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Published: February 29, 2024 by Editorial Team
20 Things You May Not Know about The Climate Trust
If you’re considering a career with The Climate Trust, here are some fun facts to get you acquainted with our culture.
- We have been honored as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to work for by Oregon Business Magazine for three years
- The team gives back to the community each year through a group volunteer activity, and staff are encouraged to make a difference individually through paid volunteer hours
- The whole staff takes part in quarterly outings that build camaraderie, and inspire exploration of the outdoors and our vibrant urban community. Can anyone say, whitewater rafting?!
- 100% of staff bike, walk or take public transit to and from the office—and we’re rewarded for doing it!
- Bring your dog to the office, or hang out with your pooch at home using our work from home policy
- We’ve been around since 1997—we’re actually the oldest carbon entity in the nation!
- We operate under the Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard, the nation’s first legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions
- To date, all regulated Oregon utilities have chosen to mitigate their emissions through The Trust
- In 2014, The Trust committed its milestone $10 millionth dollar to purchasing offsets
- The Trust manages multiple special purpose programs in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana, California, and Massachusetts—including the prestigious NW Natural Smart Energy Program
- Our business model provides capital to early-stage projects that rely upon revenues from carbon markets
- We invest in forestry, grassland conservation, and livestock digester carbon reduction projects
- Our projects are contracted to generate over 5.7M tons in emission reductions, equivalent to carbon sequestered by 6,763,654 acres of U.S. forests in one year
- 55% of the money we invest on behalf of utilities stays in Oregon
- We wrote the first standard for a US offset project in 2001; founded the Offset Quality Initiative in 2007; and transacted the first ever grassland conservation and nutrient management agricultural credits—yep, we’re accomplished!