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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.

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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

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.

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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. 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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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: Acre, Brazil
Project type: Forest Conservation and Avoided Deforestation
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance Standard Gold Level
Verification/Validation: Scientific Certification Systems   

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

The Acre, Brazil REDD+ Forestry Projects (Russas, Valparaiso and Purus) seek to help protect and conserve tropical forests by providing payments for ecosystem services.  This type of project is known as a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation project (REDD project).  Project activities intended to reduce deforestation are implemented in and around privately-owned properties in the State of Acre, Brazil and are funded by payments related to emission reduction credits generated by the projects. Project development involved meeting with the local communities surrounding the project area, engaging Acre state officials working on similar strategies at a regional/state level, developing a plan which will result in lowering the pressure on land and forest resources in consultation with the local community, and putting into operation the REDD project implementation plan. 

In addition to providing a wide-range of ecosystem services such as preserving wildlife habitat, there are numerous social projects and activities designed that include providing local communities with agricultural extension training, building a local health clinic, improving the local school, and eventually building better houses and installing solar photovoltaic panels for the local communities to improve their livelihoods.  

 

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

 

North Country Landfill Methane Project

Location: Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Project type: Methane Destruction
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

  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created

Project Description

Carbonfund.org supports the North Country Landfill Methane project which safely and effectively disposes up to 7,200 gallons of landfill leachate a day from a municipal solid waste landfill in Northern New Hampshire. This project not only prevents methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from being released into the atmosphere, it also protects the area’s local groundwater from landfill leachate.

The destruction of methane from such projects is important in the fight against global climate change because methane is approximately 23 times more efficient as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. One of the real concerns about climate change is that as the frozen tundra of areas such as Siberia and Northern Canada melt, an enormous amount of methane - which was previously trapped in the permafrost - will be released into our atmosphere.

New York State Landfill Methane Project

Location: Rodman, New York
Project type: Methane Destruction
Standard: American Carbon Registry / Environmental Resources Trust’s Monitoring, Reporting & Verification Protocol
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

  • Development of new technologies and additional jobs created

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

Hilarides Dairy Project

Location: Lindsay, California
Project type: Waste-to-Energy Biodigester
Standard: Chicago Climate Exchange
Verification/Validation: SES, Inc. 

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigates climate change
  • Waste management
  • Controls odor & 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