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.

Public comment period open for Grassland Project Protocol V2.0 – comments due November 30, workshop on November 15

Public comment period open for Grassland Project Protocol V2.0 – comments due November 30, workshop on November 15


Public comment period open for revised Verification Program Manual – comments due November 30

Public comment period open for revised Verification Program Manual – comments due November 30


Mexico Boiler Efficiency Project Protocol Version 1.0 was adopted by the Reserve Board on November 1, 2016

Mexico Boiler Efficiency Project Protocol Version 1.0 was adopted by the Reserve Board on November 1, 2016


El Protocolo de la Reserva de Acción Climática proporciona nuevas oportunidades para que empresas mexicanas se sumen a la lucha contra el cambio climático

El Protocolo de la Reserva de Acción Climática proporciona nuevas oportunidades para que empresas mexicanas se sumen a la lucha contra el cambio climático

El Protocolo de Proyectos de Eficiencia en Calderas de México crea incentivos financieros para tomar decisiones climáticamente inteligentes

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – La Junta Directiva de la Reserva de Acción Climática, una organización ambientalista sin fines de lucro y el principal registro de bonos de carbono de Norte América, aprobó el día de hoy la adopción del Protocolo de Proyectos de Eficiencia en Calderas de México, Versión 1.0, el cual proporciona una metodología estandarizada para cuantificar, monitorear, y verificar las reducciones de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI) debidas a mejoras de eficiencia energética en calderas de México. El que este protocolo esté disponible, significa que las empresas e instalaciones con calderas industriales y comerciales cuentan ahora con un modo estandarizado, eficiente, y flexible para generar créditos de carbono que pueden ser utilizados en el mercado voluntario de carbono de Norte América.

El protocolo final es el resultado de un proceso de desarrollo transparente, dirigido por las partes interesadas, y el compromiso y apoyo dedicado de múltiples agencias del gobierno de México, agencias del gobierno de los Estados Unidos de América, empresas clave del sector de energía, expertos de la industria, y otras partes interesadas. El esfuerzo para el desarrollo de este protocolo fue apoyado la Secretaria de Energía (SENER), a través del Fondo para La Transición Energética y el Aprovechamiento Sustentable de la Energía (FOTEASE), así como por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) a través del Programa para el Desarrollo Bajo en Emisiones de México, implementado por Tetra Tech.

“El protocolo es evidencia de la cooperación multinacional de agencias gubernamentales, empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro en México y los Estados Unidos, trabajando juntos para avanzar en las soluciones climáticas,” comentó Linda Adams, la Presidenta de la Junta Directiva de la Reserva de Acción Climática y ex Secretaria de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de California. “Siendo éste el quinto protocolo desarrollado por la Reserva para su uso en México, se refuerza aún más la colaboración de la Reserva con el gobierno e industria de México en las actividades y compromiso ambiental para avanzar en iniciativas transfronterizas.”

Bajo el protocolo de eficiencia en calderas de México, las instalaciones con calderas elegibles de capacidades de 9.8 MW o mayores que modernicen sus calderas preexistentes o las reemplacen con calderas nuevas de alta eficiencia, pueden generar créditos de carbono por las reducciones de emisiones logradas a través del mejoramiento de la eficiencia energética. Actualmente, no existen umbrales de eficiencia energética mínima requeridos legalmente para las calderas de estas capacidades en México, ni una edad de retiro obligatoria para las mismas. En adición a los beneficios climáticos y el potencial ingreso económico adicional, la adopción del protocolo produce co-beneficios relacionados con el mejoramiento de la eficiencia de las calderas, incluyendo el ahorro de costos por la reducción del consumo de energía, el mejoramiento local de la calidad del aire, el mejoramiento de las habilidades de la fuerza laboral, y las innovaciones en tecnologías de energía limpia.

De acuerdo con la Agencia Internacional de la Energía (IEA), y con base en un estudio de sistemas de energía industriales a nivel mundial, los sistemas de vapor representan aproximadamente el 38 por ciento del uso de energía total de los sistemas industriales, mientras que los sistemas motrices son responsables por aproximadamente el 15 por ciento. Un poco más de un tercio de los 67 millones de toneladas de dióxido de carbono equivalente (tCO2e) emitidos por el consumo de combustibles fósiles en el sector industrial de México en 2014 pueden ser atribuidos a la generación del vapor por la industria, o aproximadamente 22.3 millones tCO2e. La IEA estima que la eficiencia energética global de la producción de vapor puede incrementarse en por lo menos un 10 por ciento, por lo que en México, una mejora de 10 por ciento en la eficiencia puede reducir las emisiones de las calderas del sector industrial en hasta dos millones tCO2e por año.

“El Programa para el Desarrollo Bajo en Emisiones de México de USAID es una colaboración importante forjada para apoyar el crecimiento y desarrollo con bajas emisiones en México,” dijo Donald McCubbin, Oficial de Medio Ambiente de USAID. “Al comprometerse a concretar acciones para lograr un desarrollo bajo en emisiones, México puede prosperar al mismo tiempo que reduce su contaminación climática. El Protocolo de Proyectos de Eficiencia en Calderas de México proporciona a las industrias en México una oportunidad para mejorar la eficiencia de calderas que también mejora la eficiencia de las empresas y reduce emisiones, reducciones que pueden ser vendidas en el mercado de carbono. Es alentador observar que nuestra colaboración transfronteriza en busca de las mejores opciones de crecimiento bajo en emisiones ha resultado en la adopción de este protocolo por la Reserva de Acción Climática.”

“Reconocemos la oportunidad significativa para las reducciones de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero que deriva del mejoramiento de la eficiencia energética de calderas en los sectores comerciales e industriales,” señaló el Mtro. Santiago Creuheras Díaz, Director General de Eficiencia y Sustentabilidad Energética de SENER. “El Gobierno de México es líder entre las naciones en desarrollo para el establecimiento de metas, políticas, y acción regulatoria de nivel nacional e internacional para la mitigación del cambio climático. La promoción de una mejor eficiencia energética de las calderas en México está en línea con nuestra extensa Ley General de Cambio Climático y nuestro compromiso internacional bajo el Acuerdo de Paris. Estamos comprometidos con promover las mejores prácticas de eficiencia energética y desarrollar tecnologías bajas en emisiones que ayudarán a nuestras empresas locales y contribuirán a la mitigación del cambio climático.”


Climate Action Reserve offset protocol provides new opportunities for Mexican businesses to join the climate fight

Climate Action Reserve offset protocol provides new opportunities for Mexican businesses to join the climate fight

Mexico boiler efficiency protocol creates financial incentives for making climate smart choices

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Board of Directors of the Climate Action Reserve, an environmental nonprofit organization and North America’s premier carbon offset registry, today approved the adoption of the Mexico Boiler Efficiency Project Protocol Version 1.0, which provides a standardized approach for quantifying, monitoring, and verifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from energy efficiency upgrades to boilers in Mexico. The availability of this protocol means facilities with commercial and industrial boilers now have a standardized, streamlined, and flexible way to earn offset credits that can be used in the North American voluntary carbon market.

The final protocol is the result of a transparent, stakeholder-driven development process and dedicated engagement and support from multiple Mexican government agencies, US government agencies, key energy sector companies, industry experts and other interested stakeholders. This protocol development effort was supported by funding from the Mexico’s Secretariat of Energy (SENER) through the Fund for Energy Transition and Sustainable Use of Energy (FOTEASE), as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), who provided funding through their Mexico Low Emissions Development Program, implemented by Tetra Tech.

“The protocol is a testament to the multi-national cooperation of government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Mexico and the United States working together to advance climate solutions,” said Linda Adams, Chair of the Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors and former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. “As the fifth protocol the Reserve has developed for use in Mexico, it further strengthens the Reserve’s collaboration with Mexican government and industry on environmental activities and commitment to advancing cross-border initiatives.”

Under the Mexico boiler efficiency protocol, facilities with eligible boilers of 9.8 MW or higher that retrofit the existing boilers or replace existing boilers with new high-efficiency boilers may earn carbon offset credits for the emissions reductions achieved from the energy efficiency upgrade. There are currently no legally required minimum energy efficiency thresholds for boilers of this size in Mexico nor a legally required retirement age. In addition to climate benefits and revenue potential, the adoption of the protocol brings co-benefits related to the boiler efficiency upgrade, including cost savings from reduced energy consumption, improved local air quality, modernized skillsets for employees, and innovations in clean energy technology.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), based on a study of industrial systems globally, steam systems account for approximately 38 percent of total energy usage of industrial systems, while motor systems account for approximately 15 percent. Just over one third of Mexico’s estimated 67 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) emissions from fossil fuel consumption in the industrial sector in Mexico in 2014 may be attributable to generating steam in the industry, or roughly 22.3 million tCO2e. IEA further estimates that globally the energy efficiency of steam production can be increased by at least 10 percent, and a 10 percent improvement in efficiency could reduce industrial steam boiler emissions in Mexico by as much as two million tCO2 per year.

“USAID’s Mexico Low Emissions Development Program is an important partnership forged to support low emission growth and development in Mexico,” said Donald McCubbin, Environment Officer at USAID. “By committing to concrete actions to achieve low emission development, Mexico can prosper while slowing its climate pollution. The Mexico Boiler Efficiency Project Protocol provides industries in Mexico with an opportunity to implement boiler efficiency upgrades that improve business efficiency and reduce emissions, which can be sold into the carbon market. It is encouraging to see our cross-border collaboration in pursuit of the best options of low emissions growth result in the Climate Action Reserve’s adoption of this protocol.”

“We recognize the significant opportunity for greenhouse emissions reductions due to improved energy efficiencies at boilers in the commercial and industrial sectors,” said Mtro. Santiago Creuheras Díaz, Director General for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at SENER. “The Government of Mexico is a leader among developing nations in pursuing climate change goals, policies, and regulatory action at both the national and international levels. Fostering greater energy efficiencies for boilers in Mexico is in line with our General Law on Climate Change and our international commitment under the Paris Agreement. We are committed to promoting the best energy efficiency practices and developing low carbon technologies that will help our local businesses while also helping mitigate climate change.”


Thank you National Park Service for 100 Years of Nature!

Thank you National Park Service for 100 Years of Nature!

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial birthday this year! We would like to thank America’s national parks for providing beautiful respites, outstanding recreation, and important ecosystem and historic preservation for communities across the country. Trips to national parks inspired our staff to become environmentalists, conservationists, tree-huggers, foresters, and climate scientists. Read about our favorite national parks below!

Pinnacles National Park

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I’ve been to a lot of the big, splashy national parks (Zion! Yellowstone! Grand Teton!) but I have to say there is a special place in my heart for little-known Pinnacles National Park. I’ve been there several times and I just love it. Pinnacles is right off the 101 in the Salinas Valley, when you get near the Monterey area, so it is a great stop if you are on your way to some Central Cal adventures. It has some great day hikes and the scenery is spectacular. Caves too! As the name implies, it’s got lots of Pinnacles. If you like rocks, come here. It’s an exciting place for hardcore rock climbers but most of the fun stuff is accessed on easy trails.

Pinnacles was a national monument (established 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt) until President Obama signed into law, on January 10, 2013, the legislation from Congress to include it in the National Park system.
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Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park: I think it’s pretty self-explanatory as to why it is so incredible, but I happened to catch the sunrise coming up over the mountains, which was a pretty awakening sight.
–Amy

Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite is my favorite National Park because of its incomparable beauty and its fundamental role in the creation of the National Park System.
–Lauren

Big Bend National Park

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My favorite park is Big Bend National Park located in southwest Texas on the Mexico border. It’s hard to get there – 4.5-hour drive from El Paso, 6 hours from San Antonio – but the stark beauty and ecological contrasts make it well worth the trek. The Chisos Mountains within the park create a small island of diverse woodlands that’s usually 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding Chihuahuan desert, and the Rio Grande cuts a swath through limestone cliffs in the Santa Elena canyon. There are plenty of hiking trails in the park that take you through each of the biomes, with the South Rim day hike (~12.5 miles) being the most strenuous and rewarding. Bring lots of water!
–Mark

Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park is my favorite park. The views in the winter, fall, and summer are unparalleled. I like the diversity of trail systems that caters to casual hikers or more intense backpacking/day hikes. It’s also a great resource for fishing and viewing different species of wildlife such as deer, elk, moose, and grizzly bears. This summer, while fishing, a beaver swam past me looking for the same thing I was. It’s always a surreal experience to see wildlife interacting with an environment outside of the confines of a city or suburban area.
–Stephen

Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park: because the landscape is a little weird and prickly, a state of being with which I totally identify. The park is an earnest testament to strange beauty growing in harsh and unforgiving places. Also, and maybe most importantly, it’s one of the closest national parks to Los Angeles.
–Rhey

Olympic National Park

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Right now, my favorite national park is the Olympic National Park. The diversity is incredible. It includes three distinct ecosystems – glacier-capped mountains, old growth rainforest and the ocean coast. Because of its location and isolation, there are several endemic species at the Olympic National Park. To be able to walk among the moss-covered old growth trees, gaze across the mountain range and see so many different animals in their happy, natural homes is very special.
–Jennifer

Zion National Park

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Zion! What I love about Zion (and all National Parks for that matter) is its transcendent, natural beauty that makes you realize how small you really are. I appreciate the National Parks Service’s conservation efforts since it is so important that future generations have the opportunity to experience what makes these parks so magnificent.
–Andrew

Denali National Park

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How does one select a favorite park? They are all great! But I will offer up Denali. Seeing this view after hiking in the rain for hours made it all worthwhile. (35 year old photo!)
–Craig

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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Hawaii is home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, of which my favorite is the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The park is a monument to the powerful forces of nature on our planet and highlights the importance of respecting the Earth’s scientific processes. Hawaii’s landscapes are currently top of mind as we’re working to add Hawaii to the next update of our forest protocol. I’m excited about the potential opportunities to support natural lands in Hawaii through reforestation, improved forest management, and avoided conversion. And of course, it’ll be important that we fully understand the baseline conditions, so I should probably go back for additional research soon.
–Sarah

Voyageurs National Park

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Although it doesn’t have the grand majesty of many of our nation’s more iconic parks, I’ve found no other park that provides the opportunity to bond with and reflect on the natural world in quite the same intimate way as Voyageurs National Park, and the Boundary Waters region it’s a part of. Countless amazing memories from my time there are as clear today as when I first experienced them, including being serenaded by the haunting, lonely call of a loon, feeling the gentle taps and tugs on my line from a fish nibbling on my bait, sitting in front of a campfire on a rocky lake shore as the setting sun paints the sky yellow, orange, pink, and red, and staying up into the wee hours of the night to see incredible displays of the milky way, shooting stars and northern lights illuminating the sky.
–Jon

Grand Canyon National Park

All the national parks offer some pretty incredible features, but the Grand Canyon has always been one of my favorites. Whether you are standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon or admiring its immensity from 30,000 feet flying over in an airplane, the Grand Canyon is truly breathtaking. The fact that the Colorado River, which seems so small from the rim, has been carving out the Grand Canyon for the past 20 million years is a stark reminder of how slow moving geological time is. It is also a reminder that these geological events have been happening since long before the Anthropocene, and will likely continue long after we are gone.
–Teresa

Channel Islands National Park

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Channel Islands National Park is my favorite park for several reasons. The location and topography of these coastal mountains miles off the California shore lead to stunning views of the ocean. The remoteness of the islands gives way to several interesting endemic species. The Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. Isolation throughout its 13,000 year history allowed for the preservation and protection of a wealth of magnificent natural resources. The islands also offer excellent opportunities for hiking on the wild land and snorkeling and swimming among kelp forests and sea life. The islands are only accessible by boat or plane, but if you aren’t able to visit in person, you can watch their three live webcams – a bald eagle webcam, ocean webcam and Anacapa Island webcam.
–Gillian


Trailblazing in Washington with a Unique Approach to Capping Emissions

Trailblazing in Washington with a Unique Approach to Capping Emissions

There is a new pioneer in climate policy on the West Coast.  Washington secured a unique place for itself in the world of climate policy when the state adopted its Clean Air Rule on September 15.  The rule introduced individual caps for parties that are responsible for 100,000mt or more annually, and each cap decreases by an average of 1.7 percent of the baseline annually.  When the first compliance period begins January 1, 2017, 24 parties will be covered under the rule.

Approximately three-quarters of the emissions covered under the rule are indirect emissions that are difficult to reduce, so it is expected that covered parties will rely heavily on using options outside of reducing their direct emissions to meet their caps.  The Clean Air Rule allows for the use of Emission Reduction Units (ERUs) to meet compliance obligations and provides for a number of different ways to obtain ERUs.  One way that has already been proven as an essential component to California’s cap-and-trade program is the use of offsets.  Covered parties can convert Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRTs) from offset projects located in the State of Washington under the Climate Action Reserve’s Landfill, Livestock, Organic Waste Digestion, Organic Waste Composting and Nitric Acid Production Project Protocols to ERUs.  The Reserve has registered 11 offset projects that meet the Clean Air Rule criteria and has issued 755,437 CRTs to those projects to date.  For more information on those projects and credits, please see the below table.  Ecology has indicated it is likely additional offset project types may be included in future updates to the rule.

The Clean Air Rule was enacted under authority from the state’s Clean Air Act and will be a significant tool to help the state reach its emissions reduction goals of 1990 levels by 2020 and 25 percent below that by 2035.  As is expected for any regulation seeking to reduce emissions, several lawsuits on state and federal levels have already been filed against the rule.  The state worked closely with its large emitters in crafting the rule, and despite the legal challenges, capped entities have publicly expressed optimism about working with the rule.

Registered projects and CRTs eligible under the Clean Air Rule (as of Oct 10, 2016)

Project Project Developer Protocol Location Offsets
Cedar Grove – Maple Valley OWC Composting Project ClimeCo Corporation Organic Waste Composting King County, Washington 250,643
Cedar Grove Composting ClimeCo Corporation Organic Waste Composting Everett, Washington 128,445
Edaleen Cow Power, LLC Camco International Group, Inc. U.S. Livestock Lynden, Washington 17,053
Farm Power Lynden Anaerobic Digester The Climate Trust U.S. Livestock Whatcom County, Washington 30,426
Farm Power Rexville Regional Digester The Climate Trust U.S. Livestock Mount Vernon, Washington 71,610
George DeRuyter & Sons Dairy Origin Climate Inc. U.S. Livestock Outlook, Washington 131,618
Lenz Composting ClimeCo Corporation Organic Waste Composting Snohomish County, Washington 28,522
Rainier Biogas, LLC NativeEnergy, Inc. U.S. Livestock King County, Washington 3,101
Sudbury Road Landfill Gas Destruction Project City of Walla Walla U.S. Landfill Walla Walla, Washington 32,087
Vander Haak Dairy Environmental Credit Corp. U.S. Livestock Lynden, Washington 3,639
Washington Beef LLC Greenhouse Gas and Solids Reduction Project Washington Beef, LLC Organic Waste Digestion Yakima County, Washington 58,293

Policy Memo Released on Retiring ROCs/Converting ROCs to CRTs

Policy Memo Released on Retiring ROCs/Converting ROCs to CRTs


12 great quotes on the need to take climate action

12 great quotes on the need to take climate action

As Climate Week NYC kicks off bringing together influential global voices who are leading the low carbon transition, we would like to highlight some great ideas and quotes on the importance of our shared climate and planet. From astrophysicists to actors, scientists to world leaders, environmentalists to Republicans, there is consensus on the seriousness of climate change and the need to take action to protect our planet. Here are some of the quotes that we found the most inspiring, most thought-provoking, and most re-affirming in our mission to advance climate solutions.

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