Sun Mountain International (SMTN) is both a US and Ecuador-based socio-economic development organization with coverage in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. SMTN was established to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations dedicated to improving the socio-economic and environmental well-being of vulnerable households and communities. Established June 2001 in Quito, the firm principally provides environmental consultancy services to non-governmental organizations, government ministries, municipal governments, bi- and multi-lateral organizations, and productive enterprises.
SMTN provides facilitation and technical expertise in the areas of: productive systems analysis, community development, environmental capacity building and training, environmental evaluation, environmental and disaster risk management, project design and evaluation, food and livelihood security programming, institutional strengthening, and strategic planning.
Climate change is a strong cross-cutting theme in all of Sun Mountain International´s initiatives. We see the incorporation of climate change considerations as necessary to ensure sound vulnerability assessment, disaster risk management and sustainable community development.
Since its founding, SMTN has internalized energy-efficient practices and has encouraged the individuals and organizations with whom we work to do the same. In 2010, SMTN facilitated the first international Climate Change Symposium in Ecuador and also resolved to make all of our week-long training initiatives carbon neutral by offsetting each event’s carbon footprint.
“SMTN workshops focus on Environmental Considerations and US Government Regulations and we find it our responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint to our best ability and neutralize the remaining carbon emissions that are necessary for each workshop. Compensating for the carbon footprint through the purchase of carbon credits also serves as an example to the training participants to consider the impacts of their daily work. SMTN researched and contacted environmental and climate change specialists to determine how best to neutralize our workshop event emissions.”
“Ultimately, we chose Carbonfund.org to make our USAID environmental workshops carbon neutral. We’ve found that Carbonfund.org offers the highest degree of transparency, and given their rigorous standards and project certification process, we are confident that our money is truly going to combat climate change through certified offsets. Carbonfund.org’s reports are both validating and grounding.”
“We also feel that Carbonfund.org’s reforestation projects are well-aligned with SMTN’s organizational mission and the mission of our workshop participants as most of these trainings take place in countries with high levels of deforestation and environmental degradation. Partnering with Carbonfund.org to further carbon sequestration efforts in a manner that directly benefits communities is aligned with our mission and the objectives of these workshops,” – Malory Hendrickson, Environmental Training Coordinator and Kathleen Bennett, Environmental Economics Specialist