Innovative Projects

Innovative Offset Projects pursue new strategies outside of currently approved offset methodologies. These projects reflect the spirit and culture of creativity, innovation, critical thinking, applied research, and experiential education promoted in higher education. Innovative methodological approaches for carbon offsets should be grounded in theory, should reference peer-reviewed literature, and should ideally be supported by anecdotal pilot initiatives. To learn more about Innovative Offset project requirements, go to our overview page. Below are examples of innovative projects.

Duke Urban forestry

The Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) sponsored tree plantings in 7 cities across the United States. In addition, Duke developed a new urban forestry protocol to use for these projects.

OberLIn College Afforestation

Oberlin’s Carbon Management Fund sought to sequester carbon through the afforestation of previously agricultural land presently managed as meadow in Oberlin College's North Fields


Duke Regenerative Grazing

Duke University has convened an interdisciplinary team of students, staff, faculty, and community members to research agricultural policy and the GHG benefits of grazing. They will create a carbon offset protocol and implement a corresponding pilot project.

Duke Home Energy Efficiency

The DCOI works with employees to educate them about energy efficiency home retrofits and provide in-home energy assessments. Loans were provided to increase the affordability of retrofits.

ASU Urban Forestry

ASU’s University Sustainability Practices (USP) office piloted a new urban forestry program to explore the viability of generating carbon offsets through local tree planting projects in Tempe and Phoenix.