Thanks to Ecosystem Investment Partners the National Summit will be climate neutral. We are proud to partner with Ecosystem Investment Partners, a unique private investment manager that delivers the highest quality ecological restoration and conservation projects, and Sterling Planet, a clean energy company and carbon offset provider, as we honor our commitment to offset 100 percent of the Summit’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Restore America’s Estuaries’ National Summit has almost always been climate neutral due to the generosity of our many partners. Using accepted carbon calculators, we estimate Summit activities, including participant travel, will result in 1,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Sterling Planet counterbalances these emissions, through independently verified, locally sourced carbon-reduction projects in the areas of landfill gas.
Climate change — through sea level rise, changing precipitation patterns, altered freshwater inflows, and migrating native and invasive species — has significantly reshaped our coastal landscapes. In many ways, our coasts and estuaries are both the first line of defense and the measuring stick for climate change impacts. Coasts and estuaries can also help reduce the impacts of climate change. The restoration of sea grasses and tidal wetlands offers significant potential for sequestering carbon through estuarine soils. Restore America’s Estuaries is leading a national effort to link climate mitigation and adaptation with coastal wetland conservation activities.
Restore America’s Estuaries and the Coastal States Organization are pleased to be working with Ecosystem Investment Partners and Sterling Planet to reduce the impacts of climate change and for the long-term protection and restoration of our coasts.