Brian McFarland is the Director 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 Director 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 and Indonesia.
Brian earned a dual graduate degree in Business Administration and Global Environmental Policy from American University. Brian has published 22 articles and a book entitled, REDD+ and Business Sustainability: A Guide to Reversing Deforestation for Forward Thinking Companies. Brian also has a forthcoming book tentatively entitled, Conservation Finance: An Historical Review of International Finance for Tropical Forest Conservation. In addition, Brian has presented at numerous industry events including the 2014 Forests as Capital conference hosted by Yale University and on behalf of the University of Aristotle in Thessaloniki, Greece.
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, 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 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier from CSA Standards, and a Certified Sustainability Professional by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.
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.
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