Learning About Carbon Offsets? Take Advantage of Our Online Course!

This course is for people who are engaged with or interested in carbon offset markets, and who want to take advantage of almost 35 years of experience accumulated since the first carbon offset project

35 Years of Carbon Offsets

When it comes to climate change, few mitigation efforts have been as popular or as contentious as carbon offsets. The arguments involved are many, complicated, and polarizing. This course will synthesize much of the carbon offset thinking and literature of the last 30 years.

Why You Need This Course

Benefit #1: Leverage the Thousands of Hours the Climatographers Have Spent Working on Carbon Offsets

We worked on the first carbon offset project in 1988. Since then, we have spent thousands of hours integrating carbon offset topics and materials into our Climate Web knowledge management solution.

Benefit #3: Learn About Key Issues Facing Round 2 of Carbon Offsets and the Many Conversations That Are Underway

Learn whether it’s time to leave additionality controversies behind, why the Climate Neutrality industry faces an existential threat to its existence, and why many observers are urging a switch from “offset claims” to “contribution claims.”

Benefit #2: Understand the History Behind and Controversies That Have Characterized Carbon Offsets

Explore whether fraud and double-counting have really been the biggest problems facing offset markets and what the literature says about the environmental integrity of offset markets.

Benefit #4: Get the Knowledge You Need to Make Evidence-Based Decisions Buy, Sell, or Invest in Offsets

Carbon offsets are widely characterized as an opportunity to make a lot of money while simultaneously saving the planet. Learn whether these are realistic claims and what you should watch for as these markets evolve.

A superb course

Overall, a superb course. Dr. Trexler‘s comprehensive knowledge allows him to simplify a fairly muddy discussion. He’s able to take a big subject and boil it down to the essential simpler parts. This is a huge plus for viewers. I especially liked the non-polemic tone. This is clearly an educational course, not a partisan viewpoint. Well done!

Jeffrey Atkin (CEO, World Forest Group)

hard to find good resources like this

I really appreciated the Carbon Offsets Course Mini-Brain. It’s amazing how hard it is to find good resources and thinking like this on carbon offsets. None of my typical channels/NGOs surface things like this.

Max Scher (Senior Mgr Sustainability, Salesforce)

valuable information

I'm here to recommend this 2-hour course, packed full of valuable information, which covers some key concepts —permanence, additionality, and leakage— and also raises a couple of critical questions such as the current status of carbon offsets and where carbon offset markets are headed. Go check it out, you'll love it.

Martina Verdun (Financial Translator)

This Course Includes ...


Module 1: Introducing Carbon Offsets 


Module 2: Defining a Carbon Offset?


Module 3: Additionality - A Criterion Apart


Module 5: Carbon Offsets "Round 1"


Module 7: Buying or Speculating on Offsets


Module 9: Moving Beyond Offsets


Module 4: Critiques of Carbon Offsets


Module 6: Carbon Offsets "Round 2"


Module 8: Scoring Offset Quality


Module 10: Dig Deeper Into Offsets in the Climate Web

About The Course Instructor, Dr. 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.

Mark's work on climate change knowledge management is inspired by Carla O'Dell's quote: "If only we knew what we know." The information to solve climate change exists, but it rarely gets to the right person at the right time. The Climatographers want to help change that. We welcome your feedback and ideas, including on courses like this one.

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