Nitrogen Management Project Protocol Revision

With the generous support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, under the Conservation Innovation Grant program, the Reserve is commencing a significant revision and expansion to its Nitrogen Management Project Protocol (NMPP) in Spring 2017. The Reserve hopes to present an expanded NMPP Version 2.0 to the Reserve Board of Directors for adoption in Fall 2017.

Request for Proposals to Develop NMPP Quantification Methodology

To assist with the NMPP revision, the Reserve is seeking a technical contractor to develop a new standardized quantification methodology module(s) that expand(s) the scope of the Reserve’s NMPP Version 1.1 to include additional regions, crops, and nitrogen management practices. A strong emphasis is placed on prioritizing ease-of-use, while also applying the best available science. The Reserve intends to keep the current protocol’s quantification methodology that is based on the MSU-EPRI model, while the technical contractor will provide additional quantification module(s). The Reserve also welcomes proposals with broad quantification module(s) that include N-management practices on corn in the Midwest. The complete Request for Proposals and Independent Contractor Services Agreement Form are found below.

Interested contractors must submit proposals to the Reserve by 12 PM PDT on Monday, May 22, 2017. No late or incomplete proposals will be considered. Proposals must be submitted via email, fax, or mail:
Please include “Proposal for Nitrogen Contractor” in the Subject line


Climate Action Reserve
Attn: Proposal for Nitrogen Contractor
601 W. 5th Street, #650
Los Angeles, CA 90071
FAX: (213) 623-6716


The Reserve will revise the NMPP protocol through a multi-stakeholder workgroup process. The workgroup will consist of representatives from industry, environmental non-profits, government, academia, and verification bodies. To express interest in participating in the protocol workgroup, please fill out the form below and email it to

Stakeholders unable to participate as workgroup members may follow the protocol revision process as “observers.” Observers will receive protocol updates, meeting notices, and can listen in to workgroup meetings. If interested in participating as an observer, please email

Nitrogen Management Survey

In late 2016, the Reserve issued a Nitrogen Management Stakeholder Survey to gather feedback and recommendations from stakeholders involved in the development and/or implementation of the NMPP and/or other agricultural offset protocols and methodologies on the future expansion of the protocol. The results of the survey are summarized in the memo below.

On March 15, 2017, the Reserve held a webinar to go over the results of this survey, the biggest takeaways, and next steps for the protocol revision as discussed in the memo. Meeting materials are available below.

Submitting Data for Future Expansion

When the protocol is not undergoing revision, the Reserve accepts submittals of data that could be used to develop new or expand upon existing quantification methodologies. However, at this time, this process is on hold in order to accommodate the RFP process outlined above and efficiently revise the protocol. Once the revised protocol has been adopted for use, this process will likely open again. For more information on the data submittal process under V1.0 and V1.1, please see the following webpage: Submitting Data for Future Expansion.

If you have questions about the Request for Proposals or NMPP revision, please contact Trevor Anderson at or 213-891-6927.