EcoShift’s study tests and documents the potential of a robust trail system in the heart of the Silicon Valley — alone and in concert with transit — to facilitate a shift from auto trips to trail and transit, and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study provides emissions reduction forecasts, as well as recommendations for a trail- and transit-friendly network.
Achieving extensive greenhouse gas reductions onsite can be costly, which is why various voluntary offset certifications exist. In addition, all climate legislation allows some reductions through the purchase of carbon offsets. EcoShift specializes in developing methodologies to accurately account for the amount of carbon stored in an offset, as in our recent white papers for Climate Action Reserve’s Forest Protocol and Cropland Management Protocol. In addition, we help organizations interested in purchasing offsets determine what is the right type and source of offset so that purchased reductions are credible. EcoShift has also developed a model for local offset programs, which carry the added benefits of ease of monitoring and confirmation by purchasing entities, local governments, and citizens.