Carbon offsets can form an important part of an organization’s sustainability strategy. Firms like Kohls, Gap, Coors, and Shaklee purchase carbon offsets to help mitigate the environmental impact of their operations. Chevrolet recently announced it is investing $40 million to reduce 4.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide through 2014. Since 2007, Google has gone a step further and made a voluntary commitment to buy carbon offsets to cover the portion of their footprint that they cannot yet eliminate. The NFL will provide carbon offsets to balance out the greenhouse gas emissions created by air and ground travel by the AFC and NFC teams competing in Super Bowl; these high quality, third party verified offsets will mitigate the environmental impact created by transportation greenhouse gas emissions.
On March 15, BC3 members joined Oracle, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), TerraPass and Climate Action Reserve for a networking event on using offsets as part of an organization’s sustainability strategy. At the event, attendees:
After the presentations, participants engaged in a discussion across a range of topics, including about third party verification and offset standards, the different types of companies that use offsets as part of their sustainability strategies, and how carbon offsets provide a critical source of revenue for greenhouse gas capture projects.
Mark Mondik, TerraPass
Mark Mondik is managing director and chief financial officer of TerraPass. Prior to joining TerraPass in 2008, Mark was vice president of Delphos International, a financial advisory and investment firm focused on renewable energy and other infrastructure projects worldwide. Previous positions include director of strategic investments for Telcordia Technologies, a telecom software company, and manager of strategy for Lucent Technologies. Mark has a BA in finance from American University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Paul Salinger, Oracle
Paul Salinger is vice president of marketing at Oracle, where he works on strategic messaging to drive pipeline and revenue for the company and to champion sustainability across event marketing. Paul's current focus is to participate in defining and delivering strategies for virtual experiences that combine live and virtual elements into an integrated campaign, taking advantage of many different tools and technologies to identify methodologies and behaviors that meet audience expectations for different kinds of both face to face and virtual environments. He joined the marketing team at Oracle after working on the event agency side, to bring into the marketing organization a resource with a creative and strategic approach to the business.
Deborah Baber, Environmental Defense Fund
Deborah Baber is director of business affairs for Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). As director, Deborah manages EDF’s real estate portfolio and is a prominent member of the organization’s Sustainability Council. In addition to working closely with the Sustainability Council's carbon emissions group to refine EDF’s approach, she also oversees the renovation and relocation of EDF offices, paying particular attention to “Greening the Build” by going “Beyond LEED”. Deborah joined EDF after spending over 20 years in the publishing industry, first as managing editor for Simon & Schuster’s children’s group and later for the audio department. Eventually Deborah headed up production, design, manufacturing, and inventory control for Henry Holt and later became vice president of corporate administrative services for Macmillan, where she was responsible for facilities management and group purchasing.
Scott Hernandez, Climate Action Reserve
Scott Hernandez is business development manager for the Climate Action Reserve, where he works on the development and implementation of strategies to promote the Reserve and its protocols to a wide range of audiences, including project developers, regulated businesses and voluntary offset buyers. Prior to joining the Reserve, Scott worked as an energy and climate change specialist at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) in Sacramento. In addition to advocating to the California’s state regulatory agencies on behalf of public water agencies, Scott lead initiatives to facilitate the adoption and implementation of onsite renewable energy and water -and-energy efficiency technologies at water agencies throughout California. He has an MBA in International Management and an MA in environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.