Demonstration projects are intended for pilot projects or projects that provide a proof-of-concept. No carbon offsets are generated from these demonstration projects; however, project developers may choose to embark on a peer verified project after completing the demonstration project.
Yale university’s Programmable Thermostat Project
In partnership with the City of New Haven’s Green and Healthy Homes Initiative and the ratepayer funded Home Energy Solution-Income Eligible program, the Yale Community Carbon Fund provided 125 programmable thermostats to low- to moderate-income New Haven homes.
Sewanee’s Zanmi Kafe Agroforestry project
Funded by a student “green fee”, Sewanee, the University of the South, is the first buyer of the ecosystem services provided by Haitian farmers, which include carbon sequestration and the protection and enhancement of watersheds and biodiversity.
Furman Community Conservation Corps
The Community Conservation Corps (CCC) aims to reduce energy consumption, promote homeowners’ financial stability, and increase environmental awareness in Greenville, South Carolina, and eventually generate carbon credits that can be used towards Furman’s carbon neutrality goal.
Clarkson’s Uganda Carbon Offset Program
In 2014, Clarkson University began developing a carbon offset project in Mbarara, Uganda to meet their climate commitment goals. Sequestration is achieved by training women in the groups to practice agroforestry and providing them with small carbon payments in exchange for planting these native trees.
UGA COsta Rica Carbon Offset Program
Beginning January 2008, UGA Costa Rica launched its Carbon Offset Program, an effort uniting the university’s study abroad campus with the San Luis community to offset carbon emissions through reforestation in the Monteverde and Bellbird Biological Corridor region.
VCU’s Carver Community Forestry Offset Program
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.