Climate & Energy: CLASSY Awards Top 5
Climate Change and Energy programs work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the effects of global warming and address the depletion of non-renewable energy resources. View the key indicators of this subcategory here.
Nepal Biogas Project
World Wildlife Fund Inc.
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Nepal Biogas Project
The Biogas project provides rural farmers in Terai, Nepal with access to alternative clean-cooking energy through the household biogas plant. The units operate using a simple technology that uses cattle dung as raw material for producing methane. The installation of biogas units directly addresses two major drivers of forest degradation in Terai – firewood collection and grazing. The need for firewood is eliminated and farmers are incentivized to keep their cattle close to the village to collect dung, thus allowing the surrounding forests the opportunity to regenerate. Revenue generated through carbon financing ensures sustainability of this project while the micro-financing makes the technology accessible even for the poor farmers. In the last five years, 7,500 biogas units have been installed, saving nearly 33,750 metric tons of firewood or 262 hectares of forests from clear felling. In the past year, the project has reduced the emission of 30,000 tons of carbon in the atmosphere. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Shubash Lohani, Program Director” class=”top5″]Almost half of the global population each day cook on open fires that are fueled by coal or solid biomass such as wood. This results into a wide variety of environmental, health and social problems. Providing them will clean cooking technology will not only help the environment but will also contribute to the well being of half of world’s population. [/su_quote]
Climate Action Reserve
Climate Action Reserve
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Climate Action Reserve collaborates with landowners, businesses, the environmental community, scientists, and the government to develop market-based incentives to reducing emissions from hard-to-regulate sources. Working in local US communities, the program implements a three-part strategy: 1) demonstrating the environmental efficacy and cost-effectiveness of market-based approaches; 2) encouraging collaboration among local agencies, and 3) bringing integrity and credibility to the certification of carbon offsets by pioneering clear, objective performance-based standards. The approach has now been integrated into California’s cap-and-trade program and is influencing other emission trading schemes throughout the world. To date, the Reserve has developed 15 standardized, performance-based offset protocols which provide accurate and comprehensive guidelines for the development, implementation, verification and registration of projects that reduce GHG emissions. They’ve also issued over 45 million high quality offset credits. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Honorable Gray Davis, Former Governor, State of California” class=”top5″]The Reserve has long served the voluntary carbon market as a trusted offset program that achieves real, immediate and cost-effective solutions to curb emissions. They will bring the same rigor, transparency and integrity to build confidence and trust in the California carbon market. [/su_quote]
The Amazon is Not for Sale
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The Amazon is Not for Sale: Stop Ecuador’s 11th Round is defending the mega bio-diverse Ecuadorian Amazon from proposed oil development. The area is home to seven indigenous nationalities and is considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. In partnership with the indigenous people, local NGOs, investors and celebrity allies, Amazon Watch launched their international advocacy campaign to amplify voices of indigenous peoples defending their ancestral territories. The program has been successful in building the capacity of the indigenous people to speak up against the sell of their land, keeping corporations such as Occidental Petroleum (OXY), Conoco Phillips, and Talisman Energy out of the local territory, and continuing to press for a redressing of past harms. In 2013, the program collected 60,000 signatures in opposition to the decision of the Ecuadorian government. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Leila Salazar-Lopez, Program Director” class=”top5″] Keeping oil in the ground will keep rainforest and indigenous territories intact and prevent millions of tons of carbon from being released. Respect for indigenous rights and implementation of alternative development projects to reduce dependency on non-renewable resources will also be achieved. [/su_quote]
Last-Mile Distribution of Social Benefit Product in the Developing World
The Paradigm Project
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Last-Mile Distribution of Social Benefit Product in the Developing World
The Paradigm Project is a social enterprise that develops last-mile supply chains to serve developing world markets through a branded franchise model called EzyLife. Local EzyLife charter partners sell fuel-efficient stoves, water filters, solar lights and other life-enhancing products to base of the pyramid customers through traditional wholesale, retail and highly-trained sales associates called EzyAgents. In Kenya, the program has deployed $4 million in equity and term debt, sold 120,000+ stoves, saved families over $3.7 million in household income, saved 320,000 trees from deforestation and contracted the sale of over 6M tons of carbon offsets, all in the last two years. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Neil Bellefeuille, Program Director” class=”top5″]Most of our time over the past 5 years has been spent building and refining the model. We are now in the early stages of scaling it and expect to see significant global progress. [/su_quote]
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Green@Home
Silicon Valley, California
Green@Home employs a high-tech/high-touch model to address residential energy efficiency. Volunteers are trained to work with residents, installing energy-saving devices, helping them create an energy-saving plan, and empowering them to become climate champions in their own communities. In partnership with Bidgely and Home Energy Analytics, the program also provides free, online software that tracks and analyzes home energy use, based on SmartMeter data. Green@Home is then able to provide monthly email reports on energy progress and residents are given specific recommendations on how to reduce their own energy waste. High Energy Homes participating in the program saw an average electricity savings of 6% ($695/year), with the top quartile of those savers averaging 18.3% savings ($2,156/year). The average expected savings by national utility companies offering similar programs is 2%. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Debbie Mytels, Program Director” class=”top5″]Climate change is a global problem. Saving residential energy as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is relevant to all developed and most developing nations. If programs like ours were implemented more globally, the effects of all those local actions would combine to create a significant decrease in the levels of greenhouse gas emissions. [/su_quote]
The Environment Experts
The Leadership Council is an honorary board comprised of a diverse group of experts that will collectively determine the winners of the CLASSY Awards in this cause sector. Their unique perspective and valuable insight establishes this recognition as one of the highest honors in the social sector.
Photo credit: WORLD WILDLIFE FUND/CANON GLOBAL