News : Meet a Green Alliance Business: Climate Counts

Feb 16, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

Who: Climate Counts

What: Originally germinated as an idea from Stonyfield Farm's co-founder Gary Hirschberg in 2007, Climate Counts has become an internationally recognized nonprofit committed to bringing consumers and high-profile companies together to address the negative effects of climate change.

The founding principle behind the cutting edge organization has always been the concept of an informed and engaged public. Because climate change is widely debated politically, Climate Counts decided the best way to bring change to the private sector was to showcase those companies that make a focused effort to be more environmentally conscious. To that end, Climate Counts scores some of the world's largest, most recognizable companies, like Coca-Cola, Nike, Amazon and more, to bring the consumer a transparent look at the efforts these companies make to offset their carbon footprints.

Using Climate Counts’ score-sheet, the consumer has the power to send companies a message via the power of the purse. And Climate Counts takes an optimistic outlook on climate change, forging partnerships where each side has a stake in pursuing real, long-lasting change, over the negative reporting often associated with the debate. Climate Counts also knows that to secure a future with lower greenhouse gas emissions, it must reach the next generation of environmental stewards. That's why the nonprofit collaborates with the University of New Hampshire's Sustainability Institute to provide students with an in-depth look at how they can further the cause and hold large companies accountable for their actions.

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