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EarthColor, a national commercial print communications company, regularly offsets emissions generated from their production and manufacturing processes by donating a portion of product revenues to the Appalachian Carbon Partnership.

As EarthColor’s CEO, Robert Kashan, explains:...

In 2006, the Presbyterian Church USA passed a resolution to encourage all members to “Make a bold witness by aspiring to carbon neutral lives.” Since then, the church has offset its biennial national meetings by purchasing carbon offsets. In 2012, the church ‘walked this talk...

"At Stonyfield, we’ve been investing in new GHG mitigation opportunities for years as a way to live out our mission. That’s why we were...



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MACED President Justin Maxson’s statement on announcement of new carbon emissions standards

June 2, 2014

Berea, KY – The following is MACED President Justin Maxson’s statement about the June 2 announcement made by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about new carbon emissions standards:

There is still much to understand about the specific impacts of the new carbon emissions standards announced today. MACED believes we all share a responsibility to lessen the increasing threats of climate change. The new emissions rules will present challenges for the region and state. They should also be seen as providing an opportunity to take long-needed actions to diversify our energy sources and our economy.

Mitigating climate change is necessary, and it is imperative that our leaders also advocate for maximum reinvestment back into eastern Kentucky. Such reinvestment is necessary to help the region adjust to the economic impact of decreased coal production and begin to transition its economy. While important steps have been made in that direction...

International Day of Forests - March 21st

March 18, 2014

March 21st is recognized as the International Day of Forests. This global celebration of forests builds on the successes of the International Year of Forests in 2011, and provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Activities expected to take place on the 2014 International Day include tree-planting and other community-level events, and celebrations including art, photo and film as well as social media.

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than half of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. Forests provide many benefits including protection of watersheds, better wildlife habitat, and preserved biodiversity. They also play a key role in our battle against climate change.

You can read more about all of the events here: http://bit.ly/1cTYqnJ

An Alternative Gift Idea for the Holidays: Carbon Offsets

December 12, 2013

As you think about finding gifts at this time of year, consider giving Appalachian Forest Offsets in someone else’s honor. You can let your loved ones know how much you care about them and the future of our planet. Offsets help counterbalance greenhouse gas emissions, and when you retire offsets through the Appalachian Carbon Partnership (ACP), you are backing the long-term sustainable management of Appalachian forestland. Each contribution supports family forest owners in Central Appalachia who are committed to sustainable forest management. Your gift also benefits the region at multiple levels, including a better wildlife habitat, preserved bio-diversity, enhanced water quality, long-term forest health, climate change mitigation, and investment in rural communities.
It’s easy to get started. We have a simple calculator that you can find here that helps you...

Operating responsibly in an era of climate change

December 2, 2013

SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization founded in 1996 that advocates for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight. Its volunteer pilots have flown thousands of individuals and organizations to educate community leaders, policy-makers and the media, and to collect scientific data on forests, watersheds, historic landmarks, and the globally significant ecosystems of the Southeast. SouthWings is based out of Asheville, N.C., but makes flights across 11 southeastern states.
SouthWings adopted a strategic plan in July 2008 that included the goal of becoming carbon neutral so they could operate responsibly in an era of climate change. The company has worked to reduce their carbon footprint by matching its volunteer pilots with the closest possible flight partners, thus reducing en-route time, and by combining multiple purposes into single flights. By increasing the...

MACED continues to be a model in carbon emission retirement

August 13, 2013

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) is now offsetting carbon usage for its two field offices and one other organization-owned building through the Appalachian Carbon Partnership (ACP). Last year marks the first time the organization has offset the carbon use at its field offices.
MACED permanently retired nearly 72mT (metric tons) of carbon in 2012 by investing in privately owned Appalachian forestland through the ACP. The total metric tons retired by MACED includes the Berea, Hazard and Paintsville office buildings, all flight and vehicle travel, and hotel emissions. In addition to offsetting carbon use at all office locations, solar panels were installed on the roof of MACED’s Berea office in 2012, reducing the building’s electricity use, along with its carbon emissions, by 56 percent.
“The upgrades reduced the office’s...

MACED’s Forestry Program is pleased to announce the release of the updated Kentucky Forest Landowner’s Handbook which was supported in part by the US Environmental Protection Agency §319 funds through the Kentucky Division of Water. It is a comprehensive guide to sustainable forest management for the landowners in the Appalachian region complete with up to date forestry information, relevant contacts and resources.
The Kentucky Forest Landowner's Handbook is designed to help property-owners better understand their forest and develop a management plan suited to their specific interests, goals and financial requirements. It is suitable for all private forest landowners, whether interested in harvesting wood products, earning income from non-timber forest products (such as herbs and mushrooms), managing for wildlife, recreation or tourism opportunities, or all of the above. This handbook aims to help all private forest landowners make smart decisions about their resources.