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COTAP featured in “Where to Buy?” section of Ecosystem Marketplace article

March 16th, 2016

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COTAP was highlighted in the “Where to Buy?” section of a piece entitled “At South By Southwest, Carbon Offset Sellers Aim For New (And Offbeat) Buyers.” The piece originated as a PR effort by newcomer offset retailer Cool Effect’s expensive launch at South by Southwest (Déjà vu!) and also mentioned Stand for Trees and Climate Neutral Now. Not bad, considering that COTAP’s bootstrapped and the other guys are backed by those with much more money – Overlook International Foundation, USAID, and the United Nations, respectively. Yes, we’re a little bit jealous… how can you tell?!

COTAP in CPA Australia’s “In The Black” Monthly Business Magazine

March 2nd, 2016

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COTAP appeared in In The Black, the monthly business magazine of CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Australia with circulation in 127 countries. CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with a global membership of more than 150,000 members, over 25,000 of which hold senior leadership positions.

In the article entitled “What is the environmental impact of wanderlust?,” author Michael Gebicki  writes that COTAP’s transparency “stands up to scrutiny” among the many other carbon offset schemes which “offer at best an opaque view of what they do” with your money.

COTAP and Trees of Hope mentioned in The Washington Times

February 14th, 2016

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Both COTAP and our partner the Clinton Development Initiative’s Trees of Hope project were recently mentioned in a Washington Times piece entitled “Bernie Sanders goes carbon-neutral as Hillary Clinton breaks pledge.” We should note here that COTAP is a public charity, and that it’s independent and non-political. That said, we feel this article has an unnecessarily negative spin on it (this Oct. 2015 piece from CNN is just as bad).

Here’s why. Though the article makes an interesting point or two, it is substantively misleading about the offsetting process: it’s not appropriate to offset emissions of a given scope or case (i.e. a presidential campaign) until after all of the emissions have occurred and have been measured. In other words, isn’t possible for any candidate’s presidential campaign to break a carbon neutrality pledge until after the election is done – in November 2016.

COTAP’s Winter 2015/2016 Newsletter

December 29th, 2015

Due to a large number of updates, we put a simple summary in the actual email newsletter linking to this post, which contains all the details, photos, and links. Enjoy!

New Beneficiary Profiles from Uganda and Malawi


Meet (left to right) Musingo Mikhaya, Dorothy and Vekelani Nthala, Daniel Mukhwana, and Petrol Khinda. Together they’re projected to earn $1,567 for planting 1,363 trees which will sequester over 431 tonnes of CO2. Check out their profiles to see how their supplemental carbon offset earnings are improving their lives.



Transparency Updates


Partner Payments & Credit Retirements. In early November we completed project payments to our four projects for tonnes pooled from our individual and business supporters all over the world. We’re currently in the process of retiring these credits, the progress of which can be tracked at COTAP.org/Transparency.

Annual Reports. Since our last project update, the 2014 Malawi and India Annual Reports were approved and posted to our Transparency page, and can be found with all projects’ most recent Annual Reports, Project Design Documents (PDD) and Technical Specifications (TS) in COTAP’s Dropbox folder.



Phase-out of the Sofala Mozambique Project


In February, COTAP paused allocations to Sofala, meaning no money coming in would go towards buying carbon credits from the project until it re-attained good standing. That did not happen. In October, project operator Associação Envirotrade Carbon Livelihoods announced its decision to formally wind down the project.

The project is will thus to be phased out of COTAP and replaced in the coming months. A final third-party verification is underway. When the report is released we’ll share it, along with our plan for addressing any projected CO2 reduction shortfall.



Plan Vivo Foundation Updates


(Full gallery by ZeroMission is here.) From September 28-30, the Plan Vivo Foundation and its longtime partner ZeroMission hosted the biannual Plan Vivo stakeholder event in Sigtuna, Sweden. COTAP met with Plan Vivo staff as well as Kahlil Baker of Taking Root (Nicaragua), Pauline Nantongo Kalunda and Sarah Nachuha of Ecotrust (Uganda), and Ariana Constant of the Clinton Development Initiative (Malawi). Plan Vivo unveiled its brief outlining its very strong alignment with 7 of the 17 recently announced United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

Last but not least, Plan Vivo also recently released its annual report and announced that, for the first time, they’re offsetting their own organization carbon emissions… through COTAP!

COTAP’s September 2015 Newsletter

September 22nd, 2015

This issue focuses on updates about COTAP as an organization.

You can view and share the full newsletter here.

In it, you’ll find more information on:

  • COTAP’s presentation at the Oakland NewCo Festival on Oct. 8th.
  • COTAP’s new brochure. 
  • COTAP’s new mobile-friendly website. 
  • A big THANK-YOU to an anonymous donor who helped make the above two items possible!