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FIVE MUNICIPALITIES ACHIEVED CARBON NEUTRALITY THROUGH THE COMMUNITY CARBON MARKETPLACE.

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Duncan, BC, June 9th 2015

The City of Duncan, Town of Ladysmith, Islands Trust, District of Highlands, and District of Ucluelet all met their carbon neutral commitments through the Community Carbon Marketplace in 2014 by retiring 646 tonnes of community carbon credits. As a direct result, these local governments have invested over $16,000 into the local low-carbon economy.

The Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM) provides a new local approach for communities to lower their carbon footprint while kick-starting the local low-carbon economy. For the first time, small to mid-sized businesses and community organizations can generate revenue streams for every tonne of carbon reduced through eligible GHG projects by participating in the innovative online CCM Program. This new revenue stream rewards sustainable business decisions and acts as a tipping point in favor of making them.

Green businesses rewarded for reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the CCM program include the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op, Island Bio-Diesel Co-op, Greasecycle Inc., and Net Zero Waste in Abbottsford.

For local governments, the CCM is a positive way to meet their Climate Action Charter commitments while investing in the growth of their local low-carbon economy. Currently, 178 out of 182 communities in BC have made the commitment to become carbon neutral. Through their participation in the CCM, the City of Duncan, Town of Ladysmith, Islands Trust, District of Highlands, and District of Ucluelet are sending a clear message that they can support community solutions to climate change by investing in their local green economy.

The Community Carbon Marketplace is an initiative of Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA), a community non-profit organization. If your organization or business is working on a green project that reduces GHG emissions, you may be doing more than a good thing for the environment – you may be generating revenue which until now has been inaccessible. The CCM is a carbon exchange initiative that enables local governments, businesses and individuals to meet carbon-neutral objectives and build community resilience by purchasing community carbon credits from local businesses and projects that reduce GHG emissions such as such as switching from fossil fuels to bio-fuels or electric vehicles, diverting organics from landfill, and building retrofits.

The CCM provides an accessible, transparent investment vehicle for contributing to the success of green initiatives that have the greatest potential for making a difference. CCM aims to set an ethical precedent in the BC Carbon market that true sustainability is about acting locally and thinking globally. Contact the CCM if you are still in the market for community based carbon credits. As expressed by Brian Roberts, Executive Director – Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society.

“This is exactly the way I believe the carbon market should be working: supporting a paradigm-shift to a truly sustainable, globally-minded economy in a way that increases the viability of renewable alternatives at a local level.

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If you would like more information, please contact M Hassaan Rahim at 250-597-1491 or email at hassaan@cowichanenergy.org

For more information on the Community Carbon Marketplace, visit the CCM website at: www.communitycarbonmarketplace.com

 

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We are Hiring!

Position: Research & Outreach Assistant

Role:  Research Assistant to support Carbon Footprint Assessments and GHG Reduction project assessment and outreach in an exciting and growing field of community GHG management and offsetting.

Job Description:  The successful applicant will join an experienced team to work with local governments, businesses and non-profits to:

  • Assisting with research and data collection for carbon footprint/baseline and GHG reduction project assessment
  • Research existing protocols and guidelines, and help develop new approaches where needed
  • Outreach to local governments, businesses and non-profits to help build awareness of the innovative new CCM approach to making communities carbon neutral while growing the local green economy
  • Outreach to identify and develop new GHG reduction projects suitable for generating offsets
  • Admin and Office Assistance
  • Provide a support role for CEA sister companies and staff as needed

Desired Qualifications:  The successful applicant will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • A working knowledge or interest in learning about carbon accounting and GHG reduction projects assessments. Direct experience in both an asset.
  • Excellent abilities to communicate complex subjects in both simple and technical terms, depending on the audience.
  • Completed (or at least working towards) an applicable University Degree or Technical diploma preferably in environmental sciences/sustainability.
  • Ability to work together in a team and independently without supervision
  • Initiative and diligence to be able to independently look ahead to what is needed to successfully complete a task, and then do it.
  • Ability to research and understand scientific studies and to apply this to help develop methodologies for GHG accounting and assessment
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced work environment (project-based work may require evenings and weekends to meet those deadlines)
  • Previous experience using CRM software such as Salesforce.
  • Fundraising skills or experience

Position: Project & Outreach Assistant

Role:  Project and Outreach Assistant will provide hands on support for CEA’s renewable energy projects. You will have an important role in every aspect of the organization and its initiatives and interact with key partner, employees, members, and suppliers.

Job Description:  The successful applicant will join an experienced team to work with local governments, businesses and non-profits to:

  • Support for renewable projects such as project coordination, communications, reporting and outreach
  • Assisting staff and team with biofuel production from feedstock collection to distribution
  • Working with members of BC Biofuel Network to provide increased access to biofuels in BC
  • Researching new environmentally friendly recycled and value add products that are made from waste cooking oil and biofuel by-products.
  • Outreach to local governments, businesses and non-profits to help build awareness of the use of biofuels to grow the local green economy
  • Admin and Office Assistance
  • Support the maintenance of the company database/CRM with up-to-date information and data.
  • Provide a support role for CEA sister companies and staff as needed

Desired Qualifications:  The successful applicant will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • A working knowledge or interest in learning about alternative energy and biofuel production. Direct experience in both an asset.
  • Excellent abilities to communicate complex subjects in both simple and technical terms, depending on the audience.
  • Completed (or at least working towards) an applicable University Degree or Technical diploma, ideally in environmental sciences/sustainability.
  • Ability to work together in a team and independently without supervision.
  • Initiative and diligence to be able to independently look ahead to what is needed to successfully complete a task, and then do it.
  • Ability to research and understand scientific studies and to apply this to help identify new areas of growth.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced work environment (project-based work may require evenings and weekends to meet those deadlines)
  • Experience working for a non-profit agency
  • Previous experience using CRM software such as Salesforce.com
  • Any direct sales, graphic design and marketing experience is a bonus.

Eligibility criteria for both positions: 

Please only apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
  • CEA is based in Duncan on Vancouver Island and the best candidate will also be located here or able to work in Duncan.

Job perks for both positions:

  • Get practical knowledge of sustainability and environmental protection.
  • Learn industry leading knowledge about the emerging field of carbon accounting and energy management from our experience and qualified team
  • A shorter work week, 35 hours instead of 40 hours
  • Strong emphasis on your professional and personal development
  • Dedicated mentor to provide support and knowledge wherever and whenever needed
  • Workplace orientation to get you started and to ease you in our company culture and projects
  • Ability to get your hands dirty and learn about biofuel production from feedstock collection, processing to distribution.
  • Ability to improve your research, organizational and communicational skills.
  • Contribute to providing local tangible solutions to fight climate change

These two positions are part of the Canada Summer Job program on a contract basis for 14 weeks starting May 19th, 2015 with the potential for a permanent full-time career for the successful candidates in the future once the participants completes their academic pursuits.

Applications, consisting of a cover letter and resume, will be accepted until May 4th with the email subject referring to the position you are applying for.

Please direct all applications and inquiries regarding the position to in an email to:

Deborah Fawcett, Administrator,

Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society

admin@cowichanenergy.org

*Please make sure you are eligible before applying*

For more information on the Community Carbon Marketplace visit: www.communitycarbonmarketplace.org


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Local Community Solution to the Global Problem of Climate-Change

In 2005, New Society became the first North American book publishing company to become carbon neutral. There was no model to follow, so in true New Society Publishers fashion, they created one. Ever since then, New Society has taken steps to not only reduce its emissions but also balance them every year to maintain its carbon neutral commitment. New Society has been using 100% post-consumer recycled, ancient forest friendly paper that yields a reduction of 36% in their annual carbon emissions over “business as usual.” The balance of the emissions which cannot be reduced is neutralized by investing in local greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction initiatives that prevents the release of a similar quantity of emissions, or which will achieve long-term carbon-storage.

In 2005, New Society neutralized 213 tonnes of carbon. In 2014, nearly 10 years later, they are balancing 200 tonnes GHG emissions through Vancouver Island-based Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM), the first online community carbon credits market in North America. The CCM is an appealing alternative in the evolving Carbon market as it functions as a “micro-exchange.” CCM is accessible by community-based greenhouse gas (GHG) initiatives and local governments, and directs offsetting dollars to invest in the development of a local low-Carbon green economy to balance communities for a healthy planet.

The Community Carbon Marketplace, a not-for-profit initiative of Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society (CEA), is an online community carbon exchange that helps local governments and businesses meet carbon neutral objectives through the purchase of community carbon credits (CCCs) generated by local organizations and projects that reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs).  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 in the form of CCCs. These can be listed and sold through the CCM for organizations to meet their carbon-neutral commitment entirely from community offset sources.

Funds from the purchase of each CCC go to the organizations and projects that produce them, as the CCM supports credible, ethical community-based GHG reduction projects by ensuring community dollars are transparently directed to local organizations and small-businesses to invest in their green initiatives.                                                                                                

“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.” – Hassaan Rahim, Project Manager – Cowichan Energy Alternatives.

CCM recently entered a “community champions” contest run by BC Hydro and need your votes to win $10,000. Each person can vote once per day until the contest ends on November 30th. BC teachers and schools can also support the CCM video and enter themselves for a chance to win $1000 for their class!  You can watch the video and vote for the CCM initiative at:

https://champions.bchydro.com/entries/view/cowichan-energy

Let’s vote for CCM each and every day and support their mission to provide sustainable and local solutions to our global problems.

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For more information on the Community Carbon Marketplace, visit the CCM website at: www.communitycarbonmarketplace.org or watch our animated video below:

 


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CCM – game changer!

The CCM matches buyers (municipalities, businesses and individuals) of Community Carbon Credits/GHG reductions with local sellers (Social enterprises, businesses and non profits that reduce carbon emissions). These organizations were previously unable to access the market because their projects were too small, the costs of assessments were too high, and the bureaucracy and jargon was too thick!


The result is an online “Farmer’s Market of the Carbon Market” featuring local projects that you can feel good about supporting. Each purchase of a community carbon credit (C3) is an investment that helps support the local economy and fosters community resilience!

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What’s it all about?

There is a new local approach for communities to lower their carbon footprint while kick-starting the local low-carbon economy. For the first time, small to mid-sized businesses and community organizations can generate revenue streams for every tonne of carbon reduced through eligible GHG projects by participating in the innovative online Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM) Program. This new revenue stream rewards sustainable business decisions and acts as a tipping point in favour of making them. By directing offsetting dollars back to the communities where they originate and monetizing locally-generated carbon credits, the CCM will create additional value for initiatives that reduce GHGs, and create a multiplier effect that supports ongoing growth of the local low-carbon economy.


The Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM) is a community-based carbon exchange initiative to enable local governments, businesses and individuals to meet carbon-neutral objectives by purchasing carbon offsets from community-based projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build community resilience.


Prior to the CCM initiative, the knowledge and cost barriers to community-scale projects prevented local organizations and small businesses from being able to account for, and realize the value of carbon credits for which their projects would be eligible. First launched in 2012 by Cowichan Energy Alternative (CEA) in consultation with local and regional government as well as the provincial Climate Action Secretariat (CAS), this initiative creates a community-based alternative to existing carbon offset registries that is based on international protocols and works within BC provincial guidelines.