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Carbonfund.org supports three types of carbon offset projects; each type plays an important role in the fight against climate change. The projects Carbonfund.org supports are third-party certified to meet the same high standards that thousands of companies, organizations, and governments rely on to ensure quality environmental protection.

We support a variety of different projects and below is a sample of projects we are currently supporting and have supported in the past.

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    • Renewable Energy & Methane Projects
    • Renewable energy offsets support projects that help to reduce the amount of energy we need to produce from fossil fuel sources like coal and oil.

 

    • Energy Efficiency & Carbon Credits
    • The cleanest unit of energy is the unit you never use. Energy efficiency is the cheapest and fastest way to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and save money.

 

    • Reforestation & Avoided Deforestation
    • Forest-based projects actually reduce the amount of carbon that’s in the atmosphere. These projects sequester carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and have many co-benefits for the community and local wildlife.

 

 

Project Standards

Our projects are third-party certified to the highest international standards, and our project portfolio is audited annually and available online. Read more in project standards

We support a variety of different projects and below is a sample of projects we are currently supporting and have supported in the past.

Your Carbon, Your Choice™

We know some people prefer renewable energy, while others prefer trees or efficiency. So we figured it’s your carbon, your choice. When you donate, you have the option of selecting your preferred carbon offset type.

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Renewable Energy & Methane Projects

Renewable Energy & Methane Projects

Renewable energy is critical to our fight against climate change. We simply must shift our world to a low-carbon economy and away from oil and coal. Experts agree we need a substantial reduction in CO2 over the next 40-50 years and this means we need renewable energy to replace fossil fuels now.

Carbonfund.org supports renewable energy and methane projects because they are not as cheap as coal, at least not yet. Your support is reducing CO2 emissions today and spurring investment tomorrow to help drive down the costs and hasten the transition to a clean energy future.

Renewable energy projects tend to be located outside crowded urban areas, helping smaller, local economies while reducing our reliance on fossil and foreign energy resources. Our renewable energy carbon offset projects meet the toughest industry standards and are third-party verified to ensure the highest quality.

We support a variety of different projects and below is a sample of projects we are currently supporting and have supported in the past.

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Energy Efficiency & Carbon Credits Projects

Energy Efficiency & Carbon Credits Projects

While renewable energy projects reduce the need to produce more energy from dirty sources in the future, energy efficiency projects reduce the need to produce more energy now. They are also among the most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions, making investment in energy efficiency a key part of fighting climate change.

Energy efficiency can refer to any project that applies new technologies, processes or practices to achieve the same outcome while using less energy. Opportunities like this can be found in all sectors of the economy: industrial, transportation and residential.

Energy efficiency can also refer to the retirement of carbon credits from a cap-and-trade system. In this case, Carbonfund.org purchases and retires carbon credits on behalf of our donors, permanently removing the right of other businesses to pollute.

We support a variety of different projects and below is a sample of projects we are currently supporting and have supported in the past.

Our carbon offset projects meet the toughest industry standards and are third-party verified to ensure the highest quality. Read more about project selection.

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Reforestation & Avoided Deforestation Projects

Reforestation & Avoided Deforestation Projects

Reforestation and forest preservation carbon offset projects are part of the global warming solution. Forest-based carbon offset projects fight climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere in trees and soil and have many co-benefits for the community and local wildlife. Forest preservation creates jobs, maintains and expands wildlife habitats, protects biodiversity, and improves local environmental quality.

Much of the world’s tropical rainforests have either been cut down or are directly threatened with imminent deforestation. Deforestation and forest degradation have resulted in species loss and direct contribution to global warming. Moreover, deforestation accounts for over 20 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions – more than the entire global transportation sector! Our reforestation and avoided deforestation offset projects meet the toughest industry standards.

Forestry projects absorb carbon emissions for years and decades into the future. Your support of these projects is reducing emissions over several decades. Fight global warming. Protect biodiversity. Help communities. Support forest-based carbon offset projects.

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Envira RainbowLocation: Near city of Feijó in the State of Acre, Brazil
Project Type: Forest Conservation Project
Total Size: Approximately 500,000 acres
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 of tropical rainforest. 

The Envira Amazonia Project shall mitigate the release of more than 10 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 is currently seeking 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
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 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

                                                                                        

Russas School

 

Location: USA
Project type: Reforestation Project
Standard: American Carbon Registry
Verification/Validation: Environmental Services, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Restores watershed alongside Mississippi River
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Restores wildlife habitat

Community Benefits

  • Local employment
  • Improved area for recreational activities and tourism
Project Description

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Initiative aims to reforest at least one million acres throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois. Considered North America's rainforest, this region is a vital habitat for migratory birds and numerous plant and animal species. The project will also sequester CO2 emissions. Previously encompassing 22 million acres of temperate forest, the region now holds only four million acres of unfarmed forestland.

Location: Near city of Manoel Urbano in the State of Acre, Brazil 
Project type: Forest Conservation 
Standard: Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Distinction and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)                                                                               Verification/Validation: Scientific Certification Systems                                                             Total Size: Approximately 86,000 acres

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
  • Social projects and programs such as building a new school and health clinic

Project Description


Purus Trees w borderThe Purus Project is a payment for ecosystem services forest conservation project, otherwise known as a Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) project, protecting approximately 86,000 acres of tropical rainforest. 

The Purus Project shall mitigate the release of nearly 900,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, while also preserving the habitat for an extraordinary amount of biodiversity and directly benefitting local communities.Parrots in Purus

 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.  Social projects and activities to mitigate deforestation pressures range from offering agricultural extension training courses to local communities and patrolling potential deforestation sites, to eventually building an onsite health clinic and granting official land tenure to the local communities. 

The Purus Project achieved Gold Level Distinction to the CCBS due to the Project’s exceptional biodiversity benefits.  A rapid assessment of the Project’s biodiversity discovered two endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List at the Purus Project.  These endangered flora species are Car-cara (scientific name is Aniba rosaeodora) and Baboonwood (scientific name is Virola surinamensis).

In addition to these Car-cara and Baboonwood endangered species, motion-sensitive cameras installed at the Project site to monitor biodiversity have photographed a short-eared dog (considered near threatened by the IUCN Red List), a jaguar (considered near threatened by the IUCN List), a giant anteater (considered vulnerable by the IUCN Red List), and a lowland tapir (considered vulnerable by the IUCN Red List).  Furthermore, the photograph of the short-eared dog is only the second photograph ever taken of a short-eared dog in the State of Acre! Puma in Purus Project

The Purus 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.

Ocelot in Purus

Truck Stop Electrification Project

Location: US: Arkansas, California, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
Project type: Energy Efficiency
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Protocol
Verification/Validation: Environmental Resources Trust 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigate climate change
  • Reduce localized air and noise pollution
  • Reduce fuel usage and the environmental harm caused by fossil fuel extraction

Community Benefits

  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created
  • Better resting conditions for drivers
  • Provide alternative to idling in parking lots or road shoulders

New Zealand Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb Project

Location: New Zealand
Project type: Energy Efficiency
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Reduces localized air pollution
  • Reduces fuel usage and the environmental harm caused by fossil fuel extraction

Community Benefits

  • Expansion of new technologies
  • Reduced consumer electricity bills
  • Consumer cost savings from CFLs' longer lifetime

Small Scale Indian Wind Projects

Location: Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, India
Project type: Wind Energy
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Limits impact of energy production on local environment
  • No localized water or air pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created
  • Additional revenue for communities
  • Tax base for local governments

New Hope View Dairy Methane Project

Location: Homer, New York
Project type: Methane Destruction
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: SES, Inc 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Waste and nutrient management
  • Controls odor and reduces local air pollution
  • Reduces local water pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies
  • Alternative source of income for local farmers

New Bedford Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project

Location: Greater New Bedford, Massachusetts
Project type: Landfill Gas-to-Energy
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol and the Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: First Environment, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Waste management
  • Odor control and less localized air pollution
  • Reduction of local water pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created

Neria Small Hydroelectric Project

Location: Karnataka State of India
Project type: Hydroelectric Energy
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard
Verification/Validation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV) International Climate Change Services 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Run-of-river requires no dams to be built
  • Reduces local air pollution

Community Benefits

  • Locally sourced, renewable energy
  • Additional employment opportunities
  • Increased local investment in clean energy
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