MEDIA ADVISORY:  Navigating the American Carbon World 2016 is taking place May 4-6 in San Diego, California

MEDIA ADVISORY: Navigating the American Carbon World 2016 is taking place May 4-6 in San Diego, California


Navigating the American Carbon World 2016, North America’s largest climate policy and carbon market conference, is taking place May 4-6 in San Diego, California

The Climate Action Reserve is pleased to present the 14th annual Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) conference. As the nation’s longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets, NACW has a well-established history of providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on these topics. NACW 2016 will take a close look at domestic and international climate policy, carbon markets and green investments. Session topics include U.S. and North American climate policy, the road after Paris, the current status and future growth of California’s historic cap-and-trade program, other established and emerging carbon markets, the status of the Clean Power Plan, and green bonds.

The following leading climate professionals are confirmed to speak at NACW:

  • John Chiang, Treasurer, State of California
  • Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario
  • Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator, EPA
  • Jason Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Rodolfo Lacy, Undersecretary for Environmental Policy and Planning, Mexico Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
  • Dirk Forrister, President and CEO, IETA
  • Diane Regas, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Ken Alex, Director, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Event Details
What: Navigating the American Carbon World 2016
When: May 4 – 6, 2016
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place, San Diego, California, USA, 92101


About the Climate Action Reserve

The Climate Action Reserve is the most experienced, trusted and efficient offset registry to serve the carbon markets. With deep roots in California and a reach across North America, the Reserve encourages actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and works to ensure environmental benefit, integrity and transparency in market-based solutions to address global climate change. The Reserve program promotes immediate environmental and health benefits to local communities and brings credibility and value to the carbon market. The Climate Action Reserve is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please visit

Grassland project monitoring report and monitoring plan templates now available

Grassland project monitoring report and monitoring plan templates now available

Developing Grassland Carbon Projects webinar on April 27 at noon PT

Developing Grassland Carbon Projects webinar on April 27 at noon PT

Protecting grasslands to protect our environment

Protecting grasslands to protect our environment

The Climate Action Reserve’s Grassland Project Protocol provides a standardized approach for quantifying, monitoring and verifying GHG emissions reductions from permanently preventing the conversion of grasslands to croplands in the U.S. The availability of this protocol means grassland owners and project developers have a standardized, streamlined and flexible way to earn offset credits that can be used in the voluntary carbon market now and potentially in California’s cap-and-trade program in the future. Additionally, adoption of the protocol brings co-benefits related to these projects, including the conservation of wildlife habitat, avoided soil erosion and increased area for open grazing. Check out our infographic to learn more about the Grassland Project Protocol. PDF | PNG


Are you joining us for NACW 2016 in San Diego? Check out our San Diego favorites!

Are you joining us for NACW 2016 in San Diego? Check out our San Diego favorites!

With NACW 2016 coming up in San Diego, California, we’d like to highlight our San Diego favorites. From restaurants to breweries to cultural sights and local activities, San Diego is a fantastic host city for our conference! We’re particularly excited that the conference is being held over Cinco de Mayo, as San Diego is well known for their fantastic Mexican food and local craft beers!

blog-stephanie I went to the Museum of Photographic Arts when I was there once and it was pretty good. I recommend it. It’s in Balboa Park, so it’s near other attractions too.

Also it’s always fun to check out the lobby of the Horton Grand Hotel. It’s in the Gaslamp area and not far from the hotel.

– Stephanie

sd-mark2 If you’ve ever had a burrito and thought, “This would even better with French fries instead of rice,” you’re in the right town. There are numerous spots that serve California burritos in and around San Diego. Two of the more popular options, Nico’s and Roberta’s, have multiple locations.

For folks who want to go with a slightly healthier Mexican option, there are fish taco joints aplenty. Blue Water Seafood Market and Oscar’s Mexican Seafood are both fairly close to the Manchester Grand Hyatt, and Rubio’s is the OG chain in case you’re in a hurry.

Last but not least, try lots of craft beer. San Diego is one of the best beer towns in the U.S., with more than 100 breweries and brewpubs in the area. Stone Brewing and Green Flash are probably the most famous operations, but other great breweries include Alesmith, Modern Times, Ballast Point (a personal favorite), The Lost Abbey, Lightning, Société, and Coronado. Most, if not all, of these breweries have tours as well.

– Mark

 sd-john Mexican food in Old Town.

– John

sd-max Take the ferry to Coronado Island, walk across the island (fairly long walk), stroll around the Hotel Del Coronado.

– Max

sd-amy My favorite spot in San Diego – Balboa Park is the Spanish Village Art Center. Enjoy wandering in and out of the old Spanish-style buildings while checking out all the cool art. Plus it’s close to the zoo, which is an obvious San Diego favorite.

– Amy

sd-rhey San Diego has a bike share program! And there several bike stations super close to the conference hotel – literally steps away. A two-hour rental is only $12. Bring your helmet though as helmets are not provided.

– Rhey

sd-stephen Point Loma Seafood’s for a great dining option.

Sunset Cliffs for some nature experiences or surfing.

Solid Rock San Diego (Old Town)

– Stephen

sd-teresa Right across the street from the hotel is a great bar and restaurant Lion’s Share, offering craft cocktails and exotic meats (their antelope sliders are pretty popular) and a great happy hour. Walk a little further, and you can enjoy the outdoor space, drinks, food trucks and games at The Quartyard.

And no trip to southern California is complete without fish tacos. One of the absolute best is local favorite The Fish Shop in Pacific Beach, where you can order almost any kind of fish with your choice of seasonings.

– Teresa

sd-jenni Instead of sharing a favorite San Diego spot, I wanted to remind people that NACW overlaps with Cinco de Mayo. While the conference doesn’t take place in Mexico, it is in very close proximity to it and San Diego is a great place to enjoy Mexican culture, cuisine and music and honor this important day in Mexican history. Old Town hosts a massive Cinco de Mayo celebration that goes from May 5-8 and includes music and performances on four stages, margarita gardens, tequila tasting and mariachis.

– Jennifer

sd-rachel2 One of my favorite spots in San Diego from my undergraduate days is the Mission Café. I went to the original Mission Café and Coffeehouse in Mission Beach – amazing breakfasts! They now have 3 locations, including one on J Street in the East Village downtown.

– Rachel

sd-gillian If you happen to be a baseball fan, the Padres are at home May 2 – 8, 2016. Petco Park is an open-air, modern day throw-back ballpark perfectly suited for sunny days in San Diego.

– Gillian

sd-craig Jolt’n Joe’s, a fabulous dive for the entire family to play pool or ping pong, watch your favorite game, enjoy a nice selection of brews, with wonderful bar food to boot! We have enjoyed it on several occasions, right in the Gas Lamp District! If you are looking for upper crust ambiance, this place is not for you!

– Craig

sd-andrew PetCo Park is really the main reason I’m ever in SD! In fact, I’ll probably stay to see a game the weekend after the conference.


– Andrew

Clarification released for the Nitric Acid Production Project Protocol

Clarification released for the Nitric Acid Production Project Protocol

The Reserve released a clarification for the Nitric Acid Production Project Protocol Versions 2.0 and 1.0. The clarification, effective immediately, defines the term “operating manual” for Nitric Acid Plant equipment, and allows for ammonia-to-air ratios to be updated based on the operating manual when no other data are available. All listed and registered projects under the above protocols should follow the guidance specified in its errata and clarifications document. For more information on errata and clarifications, please refer to the Reserve Program Manual, Section 4.3.4.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Wescott at

Climate Action Offsetter: California Dairy Digester Helping to Balance the Grid

Climate Action Offsetter: California Dairy Digester Helping to Balance the Grid

Van Warmerdam Dairy Digester JA votes for this one (1)

By Kasey Krifka, Marketing & Communications Manager for The Climate Trust

The Climate Trust’s Van Warmerdam project is an anaerobic digester in Sacramento County, California. Maas Energy Works—a company specializing in turning methane gas generated by cow manure into electricity—constructed the digester on-site at the Van Warmerdam Dairy.

This facility that milks 1,000 cows became operational in July 2013, with the first round of offsets delivered in December 2015. The Climate Trust has committed to buy the methane emissions that are not released into the atmosphere due to the installation of the anaerobic digester, and has already retired the first delivery of credits.

Farms have historically scraped their manure into uncovered lagoons, which generate methane and release it to the atmosphere. The digester covers the existing lagoon at the dairy with a flexible, high-density polyethylene cover, which stores up to two days of biogas production. Manure from the lagoon is piped to a covered digester tank which captures and combusts this methane in a generator which delivers electricity to the grid. Essentially, the digester is used like a battery, combusting the gas to generate electricity only during peak times.

“The Van Warmerdam project is a big deal for renewables,” said Peter Weisberg, Program Manager for The Climate Trust. “We don’t have power over when the sun shines or the wind blows—so balancing the grid is essential and biogas lets us do it with more renewables.”

The combined heat and power engine of the digester has a capacity of 600 kw, and the project has a twenty-year Power Purchase Agreement to sell this power and its Renewable Energy Certificates to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Based on a modeling of the methane emissions from the pre-digester lagoon at the Van Warmerdam Dairy, the project is anticipated to deliver 68,500 credits over a ten-year crediting period.

Biogas utilization projects such as Van Warmerdam offer a host of beneficial revenue streams for farmers, from clean energy to tipping fees to organic fertilizer. The methane destruction benefits are significant as this greenhouse gas is 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.

The Van Warmerdam project is listed under the Climate Action Reserve (2013-2014 vintage). To date, The Climate Trust (The Trust) has retired 9,004 Climate Reserve Tonnes from the Van Warmerdam Project on behalf of our Oregon Program. Across its portfolio, The Trust has retired an impressive 615,163 Climate Reserve Tonnes from sixteen projects. Diverse project types include:  Landfill Gas Capture, Livestock Gas Capture, Organic Waste Composting, and Improved Forest Management. This amount of tons retired is comparable to removing over 129,500 cars from the road for an entire year!

Throughout the duration of our partnership, Maas Energy Works has worked closely with The Trust to develop and operate projects under the rigorous quality standards of the Climate Action Reserve that benefit farms and the environment. The Trust is proud of our role in the Van Warmerdam Project and will continue to find ways to prove itself a friend of the livestock digester industry.

Overall, California has a very large and mostly unrecognized opportunity to develop biogas projects. This is The Trust’s first California project and therefore an important first step towards future work in the state with Maas Energy Works and others.

More About The Trust’s Oregon Program

As the nation’s first compliance carbon provider and manager, The Trust has a long history of meeting the unique needs of utilities and their stakeholders. We remain the only organization qualified to administer the Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard, the first legislation in the nation to curb carbon emissions. New fossil fuel-fired power plants provide us with funding to comply with the law and we invest those funds into high-quality projects that reduce pollution.

Since its inception, The Trust has committed $31.6 million to greenhouse gas emission reduction projects across a broad array of sectors. The cornerstone of our business, the Oregon Program, has built a strong legacy of innovation that delivers results for our compliance partners and the environment year after year.

The majority of our projects and programs are locally focused, enabling The Trust to grow strong grassroots support for climate action. In fact, 56% of the money we invest on behalf of utilities stays in Oregon. Additionally, our Oregon-based projects are from diverse sectors, including transportation, renewable energy, forestry, biogas, energy efficiency, and landfill & waste.

For more information on The Climate Trust, please visit

Environmental initiatives we LOVE in our community

Environmental initiatives we LOVE in our community

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’d like to highlight the local environmental initiatives that we LOVE in our community. We’re very fortunate to have a great plenitude of diverse and effective environmental programs in our neighborhoods! Please feel free to share your favorite local environmental initiatives in the comments section below. We’ll send the first 5 commenters a handy journal book. Thanks!

blog-teresa As an avid surfer, who spends a lot of time at the beach and in the ocean, I try to be very aware of the impact of my sport and waste that makes its way to the oceans. Traditional surfboards are made of some pretty nasty materials!! But I love the efforts of the locally based non-profit Sustainable Surf, who is working to bring awareness and change to the surfing industry through eco-board certification, program to recycle styrofoam into new surfboards, and their education programs on how to live a “deep-blue life,” as well as locally based eco-surfboard manufacturer E-Tech (who I can’t wait to buy my first eco-board from!). I also love local beach clean-ups run by Heal the Bay and our local Surfrider Foundation chapter. Beach clean ups are a great way to involve people of all ages throughout the community while teaching them about the importance of preventing litter from entering our storm drains and waterways and keeping our beaches and oceans clean and healthy!!

– Teresa

blog-gillian My community in the Santa Monica mountains is working with Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) to erect barn owl nesting boxes as an alternative to rodenticides. I love this program as it’s an important step in helping to reduce the vulnerability of wildlife and domestic animals in the area.

– Gillian

blog-sami These guys are doing some amazing work – very informative and very inspiring:

– Sami

blog-rachel There is a wonderful organization based in Manhattan Beach called Grades of Green that got its start at my daughter’s elementary school by four moms wanting a better world for their children. With a vision of making environmental protection “second nature” in young minds, this program to promote student environmental responsibility at one school was so successful that the founders decided to start a non-profit so that other schools would have free and easy access to the tools and information needed to green schools. From trash-free lunch challenges to “Walk to School Wednesdays” to reduce transportation emissions, Grades of Green is inspiring and empowering students and their broader school communities to protect the environment.

– Rachel

blog-rhey I’m a big fan of the local bicycling co-ops in our community: Bicycle Kitchen, Bike Oven, Bikerowave. They empower bicyclists with essential bike repair skills, get more bikes onto LA streets, and make our planet less dependent on fossil fuels.

– Rhey

blog-amy I’ve spent the last three plus years working with communities in rural El Salvador to build climate change resilience and enable the sustainable management of natural resources. EcoViva is a small nonprofit based in Oakland CA that works directly with these communities to help provide technical capacity and build strategic alliances. Working with such visionary community leaders was an honor and incredible educational experience in organizing community efforts to build sustainable livelihoods and strong environmental policies.

– Amy

blog-andrew-2 Working on the Reserve’s Organic Waste Composting Project Protocol has allowed me to fully understand and appreciate the enormous benefits that comes from composting not just to the climate, but also to soil and vegetation. Composting helps prevent food waste from releasing methane during decomposition in landfills and helps our drought-stricken community have healthy soil for our gardens. The City of LA hosts composting workshops to teach residents about backyard composting, worm composting, grasscycling, and smart gardening techniques. They also offer residents discounted compost bins for the price of $5 (worm bin) or $20 (backyard composter).

– Andrew

rain-barrel-giveaway Tree People has been a major promoter of rainwater harvesting – particularly during California’s drought. Southern California has yet to see much rain during this El Nino year, so every little bit counts! Their partnership with Rain Barrels International makes it really easy for locals to pick up a low-cost rain barrel to install at home.

– Sarah

Carbon offset usage in the first compliance period of California’s Cap-and-Trade program

Carbon offset usage in the first compliance period of California’s Cap-and-Trade program

Here’s a visual analysis of carbon offset usage in the first compliance period of California’s Cap-and-Trade program.

A special note from our Board Chair

A special note from our Board Chair

It is bittersweet to share with all of our friends and colleagues that Gary Gero will be retiring as president of the Reserve at the end of this year and will then continue serving the organization in a senior advisory role. He was at the helm when the organization transitioned from the California Climate Action Registry, and he’s led the organization’s growth into the leading offset project registry in North America. Today, the Reserve’s standards and integrity are internationally recognized and its work is integrated into the world’s most comprehensive cap-and-trade program. It was Gary’s leadership that helped earn this reputation and success. In his own actions, he exemplified everything the Reserve strives to achieve – integrity, transparency and passion for addressing climate change. We could not have found a stronger, more fitting leader to make the Reserve what it is today and put it in a position for an even greater future.

I am confident that I speak on behalf of the Board members and the staff when I say we are all honored to have worked with such an inspiring, passionate leader and we know he will bring that same energy to his future endeavors. I hope you will join us in wishing him the best of luck and thanking him for his invaluable contributions to the growth of the Reserve, the offsets market and successful efforts to address climate change.

Linda Adams
Chair, Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors