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.
Ben Vitale is a carbon market expert and an experienced executive, with over 20 years of executive experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is the first President of The Climate Trust, succeeding the founding Executive Director in December 2009.
Before joining The Climate Trust, Ben served as Managing Director of the Conservation and Community Carbon Fund at Conservation International (CI), where he worked with the private sector to develop climate change solutions and new financial instruments that create business value and achieve measurable climate change results. He supported the development of conservation carbon projects in Biodiversity Hotspots around the world including Ecuador, China, and Brazil. He also advised governments and partners on climate change, particularly in the area of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), in countries such as Guyana, Liberia, Madagascar, and Suriname.
Ben has served as an adviser for Ecosystem Marketplace, the Chicago Climate Exchange, and Patagonia Sur, among others. He also has been a contributor to the books A Climate for Life, Climate Change & Forests, and Voluntary Carbon Markets.
Prior to joining CI, Ben was co-founder and Vice President with Vcapital, a firm that raised corporate financing for businesses through a network of venture capitalists and investment firms. Prior to Vcapital, he was a corporate officer and Vice President with RadioWave Corporation, a Motorola subsidiary, and he held various management and technology positions within Motorola.
Ben holds a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
He is also an avid conservationist, bird watcher, and certified SCUBA diver, in addition to competing in marathons.