BOONE, N.C. — The Appalachian Carbon Research Group (ACRG) — an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff and students at Appalachian State University studying carbon dioxide emissions, carbon accounting and carbon offset possibilities —will host their second OFFSET (Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship and Education Together) Workshop thanks to a $3,984 grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
The workshop, which is titled “The OFFSET Workshop: Developing a Forest Offset Protocol for Small-Scale Forest Owners,” is planned for early September 2018.
The proposed event builds on ACRG’s research and outreach efforts, and follows the success of the first OFFSET Workshop, which was held Oct. 6, 2017, on Appalachian’s campus.
“While the purpose of the first workshop was to provide a broad audience with an overview of the mechanisms for participation in carbon offset projects, the second workshop will target an expert audience to discuss a set of ideas for developing an offset protocol for small-scale forestry projects,” Dr. Tatyana Ruseva said.
Student researchers involved with the project include Erin Bishop Voss, of Chapel Hill, and Kayla Young ’16, of Mars Hill. Voss and Young are both graduate students in Appalachian’s Master of Art in political science program with a concentration in environmental policy. The program is housed in Appalachian’s Department of Government and Justice Studies.
The ORAU grant is administered by Appalachian’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE).
About the Department of Government and Justice Studies
Appalachian State University’s Department of Government and Justice Studies offers undergraduate programs in political science and criminal justice, and graduate programs in political science and public administration. Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the department has over 600 undergraduate majors and more than 70 graduate students. Learn more at https://gjs.appstate.edu.
About the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics
Since 2008, Appalachian State University’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE) has fostered interdisciplinary research on the environment, energy and economics, especially the areas in which these subjects intersect. The institute serves as an umbrella organization for three centers: the Appalachian Energy Center, Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA) and the Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center (SAEREC). The work supported by RIEEE is integrated into Appalachian’s academic programs, used to facilitate discovery among K-12 student students and teachers, and employed in the region’s economic development. Learn more at https://rieee.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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