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Family Forest Carbon Markets Program Launched (Ind. Report)
American Forest Foundation
Date: 2020-03-30
The American Forest Foundation (AFF), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is touting its introduced the Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP). The program addresses barriers that deter family forest owners from participating in carbon markets while providing companies an opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Family Forest Carbon Program offers a practice-based approach, where landowners are given incentive payments to implement science-based sustainable forest practices guaranteed to produce additional carbon sequestration. This unique, practice-based methodology takes into account the constraints of small forest ownership, yet is more credible and scalable, to allow small landowners to contribute at a landscape level. The program also provides a range of co-benefits that address biodiversity, forest health, water quality, ecosystem resilience and related issues.

Download Family Forest Carbon Program details HERE . (Source: American Forest Foundation, Sustainable Brands, Mar. Apr., 2020) Contact: Family Forest Carbon Program, Tom Martin, President & CEO, 202-765-3472, tmartin@forestfoundation.org, www.forestfoundation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Forest Foundation,  Carbon Credits,  ,  


Soil Carbon Sequestration Investigated (Ind. Report)
Carbon Sequestration
Date: 2020-03-23
According to a new study authored by Dr. Doborah Bossio of the Nature Conservancy and University of California-Davis, repairing, protecting and properly managing the ecosystem and the earths soil, the soil can absorb roughly 5.5 billion tpy CO2. The study found the soil's total potential carbon sequestration to be 23.8 gigaton of carbon dioxide -- an average of 5.5 billion tpy -- 40 pct of this potential is left to leave the existing land to itself.

According to Bassio, "Much of the ongoing destruction in these ecosystems is the footprint of expanding agriculture. In other words, slowing or stopping this expansion is a very important strategy. So the restoration of the soil will be of great benefit to humanity. In this way, the quality of water, food production and resistance of crops will increase. The incentive structure in agriculture should be directed from payments to ecosystem services, food, water, climate and biodiversity, Bassio added. (Source: SOMAG, 22 Mar., 2020)Contact: UC Davis, Dr, Deborah Bassio, www.asi.ucdavis.edu/people/deborah-bossio; UC Davis, www.ucdavis.edu; Nature Conservancy,(703) 841-5300, www.nature.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soil Carbon,  UC Davis,  Nature Conservancy,  ,  


Sustainable "Green" Roofs in the Big Apple (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
New York Green Roof
Date: 2020-02-03
The publication FacilitiesNet is reporting no area of institutional and commercial facilities in the Big Apple has escaped intense scrutiny related to improved sustainability and energy efficiency, including roofs.

Under NYC's 2019 Sustainable Roof Laws -- laws 92 and 94 -- most new buildings and buildings undergoing major roof reconstruction are required to include "green" roof features and or solar panels on 100 pct of the available roof space. Presently, according to The Nature Conservancy mapping project of the more than one million roofs in NYC, only about 730 roofs were "green" in 2016.

NYC Green Roof Law details HERE. (Source: FacilitiesNet, 30 Jan., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Green Roof,  Energy EfficiencyGreen Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  


Forest Preservation, CO2 Sequestration Partnership Touted (Ind Report)
Nature Conservancy,USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Date: 2019-11-15
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) are reporting their partnership to support sustainable forests and carbon market development and the creation of the Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP).

The program offers financial assistance in the form of easement payments for specific conservation actions on private forest and tribal lands in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Under the program, landowners develop a carbon forest project with TNC and get assistance with carbon credit development and marketing as well as some potential additional income from the sale of credits.

The program offers a 30-year term and permanent easement options for private landowners or a 30-year contract for tribal lands. The USDA will pay 75 pct of the value of the land enrolled in 30-year easements plus 75 pct of the average cost of the approved conservation practices. Landowners who select the permanent easement option can get 100 pct of the easement value of the enrolled property. (Source: NRCS, Nature Conservancy,CBS 19, 13 Nov., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, Steve Lineman or Greg Meade, (276) 676-2209, (703) 841-5300, www.nature.org; USDA NRCS, Easement Program Manager Diane Dunaway, (804) 287-1634 www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/fl

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy,  Reforestation,  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service,  


Energy Efficient Green Roofs Qualify for New NYC Tax Breaks (Ind. Report)
Green Roof
Date: 2019-08-14
In the Big Apple, a new green-roof tax abatement is giving some building owners an added incentive to create a green space on their roof. The new abatement triples the previous tax break from $5 to $15 per square foot in community districts where sewers overflow during rainstorms and that lack green spaces. The new abatement runs through July, 2024.

Although initially expensive to install, green roofs absorb stormwater, lower heating and cooling costs and increase a building's energy efficiency and thus reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Public News Service, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, Emily Nobel Maxwell, NYC Program Director , 212-997-1880, www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/new-york

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy news,  Green Roof news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Green Building news,  


Big Apple Green Roof Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
Nature Conservancy
Date: 2019-03-15
In the Empire State, the Nature Conservancy, working with partners in the Green Roof Researchers Alliance, has released a comprehensive estimate of green roofs in New York City. The project merges publicly available data with remote sensing technologies to create data and maps that help better understand this asset and can be used to guide policymaking and city planning.

Green roofs absorb heavy rains, give buildings an extra layer of insulation, increase building energy efficiency, lower carbon footprints, combat urban heat island effect and improve air quality . About 730 buildings covering roughly 40 acres in the Big Apple presently have green roofs.

Download Green Roofs in NYC data HERE. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org; Green Roof Researchers Alliance, www.greenroofalliance.com, www.greenfoofs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy ,  Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


Nature Conservancy Comments on US Rep. Curbelo's Market Choice Act (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Nature Conservancy
Date: 2018-07-25
The Nature Conservancy applauds Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick for sponsoring the Market Choice Act, which is being introduced in the House of Representatives Monday. The Act replaces the federal gas tax with a price on carbon -- $24 per metric ton with an annual increase of 2 percent plus inflation -- that unleashes the market to find the most efficient ways to reduce carbon pollution. The revenue from the legislation would fund current infrastructure repair and provide a surplus of roughly $11 billion per year that could be invested in modernizing and upgrading our infrastructure and provide over 100,000 jobs per year.

"We're pleased to see a bill that achieves results for people, communities, the economy, and the environment," says Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy. "Our infrastructure needs as a nation are significant, and the current federal gas tax isn't covering the costs. The bill secures funding that will repair existing roads, bridges and railways and also make a significant contribution to addressing the challenges of climate change. By placing a price on carbon pollution and making critical investments in low-carbon technologies, the bill is an important first step in putting the U.S. on a path to a prosperous, clean energy future. It will also enable investments in natural and traditional infrastructure to help coastal communities address the impacts of a changing climate and help fund improvements on agricultural and forest lands to store carbon. All these investments also create jobs.

"Although many will be attracted to the infrastructure and economic gains in this bill, the climate benefits should not be ignored," says Jason Albritton, Director of Climate and Energy Policy for The Nature Conservancy. "The bill is designed to ensure actual, measurable pollution reductions are achieved through the inclusion of measurable benchmarks and by retaining EPA regulatory authority as a backstop. While we will need to continue the discussion on how to achieve the long-term emission reductions called for by science, the bill offers real solutions that bring measurable results.

"We look forward to working with diverse stakeholders to advance this legislation and its innovative ideas," says Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy's Co-chief of External Affairs. "Today is an important milestone in the growing bipartisan conversation about finding solutions to the challenges of our changing climate. We are grateful to Mr. Curbelo and Mr. Fitzpatrick for their leadership on this." (Source: The Nature Conservancy, PR, 23 July, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, (703) 841-5300, www.nature.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
American Farmland Trust
Date: 2018-07-18
The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Farmland Trust,  Carbon Sequestration,  Climate Change,  


Vermont Forest Reserve to Offset Calif. CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Nature Conservancy Vermont.
Date: 2018-07-16
In the Green Mountain State, the Vermont Nature Conservancy is reporting that 5,400 acres (2,185 hectares) of forested land around Burnt Mountain will be the first Vermont site eligible for California's regulatory compliance market. Under the program, California businesses are required to reduce most carbon emissions or to purchase credits to offset their remaining emissions. The Nature Conservancy estimates that the credits will have an approximate value of $2 million over a 10-year period.

The forest, which is located across five northern Vermont communities, was previously part of a 26,000-acre (10,500-hectare) holding by the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. In 2016 the two groups began separating the holding into 12 parcels, the majority of which will be working forestland.

The Nature Conservancy acquired the Vermont Land Trust's half-interest for the Burnt Mountain forest which conserved 11,000 privately owned acres. The Nature Conservancy plans to keep the site open for non-motorized recreation activities. (Source: Nature Conservancy,PR, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Nature Conservancy Vermont, Jim Shallow, Director Strategic Conservation Initiatives, Nature Conservancy Vermont, (802) 229-4425, www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/vermont/index.htm?src=r.v_vermont.local.na.vt

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsets,  Nature Conservancy,  


Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
American Farmland Trust
Date: 2018-07-11
The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, 9 July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


TNC, XL Catlin Collaborate on Blue Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
TNC, XL Catlin
Date: 2018-05-11
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)and insurance/reinsurance firm XL Catlin in Bermuda are touting a project to develop Blue Carbon Resilience Credits that will value the combined carbon sequestration and resilience benefits provided by coastal wetland ecosystems.

With XL Catlin's support, TNC will develop a system of credits assigning a market value to the resilience services provided by these historically under valueded cosystems. The hope behind this initiative is that, for the first time, insurance firms and other businesses will be able to offset their carbon footprint while simultaneously better underdstanding the contribution they are making to reducing coastal hazards in the world's most vulnerable coastal areas.

Coastal wetlands -- salt marshes, seagrass meadows and mangroves -- sequester billions of tonnes of "blue carbon" from the atmosphere at concentrations up to five times greater than terrestrial forests. As an increasing number of companies are purchasing carbon credits to offset their footprints, this credit will enable a valuation of the carbon sequestration and coastal resilience benefits that wetlands provide both businesses and communities.

Unlike other climate mitigation solutions coastal wetlands not only sequester carbon, they also protect coastlines by absorbing incoming wave energy and providing storm protection. Additionally, a recent study found that wetlands prevented $625 million in direct flood damages from Hurricane Sandy in the United States. As such, coastal wetlands provide both carbon sequestration and resilience services- a powerful combination in a world of changing climate.

TNC will explore different options to value the resilience services provided by coastal wetlands and to develop a credit product to support ongoing wetland conservation. One of these options could include a numeric ranking system assigning a dollar value to wetlands based on factors such as their potential for storm impact reduction, location relative to vulnerable communities, local economic activities and assets, and potential benefits from habitat restoration. The figures generated by the rankings, combined with the carbon storage capacity of a given wetland, would generate Blue Carbon Resilience Credits. These credits would then offer organizations the capacity to manage their carbon footprints whilst acting as the funding mechanism for wetland conservation, increasing coastal resilience for communities. (Source: The Nature Conservancy, 10 May, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, Maria Damanki, Global Managing Director for the Ocean, www.nature.org: XL Catlin, Paul Jardine, CEO, www.xlcatlin.com

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Roeslein's Missouri Biogas Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2017-08-21
In the Show Me State, St. Louis-headquartered Roeslein Alternative Energy reports nine farms in Missouri have been selected selected to produce biogas for Roeslein's planned $120 million anaerobic digestion plant just north of Albany, Missouri.

Smithfield Hog Production in north Missouri is partnering with Roeslein on the biogas plant to be constructed in 1,000 acres in Harrison County . The site is being provided by the Nature Conservancy . Duke Energy in North Carolina is contracted to purchase part of the processed fuel to assist in realizing clean energy standards for power generation. (Source: Roeslein Alternative Energy, NewsPress, Aug., 2017) Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Biogas,  Methane,  anaerobic digestion ,  Biogas,  

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