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Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in Portland and Kunming

Published: August 20, 2015 by Editorial Team

The Climate Trust is actively involved with exploring the potential to generate carbon credits from changes in agricultural nutrient management practices. Some months ago, this work led our executive director, Sean Penrith, to take part the Portland-Kumning EcoPartnership in Portland’s sister city of Kunming in China’s Yunnan Province. The goal of the trip was to scope the potential to harness the power of the country’s new emissions trading systems to reduce agricultural runoff pollution in one of the province’s major water sources, Dianchi Lake.

The Portland-Kunming EcoPartnership has provided an effective framework to structure and focus peer-to-peer exchange of city-scale technical expertise. Some initial findings from the partnership were recently published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.