Reforestum

This submission reflects this organization's contribution to the climate effort, representative of their current actions and commitments as well as the ways in which they intend to step up and collaborate with others.

Reforestum's Climate Action Contribution

About Reforestum's Climate Efforts

Reforestum believes that stopping climate change requires a multi-faceted approach to reducing the planet's CO2 levels to 350 ppm. Decarbonization of our energy sources, upgrading infrastructure, finding efficiencies and lifestyle shifts, policy, and reforestation all have a part to play in tackling the biggest challenge facing humanity.

Our economy is far from operating at carbon neutrality, so in the meantime, we need solutions for people and businesses to help reduce their carbon footprint. Reforestum's strategy is to inspire people from around the world to join the movement of collective reforestation. Planting a tree is helpful, but when we all work together to plant trees, we grow forests that sink carbon into the ground and provide essential ecosystem services our planet and fellow humans rely on.

Our first forest was planted thanks to the contributions of 865 reforesters from all over the world who backed our Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in February 2016. This forest is certified as a carbon capture project by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment (Mapama) through its Bureau of Climate Change.

Climate Action Commitments

Current Climate Actions Reforestum Is Taking:

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Commit to Reducing the Climate Impact of Your Transportation

Organizations making a commitment to reduce the climate impact of transportation should consider practices such as measuring transportation greenhouse gas emissions and setting reduction targets, switching fuels, optimizing the efficiency of shipping operations, and reducing transit- and travel-related greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses can develop a green transportation action plan to map the movement of goods to market and identify opportunities to increase efficiency. Organizations can buy hybrid and electric vehicles within their own fleet, and can reduce the footprint of their workforce through incentivizing public transportation, installing EV charging stations, promoting telework, and locating near transit centers.

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Commit to Understand and Reduce Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Understanding your GHG emissions is the first step to making measurable reductions in those emissions. The EPA provides an overview report and CoolClimate Network provides a simple tool for “low emitters” to better understand sources of emissions, as well as how to use that information to set reduction targets. For this commitment, it is as simple as committing to complete a greenhouse gas inventory for your business or oganization, but in the future your inventory can be used to make a commitment to set a specific goal, such as “reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2025.

New Climate Actions Reforestum Commits To Take:

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Commit to Responsible Engagement in Climate Policy

While individual organization action is necessary, local and federal government action is also needed to reach global climate goals. Your organization can have a critical voice in advancing public policy. A commitment to responsible engagement in climate policy means that your organization commits to supporting public policy to: promote energy efficiency and renewable energy; increase investment in a clean energy economy; support climate change adaptation, or put a price on carbon.

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Commit to the Natrual and Working Lands Challenge

The natural systems upon which we depend are essential to life and critical for reducing the impacts of climate change on our communities. These systems are also under threat from human activity and climate change. Maintaining the resilience of natural and working lands is an important part of any GHG emission reduction strategy. It is also important to securing the well-being of communities, economies and ecosystems. Actions that secure and enhance the “carbon base,” such as land conservation, restoration, and improved management, also support watersheds and food systems, improve air quality, protect against urban heat islands and sea level rise, and preserve the beauty and function of natural areas and parks. Those that accept the NWL Challenge should commit to securing natural and working lands as a resilient net sink of carbon. This will take different forms for different actors. For example, local, sub-national and national jurisdictions might take a broad approach like that of the U.S. Climate Alliance. Landowners and managers may wish to focus on restoration and implementing climate-smart practices on their own lands. Businesses may look at their supply chains and customers as potential partners, and incorporate natural and working goals into their own climate change commitments and strategies.

The U.S. Climate Alliance States commit to taking actions that will reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration in forests, farms, rangelands, wetlands and urban greenspace, and integrating these pathways into state GHG mitigation plans by 2020. The Natural and Working Lands Challenge calls on other states, cities, nations, tribes, businesses and others to make the same commitment within their organizations. Feel free to elaborate on your work towards this challenge, along with your other efforts, in the "Other Commitments" field below.

Areas For Collaboration

We are interested in collaborating on the following:

Local Collaboration
  • Collaborate on climate and clean energy action, and to advocate for stronger climate policy at the local level

Natural Lands
  • Developing in measurement and monitoring systems to target efforts and track progress
  • Encouraging states to adopt incentive programs for forest management, tree cover expansion, and soil health
  • Promoting science-based targets for GHG emissions and removals in agricultural supply chains
Other collaborations
As a startup with limited resources, our goal is to build a product that people and companies need and want. Our challenge is to understand the needs and impediments of climate-conscious companies and consumers to meet their Paris Climate Accord goals. We are interested in connecting and collaborating with any organization interested in exploring new and innovative ways to reduce their climate impact, engage their customers, and continue to model real climate leadership.

If you are interested in helping our efforts, please reach out to denny@reforestum.com. Thank you in advance.

Organization details

Reforestum is an innovative digital platform for people and companies to manage and offset their carbon impact through collective forestation efforts that create an immersive connection to forests.
Sector
Business
Location
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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