Donations to the Community Carbon Fund (CCF) support carbon offsetting activity in the greater Holland/Zeeland area. Although CCF does not sell registered carbon offsets, funds are distributed to support projects on a dollars per metric ton basis, providing donors with an approximation of carbon that is offset by their contribution.
Before receiving funding, Community Carbon Fund projects are reviewed by an advisory board of local experts to ensure they abide by the principle of additionality.
Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (Co2e)
There are many kinds of greenhouse gases. Some are more “potent” regarding climate warming potential than others. Carbon is the most common and recognized gas, so we measure all greenhouse gases by their Co2e. The measurements CO2 and Co2e are usually interchangeable.
Community Carbon Fund projects that remove existing carbon from the atmosphere are considered sequestration efforts.
Community Carbon Fund projects that prevent the release of carbon into the atmosphere that would have otherwise occurred is considered efforts towards mitigation.
Carbon Offset Standard
Prioritizing its local focus, the Community Carbon Fund does not sell credits in compliance with an externally recognized Carbon Offset Standard. Projects are thoroughly vetted by an advisory board and reviewed for compliance with policies established by the fund before receiving funding.
Contributions to the Community Carbon Fund are voluntary donations. Donations are not transactions for formally recognized offsets and are not meant to assist individuals or organizations with offsetting efforts required for compliance with regulatory schemes.
The Community Carbon Fund does not operate or partner with formal carbon offset registries. Donations support projects on a dollar per-metric ton basis providing donors with an approximation of carbon that is offset by their contribution. An advisory board of local experts reviews estimates of project sequestration potential before being approved for funding.
In order to be eligible for funding through the Community Carbon Fund, projects must include assurances of permanence and/or contingency plans for possibilities that would negate the efficacy of the offsetting activity.
Additional Local Offsetting Activities?
Head to www.offsetguide.org for more information.