Free webinar series focuses on reducing carbon emissions


By Kimberly Rivers Ojai Valley News reporter

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Ventura County government is helping host five free webinars on reducing greenhouse gases in our region, starting Tuesday, April 19.

The webinar series seeks to appeal to a wide array of participants, including local agencies, landowners, growers, project developers, consultants, nonprofits, and financial institutions.

Each webinar begins at 3:30 p.m. 

Discussed will be ways to capture carbon emissions (“carbon sequestration”) and reducing emissions in one area to compensate for the release of carbon emissions in another (“carbon offsets”).

The idea of balancing emissions of carbon dioxide with its removal, or by eliminating them, is called “carbon neutrality.”

According to the county press release: “To achieve carbon neutrality, governments, businesses and communities will need to consider carbon sequestration and offsets as part of the solution toolkit.

“This series aims to introduce potential stakeholders to carbon sequestration and offset markets and to facilitate dialogue, foster connections and projects, and address barriers.”

“In California and the world, there is a growing appetite for carbon-sequestration projects,” said Heather Allen, Steering Committee chair of the Central Coast Climate Collaborative, and Sustainability Program administrator for the county of Ventura. “We have opportunities here in the Central Coast to facilitate investments in our natural and working lands.”

The five sessions are: 

• Tuesday, April 19:  “Carbon Markets: The Basics” will explore the basics and advanced inner workings of carbon offset markets.

• Wednesday, April 27: “Carbon Markets:  Supply-Side Considerations” will explore the world of carbon markets, protocols, and market actors that facilitate the supply side of market transactions.

• Wednesday, May 4: “Carbon Markets: Demand-Side Considerations” will explore the
demand-side considerations of the carbon-offset market through the perspectives of a local government, a university and a project developer.

• Wednesday, May 11: “Beyond Carbon Markets: Holistic and Integrated Projects and
Stewardship” will explore possible sequestering project opportunities and challenges. These projects can have multiple system benefits and they may or may not be completed as part of a carbon-market system.

• Wednesday, May 18: “Bringing it Together” — an opportunity for participants to discuss key takeaways, and consider needs and resources to facilitate local carbon-sequestration projects and offsets.

To learn more about the program, registration, and sponsorships, visit and

According to the U.S. Geologic Survey, “Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide.” Carbon dioxide is a commonly produced greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and sequestration is one way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change. Activities of human beings that contribute to the release of carbon include the burning of fossil fuels for energy production such as the burning of coal, oil, or most often in
California, natural gas.

Communities are exploring ways at the local level to reduce carbon emissions as well as drawdown carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon offsets are one way of helping to lower overall emissions by fees being paid and then used to fund projects that lower emissions. 


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