Peer Verification Training: April 2nd at Duke


Location: Penn Pavilion, Room Penn 2, Duke University, Durham NC

Timing: 8:30am – 4:30pm April 2nd, 2019.

Cost of attendance is $11.50 and includes offsets to neutralize your travel to Durham, North Carolina. Register here.

The Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) is hosting a training on the peer verification of carbon offset projects. The training will focus on the Offset Network’s Peer Verification process and the DCOI Urban Forestry Offset Protocol. The innovative peer verification procedures being piloted by the DCOI and the Offset Network, in contrast to expensive third-party verification, provide educational opportunities for students and is expected to remove the high cost barrier of verification.  

The DCOI’s Urban Forestry Protocol (UFP) will be presented and explained as the initial protocol to successfully employ peer verification, although other project types may also benefit from this training. We would encourage anyone with an interest in the verification of carbon offset projects to attend. The UFP facilitates new tree plantings, and long-term maintenance of community trees because carbon offsets, generated through the sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in trees, are an additional source of revenue for urban forestry practitioners for whom this training may also be relevant.

The training will feature experts from the Climate Action Reserve, The Ecosystem Marketplace, The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, Duke Forest, Durham’s Division of Urban Forestry, and higher-education institutions that have participated in peer verification efforts previously. These experts will frame the training in the context of carbon offsets, allowing newcomers to the subject the chance to first learn about the existing carbon market structures before discussing the opportunity presented by innovative peer verification. Forestry experts from Duke and Durham will lead a hands-on tree maintenance and measurement walkthrough to prepare future verifiers to evaluate urban forestry projects’ management plans. Optionally, peer verification understanding will be assessed through a web-based knowledge-assessment and certificates identifying completion of the Peer Verification Training will be granted to those that pass.

The training will also be recorded to share online. Registration fees will be used towards making the workshop carbon neutral, including the travel of all speakers and attendees. If the $11.50 registration fee might exclude you from attending please be in touch as we may be able to waive the fee.

Please contact Tani Colbert-Sangree ( or Matthew Arsenault ( with any questions leading up to the event.


As the event begins at 8:30am we recommend coming in the night before if you will be traveling to attend the event. Follow the below link to identify a hotel near Duke University or feel free to check out Airbnb options which are plentiful in the Durham Area.

Duke’s recommended accommodations

The training will include coffee, and vegetarian-friendly breakfast and lunch. Be in touch if additional dietary restrictions apply and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Training made possible by a grant received from the North Carolina Forest Service