Brian McFarland is the Senior Vice President of Carbonfund.org’s Project Portfolio where he identifies, conducts due diligence, and structures the financial support for climate change mitigation projects. Brian is also the Senior Vice President of Project Origination for Carbonfund.org’s wholly-owned subsidiary CarbonCo, where he identifies, designs, and advises on the implementation of several REDD+ projects throughout Brazil. In addition, Brian leads CarbonCo’s consulting engagements.
Brian earned a dual graduate degree in Business Administration and Global Environmental Policy from American University. Brian has published 20+ articles along with a co-authored book chapter in Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in Theory and Practice and he has authored three books entitled: 1.) REDD+ and Business Sustainability: A Guide to Reversing Deforestation for Forward Thinking Companies; 2.) Conservation of Tropical Rainforests: A Review of Financial and Strategic Solutions; and 3.) Conservation of Tropical Coral Reefs: A Review of Financial and Strategic Solutions. In addition, Brian has presented at numerous ivy league schools and industry events including the 2014 Forests as Capital conference hosted by Yale University and on behalf of the University of Aristotle in Thessaloniki, Greece in June 2015.
While finishing his Psychology and International Development undergraduate degree from Clark University, Brian conducted environmental fieldwork in Mexico, Costa Rica, Kenya and Brazil. Brian has also volunteered for the Windham, New Hampshire Conservation Commission and Forestry Committee, the Smithsonian Institution, the United Nations Global Compact, and the U.S. Department of State. In addition, Brian is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute, a Certified Sustainability Professional by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and was a certified Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier from CSA Standards.
Brian is a regular speaker at conferences and events, focusing on voluntary carbon offset project development, forestry/REDD+ projects, and other conservation financing instruments. Please contact Brian directly to discuss speaking opportunities.