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Combined, the member organizations of the Offset Quality Initiative (OQI) have an unparalleled range of experience and expertise in the greenhouse gas offset field. OQI members represent all aspects of the offset commoditization chain, including project development and origination, validation and verification, protocol and methodology development, and registration, as well as professional capacity building and policy analysis. Moreover, all of the member organizations are nonprofit organizations committed to addressing key market failures and protecting public interests.
The Climate Trust
The Climate TrustThe Climate Trust is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997. The Climate Trust's mission is to promote climate change solutions by providing high-quality greenhouse gas offset projects and advancing sound offset policy. The Climate Trust has directed more than $8 million in funding into projects that are expected to offset 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. As one of the oldest nonprofit GHG offset providers in the United States, The Climate Trust brings its unique perspective to policymakers at the state, regional, and national levels. The Climate Trust spearheaded and leads the Offset Quality Initiative.  

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change The Pew Center on Global Climate Change was established in 1998 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and independent organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Center engages decision-makers at the federal, state, regional, and international levels to achieve its goals for mandatory federal climate change policy and a post-2012 international climate agreement. The Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), a group of 42 mainly Fortune 500 companies with over $2 trillion in combined revenue, is the largest U.S.-based association of corporations committed to advancing mandatory policy and business solutions to address climate change. The Pew Center is also a founding member of the influential U.S. Climate Action Partnership.

California Climate Action Registry
California Climate Action Registry The California Climate Action Registry is a private nonprofit organization committed to solving climate change. It serves as a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) registry for entity-wide emission inventories, which was its originally mandated purpose when it was formed by the State of California in 2001. The California Registry also establishes standards for GHG emission-reduction (offset) projects. Through its Climate Action Reserve program, it adopts protocols for quantifying and verifying offset projects. The Climate Action Reserve also accredits and oversees independent verifiers and tracks the transactions of project offsets. The accuracy, transparency, and integrity of all of the California Registry's standards have earned it the reputation as a respected and internationally recognized leader in climate change issues. 

  The Environmental Resources Trust
The Environmental Resources Trust The Environmental Resources Trust (ERT), a business unit of the nonprofit Winrock International, is a leader in emerging markets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading. ERT operates the GHG Registry®. The GHG Registry is the oldest online platform in the world for international carbon trading and is the largest, non-government registry in the U.S. for tradable carbon offsets, with about 20 million tradable offsets registered. In 2007, the GHG Registry facilitated the trade of 1.2 million offsets among GHG Registry member accounts, representing approximately 10 percent of U.S. market share for tradable offsets. To date in 2008, the GHG Registry has facilitated the trade of 2.2 million offsets. 

Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on training and education. The Institute's mission is to train and develop a global community of experts with the highest standards of professional practice in measuring, accounting, and managing GHG emissions; meeting the needs of governments, corporations, and organizations, large and small. The GHG Management Institute is training individuals in GHG management and accounting, as well developing programs to certify professionals who meet the highest standards of expertise and ethical conduct. The Institute also hosts the GHG Experts Network. With well over 1,000 participants, it is the largest network of such experts in the world. The Institute and the Network, together, are building the army of experts and professionals necessary for the development of a credible and robust GHG emissions trading marketplace.

The Climate Group
The Climate Group The Climate Group is an independent nonprofit organization that works with government and business leaders to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Its coalition of proactive leaders - from government, businesses, and NGOs - has demonstrated that the emissions reductions needed to stop climate change can be achieved while boosting profitability and competitiveness. Companies, states, regions, and cities around the world are realizing there are significant economic as well as environmental advantages of taking decisive action now. The Climate Group was founded in 2004 and has offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, China, India, and Australia.

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