Crow Lake Wind Farm

Offset Program/Registry: Verified Carbon Standard

Estimated Annual Emission Reductions: 430,000 metric tons CO2

The Crow Lake Wind project is a zero emissions, grid-connected electricity generation source located on 36,000 acres in South Dakota. The commercial operation date of this project is February 1, 2011 and the entire project consists of 108 General Electric 1.5-megawatt turbines with a generating capacity of 162 megawatts (MW).

The electricity generated is provided to Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC), a not-for-profit, wholesale electric generation and transmission cooperative based in North Dakota. BEPC provides electricity to 2.8 million customers across 135 rural distribution companies in 9 states (MT, MN, IA, SD, ND, CO, NM, NB, WY).

The Crow Lake Wind Farm is the largest wind project owned solely by a cooperative in the United States. Seven of the turbines located at the Crow Lakes project site are owned by a group of 600 local community investors, called the South Dakota Wind Partners, and one turbine has been sold to the Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, S.D.

Mitchell Technical Institute uses the turbine as part of the school’s wind turbine technology program. This unique relationship allows the school to sell the turbine’s output to BEPC while allowing access for generations of students and engineers to gain hands-on technical experience.

Scolel Té

Scolel Té is a community-based sustainable land use project. Its verifiable CO2 sequestration and emission reduction benefits are generated as a result of a range of land use activities involving afforestation and reforestation, agroforestry, forest restoration and avoided deforestation. The project name means ‘the tree that grows’. It is located in Central and northern Chiapas and northeast Oxaca, southern Mexico. The project involves more than 670 producers and close to 50 communities. Some producers are sizeable community producer groups. In total about 2,400 Mayan and Mestizo families are linked into the project. Its Environmental co-benefits include the soil stabilisation and the conservation of threatened ecosystems and native species. The social co-benefits of the project are the increased resilience and ability to adapt to climate change, the poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods through improved agricultural productivity, as well as the improvement of the social capital through participatory planning, capacity-building, transfer of knowledge and skills, stronger community structures and a reduced dependency on aid. A Project Description can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: Plan Vivo Foundation Crediting Period: 2008-2016 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 100,000

Bull Run Overseas

The Bull Run Overseas project is a REDD+ that has been verified by both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA). The specific additionality related to the project is based on the fact that the funds coming in from carbon finance are used to avoid conversion of 666 hectares of broadleaf forest into agricultural land. The Mountain Pine Ridge is a unique ecosystem in Central America that was devastated by the Southern Pine Bark Beetle blight that occurred from 1998-2002. As an additional component of this project the project developer is practicing Sustainable Forest Management in the region to protect the ecosystem from further blight and natural disturbances (i.e. fire from the tracks of dead trees still standing) as a way to bring the region’s ecological health back to pre-1998 levels. Sustainable Travel International has spoken with local businesses in the region, professors that study the exotic species in the ecosystem, and the project developer to verify the quality of the ongoing conservation efforts. A Project Description can be found here.
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This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: The Verified Carbon Standard & The Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance Crediting Period: 2009 – 2038 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 12,315

GreenTrees ACRE

The GreenTrees ACRE project is an afforestation and ecological conversation project that has been registered through the American Carbon Registry. The environmental and financial additionality realized through this project is generated from an increase in biomass around the banks of the mighty Mississippi River throughout seven states in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) of the United States. As the bottleneck of the fourth largest watershed in the world, the MAV is an essential natural resource for all of North America. Unfortunately, the MAV has suffered from deforestation for many years to where 24 million acres of forest have been reduced to less than 5 million. As a result of this depletion, the quality of water has decreased, the river dynamic has changed and the wildlife has been dramatically affected. The funds generated from carbon offsets will be used to plant and grow trees on the degraded lands to convert obsolete agricultural lands back into hearty ecosystems. To accomplish this the site managers are planting both fast growing cotton woods and native hardwoods to efficiently replicate the previous dynamic. The project developers are committed to implement and monitor the project for 40 years and have set a goal of restoring 1 million acres of marginal lands. In addition to the direct environment benefits of reductions in soil erosion and increased biodiversity, the project fosters social inclusive growth for the local community through job creation and timber supplies. A Project Description can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: American Carbon Registry Crediting Period: 2010-2030 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 550,000

Garcia River Forest

The 23,780-acre Garcia River Forest is located in the heart of the Redwood region of California’s North Coast. The project area is under the ownership of The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most vital landscapes and waterways, and was established as California’s first non-profit working forest. The Conservation Fund is working to rebuild the area’s commercial timber inventories to support historical local economy and restore habitat for local rare and threatened species while protecting the forest from conversion to vineyards or home developments. The Garcia River forest comprises one-third of the watershed of the Garcia River and contains a magnificent expanse of redwoods and Douglas firs. The forest also supports the endangered coho salmon and numerous other rare plants and animals. Redwood forests store more carbon per acre than any other forest type. In addition to mitigating climate change, The Garcia River Forest project protects water quality, restores wildlife habitat, preserves local jobs and will enhance opportunities for public recreation for current and generations to come. Learn more about the Garcia River Project on The Conservation Fund’s website.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: California Climate Action Reserve Crediting Period: 2004 – 2104 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 77,000

Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm

The Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm is located in west central Texas and is comprised of 75 wind turbines that are capable of producing enough clean, renewable electricity to power over 30,000 homes annually. Wind energy displaces the need for traditional fossil fuel energy sources thereby reducing carbon emissions and climate change impact. The Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm also provides local economic benefits in the form of an expanded local tax base and landowner lease payments. Proceeds from the sale of carbon offsets provide the financial incentive for clean energy projects such as the Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm to reach development and fund initial operational costs. A Project Description can be found here.

This is an emissions reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: Verified Carbon Standard Crediting Period: 2010 – 2020 Projected Annual Emission Reductions: 200,000