Projects

Projects

We use your money to pay for carbon offsets, which are projects that are certified to offset the impact of air or road travel by keeping greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere somewhere else, while doing some extra good like restoring wetlands or growing forests.
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Arcata City Forest Barnum Tract

Location: Arcata, CA
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Forestry

The Barnum Tract absorbs and stores CO2 equal to removing 550 cars from the road each year and provides invaluable benefits to the forest ecosystem and local community.

Sequestering large amounts of carbon in the forest provides critical benefits such as restoring forest biodiversity, improving water quality, and enhancing recreational assets within the community.

This project supports the City of Arcata's approach to forest management and serves as a viable stewardship model.

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Arcata City Forest Barnum Tract

Location: Arcata, CA
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Forestry

The Barnum Tract absorbs and stores CO2 equal to removing 550 cars from the road each year and provides invaluable benefits to the forest ecosystem and local community.

Sequestering large amounts of carbon in the forest provides critical benefits such as restoring forest biodiversity, improving water quality, and enhancing recreational assets within the community.

This project supports the City of Arcata's approach to forest management and serves as a viable stewardship model.

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Cedar Grove Organic Waste Composting

Location: Everett, WA
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Waste Composting

Organic waste composting keeps climate-wrecking landfill gases from forming and escaping, and instead diverts all that waste to natural, useful compost.

This project encompasses organic residual handling, pre-processing, and aerobic composting at the Everett facility in Everett, WA, operated by Cedar Grove Composting. Cedar Grove's Everett Facility employs The GORE Cover System and composts approximately 200,000 tons of organic waste annually.

The waste is a mix of pre- and post-consumer food waste, paper, and wood and yard waste from surrounding counties. The waste is composted in a system that complies with best management practices ensuring the composting process is operated under optimal conditions.

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Cedar Grove Organic Waste Composting

Location: Everett, WA
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Waste Composting

Organic waste composting keeps climate-wrecking landfill gases from forming and escaping, and instead diverts all that waste to natural, useful compost.

This project encompasses organic residual handling, pre-processing, and aerobic composting at the Everett facility in Everett, WA, operated by Cedar Grove Composting. Cedar Grove's Everett Facility employs The GORE Cover System and composts approximately 200,000 tons of organic waste annually.

The waste is a mix of pre- and post-consumer food waste, paper, and wood and yard waste from surrounding counties. The waste is composted in a system that complies with best management practices ensuring the composting process is operated under optimal conditions.

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Seneca Meadows

Location: Seneca County, New York
Offset Standard: American Carbon Registry
Project Type: Landfill Gas

Seneca Meadows is a waste management and recycling facility dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the environment and the community. Landfill gas from the facility is captured and destroyed on-site, preventing methane from being emitted into the atmosphere.

This landfill gas to energy project has earned the support of national environmental organizations. Energy costs are lowered for the community, with annual energy cost reductions for the Seneca Falls Central School District of more than $60,000.

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Seneca Meadows

Location: Seneca County, New York
Offset Standard: American Carbon Registry
Project Type: Landfill Gas

Seneca Meadows is a waste management and recycling facility dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the environment and the community. Landfill gas from the facility is captured and destroyed on-site, preventing methane from being emitted into the atmosphere.

This landfill gas to energy project has earned the support of national environmental organizations. Energy costs are lowered for the community, with annual energy cost reductions for the Seneca Falls Central School District of more than $60,000.

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Big Smile Wind Farm

Location: Roger Mills and Beckham Counties, OK
Offset Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Project Type: Renewable Energy Production

This project generates electricity from clean, renewable sources and displaces electricity that would have been procured from the grid—which is mostly supplied by burning fossil fuels.

The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge will deliver enough clean energy to power more than 46,000 US homes. This project consists of 66 turbines spanning across 7,500 acres of agricultural and grazing land.

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Big Smile Wind Farm

Location: Roger Mills and Beckham Counties, OK
Offset Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Project Type: Renewable Energy Production

This project generates electricity from clean, renewable sources and displaces electricity that would have been procured from the grid—which is mostly supplied by burning fossil fuels.

The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge will deliver enough clean energy to power more than 46,000 US homes. This project consists of 66 turbines spanning across 7,500 acres of agricultural and grazing land.

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Rio Grande Valley Landfill

Location: Rio Grande, Texas
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Landfill Gas Capture

The Rio Grande Valley Landfill is a Type I MSW landfill located in Hidalgo County, TX. Methane, an extremely powerful greenhouse gas, is typically released from landfills; however, starting in February 2005, special technology at the Rio Grande Valley Landfill captures this gas and destroys it. The destroyed landfill gas is measured for flow, temperature, and methane content.

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Rio Grande Valley Landfill

Location: Rio Grande, Texas
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Landfill Gas Capture

The Rio Grande Valley Landfill is a Type I MSW landfill located in Hidalgo County, TX. Methane, an extremely powerful greenhouse gas, is typically released from landfills; however, starting in February 2005, special technology at the Rio Grande Valley Landfill captures this gas and destroys it. The destroyed landfill gas is measured for flow, temperature, and methane content.

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Marine Efficiency

Location: Global
Offset Standard: Gold Standard
Project Type: Clean Technology Solutions

AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings are applied to ships’ hulls to make them move through the water more efficiently, thus saving fuel. AzkoNobel’s Marine Coatings business has worked with The Gold Standard Foundation to create the first approved carbon credit methodology in the marine industry. The coating’s methodology is unique in that it is the only approved carbon credit-generating methodology for moving articles (i.e., ships), which are not geographically bound. (All other carbon credit projects have strict territorial boundaries.) For the first time, shipping operators can be additionally rewarded for increasing their environmental and operational efficiencies by up to 10% on average. In addition, this eco-efficient technology reduces the spread of invasive species and improves air quality in port communities by reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants.

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Marine Efficiency

Location: Global
Offset Standard: Gold Standard
Project Type: Clean Technology Solutions

AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings are applied to ships’ hulls to make them move through the water more efficiently, thus saving fuel. AzkoNobel’s Marine Coatings business has worked with The Gold Standard Foundation to create the first approved carbon credit methodology in the marine industry. The coating’s methodology is unique in that it is the only approved carbon credit-generating methodology for moving articles (i.e., ships), which are not geographically bound. (All other carbon credit projects have strict territorial boundaries.) For the first time, shipping operators can be additionally rewarded for increasing their environmental and operational efficiencies by up to 10% on average. In addition, this eco-efficient technology reduces the spread of invasive species and improves air quality in port communities by reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants.

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Wolf Creek Landfill to Energy

Location: Dry Branch, Georgia
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Landfill Gas to Energy

Wolf Creek meets and exceeds the standards set forth by Climate Action Reserve. Located in Dry Branch, Georgia, the Eagle Point Landfill Gas to Energy Project was developed to capture and destruct methane gas through a gas collection and control system then a LFGE component was added for beneficial use of the methane gas instead of destruction. The developer implemented three projects in the area. (Wolf Creek, Eagle Point, and Stone Throws) Wolf Creek was the first of the three projects to produce renewable energy. Wolf Creek produces enough energy to power 1500 homes.

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Dalton Whitfield Landfill to Energy

Location: Dalton, Georgia
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Landfill Gas to Energy

The Authority developed and operates a Landfill Gas to Energy project in keeping with its goal of financial and environmental sustainability, rather than in response to a regulatory requirement. The Authority collects, compresses, dehydrates and transports landfill gas (LFG) to a Trinseo, LLC facility (formerly Dow Chemical and Styron) boiler two miles from the landfill to offset the industry’s use of natural gas, a nonrenewable fossil fuel. Through this project, the Authority provides a reliable source of renewable energy to a local industry while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions

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IdleAir

Location: Gary, Indiana (and Nationwide)
Offset Standard: American Carbon Registry
Project Type: Transport/Fleet Efficiency

IdleAir’s Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) technology provides long-haul truck drivers an alternative to idling their engines while resting, providing the ability to shut down their engines and still maintain a comfortable cabin temperature, sustain vehicle battery charge and power electronics such as televisions and laptops. TSE provides other benefits such as cleaner air with the reduction of black carbon and soot emitted from diesel engines, reduced noise pollution, local job creation, and an increased tax base for the local economy. And drivers benefit from improved sleeping conditions without the noise, vibration and exhaust fumes from idling and are therefore better rested and safer on the road.

In its ten years of operation, IdleAir has mitigated over 600,000 tons of GHG emissions and over one billion pounds of aggregate emissions while avoiding the use of 60 million gallons of diesel fuel.

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Colorado Grasslands

Location: Colorado
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Grasslands

Southern Plains Land Trust in Colorado plans to purchase and place under a conservation easement to permanently protect grasslands from conversion to croplands. The Southern Plains Land Trust purchases land for prairie wildlife. It’s that simple.

So far, they have protected over 25,000 acres in the preserve network, providing urgently needed refuge to a wide variety of native grassland animals and plants. Our largest preserve is Heartland Ranch. The project is an avoided grasslands conversion project that includes emissions reductions from the avoided loss of soil carbon due to the avoided conversion and recorded conservation easement of grasslands.

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McCloud River Improved Forest Management

Location: California
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Forest Management

The McCloud River Improved Forest Management Project is developed through Blue Source and located 20 miles southeast of Mount Shasta in Northern California. Through conservation-based management of commercial timberlands, this project generates a return on investment to landowners through sustainable forest management that increases the total carbon stores and timber stocking on the site over time. Co-benefits such as protection of local water quality and habitat protection for sensitive species are achieved while timber is extracted to support the local economy. This project is ~9,000 acres and comprises the largest working conservation easement west of the Rockies. It ensures that 15 square miles of forest and 8 miles of the famous McCloud River will be forested and productive in perpetuity.

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Garcia River Forest

Location: California
Offset Standard: Climate Action Reserve
Project Type: Forestry

FIRST LARGE NONPROFIT-OWNED WORKING FOREST

To help protect and restore these lands, Garcia River Forest was acquired, the 23,780-acre Garcia River Forest, the centerpiece of one of the largest river systems on California’s north coast. A nonprofit owner is protecting Garcia from conversion to vineyards or second-home development. By managing Garcia as a sustainable forest, they are able to rebuild commercial timber inventories that would support the local economy and upgrade roads and restore stream conditions for rare and threatened species, in addition to the carbon sequestration measured and managed through Climate Action Reserve.

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Sacramento River Wetlands

Location: Sacramento, California
Project Type: BEF Water Restoration Certificates (R)

By providing funding that supports TNC’s Bird Returns Program, rice farmers in California’s Sacramento River basin are able to acquire water and create wetland habitat on their farmland during critical periods of the year to benefit birds migrating on the Pacific Flyway. By providing a relatively tiny amount of water—and using that water during critical times of the year and in strategic locations—TNC and the Bird Returns Program is able to generate significant wildlife benefits. Almost 95% of wetland habitat has been lost in California’s Central Valley, and by working collaboratively with farmers, this project provides an important new revenue stream for rice growers while creating a water and wetland lifeline for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. The project seeks to provide 10,000 acres of habitat each year for hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds that rely on California’s Central Valley.

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