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Carbon & Emissions Offsetting - TheGreenOffice.com

TheGreenOffice.com is a retailer of high quality, cost-effective renewable energy and emission reduction credits packaged in a unique carbon neutralization product called Green Office Offsets™. The real-world renewable energy and emission reduction projects behind Green Office Offsets™ are sourced from the ClimateCare and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation respectively and adhere to the highest standards in the industry. Below you will find representative examples of the projects you support by carbon offsetting with TheGreenOffice.com.

Overview of Project Examples

Sources of Emission Reduction Credits:

ProjectProject LocationTechnologyProductYear of Enactment

Greenhouses and Micro-Hydro Power Ladakh, India Energy Efficiency and Micro-Hydro CDM Gold Standard Verified Emission Reduction 1999 - Present
Renewable Biomass Electricity Karnataka, India Biomass Electricity Clean Development Mechanism Certified Emission Reduction 2001
INCAE Costa Rica Solar Energy La Garita Alajuela, Costa Rica Solar Photovoltaic CDM Gold Standard Verified Emission Reduction 2001
First Wind Energy Plant Antsiranana, Madagascar Wind Turbine CDM Gold Standard Verified Emission Reduction 2006

Sources of Renewable Energy Credits:

ProjectProject LocationTechnologyProductYear of Enactment

Tillamook Animal Waste to Energy Tillamook, Oregon USA Methane digester Green Tag REC Jan 2004
Our Wind Coop Various sites in Northwestern USA Wind Turbine Green Tag REC May 2003 –
Oct 2004
Portland Brewery Blocks Portland, Oregon USA Solar Photovoltaic Green Tag REC Dec 2002
Foote Creek II Wind Farm Carbon County, Wyoming USA Wind Turbine Green Tag REC June 1999

Emission Reduction Credits

Mountainous Greenhouses and Hydroelectric Power, Ladakh, India
Remote, rural communities in lesser developed countries often lack the infrastructure necessary for true self-sufficiency, requiring them to depend on inefficient and fossil fuel intensive solutions. The population of Ladakh, situated in the Indian Himalayas, endures harsh winters that block off passes, making it accessible by road for only a short period. Its remoteness coupled with a short growing season and small usable agricultural area, require that many foodstuffs be flown in by air. The remoteness of this community also limits the availability of electricity, with many of its inhabitants relying on diesel generators.

An integrated approach is underway to address the direct and indirect fossil fuel requirements of Ladakh. In order to combat the reliance on air delivered foodstuffs, 500 solar greenhouses were built to extend the growing season and increase local crop diversity. With the introduction of greenhouses, subsistence farmers now have access to a source of income through the sale of surplus vegetables at local markets. In addition to the greenhouse initiative, 20 micro-hydroelectric projects are being implemented to reduce diesel generator dependency.

Product: The Gold Standard Certified VER
Enacted: 1999-present
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Renewable Biomass Electricity, Karnataka, India
Agricultural practices in lesser developed countries can employ harmful greenhouse gas emitting farming techniques, such as those traditionally practiced in Karnataka, India. Traditionally, farmers practiced in situ uncontrolled burning of agricultural waste, which resulted in the release of carbon dioxide. With the construction of a 4.5 MW biomass power plant, local farmers now have an alternative. The agricultural waste once burned in the fields is now used to fuel a power plant that provides renewable electricity and a multitude of positive environmental and social externalities.

In addition to offsetting carbon by providing electricity with no additional carbon emissions compared to the status quo, this project also contributes to rural economic development, organic farming, and improved local air quality. The power plant employs approximately 650 people and injects over a million dollars into the farming community by purchasing the agricultural waste from the farmers. The ash from the electricity generation process is then sold back to farmers as a nutrient-rich, organic fertilizer, thus completing the agricultural nutrient cycle; and, as part of the process, farmers are encouraged to undertake organic farming practices. Finally, by centralizing and controlling the burning, particulate emissions are reduced, resulting in improved regional air quality.

Product: CDM Certified CER
Enacted: 2001
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INCAE Business School Solar Energy, La Garita Alajuela, Costa Rica
Introducing renewable energy projects through educational institutions represents both an effective means to meet energy demand, decrease carbon emissions, and educate future leaders in matters of sustainability. At Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas (INCAE), Costa Rica’s leading business school, solar panels were installed to meet the water heating demands for the entire school. By replacing the diesel boiler, the school’s center for sustainability, working with an experienced engineering firm to monitor and further develop the project, reports savings of up to 2500 liters of diesel each month.

Through an innovative “Revolving Fund” mechanism, collectively managed by faculty and students, the financial savings of the project are reinvested in community carbon offset projects—resulting in even greater carbon emission savings. Through the involvement of faculty, students, and the local community, the project contributes to an increased awareness of climate change that results in even greater reductions in carbon emission.

Product: The Gold Standard Certified VER
Enacted: 2001

First Wind Energy Plant, Antsiranana, Madagascar
As lesser developed countries become more technologically advanced, their energy consumption also increases. Many of these countries rely on out-dated and harmful means of energy production, including demand on fuel wood and charcoal—both of which contribute carbon dioxide to the atmosphere during combustion. Such is the case in the northern tip of Madagascar in the city of Antsiranana. Here a wind farm consisting of four turbines is being constructed that will help to replace energy derived from fuel wood, charcoal, and diesel-powered generators.

Beyond carbon offsets and the associated benefits of clean air and diminished deforestation, this project contributes to sustainable development in many ways. The turbines are partially constructed locally, providing jobs for and building the knowledge base of the community. In addition, the local organization Mad’Eole hopes to use this project as the starting point for a technology transfer that will encourage and enable other communities to adopt similar carbon neutral energy initiatives.

Product: The Gold Standard Certified VER
Enacted: 2006

Renewable Energy Credits

Tillamook Animal Waste to Energy, Tillamook, Oregon USA
Located in bucolic Tillamook, Oregon, the Tillamook County Creamery Association is famous for its cheeses and ice cream. In order to support the region’s dairy requirements, thousands of cattle graze the surrounding pastures, creating large amounts of manure that lead to waste disposal problems. While some of the manure is used as fertilizer, another portion of this waste stream is now being diverted to generate renewable electricity.

The Port of Tillamook Bay’s Methane Energy and Agricultural Development (MEAD) project utilizes four dual plug flow digesters to transfer manure from 4,000 dairy cattle into renewable energy. This electricity is then sold to the Tillamook Public Utility District and distributed to farms and residences in the surrounding community.

Intelligent site choice has negated a large portion of MEAD’s footprint. Dirigible Hanger A, located on a former naval base, was destroyed in a 1992 fire that left only a bare concrete pad. All construction for this project takes place on that pad, which requires no additional excavation and greatly reduces the environmental costs of ecosystem disruption, resource consumption, and carbon emissions.

Product: Green-e REC
Enacted: 2004
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Our Wind Coop, Various sites in Washington and Montana USA
Rural areas often depend on electricity generated by distant power plants that are both geographically and economically disconnected from the communities they serve. Electricity loss through inefficiencies in transmission increase the amount of power required to meet demand, while non-localized generation increases the risk of extended outages with little ability to take direct action. Our Wind Coop is a unique cooperative of small-scale wind turbines on farms, ranches, and both public and private facilities across the Northwest. The project demonstrates how rural economic development goes hand in hand with community ownership of clean, renewable energy sources.

In Washington and Montana, 10-kW wind turbines were installed at sites serviced by publicly-owned utilities. The first turbine was installed in Peshastin, Washington, on July 3, 2003, which was celebrated by community members and project partners including Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, politicians, and utility representatives as Energy Independence Day. Three years later, after the project had gained public visibility, the tenth and final turbine was installed on the private property of a developer who practices “environmental conservation for a living.”

Product: Green-e REC
Enacted: May 2003 to October 2004
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Portland Brewery Blocks Solar Project, Portland, Oregon USA
Roughly half of the world’s population lives in cities, yet most energy production takes place outside of these urban centers. This energy disconnect is problematic for several reasons including energy loss through transmission. With the recent performance increases in solar technology, it begins making sense to use the urban landscape as a staging ground for solar energy projects. This is the conclusion reached by the developers in Portland’s Brewery Block—a brown field site once occupied by the 100 year old Henry Weinhard Brewery.

Project goals included both the desire for a state-of-the-art clean energy system as well as enhanced aesthetics. The project developers installed a series of black, microcrystalline, thin-film solar photovoltaic panels in the spandrel level (the space between each level of windows) of the new 10-story office building. These sleek panels integrate seamlessly with the design aesthetics of the building and serve as a demonstration that green does not compromise design, but instead enhances it. To further help with the educational demonstration, a kiosk was installed in the lobby in August 2006 and net proceeds from the sale of the associated RECs will be reinvested in additional renewable energy projects in Oregon.

Product: Green-e REC
Enacted: December 2002
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Foote Creek II, Carbon County, Wyoming USA
The open plains in the central United States are some of the breeziest places in the country, providing ideal locations for wind generated electricity projects. The Foote Creek II project, an addition to the Wyoming Wind Project, consists of three 600-kW wind turbines. Surrounded by shrub steppe habitat with average annual wind speeds over 21 miles per hour, Foote Creek II produces enough electricity to power over 7,000 homes.

Beyond green energy, the environmental credentials of the project have been vetted by the Natural Resource Defense Council, Renewable Northwest Project, and Northwest Energy Coalition. One of the aspects that fostered these endorsements is Foote Creek II’s state-of-the-art measures to prevent harm to birds. Beyond steps taken during development, it also has a continuing program to evaluate the effectiveness of these measures.

Product: Green-e REC
Enacted: June 1999
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