Carbon Offsets 101




101 Level Free Course

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About Carbon Offsets 101

The idea of carbon offsets is that a company or individual emitting greenhouse gases (GHGs) in one place can “offset” those emissions by avoiding the emissions of GHGs or removing GHGs from the atmosphere somewhere else. But while the idea is straightforward, offsets have proven to be anything but simple to implement. This free introductory carbon offsets course includes 6 lessons covering carbon offset basics.

About the Instructor

Mark Trexler

Dr. Mark Trexler worked on the first carbon offset project while on the staff of the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and worked extensively with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on carbon offset and natural climate solution topics. He has participated in the development of and due diligence on hundreds of carbon offset projects, and his team at EcoSecurities (one of the major carbon market players in Round 1) developed the first carbon offset scoring system. Mark has advised clients around the world on climate change risk and risk management, co-authored the first textbook on business climate risk, teaches climate change mitigation at George Washington University, and co-developed the Climate Web decision-support system. He holds advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

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