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Urban Forests & Carbon Credits

This collection of resources includes: registration (registry), certification, monitoring, potential for markets, carbon trading, and carbon credits. Carbon market case studies will also be included.

Collected By: Dudley Hartel 06/29/2007 Updated: 12/12/2008

AQMD Board Adopts Ambitious Program to Help Tackle Global Warming
The Southland’s air pollution agency (Southern California Air Quality Management District) today announced the adoption of the SoCal Climate Solutions Exchange – a voluntary program to help combat global warming by producing high-quality greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Community Trees and Carbon Sequestration
A brief introduction into carbon offset markets for urban forest managers.
Carbon Credit Program Forestry Offsets from Tree Plantings & Reforestation
Forestry Contract, Forestry Offset Enrollment Worksheet. CCX Forestry Offset Table. This is the "Forestry Offset Pool Contract" between the North Dakota Farmers Union and the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) for 2003-2010.
Carbon Credits for Communities
An opportunity or responsibility?
Coastal Plain Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs, and Strategic Planting
"This report quantifies benefits and costs for representative large, medium, and small broadleaf trees and coniferous trees in the Coastal Plain region: the species chosen as representative are the Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana), Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), respectively.
F&C Guide to Carbon Offsetting
A growing number of companies - including F&C - are choosing to offset their carbon emissions. But at the same time, questions are being raised about the intergrity of offsetting schemes.
Offsetting emissions: A business brief on the voluntary carbon market
Global carbon markets have doubled in size over the past year. Current estimates place regulated markets at US$21.5 billion and voluntary markets at about US$100 million for the first three quarters of 2006. And the prospects for continued growth in carbon markets are strong.
Quantifying Carbon Accumulation for Urban and Suburban Tree Planting
The detailed instructions for making carbon calculations for urban tree planting under the North Dakota Farmers Union contract with the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) for forestry offsets.
The Climate Protection Agreement
A PDF document of a presentation made at the 43rd Annual Society of Municipal Arborists Conference & Trade Show, Hollywood, Florida. September 15-19, 2007.
US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
"Climate disruption is an urgent threat to the environmental and economic health of our communities. Many cities, in this country and abroad, already have strong local policies and programs in place to reduce global warming pollution, but more action is needed at the local, state, and federal levels to meet the challenge.
Urban Forests and Climate Change: Greenhouse Gas Reporting Protocols
Explains the role of the Center for Urban Forest Research in the development of Urban Forest Reporting Protocols for the California Climate Action Registry.Outlines the steps needed to register an urban forest, and requirements for certification and monitoring.
Application Quantifies Carbon Sequestration of Urban Trees
U.S. Forest Service scientists at the Center for Urban Forest Research are providing online software that can show users how much carbon dioxide an urban tree in California has sequestered in its lifetime and the past year.
Method for Calculating Carbon Sequestration by Trees in Urban and Suburban Settings
"This document presents a method for calculating the amount of carbon sequestered by trees planted individually in urban and suburban settings. It is intended for use by participants in the Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program, who intend to submit either Form EIA- 1605 or EIA-1605EZ to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. This simplified method can be used by those who have no formal background in forestry.
Piedmont Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs, and Strategic Planting
"This report quantifies benefits and costs for large, medium, and small broadleaf trees and one coniferous tree in the Piedmont region: the species chosen as representative are red maple (Acer rubrum), Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), dogwood (Cornus florida), and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), respectively.
Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place (South FL)
A guide to help homeowners in south Florida select appropriate tree planting locations relative to overhead and underground utilities. The mature tree must have enough space away from power lines and in an area large enough to accommodate the canopy and root system.
California Climate Action Registry
"The California Climate Action Registry (the Registry) was established by California statute as a non-profit voluntary registry for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The purpose of the Registry is to help companies and organizations with operations in the state to establish GHG emissions baselines against which any future GHG emission reduction requirements may be applied.
Carbon Trading: A primer for forest landowners
This website is a collaborative effort between the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (WSFNR) at the University of Georgia and the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) to answer many of the questions forest owners and others have about carbon markets.
Carbon offsetting: Interactive guide
"[This] guide explains the issues around carbon offsetting, with examples from projects around the world - from hydroelectric plants in Bulgaria to foot-powered water pumps in India and the intermediaries that match them up corporate sponsors." [The Financial Times]
Climate Protection Agreement: Current List of Cities
The current list of mayors and cities that have "signed-on" to the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
Georgia Carbon Sequestration Registry
"The Georgia Carbon Sequestration Registry is a non-profit program established by Georgia Senate Bill 356 in 2004 and is administered by the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Georgia Superior Clerks Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA). The purpose of the Registry is to provide forest landowners, municipalities, and public and private entities with an official mechanism for the development, documentation, and reporting of carbon sequestration projects undertaken in Georgia. Participation in the Registry is completely voluntary." [from Introduction]
Carbon, Air Quality/Pollution
CO2, Climate change, Greenhouse gas, Leaf characteristics, GHG, Carbon
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