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. 

Richmond Tree Stewards demonstrate tree planting for volunteers.

Richmond Tree Stewards demonstrate tree planting for volunteers.

Volunteers planting trees in the Carver neighborhood.

Volunteers planting trees in the Carver neighborhood.

Student Involvement:

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.

Student measures DBH height during a street tree inventory.

Student measures DBH height during a street tree inventory.

Student learns pruning techniques during the Richmond Tree Steward Training Course.

Student learns pruning techniques during the Richmond Tree Steward Training Course.

Project Organizer Contact Info:

Wyatt Carpenter, Sustainability Project Coordinator

carpenterlw@vcu.edu

Project Status:

Active (2017 – Present)

Offset Registry or Program:

Offset Network

Protocol Applied:

Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative – Urban Forestry Carbon Offset Protocol v2.2, Innovative Project Pathway

Cost per Offset ($ per mtCO2e):

N/A

# of Total Offsets:

While not verified, the project has the potential to generate 100 offset credits over the life of the project.

Website: https://rampages.us/carvertreeproject/the-carver-tree-project/

vcu_logo.png