SPRINGing into action: Call for Carbon Credit Projects in OR and a CA First
 
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Newsletter|Spring 2013
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Welcome to The Climate Trust's 2013 Spring 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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Where Do We Go From Here?
As emerging research re-frames the climate change movement's most potent symbol: The "hockey stick," and acknowledges that temperatures are shooting through the roof faster than we've ever seen, it becomes apparent that this is an important time in history—a time to adjust the direction of our national discourse and seize tangible opportunities to make an impact.

At The Climate Trust we're ready. Ready to test and grow innovative climate solutions for real world implementation. We work hand-in-hand with our partners and focus on sectors with the highest potential for climate impact—agriculture, forestry, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

Please read on for examples of our recent work in compliance markets, as well as in developing areas, such as biogas. Biogas has the potential to scale-up solutions rapidly and offers a host of beneficial revenue streams; from improving the economic and environmental performance of dairies, to clean energy, organic fertilizer, and diverting waste from landfills.

Stay tuned for more info on our work in biogas and other promising climate-impact sectors.
 
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Leading the Way
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In February, green building and energy efficiency professional, Terry Miller, was brought on board to guide The Trust's operations until a permanent executive could be identified to fill the top leadership role. Miller has brought more than 10 years of green industry experience to The Trust; utilizing his management expertise to help execute the organization’s strategic plan for 2013 and retain their position as an industry leader.

“Terry’s leadership style is based on teamwork and collaboration. We’re honored that he has agreed to serve as interim Executive Director during this leadership transition period,” said Board Vice Chair, Sean Penrith.

Learn more about the timeline for our Executive Director search in the Job Board section below.

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Donor Spotlight, Part II: M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Funding of The Climate Trust's Northwest Rural Farms & Climate Change Initiative by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, has enabled expansion of our 'climate friendly' agriculture initiatives and the hire of a new staff Analyst. This role will assist farmers in improving the sustainability of their activities, and broaden outreach and education to replicate sustainable practices across the region. A warm welcome to the newest member of our Climate Trust team, Teresa, and our continued thanks to M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust!
 
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Van Warmerdam Dairy Digester
The Trust's First California Project
Maas Energy Works a new company from Daryl Maas—one of two Maas brothers that run Farm Power Northwest—is currently constructing a digester at the Van Warmerdam Dairy; a Sacramento County facility that milks 1,000 cows. The digester will cover the existing lagoon at the dairy with a flexible, high-density polyethylene cover, and will digest manure from this dairy alone.

This covered lagoon will store up to two days of biogas production, combusting the gas to generate electricity only during peak prices. The combined heat and power engine 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 current lagoon at the Van Warmerdam Dairy, the project is anticipated to deliver 68,500 credits over a ten year crediting period.

California has a very large and mostly unrecognized opportunity to develop biogas projects. This will be The Climate Trust’s first California project and therefore an important first step towards future work in the state with Maas Energy Works and others.
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Climate Trust Selected to Offset Emissions from PGE's New Natural Gas Plant
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New state energy facilities, such as PGE's natural gas-fired electric generating facility—Port Westward 2—are required to offset part of their carbon dioxide emissions under the Oregon Standard. PGE chose to meet their obligations for this new plant by selecting The Climate Trust to manage offset projects on their behalf.

Many utilities see The Climate Trust as a trusted expert given their 15 years of experience in this sector. The Trust's investments focus on high-quality projects with strong added benefits, in exciting and often untapped arenas—an added bonus for partners looking to make an impact.

The Climate Trust is actively seeking high-quality carbon credit projects to fulfill this obligation. Please contact pweisberg@climatetrust.org with inquiries.
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Job Board: The Climate Trust Wants You!

The Climate Trust is seeking a visionary, energetic leader to secure the organization’s position at the forefront of the rapidly evolving carbon market and climate policy. The incoming Executive Director will inherit an organization with a solid national reputation, a highly skilled staff, a prestigious Board, and established financial footing.

Interviews are in-process, but highly-qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. LEARN MORE about this exciting top leadership role.

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

California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Climate Action Reserve (CAR)

Maas Energy Works
M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Portland General Electric (PGE)

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Van Warmerdam Dairy


 

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


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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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