About Us - Carbonfund.org

our mission: toward a ZeroCarbon™ world

reduce what you can,
offset what you can’t™

Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce & offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through:

  • Climate change education
  • Carbon offsets and reductions
  • Public outreach

We encourage everyone to continually strive to reduce their carbon footprint through sensible energy reductions combined with cost-effective carbon offsets to eliminate their overall carbon footprint.

Carbonfund.org supports third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.

Carbonfund.org also owns and manages Camp Quinebarge, a traditional lakefront summer camp in New Hampshire for boys and girls ages 7-15!

For more information, see the Camp Quinebarge website and informational video!

Carbonfund.org staff are available for presentations and speaking events.  Please contact media@carbonfund.org for more information and to discuss speaking engagements.

federal employees can donate
through CFC# 62681 & Earthshare

If you work for the federal government, you can support Carbonfund.org by contributing to us through the Combined Federal Campaign. Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so we depend on your support to keep us going.

financial transparency

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Carbonfund.org Foundation seeks to be transparent in its financial operations by making the following information publicly available.

Carbonfund.org’s 2017 Annual Report is available for download. Please click here for a PDF version of the document.

Carbonfund.org Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; EIN 20-0231609


Paul Rowland

Board Chair

Paul Rowland is the Senior Resident Director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Indonesia. Since arriving in Jakarta in 2003, he has overseen an extensive portfolio of programs to strengthen legislatures, develop political parties and broaden citizen participation. In 2004, he managed the Institute’s election processes program and witnessed Indonesia’s landmark elections, including the world’s largest-ever direct presidential poll.

Before moving to Indonesia, Paul directed NDI’s Serbia program from the Institute’s Belgrade office where he trained civil society and political party activists preceding the fall of the Milosevic regime, and later worked to strengthen government institutions with a new reform administration that came to power in 2000. While resident in the region, he also trained democratic activists in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary and Montenegro.

Immediately before joining NDI in 1997, Paul was building a practice as communications consultant with private and public sector clients including the government of British Columbia in his native Canada where his professional political experience dates to 1984. As a field organizer, he worked for the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory. During a 12-year period, Paul managed numerous federal and provincial-level campaigns across Canada on behalf of the NDP. Also during this period with the NDP, he acted as a fundraiser, membership recruiter, convention coordinator and candidate.

Paul also spent several years working on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, first as a legislative assistant and later as a chief of staff to members of parliament where he managed legislative strategy, constituency relations, research projects and external communications. He lives with his family in Jakarta.


Reed Spellman



Eric Carlson


Eric is a founder, with his wife Lesley, and President of Carbonfund.org. Eric has more than fifteen years experience promoting cost-effective solutions to climate change, with an extensive background in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to Carbonfund.org, Eric managed voluntary partnerships at the US EPA’s Energy Star Homes and Buildings programs. There he advised companies such as Gillette, IBM and Johnson & Johnson. Eric also spent six years managing programs for the Alliance to Save Energy in Central and Eastern Europe. He advised ministers of energy and environment on energy policy and climate change, testified before parliaments, advised the World Bank and IFC on major energy efficiency investments and trained municipal leaders.

Eric and Lesley founded Carbonfund.org to make it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their climate impact while hastening our transition to a low-carbon future. The organization has grown to become the leading nonprofit climate solutions organization with over 600,000 individual supporters and 1,800 business partners, and reducing over 5 billion pounds of carbon emissions globally. Carbonfund.org also offers the first and leading carbon neutral product certification program and label in the US, CarbonFree® Certified, now used on products in 15 countries on five continents.

Eric has been a presenter and speaker at numerous conferences and forums including the National Press Club and the National Academy of Sciences, and interviewed in NewsweekThe New York TimesUSA TodaySeed Magazine, National Public Radio and other leading media on climate change policies and strategies, the carbon market, and Carbonfund.org. He has been presented the Avis Spirit Award and other recognition for his dedication to solving climate change.

Lesley and Eric have two beautiful young daughters and want to pass on to them a cleaner world. Eric is also an avid hockey player in his free time.

For interview requests, please contact media@carbonfund.org to schedule.


Mark Rees



Hunter Lovins



Mike Staresinic



Brian McFarland

Senior Vice President of Carbon Offset Projects

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 serves in this role 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.


Suzie Kaufman

Director of Finance

Suzie Kaufman serves as Carbonfund.org’s Director of Finance and is responsible for a variety of financial tasks. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Shepherd University as well as a Masters of Science in Business from The Johns Hopkins University.

Suzie spent over 15 years as a marketing communications specialist for the Federal Government. After spending several years at home raising her 2 active daughters, she is now thrilled to be back working in an accounting and financial role. Since childhood, she has nurtured her natural talent with numbers and actually enjoys balancing her checkbook and creating spreadsheets in her spare time.

In her off-hours, Suzie enjoys walking, biking, gardening, baking chocolate chip cookies, playing the piano, traveling, and attending shows and concerts with her husband and kids.


Linda Kelly

Vice President of Partnerships

Linda is Vice President of Partnerships with over 25 years of experience in developing and growing partnerships that result in long-term relationships and expanded revenue results.

At Carbonfund.org, Linda develops and maintains business partnerships to expand the organization’s relationships and revenues supporting their portfolio of carbon emissions offset projects. She works with business partners of all sizes to ensure that Carbonfund.org’s programs meet the climate change mitigation and sustainability objectives of partners.

Linda holds a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, magna cum laude, as well as undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and in Economics. She has held previous business development and client relationship management positions with major financial services and global human resources consulting firms.  A native of Austin, Texas, Linda is an active member of various environmental organizations such as the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, and the National Wildlife Federation, has served on the board of her local food cooperative, and she volunteers for various conservation and community organizations in her Central Vermont community.


Jarett Emert

Vice President of Partnerships and Investments

Jarett is one of the original employees of Carbonfund.org having developed some of our earliest partnerships and climate mitigation programs for major corporates, financial institutions, NGOs, professional sports teams, major events, and Hollywood.

He is very excited to return to the foundation after several years developing and commercializing an international portfolio of diverse sustainability projects at Cantor Fitzgerald in both the compliance and voluntary environmental markets.

Jarett is an expert in environmental finance and project investment strategies. He is a graduate of Vermont Law School with a Master of Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Vermont, and holds a Series 3 FINRA Commodities and Futures License.

Jarett has written on environmental policy and sustainability topics for both national and regional magazines including Backpacker, New Farm, and Vermont Magazine.


Liz Schwartzer

Co-Director of Camp Quinebarge

Liz loves camp life and Camp Quinebarge. Liz has also served as our registrar, director for two summers, assistant director, waterfront director, counselor and a camper. Liz grew up at Quinebarge, loves Quinebarge and everything it means to young children and just gets camp innately. Most of her family members have been campers and worked at Quinebarge and it is truly in her blood.

Liz is a child development professional living in her home town of Meredith, NH. A graduate of Ithaca College, Liz has an uncanny ability to know every camper’s name by the end of day two of each session and enjoys personally interacting with each child, understanding how they are doing and helping them achieve their goals at camp and make Quinebarge a special experience.

Liz is Co-Director of Camp Quinebarge with Nick Hercules.


Curt Clements


Curt Clements is an entrepreneur with twenty years of experience starting and growing companies in developing countries. As the Chairman, CEO and Founder of Move One Group, Curt built one of the largest project logistics, international moving and relocation firms. Move One Group operates with 46 offices in 36 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and China.

Working in these dynamic and growing regions, Curt has developed an in-depth view of myriad business challenges and opportunities, as well as the macro- and micro-social and cultural issues of each country.

Since 2005, Curt has also been the Chairman of Radix Technologies, a provider of turnkey cloud computing and utility computing services. Building on the environmental and cost efficiencies inherent in cloud computing, Radix Technologies is developing additional green cloud products and services.

Curt is an avid environmentalist and has advised Carbonfund.org Co-Founder and President Eric Carlson since the start-up and early growth of the organization, including management and growth strategies.


Paul Wooten

Camp Quinebarge Facilities Director

Arnie has been with Quinebarge since 1979 and is the single biggest reason the Quinebarge buildings and facilities look so great. A master of several trades, Arnie is a former cabin counselor, trips counselor and camp director (2001-2004) at Quinebarge but has maintained the facilities throughout his 35 seasons with us. Nobody knows or cares for camp like Arnie, something that can be seen during any visit to Camp Quinebarge. His spare time is usually spent outside: sailing, hiking, skiing or fishing.


Nick Hercules

Co-Director of Camp Quinebarge

Nick Hercules, known at Quinebarge as Herc, has ten years of professional camp experience working with children as a coach, counselor, mentor and friend.  Prior to being named a co-director, Herc was the Assistant Director, managing our CIT program, serving as Sports director and Head Boys counselor, providing a crucial link between campers and staff and staff and senior staff.  

Nick has also been an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Plymouth State University, helping lead the team to their best start in the program’s history. Herc recently married Cathi Sipe, who is known at Camp as Skippy. Herc and Cathi met at Quinebarge in the summer of 2015 and welcomed their first child in September 2017. Cathi and Herc are excited to share the traditions of Camp Q with their daughter for many years to come. Herc received his bachelors degree in Accounting from Benedictine College.

In the off season the Hercules Family resides in Tallahassee, FL. Nick is also the proud inventor of the Camp Fire Fire, a Quinebarge original tradition.

Nick is Co-Director of Camp Quinebarge with Liz Schwartzer.



We calculate emissions from electricity generation based off figures from the EPA’s eGRID emission factors based on 2012 data published in 2015.  On average, electricity sources emit 1.004 lbs CO2 per kWh (0.0004554 metric tons CO2 per kWh). State CO2 emissions per kWh may vary greatly in accordance with the amount of clean energy in the energy supply (Vermont: 0.00668 lbs/kWh; Wyoming: 2.041 lbs/kWh). (Source: EPA eGRID Summary Tables)

Natural Gas

There are 0.00548 metric tonnes of CO2 per 1 therm of natural gas. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy)

US avg.: In 2014, 67.2 million households used natural gas. Collectively, they used 5.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually, or 730.84 CCF (approximately 748.38 therms) per household or 283.27 CCF (approximately 290.07 therms) per person per household using natural gas. (Source: Energy Information Agency, US Census Bureau.)

Heating Oil

There are 10.15 kg of CO2 per gallon of home heating oil. (Source: US DOE 1605(b) Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program.)

US average: In 2014, 3.8 billion gallons of heating oil were consumed by 7.7 million households resulting in an average of 493.9 gallons per household or 197.56 gallons per person per household using heating oil. (Source: DOE EIA Fuel Oil and Kerosene Sales 2014)



Unleaded gasoline emits 8.91 kg of CO2 per gallon. (Source: US DOE 1605(b) Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program.)

Air Travel

CO2 emissions in air travel vary by length of flight, ranging from 0.227 kg CO2e per passenger mile to 0.137 kg CO2e per passenger mile, depending on the flight distance. Our calculator allows the user to take the issue of radiative forcing into account. (Sources: EPA Climate Leaders, table 8, page 4; For more information on air travel-related radiative forcing, please see this document.)*Assumes Coach Class, please contact us directly for business and first class emissions.

Rail Travel

The CO2 emissions for rail travel vary by distance of the trip. On average, commuter rail emits 0.162 kgs CO2e per passenger mile and subway trains emit 0.12 kgs CO2e per passenger mile, and long distance trains (i.e., intercity rail) emit 0.141 kgs CO2e per passenger mile (Source: EPA Climate Leaders, table 8, page 4). To ensure that our rail calculator fully covers your trip, we add 10% to the total mileage of your trip to account for potential detours, stop-overs, and other issues that may arise on your trip.

Bus Travel

On average, bus trips emit 0.059 kgs CO2e per passenger mile (Source: EPA Climate Leaders table 8, page 4). Road and transportation conditions vary in real life beyond what can be estimated. To ensure that our bus calculator fully covers your trip, we add 10% to the total mileage of your trip to account for potential traffic jams, detours, and pit-stops that may arise on your trip.

Total US CO2-equivalent Emissions

In 2014, US energy-related emissions totaled 6.87 billion metric tonnes CO2-equivalent.  That figure is divided by the estimated US population in 2014 to yield CO2-equivalent per person. (Source: US Environmental Protection Agency /US Census Bureau)  To ensure that estimated data fully compensates for an individual’s annual carbon footprint, we add 10% to these calculations.



The average person’s diet contributes 2,545 kilograms CO2e to the atmosphere each year. By dividing by 365, it is deduced that the average person’s diet contributes, on average, 7 kg CO2e a day from their meals. This calculation is based on an average US, non-vegetarian diet. The emissions for food preparation are not included in this calculation. (Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Average of Table 3).

Hotel Rooms

Emissions associated with a one night stay in a hotel room are calculated at 15.13 kg CO2 per room day for an average US-based hotel (budget through mid-scale). For upscale US-based hotels, that include restaurants, meal service and meeting space, emissions are calculated at 26.6 kg CO2 per room day. (Source:Environmental Protection Agency, CHP Potential in the Hotel and Casino Market Sectors, prepared by Energy and Environmental Analysis, Inc. for EPA.)  More specific hotel room-night emissions can be calculated by property or location using the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (CHSB) study and this online hotel emissions calculator:  http://www.hotelfootprints.org/benchmarking.

Shipping Calculator

Carbonfund.org’s shipping calculator utilizes three user generated inputs to determine a unit called a ‘ton-mile’ (e.g. a US short ton of freight traveling 1 mile, or a half ton of freight traveling two miles, or 1/1000th of a ton traveling 1,000 miles… you get the point):

  • Total number of shipments
  • Avg Weight of Shipment (lbs)
  • Avg Shipping Distance (mi)

Shipping Emissions Factors:

  • Air cargo – 1.32 kg CO2e per Ton-Mile
  • Truck – 0.202 kg CO2e per Ton-Mile
  • Train – 0.0232 kg CO2e per Ton-Mile
  • Sea freight – 0.0602 kg CO2e per Ton-Mile

(Source: EPA Climate Leaders)

  • 1 Renewable Energy Certificate = 1 Megawatt Hour (MWh) = 1,000 Kilowatt Hours (KWh)
  • 1 Kilowatt Hour = 3,413 British Thermal Units (BTUs)
  • 1 Metric Tonne = 2,204.6 Pounds
  • 1 Pound = 0.00045 Metric Tonnes
  • 1 Short Ton = 2,000 Pounds
  • 1 Short Ton = 0.90719 Metric Tonnes
  • 1 Therm = 100 Cubic Feet
  • 1 CCF = Abbreviation for 100 Cubic Feet
  • 1 CCF = 1.024 Therms

Business Calculator

Office Emissions

All emissions factors in the “Office Emissions” category are based on annual (12 month) emissions. Emissions factors for energy (kWh) are based on state-based figures from the EPA eGRID

Natural Gas

There are 0.00548 metric tonnes of CO2 per 1 therm of natural gas. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy)


Emissions factors for electricity by your monthly bill are based on state based figures from the EPA eGRID to get the state-by-state prices for energy, and the emissions factors are generated from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. On average, electricity sources emit 1.222 lbs CO2 per kWh. State CO2 emissions per kWh may vary greatly in accordance with the amount of clean energy in the energy supply (Vermont: 0.00668 lbs/kWh; Wyoming: 2.041lbs/kWh). (Source: (Source: EPA eGRID Summary Tables)

Heating Oil

There are 10.15 kg of CO2 per gallon of home heating oil (diesel fuel). (Source: US DOE 1605(b) Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program.)


We calculate the emissions of propane to be 5.74 kg CO2 per gallon (source DOE EIA).

Building Type

Emissions factors by building type are calculated using assumptions from the DOE EIA. The figures provide the kWh used per sq foot of building type, then we multiply the energy needed for a particular space by state based emissions factors.

Number of Employees

Emissions factors calculated by number of employees is calculated with the average sqft needed per employees, 225 sqft (based on industry assumptions that a typical office will require between 175 – 250 sq ft per employee). We then calculate the total sqft by average emissions for office buildings by sqft (Source: Energy Star). Then we multiply the energy needed for the total space by state based emissions factors.


Server emissions are calculated assuming an average 251 watt server (source: Vertatique) with 95% up time. The energy usage of each server is then multiplied by state based emissions factors.


Fleet emission calculations assume the national average of 25.2 mpg and the emissions factor of 19.4 lbs CO2 per gallon of gasoline consumed. Fleet emissions for delivery vans and trucks assume an average of 18.8 mpg. and the emissions factor of 22.2 lbs CO2 per gallon of diesel consumed. Fleet emissions big rigs assume an average of 5.4 mpg and the emissions factor of 22.2 lbs CO2 per gallon of diesel consumed. (Source: Transportation Data Energy Book 2015 – Quick Facts)

Employee Travel

All travel emissions factors sourced from EPA Climate Leaders.

  • Short flights are calculated to be under 300 miles one-way with emissions of 0.227 kg CO2e per passenger mile
  • Medium flights are calculated to be 300-2300 miles one-way, average 1500 miles, with emissions of 0.1374 kg CO2e per passenger mile
  • Long flights are calculated to be > 2300 miles, average 3,000 miles one-way with emissions of 0.168 kg CO2e per passenger mile
  • Train trips are calculated 0.162 kg CO2e per passenger mile
  • Subway trips are calculated 0.12 kg CO2e per passenger mile
  • Bus trips are calculated at 0.059 kg CO2e per passenger mile

Employee Commute

All emissions figures from EPA Climate Leaders.

  • Commute by Car – assumes 0.36 kg CO2e of gas consumed per mile and a two way commute 245 days a year. (The kg CO2/vehicle mile average of both passenger car and light-duty truck.)
  • Commute by Intercity Rail (Amtrak) – assumes a two way commute 245 days a year, with 0.141 kg CO2e emitted per mile.
  • Commuter Rail – Assomes a two way commute 245 days a year, with 0.17 kg of CO2e emitted per mile.
  • Commute by Transit (tram, subway) – assumes a two way commute 245 days a year, with 0.121 kg  of CO2e emitted per mile.

why choose carbonfund.org?

certification = quality

Carbonfund.org works with the best certification bodies in the business to deliver the highest quality offsets. These include the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, the American Carbon Registry, and the Verified Carbon Standard. Certification answers the question: is an offset real, and who says so? Learn more about the standards we use.

nonprofit vs. for-profit

Carbonfund.org is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), meaning our priority is fighting climate change, not profiting from it. It also means your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, making it even more cost-effective to reduce your carbon footprint.

Investment in the future

Investing in projects today that will generate certifiable carbon offsets for decades to come is essential to solving our climate crisis. That’s why we don’t make up phony criteria (you may have heard of the “maturity matching principle”?) that hinder investment.

Project developers need funding now so they can make the investments that will provide us with clean energy for lifetimes to come. That’s why Carbonfund.org allows donors to support projects today that will provide CO2 reductions well into the future.

project choice

We know some folks love renewable energy projects while others prefer reforestation efforts. Some even love energy efficiency projects best! That’s why we give our donors the choice of what type of project they want to support: Your Carbon, Your Choice™. Learn more about our projects.


Some for-profits charge more than twice as much as Carbonfund.org, including for offsets that come from the same projects with the same certifications. So why do they charge so much more? Beats us. At Carbonfund.org, we support the highest quality carbon offsets at an affordable price.

project transparency

We provide detailed information on every offset project we support, and have our portfolio audited annually by a third party.

financial transparency – Platinum rated by GuideStar

With us, you know where your dollars are going and how they’re being spent. Please see our Platinum Rating for Financial Transparency and our financial statements are available on GuideStar.org.

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