Climate Action Reserve honors top carbon offset project developers of 2016

Climate Action Reserve honors top carbon offset project developers of 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA  – The Climate Action Reserve, an environmental nonprofit organization and North America’s premier carbon offset registry, presented the Project Developer of the Year Awards to carbon offset project developers that achieved the most emissions reductions and had the most carbon offset project activity during the past year. The awards recognize organizations for their leadership in advancing climate solutions, in strengthening carbon markets, and in achieving emissions reductions that are real, additional and permanent.

“We are very fortunate to work with outstanding carbon offset project developers that dedicate their skills and resources to the development and implementation of successful carbon offset projects,” said Craig Ebert, President of the Reserve. “Today, we are recognizing project developers that made the largest contributions to the growth, strength and stability of the carbon market in 2016 by registering the most credits, registering the most projects, and submitting the most projects. It takes great vision and resolve to pursue groundbreaking innovations in carbon reductions and sequestration, and we thank the Passamaquoddy Joint Tribal Council, 3Degrees, and Sierra Pacific Industries for their leadership in reducing emissions to benefit our climate.”

Passamaquoddy Joint Tribal Council, in recognition of generating the most offset credits in 2016 with 3.8 million credits issued. The Passamaquoddy Tribe Improved Forest Management Project is a 90,000 acre Improved Forest Management project in Maine developed to the California Compliance Offset Protocol for U.S. Forests. The primarily spruce-fir and northern hardwoods forestland supports sustainable timber production and provides for a variety of cultural, recreational and wildlife objectives.

“The Passamaquoddy Tribe Improved Forest Management Project builds upon our sacred commitment to the protection of our forest resources and creates unique training and employment opportunities for our tribal members,” said Ernie Neptune, Passamaquoddy Tribal Forestry Supervisor. “This project is in line with the sustainable forestry activities that we have practiced since time immemorial but is unique in how it allows forest landowners to benefit from an innovative program designed to curb carbon emissions. We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our efforts to fund forest conservation and provide economic development for our people.”

3Degrees, in recognition of registering the most projects in 2016 with 13 unique projects. 3Degrees is a certified B Corp that works with organizations to build and implement customized renewable energy and carbon mitigation strategies. 3Degrees, previously Origin Climate, registered 13 projects in 2016 – 10 compliance livestock projects, one voluntary livestock project, and two voluntary landfill projects in 10 different states across the U.S. 3Degrees has been developing carbon offset projects with the Reserve since 2008, during which it has registered 20 landfill and livestock projects and been issued over three million credits.

“3Degrees is honored to receive the Project Developer of the Year award from the Climate Action Reserve,” said Mike Mondik, Vice President – Carbon Markets. “We listed our first project in 2008 and now we manage 20 projects on the Reserve generating consistent volumes of offset credits that provide environmental and fiscal benefits. Our company is committed to leveraging markets as a force for good and pride ourselves on being the honest and trusted voice in helping clients develop and implement strategies to fight climate change.”

Sierra Pacific Industries, in recognition of submitting the most projects in 2016 with eight Improved Forest Management projects submitted. Sierra Pacific Industries is a third generation, family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California. The firm owns and manages 1.9 million acres of timberland in California and Washington. The eight projects are all located in California and cover 153,000 acres. The projects are expected to sequester emissions that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere while providing important benefits to forest habitat and wildlife.

“As California’s largest timber company, we understand and appreciate the importance of sequestering additional carbon through innovative forestry practices,” said Cedric Twight, California Regulatory Affairs Manager. “We are committed to managing our lands in a responsible and sustainable manner to protect the environment while providing quality wood products and renewable power for consumers. We’re honored to be recognized for our forest carbon project efforts, which is a reflection of our commitment to sustainable forestry.”


San Francisco favorites

San Francisco favorites

The Climate Action Reserve is excited to welcome delegates to San Francisco, California. NACW 2017 takes place at the InterContinental San Francisco, an iconic LEED Gold-certified hotel located in the vibrant SoMa (south of Market) neighborhood in the heart of the city.

San Francisco is one of America’s most dynamic and beloved cities, home to an unparalleled world of culture, history, architecture, and wonder. The conference venue is within easy walking distance to an exciting artistic enclave of museums, galleries, arts and entertainment destinations, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, and the California Historical Society Gallery.

A Bay Area Bike Share station is located right outside the doors of the InterContinental, and the Powell Street BART station, cable car station, and Market Street MUNI lines are two blocks away, making it extremely convenient to get to attractions, activities, and eateries throughout the city. From the iconic and monumental Golden Gate Bridge to an artisan bean-to-bar chocolate factory or an independent bookstore that brought us the beat lit movement to the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, San Francisco is home to the best cultural attractions and destinations.

To celebrate NACW’s return to the Bay Area, we asked a few of our colleagues to share their favorite spots in their neighborhoods. Check out their recommendations below!

lake-merritt-c Some recommendations (all in Oakland):

Favorite activities: Walk around Lake Merritt or hike in the Redwood Regional Park or Friday Nights @ OMCA

Favorite food: Miss Ollies, Swan’s Market, Brown Sugar Kitchen

– Alvaro Sanchez, Greenlining Institute

greens-photo-c For unbeatable California cuisine, try Green’s Restaurant which serves a vegetarian, locally-inspired menu at the Fort Mason Center.

Take a day trip to Point Reyes National Seashore for some spectacular hikes.

Visit the east bay (perhaps by ferry) and check out the hikes in the hills (Redwood Regional Park and Tilden are both great), eat some great food (the cooperatively-owned Cheeseboard serves excellent local pizza with imaginative flavors), or rent a bike and explore.

Burma Superstar and Mandalay restaurants for fantastic Burmese food

– Pacific Forest Trust team

burma-love2-c Burma Love (211 Valencia St.)

– Emilie Mazzacurati, CEO, Four Twenty Seven

826valencia-c I’d recommend 826 Valencia’s ‘pirate store,’ the Seward Street slides, and Glen Canyon Park. Food-wise, I recommend Zero Zero for fancy pizza and Mikkeller Bar for beer.

– Debra Kahn, E&E News

conservatory-of-flowers-c My favorite place to relax and reenergize is the Conservancy of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Take a book, take a walk, take a picnic and enjoy a beautiful place.

– Sara Kroopf, EDF


Policy memo released on monitoring and reporting for Forest Projects issued both CRTs and ARBOCs

Policy memo released on monitoring and reporting for Forest Projects issued both CRTs and ARBOCs


Public comment period open for Forest Project Protocol Version 4.0 – comments due May 19

Public comment period open for Forest Project Protocol Version 4.0 – comments due May 19


Reserve releases new version of the Verification Program Manual

Reserve releases new version of the Verification Program Manual


Reserve Board adopts Grassland Project Protocol Version 2.0

Reserve Board adopts Grassland Project Protocol Version 2.0


Errata and Clarifications released for the Nitric Acid Production Project Protocol Versions 2.1, 2.0, and 1.0

Errata and Clarifications released for the Nitric Acid Production Project Protocol Versions 2.1, 2.0, and 1.0


Presentation and recording available for Dec 21 webinar: Adapting Offset Protocols for  Ontario, Quebec, and Other Jurisdictions

Presentation and recording available for Dec 21 webinar: Adapting Offset Protocols for Ontario, Quebec, and Other Jurisdictions


Developing Mexico Boiler Efficiency and Mexico ODS Projects webinar on January 12 , in Spanish and English

Developing Mexico Boiler Efficiency and Mexico ODS Projects webinar on January 12 , in Spanish and English


Give and receive on Giving Tuesday

Give and receive on Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a reminder to give back to the causes that are closest to our hearts. As the holiday season ramps up and the end of the year approaches, it’s important to celebrate and support the great organizations with our philanthropy and generosity.

And, if you still have people on your holiday list after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is a great day to finish off your shopping – while supporting your favorite causes!

Many organizations offer unique gifts and gear as a method of support. Here are our top favorite unique gifts available in support of our favorite causes:

Defenders of Wildlife Wind Chimes, $20 In the jingle jangle morning, wildlife will come following you.
CicLAvia Nutcase Helmet, $70 Because how would it feel? To be on your own, with no direction home, like a struck unknown, like a rolling stone.
Union of Concerned Scientists Got Science Water Bottle, $12 Come gather ’round people wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown, and accept it that soon you’ll quench your thirst to the bone.
The Nature Conservancy Sea Turtle Nest, $55 and up When the rain is blowing in your face, and the whole world is on your case, this turtle could offer you a warm embrace.
I Heart NPR Shopping Tote, $7 How many times can a man trash a bag before they’re forever banned? Plastic bags my friend are blowing in the wind.
Sierra Club National Parks Transit System Map T-Shirt, $19.95 Look out kid, don’t matter what you did, walk on your tiptoes, map your park go’s.