Spotlight

April 28, 2014 Climate Registered Member Exelon Corporation surpasses ambitious goal to eliminate carbon emissions seven years ahead of schedule.

April 18, 2014Cool Planet Member The Grand Del Mar undergoes retrofits and reduces energy consumption to shrink its carbon footprint. Learn more about the resort's green initiatives here.

April 18, 2014 Natural Capital Leaders Index recognizes Registry member PG&E as the only US "Decoupling Leader" for growing revenue while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact .

February 18, 2014 Natural Capital Leaders Index recognizes Registry member PG&E as the only US "Decoupling Leader" for growing revenue while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact .

February 18, 2014CDSB releases CDSB Framework Draft Consultation to promote and advance disclosure of environmental information. The expanded framework includes information on natural capital, namely forest risk commodities and water. Learn more here.

February 7, 2014Join the Climate Action Reserve for NACW, the longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets. The event will be held in San Francisco, March 26-28. More info here.

December 16, 2013The Natural Resource Agency released 'Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk', an update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy." Link "Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk.

December 16, 2013Registry Members the California Department of Public Health and UC Irvine receive the 2013 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Sustainable Practices. Congratulations!

December 10, 2013Small Businesses: Enter to Win a Free Year of Registry Membership by Completing the Small Business Survey. Due January 10th.

November 13, 2013UC Berkeley meets its aggressive GHG reduction goal two years ahead of schedule.

October 29, 2013Don't miss the 2014 A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition "Navigating Environmental Crossroads", June 24-27 in Long Beach, CA. Learn more and see the call for abstracts..

October 21, 2013Early Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Climate Leadership Conference, hosted February 24-26 in San Diego, California. Best Rates Expire December 12, 2013. Learn MORE.

October 15, 2013 The Climate Registry co-authors white paper that demonstrates how to address the climate impacts of California's water systems.

September 19, 2013 Architectural Digest featured Registry member Sokol Blosser's new tasting facility in the October issue. The facility conforms to Living Building Challenge standards and features a green roof and cantilevered overhangs that reduce heat and glare.

September 19, 2013 Registry member PG&E Corporation released its 2012 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report and is named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for continued leadership on issues of social, environmental and corporate responsibility.

September 17, 2013 Registry member Exelon Corp. is the top ranked U.S. electric utility in CDP's Global 500 report. Reporting and verifying through The Climate Registry gives the company the highest quality carbon data and a better CDP score.

August 9, 2013 UCLA rated one of the most sustainability universities in the nation by Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll.

August 6, 2013 Delta Air Lines has lowered its annual GHGs by 8.5 million metric tons, an 18.4% reduction since 2005.

August 2, 2013 Ford's 2014 F-150s will give customers the option to run on natural gas.

August 1, 2013 Shell leads on climate change with a self-imposed carbon emissions tax.

July 31, 2013 Manitoba introduces strategy for North America's first petcoke and coal heating ban as well as mandatory reporting.

July 29, 2013 Tower Companies is the first two-time winner of the DC Mayor's Sustainability Award.

July 22, 2013 3Degrees offers perspective on The Registry's recognition of RECs. Contact 3Degrees if you would like to purchase RECs to reduce your organization's carbon footprint.

July 18, 2013 Exelon presents its 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report, ensuring accurate accounting of GHGs by using The Registry standards.

July 16, 2013 Abt Associates announces its membership, alongside industry leaders, with The Climate Registry.

July 10, 2013 Known for its longtime commitment to environmental sustainability, the city of Davis was crowned the state's "Coolest California City" by the Air Resources Board.

May 22, 2013 USPS wins a whopping 10 awards in the Federal Green Challenges Award.

April 23, 2013 Tom Bowman of Registry member Bowman Design Group shows small businesses how to reduce GHGs and cut costs.

April 22, 2013 Delta releases 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report and is recognized in the Wall Street Journal. Delta CEO Richard Anderson said, "At Delta, we believe that transparency goes hand in hand with sustainability."

April 22, 2013 Registry Board Member Mary Nichols named one of Time's Top 100 of 2013. Congratulations, Mary! The recognition is well deserved.

April 19, 2013 Bentley Prince Street President & CEO, Ralph Grogan, wins SBC's Lifetime Business Achievement Award. Congrats from The Climate Registry!

April 19, 2013 Registry members Timberland and Clif Bar sign the Ceres Climate Declaration.

April 17, 2013 Innovative member Ford to cut vehicle waste 40% by 2016.

April 09, 2013 California Air Resources Board names Richard Corey new Executive Director. The Climate Registry congratulates Richard on his new position.

February 26, 2013 Hershey joins The Sustainability Consortium

January 29, 2013 Registry members dominate the GEELA awards, California's highest environmental honor. Sapphos Environmental, City of San Diego, Aquarium of the Pacific, State of California Department of General Services and Alamenda-Contra Costa Transit District win awards in different categories. Learn more here. www.calepa.ca.gov/awards/geela

January 3, 2013 Registry member WRI and WBCSD released a sustainable procurement guide for wood and paper-based products. download

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Verification Tips and Resources

Verification Resources

  • TCR Guidance on Verification Cost Factors– Updated June 1, 2012
  • NEW Internally Reviewing Your CRIS Report – Updated July 21, 2014
    This document provides you with an insider's look into what Verification Bodies look for when reviewing CRIS Reports and details common errors so that you can catch and correct any inconsistencies before you start the verification process.
  • Overview of the Verification Process – Updated February 10, 2011
    What does the verification process consist of? This resource outlines the various steps for hiring and contracting a Verification Body, conduction Verification Activities, and submitting your final emissions report to The Registry.
  • Verification Tips & FAQs– Updated May 31, 2012
  • Sample Request for Proposals - Updated June 1, 2012
    A sample request for proposals to help you contract with a Registry-approved Verification Body.
  • Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement - June 8, 2012
    A Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement for verification services
  • Sample Contract - Updated June 1, 2012
    A sample contract for verification services.
  • Batch Verification FAQs– Updated February 7, 2012
  • Prepare for Verification webinar - Please contact our Member Services team to request access to a recorded version of this webinar, which is designed to help all Members prepare for verification by reviewing the process and steps and sharing helpful tips.

Tips for an Easier Verification

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    Tip 1: Starting Out - Look Before You Leap

    • Identify key personnel, considering:
      • Background
      • Representation across your organization
      • Availability
      • Permanence
    • Read the General Reporting Protocol
    • Read the General Verification Protocol

    Tip 2: Get Technical Assistance (TA)

    • Your Verifier cannot provide TA
    • Consider seeking TA with:
      • First-time inventories
      • Large inventories that require additional resources
      • Complex inventories that require expertise

    Tip 3: Use Simplified Estimation Methods with Caution

    • Classify emissions as Simplified Estimation Methods with caution and only when it yields notable reductions of effort
    • Be aware of changes resulting in increases beyond threshold
    • Keep Simplified Estimation Methods sources the same from one year to the next

    Tip 4: Get Organized

    • Good evidence simplifies the verification process for both the Member and the verifier
    • Expect that the verifier will request records:
      • Ideally, maintain copies of all records that support the activity data used in the inventory
      • Utility bills, purchase records, logs, etc.
      • At a minimum, know:
        • Who can provide records associated with the data
        • The process for obtaining and providing those records and how long that process might take in your organization

    Tip 5: Establish a Clear Audit Trail

    Graphic provided courtesy of Registry-recognized Verification Body First Environment, Inc.

    Graphic provided courtesy of Registry-recognized Verification Body First Environment, Inc.

    Tip 6: Prepare an IMP

    • Prepare an Inventory Management Plan (IMP) to:
      • Facilitate internal efforts in preparing next year's inventory
      • Communicate the data management system and quantification methodologies to the Verifier

    Tip 7: Conduct an Internal Audit

    • Evaluate risk:
      • Where are systems and controls unclear or weak?
      • Where might errors occur due to these weaknesses?
      • Where would it matter if errors did occur?
    • Follow audit trail, checking activity data and calculations

    Tip 8: Give Yourself Time

    • Start compiling your inventory early
    • Leave time for an internal audit
    • Timing of Verification is affected by:
      • Conflict of Interest process
      • Size and complexity of inventory
      • Quality of management system
      • Availability of records for verification
      • Transparency of audit trail
      • Necessity of corrective action

    Tip 9: Benefit from Verification

    • Strategic Benefits
      • Support management confidence in GHG actions (e.g. target setting, reduction projects, trading positions)
      • Facilitate transparency for an organization with stakeholders
      • Maintain the credibility of GHG program (internal or external)
    • Tactical Benefits
      • Improve GHG management systems and data collection processes
      • Inform organizations on GHG quantification best practices
      • Enhance communication, coordination and cooperation of the GHG management team

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