North Fields Afforestation Project
Project Description & Co-Benefits:
The purpose of this project is to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) through the afforestation of previously agricultural land presently managed as meadow in Oberlin College's North Fields. The project relies on saplings planted and self-recruited tree species to sequester carbon and promote native species forest growth. The new forest growth will sequester CO2 in these measurable and quantifiable carbon sinks. Additionally, the eliminating of the practice of simulated burning of these fields, which required mowing the fields twice a year, will result in a reduction of GHG emissions from combusted fuel. Atmospheric levels of CO2 reduced through this project will be estimated using growth models for trees, shrubs, and other carbon sinks and applied to offset the carbon footprint of Oberlin College. Additionally, the project seeks to benefit the surrounding community through co-benefits of project implementation including: water & air filtration, local & migratory wildlife & pollinator habitat, heat reduction, wind break and storm barriers.
This project was developed by the student run Carbon Management Fund (an arm of the Green EDGE Fund) as an active experiment, comparing a section of the project that has been planted with saplings against project areas that are being encouraged to self-recruit and naturally succeed to forest. The project adds educational co-benefits for Oberlin College students who can engage and fulfill project research, monitoring and accounting. As one the first projects of its kind, using the Second Nature Peer Review higher education offset network’s protocols and utilizing Peer Review to accomplish verification, this project seeks to pioneer this option for carbon offset project creation and provide an example for future efforts.
Heather Adelman, Assistant Director of The Oberlin Project
Inactive; awaiting peer review process development
Offset Registry or Program:
Second Nature Carbon Commitment & Peer Review Network (in development)
Afforestation Protocol created by Oberlin Carbon Management Fund (CMF) & the Duke Carbon Offset Initiative (DCOI)
Cost per Offset ($ per mtCO2e):
Estimate will be available in the future. Cost of plantings during Spring 2013 & Fall 2014: $4,650.00
# of Total Offsets:
An estimated 1,143.82 mtCO2e will generate from the project over its 40 year lifespan.