Creating a Carbon Conservation Trust Movement

Steven J. Hollenhorst¹ and Howard L. Sharfstein²



Figure 1. The Problem of human induced carbon emissions.
Figure 2. Emission Sources and Natural Sinks. Source: Project Drawdown.
Figure 3. The Purpose of the Carbon Conservation Trust Movement.
Figure 4. Natural Carbon Sinks as an ecosystem service.
Figure 5. The Scope of Carbon Conservation Trust work.
Figure 6. Imagine Carbon Conservation Trusts working on Natural Climate Solutions.

Valuing Carbon as an Ecosystem Service

Figure 7. The Carbon Conservation Trust Model.

Stop Digging, Secure Carbon

Refill the Hole: Capturing and Sequestering Pedospheric and Biospheric Carbon

Establishing a Carbon Conservation Trust System

Figure 8. Conservation easements enable a landowner to split certain property rights and sell or donate them to government or non-profit organizations to ensure their protection.⁴¹ Traditionally the strategy has not been used in a systematic way to protect or restore carbon assets.
Figure 9. Carbon Markets Ecosystem. Source: Land Trust Alliance, 2020. Carbon Markets: Are They Right for Your Land Trust?

Creating a Carbon Conservation Movement

Organizational Design of the Carbon Conservation Trust Movement

Figure 10: The Carbon Conservation Trust Ecosystem.

Founders’ Conference and Process for Launching Model Carbon Trust


Notes and Citations

Professor and Dean: Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Founder: McCall Outdoor Science School and the West Virginia Land Trust.

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