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  • What Is a Carbon Offset? | Colorado Carbon Fund
    and heating your home are necessary parts of life Unfortunately those activities leave quite a carbon trail That s why we are dedicated to helping you neutralize your carbon emissions Every time you offset with CCF you directly support green projects across Colorado to counteract the carbon you emit each year Carbon offsets are the only way to get your carbon footprint to zero today Are there benefits to carbon offsetting Yes Carbon offsetting immediately combats climate change Plus every time you offset you benefit your community the economy and our environment Specifically your carbon offsets help Save money Create jobs Reduce pollution Preserve biodiversity Improve watersheds and water quality Improve energy security by reducing oil imports Do carbon offset projects have regulated standards We guarantee that all of our carbon offset projects meet the highest quality control and verification standards We make sure that a third party rigorously measures each project throughout its entirety and that specific funding is reserved for projects that address Colorado s essential energy needs Our highest priority is to ensure that your contribution is being used efficiently and effectively so you can be confident that your offsets produce sustainable results for Colorado Individuals and

    Original URL path: http://www.coloradocarbonfund.org/how-it-works/what-is-an-offset (2016-02-18)
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  • Frequently Asked Questions | Colorado Carbon Fund
    choose which project I want to donate to Currently the CCF does not have the ability to direct your contribution to a project of your choice It is difficult to anticipate precisely when and which projects will produce the most effective results Nevertheless all CCF reduction projects meet the same high standards for quality and environmental integrity Each offset we buy and subsequently retire towards your purchase is recorded and accounted for on an individual basis So you can be assured that your money will always fund a premium carbon offset project Q Where does my money go Your money goes to support the development and implementation of carbon offset projects in Colorado Actual costs vary from project to project Premium offsets that result from CCF projects may cost more than some alternatives available in the market today In these cases high project costs align with CCF s commitment to quality and environmental integrity on every level Q How are projects chosen Quality control is an important issue for carbon offsets In order to be sure the offset is providing a true benefit to the environment every offset project must be held to the highest quality standards High quality offset projects Provide new or additional benefits A high quality offset project is one that would not have happened without the specific funding provided by the purchase of carbon offsets Are rigorously measured and verified The benefits of the offset project must be measured and verified by an independent third party over the entire length of the project Have lasting benefits The effects of the offset project must be long lasting not temporary Q Do offsets let other people pollute more No Offsets by definition cancel out emissions Therefore when you offset through CCF your overall carbon emissions from driving or

    Original URL path: http://www.coloradocarbonfund.org/how-it-works/faq (2016-02-18)
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  • Voluntary Offset Projects | Colorado Carbon Fund
    approximately 20 000 metric tons of CO 2 from reaching the atmosphere annually the equivalent of pulling more than 4 000 cars off the road each year In addition to preventing smog and harmful pollution this project helps reduce odors and other hazards associated with landfill gas emissions The offsets have been retired on behalf of Colorado Carbon Fund donors here J B Hunt Intermodal Transportation Project Trucking poses threats to the environment from two major quantifiable sources air pollution and noise CCF s newest statewide carbon mitigation project tackles these problems with a carbon friendly initiative that transitions J B Hunt s trucking only shipping model to a combined use of rail and trucking to move freight This systematic shift means significant emissions reductions and represents 30 000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent CO2e in the state of Colorado alone achieved through increased fuel efficiency This is comparable to removing 5 000 cars from the road for an entire year Transportation makes up 23 percent of the state s total emissions so Coloradoans will enjoy great auxiliary benefits from the project including reduced smog and traffic congestion The offsets have been retired on behalf of Colorado Carbon Fund

    Original URL path: http://www.coloradocarbonfund.org/projects/voluntary-offset-projects (2016-02-18)
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  • Community Reinvestment Projects | Colorado Carbon Fund
    over 325 residents living in this affordable housing community The system produces more than 20 million gallons of hot water throughout its 25 year lifespan This saves the residents an annual amount of 5 000 that would otherwise be guzzled up by fossil fuels The project is currently reducing about 32 metric tons of CO2e annually View additional photos of Maple Terrace Apartments here City of Boulder Community Pools Boulder CO The City of Boulder will install solar collectors at two recreation centers Both have significant heating requirements for the pools and hot water systems These solar heated hot water projects are expected to offset nearly 28 000 therms of natural gas each year the equivalent of natural gas use from 30 typical U S households while reducing natural gas dependence by more than 40 preventing approximately 152 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually The City of Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs CO For this project CCF will install two flat plate solar collectors on the roof of the 8 400 square foot Steamboat Springs Community Center The facility is used 292 days out of the year and is built next to Highway 40 the community s main street within Steamboat

    Original URL path: http://www.coloradocarbonfund.org/projects/community-reinvestment (2016-02-18)
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  • Outreach and Education Projects | Colorado Carbon Fund
    CORE CU Boulder is helping students score By conducting home energy audits and environmental workshops they teach students how to decrease their energy consumption and save on utility bills Last year the program prevented 45 tons of CO2 from polluting the air we breathe Here s the most exciting part CORE s success has inspired other universities across Colorado to adopt similar environmental programs Testimonial SCORE provides a wonderful educational experience and energy efficient tools for renters It also gives many students the opportunity to get their foot in the door of an expanding industry energy efficiency Because this program is offered off campus it s difficult for the Environmental Center to receive funding through Student Government Therefore it s necessary for us to find outside resources to fund programs like SCORE Without CCF s support it wouldn t be possible to provide this valuable outreach and education program for student renters CU Environmental Center CU Green Labs CU Boulder powers more than 400 high performing research labs that consume up to 10 times more energy than classrooms We know it s possible to conduct quality research with less energy That s why CCF collaborates with CU Boulder to reduce the carbon their labs emit Through a program called Green Labs eco teams ensure that the university purchases environmentally sound equipment while encouraging students and faculty to follow rules that save water and decrease carbon emissions Testimonial CU Green Labs gives graduate students a reason to reduce their energy use in labs We ve found that many of these students were looking for actions they could take but really needed some guidance in how to implement their ideas This program gives them that guidance and provides incentives for the whole lab to follow those actions CCF offers initial funding to

    Original URL path: http://www.coloradocarbonfund.org/projects/outreach-and-education (2016-02-18)
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  • Our Guidelines | Colorado Carbon Fund
    for Colorado Carbon Fund support Local All projects must be located in Colorado Projects can be privately or publicly owned Additional Project developers must demonstrate that selling emission reductions to The Climate Trust somehow enables a project s implementation and that without the opportunity to sell the project s emission reductions the project would not occur See our additionality standard for more details Direct Projects must reduce emissions of one or more of the six greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide methane nitrous oxide hydrofluorocarbons perfluorocarbons sulphur hexafluoride Projects must reduce emissions at the site where they are implemented by reducing or displacing the use of fossil fuels Projects must demonstrate clear ownership of the emissions reductions therefore projects that reduce or displace grid electricity are not considered because they result in indirect emission reductions which may cause ownership and double counting concerns Scale Projects must reduce at least 40 000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents over the contract term Similar project types can be aggregated to meet the size requirement For information and guidance on calculating emission reductions go to the baseline page Also see the Quick Start Guide for examples of this scale of reductions Project Preferences Although the Colorado Carbon Fund is interested in a variety of clean technologies we have a preference for projects related to the following Landfill methane capture Coal mine methane capture Anaerobic digestion Biomass Cogeneration Transportation We are not currently considering projects related to reducing or displacing the use of grid tied electricity Nor are we considering biologicial or terrestrial sequestration projects e g low or no till farming practices reforestation or CO2 injection or storage The Proposal Process Projects are accepted on an ongoing rolling basis Please contact Sheldon Zakreski at szakreski climatetrust org with questions Related Pages Additionality Standard Guidance for

    Original URL path: http://www.coloradocarbonfund.org/projects/guidelines (2016-02-18)
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  • Sponsors | Colorado Carbon Fund
    us at ccf climatetrust org and or 503 238 1915 ext 213 Benefactors Alpine Bank KeyBank One Tribe Creative University of Colorado at Boulder Patrons Aspen Snowmass Boulder Outlook Canopy Park Propark America West LLC drahota Go Alpine greenride colorado Irwin Tolin Mechanical Visit Denver Sponsors Communikey Denver Zoo Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability Eagle Valley Trust EuroLearn Geological Society of America Great American Brew Festival iconergy McKinstry RMH Group YellowDog Printing Graphics Members Alliance For Sustainable Colorado Ambient Energy Association of Environmental Professionals B Line Xpress BAM Boulder Creek Quality Inn Suites BHMA Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast Center for Resource Conservation Chinook Book ClimateWise Colorado Environmental Coalition Colorado Hazardous Waste Management Society Colorado Oil and Gas Association Copy Experts Earth Protect Eat Greener Denver Eco Snow Removal First Affirmative Financial Network green print denver Hammonds Candies Hanna Design Institute of Ecolonomics Ironman iSupportU Landart Studios Mountain West Strategies Mountain Whitewater Descents Office for Resource Efficiency Plumbing and Solar Partners Primal Echo ProLogis Revision International Sopris Foundation The Atmosphere Conservancy The Golden Hotel The Spa Buzz Urban Sustainability Directors Network Vail Resorts Vail Valley Partnership Vestas Towers America Individuals and Families Offset Now Home Vehicle Air Reduce More Good

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  • Partners | Colorado Carbon Fund
    decrease the emission of pollutants protect public health and strengthen the economy Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Steamboat The mission of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council YVSC is to provide leadership to advance environmental economic and social sustainability for current and future generations through education and building collaboration among individuals organizations businesses and government EcoAction Partners Telluride Formerly the New Community Coalition EcoAction Partners envisions a world where people and their communities partner to enhance local self reliance and ensure a sustainable future As a 501 c 3 non profit organization EcoAction Partners mission is to inspire initiate and support collaborative community actions that enhance resilient economic environmental and social systems within San Miguel County Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability Vail The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability is a community organization promoting sustainable practices in recycling energy renewable power and green building It was created to foster the alignment of community and environment through education advocacy and service The Atmosphere Conservancy Fort Collins The Atmosphere Conservancy aims to benefit the community economically socially and environmentally via the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at the community level by providing funding and technical resources that result in carbon emission reductions community support and job creation Ecosyste ms Consulting Boulder Ecosyste ms Consulting is dedicated to educating businesses about the various opportunities that exist to increase social environmental and economic value They assist organizations in building strategic plans using innovative technologies and efficient processes to increase sustainable business practices Climate Wise Ft Collins Since 2000 Climate Wise has been working to build and serve an active group of businesses and organizations that are committed to making Ft Collins a world class community through climate protection environmental stewardship and economic vitality The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Denver The mission of Alliance for

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