Walking in the forest allows students to see more than just the trees.
- The SEMI program at New London Public Schools forest is changing as the trees grow
The Superior Nut Company is an environmentally progressive company based in Cambridge, Mass., USA. Reforest the Tropics partnered with Superior Nut in 1998 to perform a voluntary CO2-emission inventory of Superior Nut’s operations. The information from this inventory was used to plan Superior Nut’s first carbon-offset forest in Costa Rica.
Since that time, Superior Nut has sponsored a total of five tropical carbon-offset forests to balance their global warming emissions. Each acre of their forests will balance 10 metric tons of CO2 every year for 25 years under contract with the farm.
While Superior will benefit from sequestration and long-term storage, the owner of the farms in Costa Rica will benefit from income every 5 years from selling periodic thinnings programmed in the management plan. After the 25-contract is finished, the farmer will be able to sell carbon-offset credits on the world market.
Superior Nut Company achieved its goal ahead of time and is carbon balanced. There is a balance between the carbon dioxide emissions of the factory and the forests sequestering carbon.
Climate Change and the Role of Tropical Forests
- Free classes on climate change and the role of tropical forests.
- A school forest on a farm in Costa Rica with animals, birds and trees.
- A sign with your name on it.
- Capture and store 20 tons of CO2 each year for your greenhouse gas account.
- A 25-year agreement with the farmer.
- The farmer benefits from selling some of the production from the managed forest.
- Your forest is managed by the staff of RTT. A free CO2-emissions inventory done by your students under RTT guidance establishes a baseline for your school or classroom. Can you become greener?
- E-mail reports and photos for your class.
- Watch the forest habitat grow.
- Monkeys, Toucans, Armadillos, Parrots and more!
- Participate in our research to develop a better forest.