Newsletter July/August 2014

In This Issue
Letter from the Executive Director LetterfromtheED

A new report, Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States, looks at the impacts of climate change at the county, state and regional levels in the U.S., providing yet another reminder that our economy and communities are at risk. These findings are starkly illustrated by happenings all across North America: flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, a brutal fire season in Canada's North and the Western U.S., the algal bloom that derailed Ohio's water supply and the prolonged drought in California. 
 

However, the report also reiterates what we at TCR believe: that if we act now, and galvanize the forces of human ingenuity and innovation around this challenge, we can avoid the worst impacts.
 

It's this belief that drives us forward -- as well as the belief that rigorous and consistent GHG measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) underpin the many actions that people, businesses and governments are undertaking. Having good carbon data is what helps all of you make sound policy and business decisions.
 

That's why we're more engaged than ever in expanding what we do. TCR now not only operates North America's premier voluntary GHG registry, as well as a number of state agency and mandatory reporting programs; but we are also working with others to build GHG MRV capacity outside of North America, in places like developing Asia. 

 

At the same time, we are convening a conversation about how we harmonize and standardize GHG measurement so that jurisdictions can align and link efforts.


For TCR to grow from the little environmental NGO that could into a global GHG MRV expert and advisor is exciting and energizing, especially when we look at the people, companies, jurisdictions and countries who have joined the TCR community and are now acting on climate change. We are humbled and assured that together, we can make the difference. Together, we will navigate the risky business of climate change. 

 

 

My very best,

 
  
David Rosenheim
Executive Director
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Coffee with Cool Planet 
Grab your cup of coffee or tea and join Cool Planet staff, Outreach Manager Annie Hoeksma and Program Director Amy Holm, as they discuss a variety of topics related to GHG reporting and energy management with invited guests. This your opportunity to get to know other Cool Planet Members and ask questions of The Registry's staff, guest speakers and each other. 
 

Creating Meaningful Goals for GHG Reductions

Thursday, August 21st at 10am PDT


Guest speakers: 
  • Peggy Kellen, Director of Policy - The Climate Registry
  • John Sottong, Senior Climate Change Specialist - U.S. EPA
  • Wendell Brase, Vice Chancellor - University of California, Irvine (2014 CLA recipient for organizational leadership)

Register HERE.


Benefits of Third-Party Verification
Thursday, September 18th at 10am PST

 

Register HERE.

 

Dates, times and topics are tentative and subject to change. 

 

Prepare for Verification Webinar

Wednesday, August 20th at 11:30am PDT

 

This training is provided to our Members to help them better prepare for verification. Join our Verification Services team for an overview of the process, tips for completing the process efficiently and "lessons learned" from previous verification cycles. Recommended for both first-timers and seasoned reporters. 

 

Register HERE.

 

2015 Climate Leadership Awards Application Deadline

Friday, September 12th 

 

The Climate Leadership Awards early bird application deadline passed on Friday of last week. Those who submitted applications before the early bird deadline can expect feedback by Friday, August 22, 2014. Be sure to get your finalized application in by Friday, September 12th to earn your organization the recognition it deserves for its climate action leadership! 

 

Learn more HERE 
Call for Public CommentsPublicomment
U.S. EPA's Draft Clean Power Plan Proposal

U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan Proposal aims to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Power plants are the largest source of GHG emissions in the U.S., accounting for 40% of total emissions.

Public hearings were conducted throughout the week of July 28th and U.S. EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until October 16th, 2014.

 

TCR  has convened a task force of state representatives from its Board of Directors to identify opportunities that will help states to comply with the final regulation. Members with questions about the proposed Clean Power Plan, or TCR's efforts to support it, should contact TCR's Director of Policy, Peggy Kellen

 

Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2.0 (GPC 2.0)

 

The GPC is a global framework, jointly developed by ICLEI, WRI, C40 and collaborators like the World Bank, UNEP and UN Habitat, that harmonizes emissions measurement and reporting processes for cities of all sizes, economies and geographies. Community participants are empowered to develop effective climate action plans and low-emissions development strategies. 

 

After completing a nine-month pilot test, GPC 2.0 is open for public comment now through August 18th, 2014. Practitioners, technical experts and city officials in the fields of energy, transportation, waste-management, agriculture and forestry are eagerly invited to comment HERE

TCR officially released General Verification Protocol version 2.1 (GVP v. 2.1), which went into effect on July 1st, 2014 coinciding with our reporting deadline and marking the start of the 2014 verification cycle. These changes are part of an ongoing evolution of our program primarily in response to Member feedback. 

Watch highlights of the GVP v. 2.1 release webinar below to learn how the protocol's key updates might effect your organization's 2013 inventory. You can find the updated protocol and a full summary of changes on the GVP page of our website. 

TCR's verification team continues to extend a warm thank you to all individuals in our protocol work group and those who made constructive contributions during the public comment period. We sincerely appreciate your interest in the development and maintenance of our protocols. 

GVP v. 2.1 Release Webinar
GVP v. 2.1 Release Webinar Highlights
"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
-Malcom X
Resources in the Worksresources
Water-Energy GHG Protocol 

As the UN transitions from its "water for life" decade for action (2005-2015) to its decade of sustainable energy for all (2014-2024), the water-energy nexus is an obvious focus area for climate change mitigation and adaptation. There is an enormous amount of energy spent in maintaining our fresh water supply, while all types of energy rely on water in production as well. Although some water agencies and large-scale consumers track what they can in terms of GHG emissions, there is no consensus-based guidance for measuring emissions across the complete water cycle. In an effort to change this, TCR is beginning research on a water-energy GHG protocol, funded in part through a grant from Clif Bar Family Foundation. 

Learn more HERE
Scope 3 Tracking Tools

Thanks to all of you who participated in our air travel survey last month! We hear you loud and clear when you say you need more help with scope 3 emissions. Your feedback is extremely valuable as we develop tools to make reporting for scope 3 emissions easier, and we look forward to sharing them with you soon.
PAL Program: Empowering Public Agencies with Emissions Data

TCR's Public Agency Leadership (PAL) program continues to help state, provincial and territorial governments better measure and manage their carbon footprints. Agencies involved in the program enjoy the benefits of TCR's technical assistance and gain access to a reporting software that helps complete complex calculations for them. California state agencies completed their reporting this past Spring and TCR continues to build inventories for several Minnesota agencies. Generating quality carbon data empowers states, provinces and territories to demonstrate their leadership and accountability, to reduce emissions and increase operational efficiency, and to measure their progress against targets. 

Learn more HERE
Member Spotlightmemspot
University of California President's Initiative: Carbon Neutrality
 
The University of California is an established national leader in combating climate change through its sustainability and GHG emissions reductions efforts. Now, The University has set its sights on an aggressive goal: to achieve carbon-neutrality in its operations by 2025. In order to achieve this goal, The University will shift its energy-sourcing profile to focus on wholesale electricity, renewable energy, natural gas and biogas and the development of offset projects. 
 
As a group of TCR's long time reporting Members, including past Climate Leadership Award winners like University of California: Irvine, the UC system uses GHG inventories registered with TCR to effectively track emissions over time and to identify operational areas where reductions will make the most impact. Additionally, inventories reported to TCR and verified against our high standards will help the UC system to track progress towards it carbon neutral goal.
 
You can read more about The University of California's carbon-neutrality efforts HERE, and be sure to check out the list of council officials who will oversee the project. 
Cool Planet SpotlightCPspotlight
California State University, San Bernardino: First CSU Campus Joins TCR

 

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is leading the way on the measurable path to sustainability for California State University (CSU) by becoming the first campus to join The Climate Registry community. CSUSB qualified for the Cool Planet Project with its significant energy savings achieved in part through Southern California Edison's Integrated Demand Side Management Strategies.

CSUSB met and exceeded CSU Office of the Chancellor's requirement of a 30% net reduction in BTUs per gross square foot from 2000 to 2010. Through innovative engineering, more efficient equipment and fixtures and practical behavioral shifts, CSUSB achieved a 33% reduction while experiencing over 61% net growth in built space.  


Earlier this year, CSUSB completed a retrofit project which transformed its exterior lighting and controls to a state-of-the-art energy efficient system. The project replaced over 1,765 exterior high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. Learn more about the University's additional energy conservation projects and sustainability initiatives HERE.
 

Welcome and Congratulations to New Cool Planet Members!

 

The following Cool Planet Members receive fully or partially funded membership with The Climate Registry:

 

  • Pfizer, La Jolla
  • Shaw Industries, Inc.
  • West Basin Municipal Water District

For more information about the Cool Planet Project, please click HERE.

 

The Cool Planet program provides utility business customers with education and technical training to measure and manage their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The Cool Planet program is funded by California utility rate payers and administered under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission, through a contract awarded to The Climate Registry. California customers who chose to participate in this program are not obligated to purchase any additional services offered by the contractor. This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis from 1/1/2013-12/31/2014 or until funds are depleted. Terms and conditions apply. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
Upcoming Events from Our PartnersEvents
California Adaptation Forum (CAF14)
August 19-20 in Sacramento, CA
 
Hosted by the Local Government Commission and the State of California, the first biennial California Adaptation Forum will build off the successes of the National Adaptation Forum in Colorado. Next week, the forum will engage a diverse mix of more than 600 California policymakers, practitioners and leaders on topics including public health, energy, water, emergency management, agriculture, biodiversity conservation and coastal management issues associated with climate change and adaptation.  
 
Register HERE


2014 One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit

September 15-17 in Kansas City, MO

Organized annually by the U.S. Water Alliance's Urban Water Sustainability Council, join water leaders, sustainability directors, transportation planners, parks and recreation officials, as well as business leaders, non-profit organizations and U.S. EPA regulators in driving the paradigm shift for water sustainability. Let's connect the dots among water, land use, parks, forests, transportation, energy and other sectors to revitalize cities with multi-benefit projects that produce triple bottom-line results.

Register HERE.

Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference 2014
December 2-4 in Sacramento, CA

Since 1996, REM has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace attended by leaders from federal and state governments, large corporate purchases, the nation's leading utilities and electricity generators, and marketers from around the world. REM is organized by the nonprofit Center for Resources Solutions and the U.S. EPA. Join the conversation on renewable energy by registering below.
 
Learn more HERE
Staff Spotlight: Meet Michelle!staff
Michelle Zilinskas, Verification Program Assistant
As the newest member of our Verification Services Department, Michelle Zilinskas will assist in overseeing verification activities between TCR's Climate Registered Members and third-party, ANSI accredited verification bodies. In previous positions she has worked with stakeholders in energy and climate policy at OurEnergyPolicy.org, the World Wildlife Fund and the U.S. Climate Action Network. 

Michelle received her Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. Welcome to The Climate Registry team, Michelle! 
Congrats Climate Registered™ Members!CRmembers
The following Climate Registered Members have reported and verified their carbon
footprint since April of 2014. The high-quality data that our Members generate enable them to operate more efficiently, sustainably and competitively. Emissions inventory reports for Climate Registered Members are available to the public free of charge and can be viewed HERE after registering as new user. 
New Five-Year Climate Registered Members
  • ENVIRON Holdings, Inc. 
New Four-Year Climate Registered Members
  • City of Davis, California
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • University of California, Riverside 
New Three-Year Climate Registered Members
  • South Bayside Waste Management Authority
New First-Year Climate Registered Members
  • University of California, San Francisco

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