Evergreen Carbon Capture
Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture program helps companies, organizations and individuals address the threats of global climate change by planting trees in our own Puget Sound region.
Evergreen Carbon Capture (ECC) is a program for those that want to take accountability for their carbon footprint and invest in healthy, resilient forested parks and natural areas for future generations. It began as a partnership with Pearl Jam, who wanted to take responsibility for their carbon emissions produced from their world tour by planting trees in their local community! Since then, the program has grown to include dozens of companies and individuals.
How it works
Our solution is simple—we help you calculate your annual carbon footprint and plant trees locally to balance your carbon impact. Trees are planted as part of Forterra’s comprehensive habitat restoration efforts. ECC plants native evergreen trees on Forterra-stewarded lands and actively managed public and private lands thanks to the help of our Field Partners. Some may even be in your own back yard!
Companies and organizations
Participants demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and gain exposure to people who care about the health of our region. Once participants identify a carbon mitigation goal, we assign the corresponding number of trees and match you with a field partner site. You can even get your entire team involved by participating in volunteer tree planting events.
Regardless of how simple a lifestyle we lead, each one of us inevitably contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions attributing to climate change. In fact, the average American contributes 28.2 tons of CO2 per year to the atmosphere. Explore what activities are contributing to your carbon footprint with our easy online calculator below, and consider partnering with ECC to offset your footprint.
The Science Behind ECC
Trees sequester carbon over their lifetime. We plant 1 tree for every 5 tons of carbon to be sequestered. This number was calculated using the Climate Action Reserve’s Urban Forest Tree Carbon Calculator, which indicates that the average Pacific Northwest conifer tree will sequester 13.9 tons of carbon by its 100th birthday. We like to be conservative and plant almost three times as many trees as needed, so we can guarantee your carbon mitigation. On top of that, if tree survivability falls below 50% we will replant those trees.
Forterra partners with cities, counties, stewardship organizations and landowners to conduct forest and natural area restoration in our region. ECC provides these Field Partners with conifer trees for their restoration efforts, and together we map and monitor tree survival to ensure the success of the project. Our Field Partners often engage directly with participating companies by hosting volunteer tree planting events.
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