The Climate Trust Newsletter: September 2014 Issue
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September 2014 Newsletter


Van Warmerdam Dairy Digester a Big Deal for Renewables

Maas Energy Works—a company specializing in turning methane gas generated by cow manure into electricity—finished construction last year on a digester at the Van Warmerdam Dairy. This Sacramento County facility that milks 1,000 cows became operational in July, with offsets scheduled for delivery in March 2015. The digester covers the existing lagoon at the dairy with a flexible cover, which stores up to two days of biogas production. Essentially, the digester is used like a battery, combusting the gas to generate electricity only during peak times.


Wetlands and the Rise of 'Blue Carbon'
-Dick Kempka

In many ways, the preservation of wetlands—transitional areas between terrestrial and aquatic environments—is vital to human existence, yet methods to preserve these valuable ecosystems are young and in many cases, still being developed. In conjunction with consulting firm, Tierra Resources, The Trust is helping to develop a replicable project that produces high-quality credits that can be quantified and transacted on the carbon market—supporting both economic and ecosystem goals for these imperiled habitats.



CA Biochar Protocol Comment Period--Open Until October 9th

- Teresa Koper



Seeking Project Concept
Proposals—Approximately $5M
Available to Purchase Offsets 

- Kathryn Thomsen



Tracing Steps from Dairy to Digester—Tillamook Verification

- Kathryn Thomsen



Multiplying Conservation Impact Through Partnership

- Teresa Koper

"Our financing of community-based dairy biogas projects has been strengthened by The Climate Trust over a number of years. The Trust encourages innovation as a means to reach our joint goals, particularly to create new revenue streams that support local family-scale dairy farms and economic development."

- Kevin Maas, President & Co-Founder, Farm Power Northwest

Track Record

1.9 million

Tons greenhouse gas reduced

$21.4 million

Committed to projects


Active projects

4.4 million

Tons of expected emission reductions


Argus California Carbon Summit

Sept 30-2, Napa Valley, CA

Meet with Dick Kempka
Sean Penrith

Society of American Foresters Convention

Oct 5-11, Salt Lake City, UT

Meet with Christine Yankel

100 Best Nonprofits!

We are pleased to announce that The Climate Trust was named as a 2014 “100 Best Nonprofit Company to Work for in Oregon!” by Oregon Business Magazine. Rankings will be announced at the October 1st banquet.
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