City Forest Credits is a non-profit organization created by, of, and for urban forestry. Our mission is not to generate profits for us, but to advance the cause of urban forestry. We do not employ sales people, and we never buy carbon or VERs to mark up and sell. All of our processes and fees are fully disclosed to projects and transparent.
We work with cities and non-profit tree organizations to create both programs and single projects. There are built upon two important innovations: a Tree Preservation Protocol and a unique bundled Carbon+ Credit that includes quantified storm water reductions, air quality, energy saving, and, of course, CO₂ storage.
Two Types of Urban Forest Carbon Projects:
- Planting projects involve the planting of trees that will store carbon dioxide and generate Carbon+ Credits for sale. Planting projects can take place anywhere within our definition of urban areas, which are essentially metropolitan areas, city and town boundaries, source water protection zones, or transportation rights of way.
City Forest Credits develops spreadsheets that guide a project manager to collect and enter data for their project. The spreadsheet then calculates CO₂ storage, co-benefits, and Carbon+ Credits.
- Preservation projects involve the protection of existing trees that are at some risk of removal. The protection must take the form of an easement for trees on private land, or a management plan or protected status for trees on public land.
Carbon dioxide storage in the protected trees is quantified through five steps described in the protocol. The quantified CO₂ then yields an amount of Credits that can be sold.