[Ok-sus] ECOpass Program - Correction

Bob Waldrop music at epiphanyokc.com
Thu Apr 19 12:27:40 CDT 2012


So all of the ECOpass money goes to the farmer? Nothing is retained for
administration?

 

This gets more exciting the more I read about it.

 

Bob Waldrop

 

From: ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org
[mailto:ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org] On Behalf Of Stacy Hansen
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:43 AM
To: 'ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org'
Subject: [Ok-sus] ECOpass Program - Correction

 

It is great to see the publicity about the ECOpass Program and the Oklahoma
Conservation Commission's Carbon Program on this listserv. Because the roles
of the agencies were confused in a previous post, I want to clarify: 

INCORRECT: "When a person or business buys an ECOpass through the Oklahoma
Conservation Commission, that money funnels through OACD to the farmer to
implement their conservation practice."

 

CORRECT: When a person or business buys an ECOpass through the OKLAHOMA
ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS, that money is PAID DIRECTLY to the
farmer to implement their conservation practice. The Oklahoma Conservation
Commission provides verification of the practice.

 

OACD has done a tremendous job forging partnerships and projects to get
their ECOpass Program up and running in partnership with the Oklahoma
Conservation Commission. As a result, in March 2012 the Oklahoma Carbon
Program was included in an international report on voluntary carbon markets
(http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=
8922
<http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=
8922&section=news_articles&eod=1> &section=news_articles&eod=1). 

 

There are great things going on in Oklahoma. Thank you Bob Waldrop, and
other dedicated persons on this listserv, for all your efforts. 

_________________________________
Stacy Hansen

Director, Oklahoma Carbon Program

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Office: (405) 522-4739
www.conservation.ok.gov/Carbon_Sequestration

 

 
<http://www.ok.gov/conservation/Agency_Divisions/Water_Quality_Division/WQ_C
arbon_Sequestration/About_the_Program/> Description: 2010.7.21
Carbon-Logo.gif

 

 

On Apr 18, 2012, at 10:11 PM, "Bob Waldrop" <bwaldrop at cox.net> wrote:

 

> This is great news!  I am sorry if I seemed suspicious, but there is a lot
of greenwash going on out there and now that I know that there is something
real going on here I will promote it. I know lots of farmers.

>  

> Bob Waldrop, chair of the standards committee, Oklahoma Food 

> Cooperative, www.oklahomafood.coop

>  

> From: Kinsey Crocker

> Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 9:35 PM

> To: Bob Waldrop ; ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org

> Subject: Re: [Ok-sus] Keep Earth Day Local This Year with ECOpass

>  

> Sorry, Bob. You're right. They just got the website up, and I guess they
are still populating it. And I didn't want to send a super long e-mail in
fear it wouldn't get read.

>  

> Farmers who have a conservation project that they would like to implement
on their land, such as planting native grasses in pastures with low crop
yields to keep dirt from blowing, improving range management, building
fences, converting to no-till and other conservation practices that also
sequester carbon, can sign up to be in the program through the Oklahoma
Conservation Commission. They get put on a waiting list because currently
there are more projects that need funded than there is funding. When a
person or business buys an ECOpass through the Oklahoma Conservation
Commission, that money funnels through OACD to the farmer to implement their
conservation practice.

>  

> The Oklahoma ECOpass program is one of the only offset programs with a
verification component where the Oklahoma Conservation Commission makes site
visits and documents progress to ensure that buyers of CO2 offsets are
getting what they pay for and that purchased offsets are real.

>  

> I think it's pretty neat because it's a local program that anyone can help
fund (since it's only $5 per credit/per acre) to keep our air and water
clean. It's a market-based solution that is completely voluntary and allows
Oklahoma businesses and citizens to invest in the protection of Oklahoma's
natural resources with no government funding or taxpayer dollars.

>  

> In six watersheds where the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
worked with farmers to plant buffer zones, transition to no till, and
improve livestock management, the EPA certified those formerly polluted
watersheds now meet water quality standards. If water is cleaner upstream,
it costs municipalities less to clean the water and helps keep Oklahoma
watersheds off the EPA's regulatory list. Thanks to voluntary efforts like
this, Oklahoma was recently named #2 in the nation for improvement in water
quality.

>  

> OACD is planning to add more detail to the website with some examples of
farmers who have been participating in the program thus far so people can
see tangible examples. I'll pass your message along.

>  

> Kinsey Crocker

> Director & Senior Account Executive

> 405.840.4222

> www.anglinpr.com

>  

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>  

> From: Bob Waldrop [mailto:music at epiphanyokc.com]

> Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:47 PM

> To: Kinsey Crocker; ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org

> Subject: RE: [Ok-sus] Keep Earth Day Local This Year with ECOpass

>  

> I'd like to know more about this program.  Exactly how does buying one of
these "Eco-passes" actually supply cash money to an Oklahoma farmer?  What
are the farmers being paid to do?  How do farmers sign up for the program?
I checked the website, but it was very thin, zero in the way of details,
mostly just links to off-site websites.

>  

> If you say more, you'll get more donations.  If you say less, people will
be less likely to donate.

>  

> Bob Waldrop

> Oklahoma City

>  

> From: ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org 

> [mailto:ok-sus-bounces at lists.oksustainability.org] On Behalf Of Kinsey 

> Crocker

> Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:18 PM

> To: ok-sus at lists.oksustainability.org

> Subject: [Ok-sus] Keep Earth Day Local This Year with ECOpass

>  

> The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts invites you to help
conserve Oklahoma's natural resources with ECOpass. ECOpass is a local
carbon offset program that allows Oklahomans to offset their carbon
emissions by paying for an Oklahoma farmer or rancher to reduce their carbon
footprint through conservation practices. Supporting local conservation
projects benefits everyone in the state by keeping water clean, reducing
pollutants in the air and sustaining environments for wildlife to flourish.
The average American emits 20-30 metric tons of carbon per year, but through
the ECOpass program, you can offset half a metric ton of carbon per year by
purchasing one acre for $5. For more information or to purchase ECOpasses,
visit www.ecopassok.com.

> 

> Carbon offsets aren't a free pass to pollute more. This is just a great
way to help local farmers conserve our natural resources.

>  

> Kinsey Crocker

> Director & Senior Account Executive

> 405.840.4222

> www.anglinpr.com

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