To be clear, I personally don’t do carbon. I’m a city planner concerned with infrastructure. If climate models show more flooding, then I work with engineers to help protect your neighborhood with a levee, not a solar panel. There’s some overlap between carbonites and the adaptatrons, but we’re mostly separate groups doing different work. With that, take a look at this excellent course on the world of GHG mitigation.
Al Gorians have created a very complex world for themselves. And much of it is managed by the UN, making it a hodge podge of bureaucracy. This course will cut through the fog. It’s online, worth the money, and I fully endorse it! (there are also scholarships available!)
This new online course provides an in-depth walkthrough of the process for GHG accounting at the project level for forest and other land use activities. The course is focused on reforestation, forest management, and avoided deforestation projects, and also provides information relevant to revegetation and agricultural soil carbon projects.
The course’s curriculum has been designed to present a comprehensive understanding of accounting requirements consistent with both domestic and international GHG programs. The course walks through a step-by-step process for undertaking project-level GHG accounting for land-based projects based on ISO 14064-2 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol for Projects.
Throughout the course forest and other land use project illustrations and examples are provided from existing GHG programs. The course also provides a summary of key GHG accounting standards and GHG programs that allow for land-based projects, including:
• the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation (CDM/JI)
• the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS, previously known as the Voluntary Carbon Standard)
• the Climate Action Reserve (CAR)
• the American Carbon Registry (ACR)
• the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
• the Alberta-based Offset Credit System
• the New South Wales Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme (GGAS)
• the Australian Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI)
• the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme
The course provides a universal platform for understanding the issues and potential accounting aspects relevant to emerging regulatory and voluntary climate change mitigation programs.
Course materials are reinforced with quizzes and exercises to help learners comprehend and apply key concepts. A GHGMI Certificate of Proficiency is achievable with the passage of a cumulative exam following completion of the course.
The GHG Accounting for Forest and Other Land Use Projects course is deployed on GHGMI’s interactive e-learning platform and available to learners across the globe. The inaugural May 2011 class will be instructed by forest carbon expert Penny Baalman (http://ghginstitute.org/education/faculty/penny-baalman/).
Limited financial aid and scholarships are available to eligible applicants. (Details of GHGMI’s financial assistance policies are available online at:
For more information on the GHG Accounting for Forest and Other Land Use Projects course please visit: http://ghginstitute.org