In With the NEW, Two Methodologies and A Board Member
 
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Newsletter|Fall 2012
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Welcome to The Climate Trust's 2012 Fall E-Newsletter! We hope you'll join us in celebrating the strides made toward building a safer and healthier climate this quarter.

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Cost of Climate Impacts
In light of the national discourse surrounding energy and what it means to build a 'clean energy economy' brought about by the second presidential debate, The Climate Trust would like to highlight some important work being done towards this goal and also provide resources to spread knowledge on the critical issue of climate change.

Climate change is affecting the planet faster than earlier models predicted and every community is already being touched at some level. This means that solutions must be deployed globally at a faster pace and in every sector in order to avoid costly and unexpected disruptions to fragile economies, and to reduce threats to human health and global security. Simply put, we must collectively act now!

Here are some of the ways The Climate Trust is making an impact ...
 
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ACoGS Methodology Available for Public Comment
Grasslands

The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a non-profit enterprise of Winrock International, is welcoming feedback from its members, project proponents and other interested parties on a carbon offset methodology for Avoided Conversion of Grasslands and Shrublands to Crop Production (ACoGS).

The methodology was developed by Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, The Climate Trust, Environmental Defense Fund, and Terra Global Capital LLC.

The methodology estimates the emissions avoided from preventing the conversion of grasslands and shrublands to commodity crop production. Grassland and shrubland soils are significant reservoirs of organic carbon that, if left uncultivated, will continue to store this carbon below ground.

Please send all comments by close of business November 16, 2012 to ACR@winrock.org referencing “ACoGS methodology.”

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Donor Spotlight: Concordia Foundation
Thank you to the Concordia Foundation for funding The Climate Trust's Avoided Grassland Conversion and Habitat Preservation project. Through this effort we are working with our partner, Ducks Unlimited, to enable rural landowners to protect their grasslands from cropland conversion through financial compensation from environmental credits. 
 
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Odin Knudsen Joins National Board
We're pleased to announce the addition of Odin Knudsen, President, CEO & founder of Real Options International to The Climate Trust's National Board of Directors.

“Odin understands how financing effects and motivates business decisions when it comes to mitigating climate pollution,” said TCT President Ben Vitale. “His unique experience and strategic perspective will support our mission of initiating effective climate solutions that endure.”

Knudsen said he wanted to join the Board because The Climate Trust has a strong track record of success with over 15 years experience in the carbon market. “The Climate Trust serves an important purpose in working with utilities, businesses, government agencies and individuals to invest in projects which have long-term climate impact,” he said.
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Approval of First Wetlands Restoration Methodology
Wetlands
A revolutionary new tool is now available to help restore the Gulf of Mexico’s disappearing coastal wetlands -- Louisiana’s first line of defense against damaging hurricanes like Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac. Funded by Entergy Corporation, New Orleans-based Tierra Resources developed the first ever methodology for emission reductions from deltaic wetland restoration. This methodology has been approved for use by The American Carbon Registry (ACR) and the new tool creates a self-sustaining revenue source for wetlands restoration through the sale of carbon offsets.

Entergy has provided additional funding to Tierra Resources to pilot the first wetland restoration offset project in the nation applying the ACR methodology. The project, the Luling Oxidation Pond Wetlands Assimilation project—19 miles west of New Orleans—will discharge treated municipal wastewater into an adjacent 950-acre wetland property to help restore their function and thus increase the storage of excess carbon dioxide. Here's a fun VIDEO put together about the project!

The Climate Trust is working together with Tierra Resources to design, implement, and market these carbon projects.
 
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Community Good: Farm Power

On Friday, September 28th The Climate Trust celebrated the opening of Farm Power Northwest's Tillamook manure digester facility at their community open house. Refreshments and fun festivities accompanied opportunities to learn about green power programs; speak with the builder, employees and farmers; and to meet the Tilamook dairy princess!

Farm Power Tillamook is unique among North American digesters—a project providing value to no less than five family farms in a community with a century-old dairy tradition. Additionally, the digester improves water-quality, and creates skilled jobs in the local community.

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Partner's Corner
A big thanks to all of our partners for your collaboration and dedication! Special thanks to those in this issue ...

American Carbon Registry       Farm Power Northwest 
Concordia Foundation           The Nature Conservancy 
Ducks Unlimited                      Odin Knudsen
Entergy Corp.                         Terra Global Capital
Environmental Defense Fund   Tierra Resources
 

Supporting the Climate: Good for Your Health, Good for Your Wallet


Find out the real cost of your holiday meal in The Climate Trust's first ever year-end appeal--coming to your inbox this December!

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Please remember to support The Climate Trust's innovative programs & projects and continue to fight climate change in 2012. 

 

You can be confident your tax-deductible donations are spent wisely.

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