Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.00
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
IN-5: Carbon Mitigation Project Development

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Karen Oberer
Sustainability Officer
McGill Office of Sustainability
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During the previous three years, the institution has::
Yes or No
Developed a peer reviewed carbon offsets project that follows an existing carbon reduction protocol No
Developed an innovative carbon offsets project that follows a new or modified project protocol Yes

A brief description of the institution’s carbon mitigation projects:

McGill-AMARIE Carbon Offsetting Project

Project leaders: McGill University & Dr. Catherine Potvin, in partnership with Asociacion de Mujeres Artesanas de Ipetí Emberá (AMARIE)

This project involves the creation of a fair-trade carbon offset mechanism for McGill with Indigenous communities in eastern Panama, establishing tree plantations. It is a joint initiative between the University, the Asociacion de Mujeres Artesanas de Ipetí Emberá (AMARIE), and the traditional authorities of Congreso General Emberá de Alto Bayano. Dr. Catherine Potvin, professor in the Department of Biology and Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests, will oversee the project through her Panama Field Study semester (PFSS). PFSS students will gain hands-on experience by monitoring progress during their studies.

Source: https://www.mcgill.ca/sustainability/get-involved/offsetting-program/mcgill-carbon-offset-project

Dr. Potvin has been working with the Embera people of Panama since 1994 which helped her in developing participatory approaches to integrate the human dimension in biological analysis. Dr. Potvin’s current research in Panama spans a broad range of issues from remote sensing to capacity building and conflict resolution, the unifying theme being forest conservation and climate change. During her career she has edited two books and published more than 100 scientific journal articles or book chapters. Dr. Potvin served as Panama’s negotiator of REDD in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (2005-2009).

Source: https://global.si.edu/people/catherine-potvin-0

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