Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org announced the latest product to be certified CarbonFree

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Carbonfund.org Partners with U.S. Census Bureau to Offset National Portrait of America Road Tour

As the U.S. Census Bureau today kicks off a three-month national road tour to raise awareness of the 2010 Census, Carbonfund.org announced that it will donate the carbon offsets for the Road Tour.

With 13 vehicles traveling to communities across America from January through March, the 2010 Census Road Tour offers an engaging, interactive experience to help the public understand the importance of participating in the April 1 Census. The Road Tour is a part of the largest civic outreach and awareness campaign in U.S. history. The Tour itself consists of a national vehicle and 12 regional vehicles that will traverse each of the 12 Census Bureau-identified regions.

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  • Published: Nov 23rd, 2009
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Greening Your Travel: Carbonfund.org’s Eric Carlson on NPRs WAMU Kojo Nnamdi Show

The president and co-founder of the nonprofit Carbonfund.org, Eric Carlson, was a guest today on WAMU-FMs Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss green travel for the holidays. He was on the first half hour along with Nancy Young, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for the Air Transport Association.

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Venom Power Releases New, Eco Alkaline

College of the Atlantic to Help Reduce Truck Stop Emissions

Nations Carbon Neutral College Files Plans with ACUPCC, Offsets through Carbonfund.org

College of the Atlantic, which has been carbon neutral since December 2007, today announced its most recent purchase of carbon offsets which will ensure that the College will maintain its

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Carbonfund.org Turns 6, Reaches 5 Billion Pounds of CO2 Offset

by Lesley Carlson, co-founder

Today is the 6th anniversary of when Carbonfund.org was registered as a 501(c)(3). And, five days from now is our daughter Renees 6th birthday. Yes, fall 2003 was busy for the Carlsons, but it was all intertwined. Eric had long worked on energy efficiency and his interest in renewable energy as a way to solve climate change, but he saw no sign of the breakthrough necessary to really solve the problem. Seeing our beautiful Sonja born in Fall 2001 made the matter personal and urgent. What would happen to our child if global warming continued on its threatening march? Would we be able to say to her that we did what we could to stop it?

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  • Published: Sep 23rd, 2009
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Newsweek Recognizes Carbonfund.org Partners for Environmental Leadership

Newsweek released its 2009 Green Rankings of Americas largest companies, and Carbonfund.org partners including Dell, Staples and Motorola came out among the leading companies.

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  • Published: Sep 1st, 2009
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Fulton Elementary PTA Becomes First CarbonFree

The Fulton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) announced today that it has become the first CarbonFree

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