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Climate & Energy

Current Projects

The mission of the Pinchot Institute is to advance conservation and sustainable natural resource management by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. We accomplish this through nonpartisan research, education and technical assistance on key issues influencing the future of conservation and sustainable natural resource management.

The Institute is currently focusing on:

 Common Waters Info Sheet  
Common Waters
The Delaware River is a critical resource, both for residents of the region and for the 15 million people who depend on it for their drinking water. The Pinchot Institute is bringing together regional stakeholders across the upper Delaware River Basin to implement innovative solutions to ensure that clean water, natural places, and working lands remain viable now and in the future.

Learn more about Common Waters:
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 EcoMadera Info Sheet  
In the Rio Canande watershed of Ecuador, rural poverty and rapid deforestation are all too common issues. Through building a local sustainable forest management and wood products company, the Pinchot Institute is working to redefine the forest as a source of jobs and income for eight communities in the region while maintaining biodiversity.

Learn more about EcoMadera:
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 Forest Health Human Health Info Sheet  
Forest Health-Human Health Initiative
Rates of health care coverage are low across much of rural America and what coverage many landowners do have often proves to be inadequate over the long-term. What does this mean for the 45% of private forest land in America that is owned by people 65 years of age or older? These aging landowners and their children face difficult realities regarding the costs of major medical expenses like long-term care. In fact, medical care expenses are routinely cited by landowners as the single greatest financial concern that would cause them to accelerate a timber harvest or sell their land. The Forest Health-Human Health Initiative seeks to address this root concern by directly connecting innovative health coverage options with new markets for forest carbon.

Learn more about the Forest Health-Human Health Initiative:
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 LandServer Info Sheet  
LandServer is a web-based natural resource assessment tool that allows landowners and operators to determine their eligibility for current and emerging ecosystem markets and traditional conservation programs. The Pinchot Institute is introducing this easy-to-use tool to help conserve natural lands and promote clean air, water and habitat.

Learn more about LandServer:
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Past Projects
Bay Bank Info Sheet
Bay Bank
Bay Bank is the Chesapeake's conservation marketplace. Bay Bank helps private landowners and operators of farm and forest land in the Chesapeake region access multiple ecosystem service markets, as well as traditional conservation programs.

Learn more about Bay Bank:
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Marcellus Shale Info Sheet
Marcellus Shale
The Marcellus Shale is regarded as an important new source of domestic energy for the United States, but its development also carries significant potential for environmental impacts, especially on water quality. The Pinchot Institute convened a technical workshop that examined the adequacy of existing science to assess cumulative impacts from shale gas development, as well as the science basis for standards and regulations aimed at protecting environmental values during development. The Institute has also released a report on “best management practices” for minimizing impacts on water quality and biodiversity from shale gas drilling.

Learn more about Marcellus Shale:
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Wood Bioenergy Info Sheet

Wood Bioenergy
Ambitious policy goals for biofuels and renewable electricity will significantly increase current levels of wood harvesting in the US. This two-year study by the Pinchot Institute examines methods for estimating sustainable biomass supplies, standards for sustainable harvesting of wood biomass, and bioenergy technologies that can maximize the renewable energy produced from available wood biomass supplies.

Learn more about Wood Bioenergy:
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