Carver Community Forestry Offset Program
Project Description & Co-Benefits:
In 2017, the VCU Office of Sustainability, the Richmond Tree Stewards, and the Carver Area Civic Improvement League entered a partnership to launch the Carver Community Forestry Offset Program – a pilot program to explore the viability of generating carbon offsets through tree planting in Richmond, Virginia.
Located in Carver, a historic neighborhood adjacent to the VCU Monroe Park Campus, the program is designed to meet university and community identified needs. The Carver Area Civic Improvement League sees the pilot program as an important piece of achieving its mission to make Carver a better place to live, work, and visit. For VCU, this is the university’s first foray into carbon offsets and another step towards achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
The pilot program has included three major components: 1) conducting a baseline inventory of existing street trees and empty tree wells in Carver, 2) planting 62 new trees in the neighborhood with the help of 120 volunteers; 3) implementing a tree maintenance program to prevent project reversal and provide learning opportunities for students.
Students have participated in several aspects of the project including conducting the baseline tree inventory, identifying locations to plant new trees in Carver, completing the Richmond Tree Steward training course, and watering and maintaining project trees.
Project Organizer Contact Info:
Wyatt Carpenter, Sustainability Project Coordinator
Active (2017 – Present)
Offset Registry or Program:
Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative – Urban Forestry Carbon Offset Protocol v2.2, Innovative Project Pathway
Cost per Offset ($ per mtCO2e):
# of Total Offsets:
While not verified, the project has the potential to generate 100 offset credits over the life of the project.