This has been a year of transformation for The Climate Trust. After an extensive search for new leadership, The Trust welcomed a familiar face as the new Executive Director—Sean Penrith, who was previously Vice Chair of The Trust’s Board, has brought a fresh perspective and a powerful vision to the role.
Under Sean’s leadership, four strategic additions were made to the Board of Directors, augmenting and complementing the expertise of our current members. The Trust’s technical staff also benefitted from three key hires, while the organization began the process of refining and adapting our business model to stay competitive in a changing market.
We are proud of our 2013 accomplishments. Some highlights include our Avoided Grasslands Conversion collaboration with Ducks Unlimited and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service—providing economic incentives to protect traditional rural livelihoods, preserving 50,000 acres of critical prairie habitat and reducing dangerous emissions.
The Trust was involved in developing a first-of-its-kind methodology for emission reductions from biochar, as well as advising on the development of the groundbreaking Grazing Land &
Livestock Management Methodology.
Additionally, The Trust celebrated a powerful response to our RFP process in early 2013—with submissions seeking over $47M in funding to support greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects in a variety of sectors. Later in the year, The Trust earned a nearly $8M commitment from Portland General Electric to meet their GHG mitigation requirement for the Carty Generation facility.
We were busy with our first California project, partnering with Maas Energy Works on a CA dairy digester—an important first step towards future work in a state with huge untapped potential for biogas projects. We’ve also proven ourselves a friend to the dairy and clean energy industries, by initiating and helping pass a dairy and biogas bill that benefits rural economic development in Washington State.
The Trust is proud to play a role in meeting our national climate goals, especially through new and emerging sectors with a strong opportunity for impact. 2014 looks to be a promising year.
Board Chair, The Climate Trust
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