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General News · 1st May 2013
Noba Anderson
Attention community organizations and businesses! I recently met the Executive Director of the Community Carbon Maketplace initiative who is developing a program to buy carbon offsets from local projects. This is exactly what Cortes Carbon Solutions tried to do on Cortes a few years ago.

Expressions of interest from you will support thier fund raising efforts so that they can better deliver this project.

Government and many business now buy carbon credits that funds international projects. Why not have that money stay here!!

Please contact them, check out their website and read the attached press release, aslo mostly pasted below here.

Thanks, Noba

This is a call for community organizations and businesses to bring their green initiatives to the CCM to determine eligibility to be part of the first online market for exchanging community carbon credits. If your organization or business is working on a green project that reduces GHG emissions, such as using renewable fuel/energy, land conservation/restoration etc, you may be doing more than a good thing for the environmental – you may be generating revenue which until now you haven’t been able to access.

“To help communities access this innovative funding source, we are preparing to offer subsidized Carbon Footprint Assessments and assistance in listing credits on this growing online market,” explains Brian Roberts, Executive Director of the non-profit society developing the marketplace. “We encourage non-profits and green businesses throughout Vancouver Island and Coastal BC to visit our website where they can do a simple self-assessment for eligibility, and get on a waiting list for possible subsidies.”

In an innovative pilot with the CCM, the City of Duncan became the first municipality in Canada to balance it GHG emissions entirely from local GHG reduction initiatives. For the local government, it’s a chance to meet their climate neutral commitments while investing the in their local low-carbon economy and local environment.

As expressed by Phil Kent, Mayor of Duncan:
“It is exactly what we were hoping to be able to do with our Carbon Neutral Commitment; support local carbon reduction initiatives, instead of having those monies spent elsewhere.”

For local governments, it’s a more positive way to meet their Climate Action Charter commitments while growing their local low-carbon economy and benefiting the environment. Currently, 178 out of 182 communities in BC have made the commitment to become carbon neutral. So whether you’re using renewable energy, installing geothermal heat or driving with biofuel, you’re contributing to a carbon-neutral community, there’s a growing market for you to sustain those activities by first measuring and then selling your community carbon credits with the CCM.

To see if your project qualifies, and possibly for a subsidy on the cost of the initial Carbon Footprint Assessment, visit www.communitycarbonmarketplace.org.

If you would like more information on the aforementioned topic or to explore the potential to enter this market, please contact M Hassaan Rahim at 250-597-1491 or email at hassaancowichanenergy.org

For more information on the Community Carbon Marketplace, visit the CCM website at: www.communitycarbonmarketplace.org
To determine the community carbon credit potential of your project, visit the CEA website at: www.cowichanenergy.org