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Restoring the Earth Together

Restoring the Earth Together

Making a difference today for a better world tomorrow.

Restoring the Earth Together


by Taylor Marshall, Director of Sustainable Programs, Restore the Earth Foundation | April 24th, 2020

As a result of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, flooding and other natural disasters, many of our forests and wetlands vital ecosystems have been degraded or destroyed. The need to restore and rebuild these ecosystems is essential, especially when it comes to a sound sustainable environmental future that supports biodiversity, habitat and surrounding communities.  

In 2008, we founded a nonprofit organization, Restore the Earth Foundation (Restore the Earth), with the hope of restoring the Earth’s essential ecosystems. We offered a unique approach to affect landscape-scale ecosystem restoration by leveraging the power of public-private partnerships and utilizing an exclusive, innovative and revolving funding mechanism.  

Today, Restore the Earth has secured federalstate, private and philanthropic funding to reforest over 60,000 acres along the Gulf Coast damaged by Hurricane Katrina. We were also the first to deploy restoration on oilsoiled wetlands following the Deep-Water Horizon oil spill, and we continue to support restoration along the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River Basin.

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ur mission is to restore one million acres of degraded lands in the Mississippi River Basin, often referred to as “North America’s Amazon”.

                                                                                    *The blue area is the Lower-Mississippi River Basin

The Climate Forward Program 

To enhance the realization of these restoration opportunities for their corporate partners, Restore the Earth pioneered the development of the Climate Action Reserve’s (CAR) Climate Forward Reforestation methodology. The Climate Forward program provides a mechanism for Restore the Earth to quantify, verify and register forecasted mitigation units (FMUs), which represent emissions that are forecasted to be mitigated in the future, using rigorous and peerreviewed carbon reduction project methodologies.  These FMUs will be marketed to voluntary buyers by ClimeCo to help fund future reforestation efforts in the basin

The Climate Forward program is designed to accelerate action on climate change by encouraging companies and organizations to proactively invest today in projects that mitigate future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This program provides a means to capitalize on the carbon mitigation potential of a reforestation project, representing a real gamechanger in our efforts to fulfill our mission.  

Pilot Project  

Restore the Earth’s first Climate Forward project reforests more than 5,000 acres of the historic bald cypress forest at the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, which is anticipated to sequester more than 1,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. Working with Dow Corporation through their partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), an initial 400 acres will generate the first registered FMUs, which will be used to mitigate a portion of the carbon footprint from the mitigating footprint of the IOC and the Olympic movement. 

Moving Reforestation Forward  

Restore the Earth is proud to lead the way with such high profile partnerships and examples, and is hopeful that these efforts will inspire other companies with carbon emission reduction commitments to consider applying the Climate Forward program to address their annual needs, resulting in significant reforestation investments in the United States.  

These investments will arrive at a critical time for the environment and the economy by affecting meaningful climate action in their own backyards, as well as in the communities of their employees, customers and neighbors. Restore the Earth applies EcoMetricsa system that provides verifiable measurement of each projects’ environmental, social and economic impacts and co-benefits, to every restoration project that we implement. While reforestation projects may have different characteristicsthey all provide exponential co-benefits to restoring native ecosystems and habitats that can be measured, quantified, third-party verified and reported on to their project partners.  These can include such benefits as job creation, clean air, improved water quality, enhanced quality of life,  economic growthetc.  

Restore the Earth has spent the past 6 years building a robust business case for landscapescale restoration in North America’s Amazon. These projects provide real impacts to the environment in one of the most ecologicallydegraded areas in the United States, while simultaneously benefiting local communities and economies in an area with the nation’s highest concentration of underserved communities.  

With a portfolio of truly shovel-ready projects, solid public partnerships, the incorporation of rigorous accounting, forward-thinking methodologies and a collaborative culture, Restore the Earth is well-positioned to address climate action right here in the United States.  Our partnership with ClimeCo is a large piece of that business case, allowing for the wide marketability of environmental attributes and the execution of significant investments in a timely and cost-effective way.   

To learn more about our partnership with ClimeCo, please click hereTo learn more about Restore the Earth and how you can volunteer or support our projects, please click here. 

About the Author

Taylor Marshall is the Director of Sustainable Programs at Restore the Earth Foundation.  Wearing many hats, her responsibilities include project development, corporate relations and ontheground management of reforestation projects in the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Basin. 

Prior to joining Restore the Earth, Taylor was with The Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, promoting community-based approaches to protecting and restoring the Gulf coast from storm risk and land loss, and enhancing community resilience to such risks. Previously, she served as a Program Director with the American Council oRenewable Energy in Washington, D.C.  Taylor earned a Master of Science degree in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) from McGill University. 

How to be Green for St Patrick’s Day & Easter

How to be Green for St Patrick’s Day & Easter

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How to be Green for St Patrick’s Day & Easter

by Nancy Marshall & #TeamClimeCo | March 12, 2020

The next two holidays on our calendar are full of green – green clothes, beers, eggs and grass.  As we prepare for these two upcoming holidays, let’s take a minute to think about how we could celebrate them in a greener way.  How can we make St Patrick’s Day and Easter sustainable?

We asked our ClimeCo team to share some of their top tips on how they practice being green during these two holidays.

St Patrick’s Day

  1. Reuse vs buying new. We used to live in Savannah, GA, where they hold the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebration in the entire U.S.  I save all our green clothing, beads, headbands, etc. and use it year after year.  With kids who outgrow clothing, we have often bought their shirts at consignment shops.  Choosing a simple green shirt allows you to wear them throughout the entire year.  –Nancy Marshall, Corporate Marketing Director.

  2. Dust off your bikes and ride to the St Patrick’s Day activities! As an avid bike rider, I save tons on gas riding my bike, which in turns reduces auto emissions entering the atmosphere.  Don’t have a bike, get one! Riding your bike (to school, work, the store, etc.) will make you healthier and in 3-6 months. The money you saved on gas and parking has officially paid for your new bike.  –Erik Cramer, Business Development Manager (Erik rides 5 miles round-trip a day)

  3. Paddy’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. I reuse my beads, shamrock headband, earrings, and shirts annually. –Dani Pingitore, Marketing Coordinator

  4. Drink draft beer over bottle or can beer. Draft beer keg is the most environmentally responsible beverage package in the brewing industry today – it is returnable, refillable, and recyclable. – Justin Freeark, Project Manager, Design/Build Programs

  5. If you plan to go out for St. Patrick’s Day – avoid the crowds and go local! The less you (and the products you consume) travel, the less impact you have on the environment. –Lauren Mechak, Program Manager

Easter

  1. We used to host an Easter potluck at our house for about 3-4 families. Everyone would bring drinks with them for their family and we would have coolers full of cans and bottles.  I made sure we had out recycling bins so all the bottle and cans were collected after use and we could get them to our local recycling center.  –David Priddy, VP of Business Development

  2. If you need to buy Easter eggs, try to find eco eggs. I have seen a handful of stores carrying plant-based Easter eggs made from 100% renewable content. –Dani Pingitore, Marketing Coordinator

  3. Reuse vs buying new. With two young kids, I have bought nicely made Easter baskets and use them every year.  I also reuse our plastic eggs and Easter grass.  Instead of buying a bunch of cheap plastic bunny toys, our Easter Bunny gets my kids things they need for the summer like swimsuits, goggles, beach towels, and of course, candy.  –Nancy Marshall, Corporate Marketing Director

  4. Want to dye Easter eggs? Try using natural dye from fruits, vegetables, and spices you find in your home. Natural dye is safer for the environment, your body, and the compost pile. –Zach Palm, Senior Associate, Policy & Advisory

  5. Shop locally to prepare for your Easter dinner. Purchase local fruits and veggies, homemade pies, honey, and local meat. Your food will have less packaging, fresh, and supports your community. –Maria Finneran, Office Administrator

Whether you’re planning to go out for St Patrick’s Day party with friends or hosting a family dinner for Easter Sunday, try incorporating some of our fun tips and tricks and celebrate sustainably! 

 

About the Author

Nancy Marshall is a Corporate Marketing Director at ClimeCo. She is originally from Maryland and currently lives in Houston, Texas. She enjoys boating and fishing on Lake Livingston, cooking, baking (especially at Christmas), and crafting with vinyl.

Moving Forward with Net-Zero

Moving Forward with Net-Zero

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Moving Forward with Net-Zero

by Zach Harmer & Nancy Marshall | February 29, 2020

In late January 2020, the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee released a discussion document on the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (“CLEAN”) Future Act, which has the broad sweeping goal of reaching a “100% clean economy by 2050”.  It is one of many attempts from the federal government to align goals for creating an economy that achieves carbon neutrality.  In contrast to the political inertia we have seen in advancing meaningful climate action in some governments, we have witnessed a number of municipal, sub-national and international governments along with many multinational and local companies increase their commitments towards carbon neutrality.  So if we are seeing social, corporate and political trends towards a 100% clean economy, what is the role of legislation if action is already happening?  Why are announcements like the CLEAN Future Act still meaningful and needed?

First, let’s start with the question “What does a ‘100% Clean Economy’ really mean?” Everything has a carbon footprint – you have a personal one, your business has one, so does your favorite sports team and coffee shop. If you can find a way to reduce your personal carbon footprint, offset your remaining carbon impact, and/or support external efforts that make that footprint carbon neutral, you can achieve 100% net carbon neutrality.

Beyond these personal actions, we are seeing increasingly more corporate commitment to achieving net-zero emissions – from Microsoft’s decision to become carbon negative by 2030 to Cenovus Energy’s pledge to carbon neutrality by 2050. This growing number of commitments represents a significant shift towards a more carbon-conscious business world.  Parallel to these milestone announcements, we have begun to see some governments design the enabling and backstop legislation that sets clear and measurable emission reduction targets and provides a broad range of incentives to encourage citizens and businesses to reach a common goal.

At the individual level, reducing your carbon footprint, such as paying extra for green electricity, can be expensive and may not be an option for everyone. Similarly, reducing emissions at the corporate level reducing emissions may not be as economically and/or technologically feasible from sector to sector or from facility to facility. Therefore, one of the most important considerations for any net-zero legislation is to ensure that there are programs in place to support those areas of the economy most affected by the legislation; this can be achieved by providing extra support in the form of funding for the development and trial of new technologies, or for less stringent emission reduction targets.

The CLEAN Future Act provides just one example of how governments can define, target, and delegate the path to net-zero emissions by 2050. Canada, for example, has recently committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 and is developing an action plan. In addition to Canada, there are more than 70 other countries that have committed to being net-zero by 2050. Though the commitment remains the same, each country will have to develop their own unique strategy to achieve carbon neutrality. More interesting, perhaps, is how these countries may look to harmonize and coordinate their climate ambition to scale meaningful change and progress.

Currently, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to achieving net-zero emissions.  As we advance into the 2020s, we are likely to see more commitments to net-zero and new innovative approaches to reducing emissions. So, what can you do?

  1. Stay informed – with the actions being taken locally, at the community, state, and federal levels; and
  2. Make your voice heard – during government consultations or through your local representatives.

About the Authors

Zach Harmer is a Policy Analyst at ClimeCo. He lives in Calgary, Alberta, and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. In his spare time, Zach enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains and cooking for family and friends.

Nancy Marshall is a Corporate Marketing Director at ClimeCo. She is originally from Maryland and currently lives in Houston, Texas. She enjoys boating and fishing on Lake Livingston, cooking, baking (especially at Christmas), and crafting with vinyl.

Catching The Wave

Catching The Wave

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Catching The Wave

by Nancy Marshall | January 31, 2020

 


On Wednesday, January 15th, some of the biggest brands in the Northwest launched “The Wave.” This is a new coalition made up of a diverse set of partners who pledge to work together to tackle some of the biggest sustainability challenges in the Northwest region of the U.S.  Their goal is to accelerate environmental programs for clean energy and transportation, zero waste, sustainable food, and clean air and water.

ClimeCo is happy to be a stakeholder in this coalition and will serve as carbon offset provider & expert. “This is definitely something we wanted to be a part of,” says Dan Linsky, VP of Voluntary Markets at ClimeCo, “big companies are already doing a lot, but a mass movement like this gives people the how, what, and where when it comes to doing more.”  ClimeCo’s role is to help The Wave with their goals for cleaner air and water by identifying and developing projects in the Northwest region to support the coalition with both carbon offsets and renewable energy credits.  “The environmental activity in the Northwest is very progressive,” says Linsky, “and we are ready to play a big role in these activities to help this grassroots coalition be successful.”

So how did this all get started and why?  We talked to Justin Zeulner, President & CEO of Pioneers of Sustainability, and one of the founders of The Wave.  “We must take action that will mitigate our environmental impacts,” says Zeulner, “creating alignment, sharing values and goals so that we can all work together in unison is key to help us all do more than what we are currently doing.”  For Zeulner, part of The Wave’s role is to help their partners understand how their business impacts the environment, help them to identify what goals they should strive to reach and how they can actually reach them. 

The Wave coalition believes that two things need to happen to really make a change.  First, we all need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and second, we need to draw down legacy carbon out of the atmosphere.  Keeping it simple and focused with just these two steps and focusing on 5 areas (clean energy, clean and equitable transportation, healthy and sustainable food, zero waste, and clean air and water), The Wave believes change can happen.  “If we can get folks together, support them, help make change happen at a high level,” says Zeulner, “we will reach our vision of a cleaner world.  With real projects and real results, we will be a beacon for other regions to follow.” 

Click on The Wave to learn more and if you are located in the Northwest and are interested in taking the pledge, please click here.   

About the Author

Nancy Marshall is the Corporate Marketing Director at ClimeCo and soon ClimeCoGreen. She is happily married to her husband for 18 years; they have two daughters and two fur babies. She is from Maryland but is currently living in Houston, TX. She loves to go boating and fishing on Lake Livingston, cook and bake (especially at Christmas), and enjoys crafting.

Making a Difference Today for a Better World Tomorrow

Making a Difference Today for a Better World Tomorrow

Making a difference today for a better world tomorrow.

Making a Difference Today for a Better World Tomorrow

by Nancy Marshall | December 3, 2019

“Making a difference today for a better world tomorrow” is our company tagline.  It was developed by our President, Bill Flederbach, and me as we were creating our new website in 2018.  Bill’s mentor had this motto, “Do the next right thing,” which Bill used as a foundation when he started ClimeCo 10 years ago.  As our company has grown and changed, the motto still serves as our foundation but, going forward, we felt that we needed to refresh it to carry us into the future.

For us as employees, our motto resonates so strongly, we want to make a positive difference today so that when the sun rises tomorrow, the world is a better place.  We do this with our project work – capturing greenhouse gas emissions and destroying them so that they don’t enter the atmosphere, or by converting waste methane into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and energy.  We do this in our environmental commodity transactions – we help companies who want to be greener, who wish to support projects that are making the world better by preserving an ecosystem while sequestering and or destroying carbon.  We do this in our policy and advisory work – keeping clients updated on the latest policy changes and advise them on how best to proceed in this everchanging world.  As we support this tagline in our everyday work, do we as a company do this in every aspect of our business? Does this carry down through to our employees’ personal lives?  Do we walk the walk 24/7?

As I reflect on our company retreat that was held the week before Thanksgiving (U.S.), we celebrated a successful year and were ecstatic to plan and strategize for 2020.  Our leaders talked about being real, honest and truthful, which has been a constant in everything we do as a company.  It started with Bill and continues with each one of us who works for ClimeCo.  What you see while visiting our offices, hear while talking to us on the phone, or see when you run into us with our families – we are always the same.  You do not see one side while at work and a different side while at home in our personal space. We live and breathe what we do – making the world better. 

There are two things we do at ClimeCo that we probably don’t talk about enough, but I would like to share with you today: 

1. We Don’t Emit Gas
2. We Volunteer

Pass The Gas

Everything has a carbon footprint!  Your business, your family (yes, even the dog), your favorite airline, your hotel chain of choice, the city you feel happiest in, your local sports teams, your favorite band and even that shoe brand you’re constantly getting ads for on Instagram. You name it, it probably has a carbon footprint.  Many of our clients work hard to lower their carbon footprint so that they, too, can make the world a better place.  At ClimeCo, we not only offset our company’s carbon footprint, we also offset each of our employee’s footprints as well.  This is a wonderful gesture ClimeCo generously makes for its employees.  It not only allows us to walk the walk, but it makes us proud to say we can talk the talk. In 2020, ClimeCo is going to be expanding our services by developing a website that allows everyone, from a small business, to an individual or family, or even an event to easily calculate their carbon footprint, receive tips on how to be greener, and purchase offsets.  What a great way to further influence others to make a difference today for a better world tomorrow.  I am very excited about this new venture and can’t wait to share it to help make an even bigger difference in 2020.

Volunteer Day

The second thing we do that doesn’t get enough exposure is our Volunteer program at ClimeCo.  At ClimeCo every year, each employee gets a paid day off to volunteer.  This day allows us to volunteer our time and truly support something we personally believe in and can make a difference in people’s lives.  Here are a few examples of what our team have volunteered for:

  • VP, Voluntary Markets, Dan Linsky, helped neighbors board up for Hurricane Dorian;
  • VP, Business Development, Dave Priddy served at a free dental clinic for underprivileged members of his community.
  • Marketing Coordinator, Dani Pingitore, cooked Thanksgiving turkeys and 100’s of cookies to provide for individuals and families who were experiencing food insecurity over the holidays, in the City of Reading.
  • VP of Policy & Advisory, Chelsea Bryant, Director of Policy & Advisory, Bennett Chin, Business Development Manager, Erik Cramer, and Policy Analyst, Zach Harmer volunteered their time and money by donating to Calgary Food Bank. 


This year, I decided to volunteer at my local elementary school’s Literacy Library.  This library is different than libraries we are used to seeing in schools.  The Literacy Library is a resource for teachers to have access to books for students that are at different reading levels than their peers. I was personally introduced to this unique library when my then 3rd grade daughter (now a 6th grader) was diagnosed with dyslexia.  This library is a valued resource for the kids, and I personally wanted to pay it forward so that future kids could access the same books my daughter did.  It felt great to do something for this library that would make it better for those who need it.

So, as we close out another year, I like to say I am thankful for what we do.  I am thankful for our company and its leaders. I am thankful that we not only make a difference today, but every day in everything we do as a company and as individuals.  As you reflect on your year and future goals, are you doing what you can to make the world better?  I encourage you to speak to your company’s leaders, your family, and your friends and say, let’s be green together, let’s volunteer together, let’s make this world better together!

About the Author

Nancy Marshall is the Corporate Marketing Director at ClimeCo and soon ClimeCoGreen.  She is happily married to her husband for 18 years; they have two daughters and one fur baby.  She is from Maryland but is currently living in Houston, TX.  She loves to go boating and fishing on Lake Livingston, cook and bake (especially at Christmas), and enjoys crafting.