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Project Leaders Featured on Climate One

August 30, 2019

We’re pleased to share that TWO of our partner project leaders, Ecotrust’s Pauline Kalunda and Taking Root’s Kahlil Baker, were featured in a recent Climate One podcast titled “Carbon Offsets: Priveleged Pollution?”

The full podcast audio and transcript first appeared on Climate One and the podcast summary, list of participants, and transcript can be found here.

Americans deserve better coverage of carbon finance

June 22, 2019

We’re back at it with another Op-Ed in The Hill, one of Washington’s most respected and influential news outlets. This time we collaborated with Steve Zwick, editor of Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace and host of the Bionic Planet podcast. On the COTAP blog you can read the piece and learn more about why we wrote it.

In a nutshell, forest carbon offsetting projects are way too often taken out of context, misunderstood, and demonized. Mostly it’s by somewhat-forgivable and unoriginal hacks like Ryan Jacobs who don’t know any better and are likely just looking to hit word count so they can make rent. But it’s much more dangerous when done by smarter but dishonest and unaccountable journalists like Lisa Song, who are funded by dark money and hidden agendas. Enjoy!

May 21, 2019

COTAP partner Ecotrust Uganda’s Trees for Global Benefits project was featured in a piece by Christopher Bendana and Ryan Lenora Brown titled “Cash for trees: Homegrown carbon offset program bears fruit.

March 29, 2019

The Green New Deal is a bold and controversial legislative resolution that seeks to simultaneously tackle both climate change and economic inequality.  Since 2011, we’ve been empowering individuals and organizations to address their unavoidable carbon emissions through certified forestry projects which create income for rural communities in areas where earnings are typically less than $2/day.

So, we decided to write an op-ed to chime in on the public discussion of the Green New Deal in order to emphasize that its core concept is not new and, more importantly, to explain how what we do fits in.  Our piece has just been published by The Hill, one of Washington’s most respected and influential news outlets:

“Green old deal: Why carbon offsets matter more than ever”

About The Hill

The Hill, which is known among those who influence policy as a “must read” in print and online, serves to connect the political players, define the issues, and influence the way Washington’s decision-makers view the debate.  Since its launch in 1994, The Hill has been the newspaper for and about Congress, breaking stories from Capitol Hill, K Street and the White House.  The Hill stands alone in signaling the important issues of the moment by delivering solid, non-partisan and objective reporting on the business of Washington, covering the inner-workings of Congress, as well as the nexus between politics and business.

March 24, 2019

COTAP partner the Khasi Hills Community REDD+ Project was featured in a piece by Disha Shetty titled “As Climate Change Depletes Forests, One of India’s Greenest States Turns to Its People.

OZY media covers COTAP April 2018

April 20, 2018

An OZY piece titled “Americans on Climate Change: All Talk, Little Action” includes a candid interview with COTAP founder Tim Whitley about some of the challenges individuals face when seeking to reduce their carbon emissions. The article also includes highlights from an OZY & SurveyMonkey poll of nearly 4,000 American adults about their climate actions.

GreenBiz and Sustainable Brands cover COTAP's partnership with Expedia

August 2017

On August 2, COTAP issued a press release about working with Expedia, which became the first Fortune 500 company to choose carbon offsets which directly share 60% of revenues with people who live on less than $2/day.  The news was covered by both GreenBiz and Sustainable Brands, two of the longest-standing and most respected news organizations covering (you guessed it!) green and sustainable business.

Sustainable Brands’ August 3rd coverage was titled “Expedia Combating Poverty, Climate Change with Revenue-Sharing Carbon Offset Program.”

GreenBiz Editorial Director Heather Clancy interviewed COTAP founder Tim Whitley about how we can make carbon offsets go miles further. The 35 minute interview appeared in the GreenBiz 350 Podcast on August 11th. On Monday August 14th, we were the GreenBiz’ lead story titled “Why travel giant Expedia paid a premium for these carbon offsets.”


September 20, 2016

COTAP founder Tim Whitley was interviewed by Mark Brush for a piece called “Can you really offset the carbon dioxide you put in the atmosphere?” which aired September 20th on Michigan Radio’s award-winning The Environment Report.  The piece also aired on Interlochen Public Radio.




March 14, 2016

COTAP was featured 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 too shabby, considering that COTAP’s bootstrapped and the other guys are backed by those with much more money than us – Overlook International Foundation, USAID, and the United Nations, respectively.





March 1, 2016

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.



February 14, 2016

Both COTAP and our partner the Clinton Development Initiative’s Trees of Hope project were 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, when the article came out we noted on social media that we felt this article had an unnecessarily negative spin on it (this Oct. 2015 piece from CNN was just as bad).

Here’s why. Though the article made an interesting point or two, it was 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, at the time this article came out it wasn’t (and still 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 Featured in “100 Under $100” by Betsy Teutsch

February 4, 2015

COTAP’s pleased to announce that we’ve 100Under$100-sidebarbeen included in a new book called “100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women” written by Betsy Teutsch and to be released on March 6, 2015.

100 Under $100 is a comprehensive look at effective, low-cost solutions for helping women in the Global South out of poverty. Most books on this subject focus on one problem and one solution; author Betsy Teutsch instead spreads her net wide, sharing one hundred successful, proven paths out of poverty in eleven different sectors—including tech, public health, law, finance, and more—in a visually striking book full of images of vibrant, strong women farmers, health practitioners, entrepreneurs, and
humanitarian tech stars doing exciting, cutting-edge work. Eye-opening and compelling, 100 Under $100 is an accessible entry point for globally-attuned readers excited about using a broad range of tools to empower women and help alleviate poverty in the developing world.

Learn more about the book and author on the official 100 Under $100 website and order the book on Amazon.

COTAP Featured by Years of Living Dangerously

September 22nd, 2014
We’re pleased to announce that COTAP is a featured solution in multiple categories of the “What We Can Do” section on Years of Living Dangerously’s new website! Years of Living Dangerously is an Emmy-winning Showtime documentary series about climate change featuring correspondents such as Harrison Ford, Lesley Stahl, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Damon, Jessica Alba, and Don Cheadle.

June 10, 2014

In this interview with Rolling Stone Brazil, Ziggy Marley discusses his new album, partnering with COTAP to offset his tour’s CO2 emissions, and his father’s legacy.

mercury-news-silicon-beatMay 15, 2014

SiliconBeat, the tech blog of The San Jose Mercury News, covered the news that Ziggy Marley is offsetting the carbon footprint of his Fly Rasta tour with COTAP.  Read the article here.

Ziggy Marley Partners with COTAP!

May 8, 2014

Six-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley is now a Cotapper, leading by example and addressing the CO2 emissions from his Fly Rasta 2014 world tour. Learn more at

November 18, 2013

COTAP is now an official offsets provider for Costa Rican sustainability consulting firm 100-SD. An article about our partnership appeared in La Nación, Costa Rica’s leading newspaper, in an article entitled “Empresa 100-SD certificará compañías costarricenses como c-neutrales.

Costa Rica aims to be the first carbon neutral country by 2021.  Together 100-SD and COTAP will be providing Costa Rican businesses of all sectors and sizes with the service of measuring, reducing, and offsetting their carbon emissions!


October 18, 2013

Our carbon footprint reduction tips got recognized in an article entitled “Cinco acciones diarias para cuidar el medio ambiente.

Provo Daily Herald

June 16, 2013

Our carbon footprint calculator was recognized in a Provo Daily Herald article entitled “House to declare independence — from high energy bills.

Clinton Foundation Blog: Cutting Carbon and Alleviating Poverty

November 6, 2012

clintonfoundation-2“Cutting Carbon and Alleviating Poverty” is a guest post by COTAP founder Tim Whitley about the relevance and practicality of carbon offsets for individuals, as well as how and why COTAP connects individuals with forestry projects in least-developed countries in order to create life-changing income for rural farmers.

Check it out on the Clinton Foundation’s blog here:

…And on the Huffington Post here:

The Clinton Foundation Partners with COTAP

October 22nd, 2012prweb

See the press release on PRWeb at

COTAP on New York Times Dot Earth Blog!

August 23rd, 2012

COTAP was covered on The New York Times Dot Earth blog in a piece entitled “Action Plans on CO2 that Go Beyond ‘Woe is Me, Shame on You.’

COTAP on The Huffington Post

April 27th, 2012

COTAP was covered in a Huffington Post Piece entitled “Do you COTAP?  Alternative Energy for MBAs in Dismal Times”

COTAP featured on Sierra Club’s blog

April 11th, 2012sierraclub was recently covered on Sierra Club’s Scrapbook blog in a piece entitled “Combating Climate Change and Global Poverty in One Fell Swoop.


COTAP on IdeaMensch

March 19th, 2012

COTAP founder Tim Whitley answers startup blog IdeaMensch’s questions exploring COTAP from the entrepreneur’s perspective.

Check out the article at

COTAP on Grist

February 6th, 2012

COTAP’s thrilled to have been recently featured on leading environmental news site!

Check out the article here: “Plant a tree, pay a salary, save the climate — all at once”

COTAP Launch Press Release

September 30, 2011


August 17th, 2010

COTAP’s first press!  Bay Area sustainability blogger Greencognito (Rich Schwerin) had some questions for Given the recent cold Bay Area weather, we agreed on a fireside chat format!  You can check out the interview here