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Case Studies of Small-scale, Community, and Urban Forestry Engagement with Carbon Markets

Carbon Trading: A Joint Effort Between the Delta Institute, Illinois and Michigan (1.3 Mb PDF file)
May 2013
This case study by Rachael Beddoe and Cecilia Danks describes an innovative example of a joint effort between state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private businesses to connect private landowners to carbon markets.

Oregon's Forest Resource Trust: Forest Establishment Program (1.5 Mb PDF file)
November 2009
This case study by Jennifer Leigh Wright, Rachael Beddoe and Cecilia Danks describes the development, challenges and lessons learned of the Oregon Forest Resource Trust Forest Establishment Program, as well as the roles of players in bringing carbon offset projects to market.

Carbon Offsetting Through Urban Tree Planting: The Sacramento Tree Foundation & Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders, Inc  (1.4 Mb PDF file)
October 2011 
This case study by Elise Schadler and Cecilia Danks describes a five-year, $50,000 carbon offset agreement designed and implemented through a partnership between a non-profit organization, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and a local contracting business, Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders, Inc.

Carbon Mitigation through Restoration of Urban Forests: The Cascade Land Conservancy & its Green City Partnerships  (1.6 Mb PDF file)
October 2011 
This case study by Elise Schadler and Cecilia Danks describes an innovative and scientifically rigorous carbon mitigation program focused on restoration of Seattle-area urban forests, designed and implemented by the Cascade Land Conservancy.  The pilot project was done in partnership with the band Pearl Jam to mitigate its 2009 world tour emissions. *The Cascade Land Conservancy changed its name to Forterra in late 2011. 

Local Data to Calculate Local Offsets to Support Local Tree Plantings: The CarbonPlus Calculator  (1.7 Mb PDF file)
October 2011 
This case study by Elise Schadler and Cecilia Danks describes an online carbon footprint calculation and offset tool that was developed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Davey Institute for Tree Sciences between 2007 and 2009.  Various versions of the tool were developed for different U.S. regions (mostly large cities).  

Carbon Emissions Offsets from Urban Forests: Michigan State University and the Chicago Climate Exchange  (1.8 Mb PDF File)
October 2011 
This case study by Elise Schadler and Cecilia Danks describes an internal urban forest carbon accounting process led by the forestry deparement's Dr. David MacFarlane. Students assisted in this year-long project, which explored how much of the Michigan State University emissions could be offset by campus trees.

Austin, Texas: Exploring Urban Forestry & Carbon Offsets (1.7 Mb PDF file)
October 2011 
This case study by Elise Schadler and Cecilia Danks describes an emerging partnership between the City of Austin and TreeFolks, a local non-profit organization.  The City's has an ambitious carbon neutrality goal and seeks to create and support local offset opportunities for city departments, residents, visitors, and local businesses.

Community-Based Wood Biomass

The Role of Loggers in Providing Vermont's Wood Energy (6.71 Mb PDF file)
February 2010
This report by Matthew Peters et al. analyzes the network of suppliers and forest workers that provide Vermont's wood energy.

Assessment of the Sustainable Landbase for Forest Biomass Harvest and the Wood Biomass Resource Supply: Addison County Five Towns and Mad River Valley Towns (786 Kb PDF file)
June 2009
Marc Lapin and Chris Rodgers evaluate the woody biomass that could be sustainably harvested from the project area in this report.

2005-2008 Forest Harvest Summary (4.3 Mb PDF file)
May 2009
This report by Matthew Peters et al. summarizes available harvest data from 2005 to 2008.

Market Barriers and Opportunities

Small-scale and Community Forestry Access to Carbon Markets: Barriers and Opportunities in the Literature (387 Kb PDF file)
September 2009
This paper by Rachael Beddoe provides a review of the literature that explores the opportunities and barriers for participation in carbon markets for small-scale and community forestry, including urban forestry.

Summary of Small-scale and Community Forestry Access to Carbon Markets: Barriers and Opportunities in the Literature (140 Kb PDF file)
November 2009
A seven page summary of the document above.

Presentations and Webcasts

Climate Action Seminar Series, organized by Rachael Beddoe, August through December 2012, University of Vermont

Carbon markets for US urban forestry: attraction local funds by offering local value (1.55 Mb PDF file), by E. Schadler, at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York City, NY, February 28, 2012.

Urban forestry and implications for emerging voluntary carbon markets (1.72 Mb PDF file), by E. Schadler, at the Northern New England Forests Research Symposium, Burlington, VT, December 16, 2011.

Urban forestry & voluntary carbon markets (3.48 Mb PDF file), by E. Schadler at the International USA-Ukraine Symposium on Community Forestry & Carbon Science, Burlington, VT, June 27, 2011.

Facilitating carbon market participation in small scale and community-based projects, by C. Danks R. Beddoe, E. Schadler, and J. Wright, at Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting and Conference, Burlington, VT, June 23-26, 2011.

Carbon markets for small scale and community-based forestry in the US (389 Kb PDF file), by C. Danks at the 2011 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Madison, WI, June 4-8, 2011.

Understanding the Role of Urban Forests in Voluntary Carbon Markets (2.58 Mb PDF file), by E. Schadler, at the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Council Meeting, Burlington, VT, March, 2011.

Tapping Carbon Markets for Urban Forests, by E. Schadler and A. Erickson, Alliance for Community Trees Webcast, January 20, 2011.

Carbon Markets & Urban Forestry, round table discussion led by E. Schadler, at the Alliance for Community Trees Annual Member Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 8, 2010.

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