There are a wide range of opportunities to generate offsets from the agricultural sector and from land-based activities more generally. This session will explore both current and developing offset standards to tap into this important and potentially significant sector, including on farms, rangelands, and grasslands.
Tatjana Vujic is the Director of the Duke University Carbon Offsets Initiative. The Initiative works on behalf of the University to develop high quality greenhouse gas emission reduction projects to offset the portion of Duke’s emissions that cannot be reduced through on-campus emission reductions. The Initiative seeks to build local, state and regional projects that yield significant environmental, societal, and economic co-benefits and to catalyze and facilitate high integrity carbon offset projects. The Initiative’s first project involves the installation of a waste-to-energy system on a full-scale swine farm. The system meets North Carolina’s stringent environmental performance standards while meeting the Climate Action Reserve’s Livestock Methane Protocol.
Vujic is an attorney by training. Before moving to North Carolina in 2005, she spent eight years practicing law in Washington, D.C., in the private, non-profit, and public sectors, including the U.S. EPA’s air enforcement office. Her expertise lies in cultivating innovative policy and financing techniques to incentivize conservation and pollution reduction practices. Prior to joining Duke University’s sustainability program, Vujic worked for the North Carolina office of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on Farm Bill conservation programs and on improving the swine industry’s waste management practices, and worked for the passage of the 2007North Carolina Swine Farm Environmental Performance Standards Act.
Vujic is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and received a joint undergraduate degree in Geology and Geophysics and Studies in the Environment from Yale University.