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Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

With the success of COP21 in Paris last December, and the record number of companies and organizations around the world making significant pledges to reduce their carbon emissions, Carbonfund.org is thrilled to celebrate thirty-five of its business partners that have maintained carbon emissions reduction and mitigation programs continuously for the past ten years. 

These organizations have shown long-term and consistent leadership in maintaining environmentally responsible business operations.  Programs vary from tree-planting campaigns to recognize customers or employees and to celebrate Earth Day, to product shipping or travel and event-related emissions offsets, to full annual operational carbon neutrality.

Our tenth anniversary partners have supported innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, clean air technology and critical forest preservation projects around the world.  

Together, these thirty-five organizations have mitigated the negative impact of an astonishing 375 million pounds of greenhouse gases - equivalent to removing 35,810 passenger cars from the roads for a year!  In addition, they’ve planted 10,400 trees in reforestation and tree-planting initiatives around the world, to celebrate Earth Days, customers or employees. 

Carbonfund.org’s Tenth Anniversary Business Partners include: 

  • A2 Hosting
  • Air Charter Team
  • Bath ASU
  • Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C.
  • Boston Trust & Investment Management Company – Walden Asset Management
  • Brynmorgen Press
  • Calvert Group
  • CREDO Mobile
  • Detour, LLC
  • Eagle-Eye Tours
  • Earth Science Naturals
  • EcoBrander Promos
  • evo
  • Federal Career Experts
  • Flavorus, Inc.
  • flowerpetal.com
  • Forever Cheese
  • Greenerprinter
  • Greenforce
  • Hacienda Owners Association
  • Hargrove & Associates
  • Hotel Carlton
  • LightHawk
  • Merriman
  • Modwalls
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • National Audubon Society
  • ONNO T-Shirt Company
  • Orbitz
  • Sastaa
  • SunEdison
  • Teas Etc.
  • UniRac
  • Unitarian Universalists – General Assembly (actually their 11th Anniversary!)
  • USGBC-New Jersey Chapter 

“It is both humbling and heartening to see this extensive list of organizations and businesses, of all sizes and in all industries, that have maintained a steadfast commitment to environmental responsibility and supporting the projects and the mission of Carbonfund.org,” exclaimed President and Co-Founder Eric Carlson.  “With this type of leadership and dedication, these organizations continue to set the standard for others to follow.  I am so honored to be able to recognize these long-term partner organizations.” 

Each of these business partners and organizations is receiving a special Carbonfree® Partner – 10 Years logo, and Carbonfund.org will be planting 100 trees in honor of each tenth anniversary partner to thank them for their long-term partnership. 

Watch this space, as we’ll be publishing a blog dedicated to each of our ten-year partners, to share more about their leadership in environmental sustainability.   

WONDERHEADS is a multi-award winning physical theatre company specializing in mask performance and exquisite visual storytelling for adults and children.  The works are performed in full-face mask, a wordless form that mixes European larval mask traditions with character mask styles, resulting in a craft rarely seen on the stage today.  

Even performance art and storytelling produces carbon emissions.  As a touring theatre company, WONDERHEADS recognizes the carbon footprint created by its activities, such as spending a lot of time on the road driving, flying back and forth across the country, staying in hotels, and eating out.  To mitigate the impact of the company’s carbon emissions, WONDERHEADS has joined the Carbonfree® Business Partnership and made a donation to support carbon emissions reduction, forest preservation and clean energy technology projects.  

“We Wonderheads have been growing more and more concerned about our impact on the environment with all the miles we drive, flights we take, and hotels we stay in, and we feel that it is our responsibility to give back what we are taking,” explains Kate Braidwood, Co-Founder & Artistic Head of WONDERHEADS.  “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by offsetting our CO2 emissions each year through Carbonfund.org.” 

In addition to the partnership with Carbonfund.org, the company works to minimize its impact on the environment as much as possible while traveling via recycling, using reusable dishes and utensils, and conserving energy by reducing electricity use.  The team also uses recycled goods first when building and designing sets, props, costumes and masks. 

Audiences have described the WONDERHEADS experience as watching a living cartoon – the whimsy and imagination of Pixar or Warner Bros in theatrical form. In this distinct style of storytelling, WONDERHEADS step beyond words and ignite the hearts and imaginations of audience members.  Now WONDERHEADS has taken steps to move beyond its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by offsetting what remains.

Long-term Carbonfree® Business Partner Skyline Eco-Adventures, the original zipline tour company – 1st of its kind in the USA – received the top votes as Hawaii’s #1 land activity/adventure tour company by Hawaii Magazine's “Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards” for the second year in a row.  Skyline Eco-Adventures was founded in 2002 on Maui, Hawaii, by father and son, Buck and Danny Boren. Skyline's first location, the Haleakala Skyline Tour, is located on Historic Haleakala Ranch in beautiful upcountry Maui. 

From the very beginning, it has been Skyline Eco-Adventures' mission to thrill guests with a unique outdoor adventure, while providing significant funds and resources to protect the fragile and irreplaceable natural and cultural environment of Hawaii.  Since 2010, Skyline Eco-Adventures has been a Carbonfree® Business Partner, using our online calculator to compute estimated annual tour operational emissions, then neutralizing those emissions by supporting reforestation and forest conservation projects around the world.  Through 2015, Skyline Eco-Adventures has mitigated the impact of almost 3.7 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the impact of planting almost 42,800 tree seedlings and growing the trees for ten years.      

Skyline Eco-Adventures offers four different zipline tours on three of Hawaii’s islands, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.  At each Skyline Eco-Adventures location, guests are treated to great experiences with one of Hawaii's best guide team. Named one of Hawaii's Best Places to Work for five years running, the Skyline's staff help make each experience unforgettable.  

In addition to maintaining carbon neutral tour operations, Skyline Eco-Adventures’ staff involved in a variety of other community and conservation projects, including its Zip 4 the Trees event and 1% For the Planet donation program.  Carbonfund.org is happy to continue to partner with Skyline Eco-Adventures in their tour emissions offset program and congratulates the tour company’s many recognitions for giving back to community and preserving our natural environment.  

There’s a full year to go before the 2016 US Presidential Election, and things are heating up already.  Irrespective of political views, we all make basic consumer purchasing decisions each day that can impact our environment. 

OneBern is offering Bernie Sanders’ supporters a line of t-shirts made from 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton.  The website provides a “hemp 101” list comparing hemp as a more environmentally safe product material to wood, cotton, plastic and petroleum-based products. 

In addition, OneBern uses only water-based inks for its t-shirts and has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint from shipping products to consumers.  For each t-shirt sold and shipped to its customers, OneBern makes a donation to Carbonfund.org that is used to purchase and retire third-party validated and verified carbon offsets in forestry projects around the world. 

While OneBern is supporting its own political causes and candidate, it’s also offering high quality t-shirts focused on making the world a better, lower carbon and more sustainable place.  

Looking for holiday gifts with a greater impact than merely delighting the recipient? 

Check out new Carbonfree® Business Partner Impact Consumer, which has just launched their online consumer goods site focused on providing products from companies that actively give back for each product purchased. 

Impact Consumer is an E-Commerce marketplace for products with a positive environmental or social impact, seeking to create a meaningful consumer experience.  From futbol/soccer ball and skateboard companies that give one for every one purchased, to a sunglasses company that supports Optometry Giving Sight, a candle company creating jobs for US refugees, and a children’s books publisher that supports clean drinking water initiatives, Impact Consumer’s featured products also focus on sustainable and Fair Trade materials.  

Learn more about Impact Consumer and the products that give back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDi-5tvb63I

Not only do the products they sell help to improve the world through social and environmental initiatives, but Impact Consumer has taken the additional step to balance all of the carbon dioxide generated from shipping the products to purchasers, and 25% of the company’s net profits will go to support their non-profit partners and ImpactConsumer outreach programs. 

Founder and CEO Connor Eberhart says it very clearly:  “As consumers, we directly support the practices of the companies we buy from, so let’s choose to purchase products from companies who are improving our planet.” 

Impact Consumer has chosen to support Carbonfund.org and our carbon emissions reduction and mitigation projects, in order to neutralize its own operating emissions and product-to-consumer shipping emissions, thus lessening its own environmental impact on our world.     

The Band Will Invest This Money In Two REDD+ Projects In South America:

Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru +

Carbonfund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil

Seattle, WA -- Pearl Jam will perform before nearly half-a-million fans on its tour of Latin America, which kicks off on November 4, 2015 in Santiago, Chile and wraps up on November 28 in Mexico City.A complete list of tour dates are listed here: www.pearljam.com/tour 

As they’ve done for over a decade, the band will offset carbon dioxide emissions resulting from their 2015 live performances through strategic investments in carbon mitigation projects. Their two newest investments are both certified REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation ‘plus’) projects in South America: Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru, and Carbonfund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil.

 “I think it’s good to acknowledge the negative impacts our business has on the planet, right alongside the positive ones. We tour. Our tours emit carbon dioxide. We are constantly looking at ways to reduce and mitigate that. Our strategy has been to essentially ‘tax’ ourselves for our CO2-equivalent emissions, and invest that money into carbon mitigation projects. Hopefully this will serve as inspiration for other businesses and governments exploring ways to offset their carbon footprints,” says Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard.

Pearl Jam have been tracking their tour-related carbon emissions since 2003, and to-date have made mitigation investments totaling over $500,000 USD. The band’s full carbon mitigation history is here: http://www.pearljam.com/activism/carbon-mitigation 

ASSETs for Life scientist Michael Totten helps the band identify its biggest carbon dioxide culprits on tour. For Pearl Jam, this includes: band and crew air travel, hotels, truck and freight travel, power at venues, and fan transportation to and from the shows. 

The Conservation International and Carbonfund.org Foundation projects that Pearl Jam is investing in this year are certified at the highest levels, and structured to help fight the negative impacts of climate change while providing real benefits to the local communities. 

Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest project in Peru is the world’s first REDD+ project in a protected area. This project is demonstrating to policy makers and investors the tremendous potential of tropical forests to tackle climate change while generating co-benefits and sustaining critical ecosystem services including regulating water, preventing soil erosion and enhancing crop yields through natural pollination and pest control. More on the project can be found at www.conservation.org/alto-mayo 

“Pearl Jam’s ongoing efforts to offset their impact is an important reminder that we can fight climate change at every level,” said Peter Seligmann, CEO of Conservation International (CI). “The band’s generous contribution to CI’s program in Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest will not only help mitigate their carbon footprint but also allow us to bring additional benefits to the people living there and protect the watershed for many more living nearby.” 

Conservation International (CI) uses an innovative blend of science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. 

Carbonfund.org’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil also is a certified REDD+ project and achieved Gold Level Distinction to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) due to the Project’s exceptional community benefits. The Project undertook a forest carbon inventory, modeled regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and is mitigating deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Project’s ecosystem services, along with ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Project. More information on the Project can be found here: http://www.climate-standards.org/2013/07/18/the-valparaiso-project/ 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Pearl Jam in this important environmental initiative to neutralize the impact of the band’s Brazil tour dates this November,” says Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org.  “Their ongoing leadership and commitment to ‘walking the walk’ should inspire their fans and other performers to follow Pearl Jam’s lead.  Our forest preservation and biodiversity conservation projects in Brazil are so critical to protecting the Amazon Rainforest and helping to fight the negative impacts of climate change.”  

The Carbonfund.org Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, leading the fight against climate change, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a low carbon future.  Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through climate change education, carbon offsets and reductions, and public outreach. 

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First Airline to Allow Flyers to Offset Carbon Emissions In-Flight To Match Donations Made Onboard * to Environmental Causes

Teammate Volunteers Across U.S. Participate in Restoration Projects

San Francisco – April 22, 2015 – Virgin America, the only California-based airline and the first domestic carrier to offer flyers the ability to offset the environmental impact of their flights while at 35,000 feet, will match all onboard donations made by guests today through April 30, 2015, via the airline’s “Make a Difference” platform* on its seatback entertainment system.  For every traveler who offsets the carbon footprint of their flight via the airline’s Red seatback entertainment platform, Virgin America will make a matching donation to both the nation’s leading nonprofit carbon offset provider: Carbonfund.org Foundation and the airline’s nonprofit environmental science education provider: NatureBridge.  Since 2008, Virgin America flyers have offset over 15 million pounds of carbon emission through the airline’s simple onboard offset option housed on its touch-screen seatback entertainment platform.  The airline is also teaming up with NatureBridge to support restoration projects focused on shoreline clean-up and preservation projects at sites like Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. Across the country, Virgin America teammates in other cities also are participating in local environmental clean-up events in support of Earth Day throughout April. 

“As both a Virgin-branded company and the country’s only California-based airline, it’s in our DNA to make environmentally sustainable practices a priority,” said Frances Fiorillo, Senior Vice President of People and InFlight at Virgin America. “California is known the world over for its spectacular natural beauty and for being the birthplace of the environmental movement, so it is only fitting that we do our part and provide opportunities to our teammates and flyers to help protect our state’s most beautiful and scenic natural resources.” 

“Our partnership with Virgin America means support for important and innovative projects in the fight against global warming,” said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. “We value our long-standing partnership with Virgin America, an airline that has been committed to sustainability practices since day one. Providing travelers a way to get involved in the sustainability effort, by offsetting their flight emissions fits well with our goal of making it easy and affordable to offset one’s carbon footprint and support emissions reductions.”

Launched in 2007 and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Virgin America has built sustainable practices into its operations from day one.  The airline operates one of the youngest fleets in the U.S. and with investment in new aircraft and engines, the latest navigational systems, and consistent use of best practices on the ground and in the air, its fleet is up to 20% more fuel efficient than the U.S. industry average.  The airline’s home base at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2) is LEED® Gold-certified. With additional investments from the airline, Virgin America’s own office spaces within T2 achieved the highest possible LEED® Platinum-certification.  Virgin America was also the first airline to offer guests the opportunity to offset their emissions while in-flight. The proceeds from the carbon offset program have supported independently verified offset projects within California including The Hilarides Dairy Project in Lindsay, California that helps to reduce heat-trapping methane emissions which in turn, lessens the impact of global climate change and each year reduces approximately 18,500 metric tons of CO₂ emissions. The project also encourages the development of new technologies, reduces local water pollution and also provides an alternative source of income for local farmers. Since 2010, the airline has also offset its annual carbon footprint for its Burlingame, Calif. based headquarters through Carbonfund.org.

Virgin America has also expanded its partnership with NatureBridge this year to include a $30,000 cash and in-kind donation as well as participation in restoration efforts for teammate volunteers in Los Angeles and San Francisco on Coastal Cleanup Day later this year. Virgin America teammates’ efforts at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands will help to preserve the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is known for its tide pools, wildflowers and unique rock formations. NatureBridge educators will lead the airline’s teammates this weekend as they help to improve the coastline by removing non-native, invasive plant species along the beach.

“We are so pleased to continue and expand our partnership with Virgin America, an airline that has demonstrated its commitment to the environment and sustainability,” said Jason Morris, NatureBridge Interim President and CEO. “Together, NatureBridge and Virgin America are addressing the urgent need to provide the next generation with a hands-on environmental science education. Partnerships like this are key to our ability to achieve our mission to foster environmental literacy for a more sustainable planet.”

Virgin America’s Earth Day efforts will once again stretch across the nation, with teammate participation in clean-up and restoration projects in each of the airline’s destination cities. Virgin America teammates are supporting clean-up efforts in locations including Long Beach, the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., Independence Park in Newark, Columbus Park in New York, Secret Woods Nature Center in Fort Lauderdale, Desert Bloom Park in Las Vegas, Collins Beach in Portland, Ocean Beach in San Diego and Des Moines Beach Park in Seattle. Volunteers include members of Virgin America’s Green Team – a teammate-led group focused on finding innovative ways across the airline’s operations to reduce the company’s footprint.

Since its 2007 launch, Virgin America has made environmentally sustainable practices part of its training and operations:

  • The carrier operates a fleet of 53 new Airbus A320-family aircraft that is up to 20 percent more CO2 efficient than the average U.S. fleet.
  • The airline employs environmentally friendly practices, such as minimizing use of auxiliary power units, single-engine taxiing, electronic flight bags, idle reverse landings, utilizing advanced avionics to fly more efficiently and cost index flying – the practice of regulating speed to reduce fuel burn.
  • In 2014, Virgin America became the first airline in North America certified to the Federal Aviation Administration to fly 0.1 Required Navigational Performance approaches, enhancing the efficiency of landings in reduced visibility and further minimizing fuel burn. 
  • Virgin America participates in LSG Sky Chefs’ Zero Waste to Landfill (ZLF) program, which aims to divert available waste from landfills.  100 percent of kitchens serving Virgin America recycle materials, including three kitchens which provide biocomposting, with more to come.
  • In 2013 the airline took deliverey of its first Airbus A320 family aircraft with sharklets, wingtip devices with the potential to help the airline realize to 4% additional fuel efficiency across the network. Future deliveries in 2015 and 2016 will also be equipped with the fuel-efficient sharklets. 
  • In 2011, the airline became the anchor tenant at San Francisco International Airport’s beautiful and sustainable Terminal 2 (T2) – the first major LEED® Gold-certified airport terminal in the U.S. Virgin America made additional investments within its T2 spaces in 2012 to achieve the highest possible LEED® Platinum-certification. Both the Gold and Platinum levels are the first such certifications for a major commercial airport in the U.S.

Photos of Virgin America’s unique aircraft and broadcast quality b-roll can be found at: https://www.virginamerica.com/cms/about-our-airline/photos.html.

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Editor’s Note:Virgin America is a U.S.-controlled, owned and operated airline. It is an entirely separate company from Virgin Atlantic. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is a minority share investor in Virgin America. 

About Virgin America:  Known for its mood-lit cabins, three beautifully designed classes of service and innovative fleetwide amenities — like touch-screen personal entertainment, WiFi and power outlets at every seat, Virgin America has built a loyal following of flyers and earned a host of awards since launching in 2007 — including being named both the "Best U.S. Airline" in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards and "Best Domestic Airline" in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for the past seven consecutive years. For more: www.virginamerica.com

About NatureBridge: Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science education for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Through residential education programs, NatureBridge connects students to the wonder and science of nature and inspires the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, the organization serves more than 30,000 students each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. NatureBridge also offers professional development opportunities for teachers and family and youth programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit: naturebridge.org

About Carbonfund.org Foundation: Carbonfund.org is the nation’s leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact by supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and forestry projects. Carbonfund.org has over 750,000 individual supporters and works with over 2,000 business partners. 

*Donation Match: Virgin America will match donations made to NatureBridge and Carbonfund.org via the airline’s “Make a Difference” donation platform onboard its in-flight entertainment system, Red, from April 22, 2015 through April 30, 2015 up to $10,000.

This year will mark Dolphin Blue’s 5th anniversary as a Carbonfree® Business Partner.  The staff at Dolphin Blue is proud and honored to continue offsetting operational emissions with Carbonfund.org and has decided to take it a step further by purchasing an additional 36 metric tonnes of carbon offsets to neutralize projected annual operating emissions.  Including these latest offsets purchased, Dolphin Blue has neutralized almost 718,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the carbon dioxide sequestered by planting 8350 tree seedlings and growing them for ten years.    

Dolphin Blue has come a long way these past 5 years, by expanding their business offerings to include all-green, no harm products for household cleaning, lawn and garden care, pet care, children’s toys and body care that are produced with a minimal carbon emissions. Every product that Dolphin Blue carries is made from post-consumer recycled content, requiring less energy to produce, and is made in the USA, which means fewer emissions, compared to products made from virgin materials and imported from other countries. 

Dolphin Blue supports initiatives that foster education and awareness in issues of sustainability, energy alternatives, organic agriculture and reducing waste.   Dolphin Blue wants everyone who visits their website to be educated on why they are purchasing these items and the difference buying one eco-friendly product can make. 

Dolphin Blue also is honored to be associated with organizations such as B Corporation, Green Chamber of Commerce, EPA Green Power Partner, Chlorine Free Products Association, North Texas Clean Air Coalition, Green Source DFW, and the Voluntary Renewable Energy Coalition.

For over 20 years, Dolphin Blue has continued to conduct business always respecting the natural world in which we live, and they ask their customers and other businesses to do the same. That’s why Dolphin Blue is encouraging other B Corps to go above and beyond by offsetting their companies’ annual operational emissions and educating their customers on the importance of reducing their individual carbon footprint. 

Envira RainbowLocation: Near city of Feijó in the State of Acre, Brazil
Project Type: Forest Conservation Project
Total Size: Approximately 500,000 acres / 200,000 hectares
Certification: Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

Environmental Benefits 

  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • Mitigate climate change
  • Conserve habitat for endemic bird species and threatened tree species
  • Improve local water quality
  • Retain top soil and control erosion

Community Benefits

  • Establish alternative sources of income and employment opportunities
  • Provide agricultural extension training
  • Grant official land tenure
  • Social projects and programs such as commercializing the collection, transport and sale of medicinal plants

Project Description

The Envira Amazonia Project is a payment for ecosystem services forest conservation project, otherwise known as a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project, protecting nearly 500,000 acres / 200,000 hectares of tropical rainforest. 

The Envira Amazonia Project shall mitigate the release of more than 12.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, while also preserving the habitat for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity and directly benefitting local communities. 

The ultimate project activities are to undertake a forest carbon inventory, model regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and mitigate deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Project’s ecosystem services, along with ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Project.  In addition to voluntarily foregoing plans to convert the forests to a large-scale cattle ranch, the landowners will also implement numerous activities to assist local communities and mitigate deforestation pressures such as: offering agricultural extension training courses; beginning patrols of potential deforestation sites in the early stages of the Project; granting land tenure to local communities; and establishing alternative economic activities including commercializing the collection of medicinal plants and açaí. 

Envira SchoolThe Envira Amazonia Project has acheived validation to the VCS and CCBS with Gold Level Distinction for the Project’s exceptional biodiversity and community benefits, along with the Project’s incorporation of climate change mitigation activities. 

The Envira Amazonia Project is being financed, designed and implemented by Carbonfund.org’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo and shall result in net positive climate, community and biodiversity benefits.Envira School 2

Location: Near city of Cruzeiro do Sul in the State of Acre, BrazilRussas Trees
Project Type: Forest Conservation Project
Total Size: Approximately 160,000 acres / 64,750 hectares
Certification: Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

Environmental Benefits 

  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • Mitigate climate change
  • Conserve habitat for endangered and threatened species
  • Improve local water quality
  • Retain top soil and control erosion

Community Benefits

  • Establish alternative sources of income and employment opportunities
  • Provide agricultural extension training
  • Grant official land tenure
  • Social projects and programs such as building a health clinic and an association for açaí and manioc flour

Project Description

The Russas-Valparaiso Projects are payments for ecosystem services forest conservation projects, otherwise known as a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects, protecting nearly 160,000 acres / 64,750 hectares of tropical rainforest. 

Russas ProjectThe Russas-Valparaiso Projects shall mitigate the release of approximately 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, while also preserving the habitat for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity and directly benefitting local communities. 

The ultimate project activities are to undertake a forest carbon inventory, model regional deforestation and land-use patterns, and mitigate deforestation pressures by utilizing payments for the Projects’ ecosystem services, along with ongoing monitoring of the climate, community and biodiversity impacts of the Projects.  Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures range from providing agricultural extension training courses to local communities, to beginning patrols of potential deforestation sites in the early stages of the Project, to eventually establishing an association to assist with the local production of açaí and manioc flour.  

The Russas-Valparaiso Projects achieved Gold Level Distinction to the CCBS due to the projects’ exceptional community benefits.  The Projects are being financed, designed and implemented by Carbonfund.org’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo and shall result in net positive climate, community and biodiversity benefits.Russas Egret

                                                                                        

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