The Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) is tasked with helping Duke University meet its goal of being carbon neutral by 2024. To do this, it has developed several different types of carbon offset projects, and purchased offset credits from projects around the world. One type of project the DCOI is interested in is avoided conversion of forested land. This project prevents a forested parcel from being developed, and allows the project developer to get offsets from the carbon sequestered by the trees they've protected.
The DCOI acted as a client for a Nicholas School of the Environment master’s project titled Forest Carbon, Conversion Risk and Conservation Values: GIS Modeling of Suitability for Avoided Conversion Forest Carbon Considering Conservation Cobenefits. This master’s project team built a tool that allows DCOI staff to search for parcels and evaluate them based on their risk of conversion or development. This tool will help Duke University identify parcels that it may want to develop an avoided conversion carbon offset project on, potentially in partnership with a land trust. DCOI staff will cover carbon offset basics and go over avoided development offset project types. We will also discuss how land trusts and universities can work together on these types of projects. The Duke master’s graduates will go into detail about the tool they developed for DCOI and how it can be used to identify parcels for potential conservation.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center