A New Year Filled with Opportunity and Resources
 
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Newsletter|Winter 2013
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Welcome to The Climate Trust's 2013 Winter 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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Thank You For Your Support!
As we begin our work in the New Year, The Climate Trust wanted to take a moment and thank all of our generous supporters who helped us to end the year strong in 2012.

Our year-end message focused on the connection between the climate and the food on your table. This connection will become even more critical in 2013 as heat and drought impact our crops and we continue on what NOAA and NASA call a "long-term warming trend" -- 2012 Was One of Earth’s 10 Warmest Years.

Over the next year The Trust will be working to scale-up and replicate innovations in key sectors, such as biogas and forestry. We will also continue our work strengthening family farms by enabling new revenue streams for farmers and reducing costs.

Frankly, we could not do this work without supporters like you. Our promise is that your investment in The Trust is a cost savings that benefits society – protecting future generations from disasters projected to cost 10 times that of prevention.

Thank you again. We look forward to our continued partnership in 2013.

 
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A Leadership Transition
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After three years of successfully leading The Climate Trust, Ben Vitale announced his resignation to return to the private sector to pursue his interest in sustainable investing. The Trust's Board of Directors will very shortly announce the appointment of an interim Executive Director while a search for the new top executive is conducted.

"We are extremely appreciative of Ben’s leadership over the past three years during which the company has undergone a successful transformation and become a nationally recognized innovator in the carbon markets," said Laura Beane, Board Chair and Director of Regional Market Structure & Policy for Iberdrola Renewables.

"Mr. Vitale and The Trust's senior management team have built a robust plan for fiscal year 2013, and we are excited to engage a new executive to continue to build on The Climate Trust’s success," Ms. Beane added.

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Donor Spotlight: M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Thank you to the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust for funding our Northwest Rural Farms and Climate Change Initiative. The program will assist farmers in improving the sustainability of their activities, and expanding farmer outreach and education to replicate sustainable practices across the region. Funding will also be used to expand The Trust's program capacity through the creation of a new supporting staff position.
 
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Avoided Grassland Conversion and Cropland Conversion to Grassland
Authored jointly by The Climate Trust, Ducks Unlimited, Terra Global Capital, and the University of Wyoming, this Issue Paper is a review of two potential land use change project activities--avoided conversion of threatened grasslands (AGC), and conversion of marginal cropland to grassland (CCG). The paper was prepared in support of the Climate Action Reserve’s continued exploration of potential carbon offset project types within the U.S. agricultural sector.

The authors concluded that both AGC and CCG provide real opportunities for achieving a meaningful level of emission reductions, and encourage the Reserve to consider the development of an offset project protocol covering these two project types.

AGC is likely to be the most intuitive and suitable to scaling up due to lower anticipated costs and less competition or potential conflicts with federal conservation programs, and may reasonably be positioned as the primary activity targeted by a new protocol.
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Grazing Land & Livestock Management Methodology
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The American Carbon Registry (ACR) welcomes feedback from its members, Project Proponents and other interested parties on a new voluntary GHG offset methodology for Grazing Land and Livestock Management (GLLM). The GLLM Methodology was developed by Winrock International with generous support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and advice from a livestock Technical Advisory Committee, including The Climate Trust.

The methodology is applicable to beef and dairy production worldwide. It focuses on five primary GHG sources, sinks and reservoirs (SSRs) affected by beef and dairy production – enteric methane, manure methane, nitrous oxide from fertilizer use, fossil fuel emissions, and biotic sequestration in above- and below-ground biomass and soils – and provides accounting modules for each.

Livestock in the U.S. are responsible for over 210 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent in greenhouse gas emissions each year –almost half of all emissions from the agricultural sector, and about 3% of total U.S. emissions.

Please send all comments on the Methodology by close of business January 31, 2013 to ACR@winrock.org.

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Job Board: The Climate Trust Wants You!

Searching for an opportunity to work on climate change solutions in a highly collaborative, congenial, and energetic workplace? Look no further.

The Climate Trust is seeking candidates for two roles located in our Portland, Oregon office; a Project Analyst and a Senior Project Analyst. The senior role is highly technical and will be responsible for expanding our Northwest ‘climate friendly’ agricultural initiatives -- partially funded by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The Project Analyst will support our project acquisition efforts and management of a 20 plus greenhouse gas mitigation project portfolio.

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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
Climate Action Reserve 

Ducks Unlimited
M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Terra Global Capital
University of Wyoming

 

Supporting the Climate is Easier Than Ever: The Trust Now Accepts Credit Cards -- Including AMEX!


The days of contributing solely through PayPal are now over! So many options to give and make tangible climate benefits. Make a single or recurring gift Today.

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Please remember to support The Climate Trust's innovative programs & projects and continue to fight climate change in 2013. 

 

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

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