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The hotel, restaurant, and activities onsite have adopted a recycling program, as well as water and energy conservation initiatives. The site's first energy audit was completed in May 2014, and a water conservation program was implemented in May as well. The interpretive programs at Natural Bridge Park are compliant with Virginia's Standards of Learning, and are a staple visit for school children across the state and neighboring states.
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Coal is the most carbon intensive fossil fuel representing one-third of fossil fuels' share of world total primary energy supply. Coal alone is responsible for 43 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use. For every ton of coal burned, approximately 2.86 tons of CO2 emissions are produced. ERP and its partner C2I, LLC (“C2I”) have advanced the concept of compliant fuel which bundles reforestation carbon credits with fossil fuels, through a legal compliance instrument. To date C2I has planted over 36 million trees on over 100,000 acres of land in the Mississippi Alluvial Delta sequestering over 12 million Metric Tons of carbon dioxide. C2I accounts for over 90 percent of the reforestation carbon credits registered to date by the American Carbon Registry. ERP anticipates that the compliant fuel market is expected to increase under the recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission standards required by the Clean Power Plan.
ERP is working to support a pioneering initiative in the United States to reduce deforestation, promote sustainable local development and protect valuable ecosystems. Through offsetting, ERP will be able to help fund projects that deliver equivalent CO2 savings. Some projects will also deliver social benefits, which can range from promoting sustainable livelihoods to improving community health.
On October 27, 2015 ERP completed its $400+ million acquisition of 149 mining permits from bankrupt Patriot Coal Corporation (Patriot), for the purpose of undertaking large scale land reclamation through reforestation and improving water quality. ERP and its partners continue to operate the Federal Underground Mining Complex in Morgantown, West Virginia, which was acquired from Patriot to promote the sale of Compliant Fuel. ERP will reclaim land and improve water quality in the states of West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. ERP has also purchased thousands of acres of former mined lands from Patriot and plans to plant millions of trees as carbon offsets to be sold along with future coal production. The plan would also jump-start remediation and reclamation on dozens of old mine sites throughout the East while keeping hundreds of coal miners employed in the distressed Appalachian region. ERP is committed to the forest reclamation approach creating economic opportunities for Appalachian communities. As part of the acquisition, ERP continues to maintain 683 jobs in West Virginia through the operation of the Federal Mining Complex and its forest reclamation activities.
In the long run, ERP also plans to implement carbon insetting, a mechanism for realizing the benefits of internalizing some of the true costs of carbon. It will be a self-imposed internal carbon tax, and the proceeds will go to fund emissions reduction projects. It will provide a viable financing strategy in terms of internal emissions reduction opportunities that have a higher marginal cost per ton of CO2 emissions.
The project is projected to avoid emissions of 1.4 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere. The Boden Creek Ecological Preserve Forest Carbon Project is a REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project validated and verified in 2011 to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). This was the first REDD project to be validated under VCS in the tropical western hemisphere. The project was also validated to the Climate, Community, & Biodiversity Standards at the Gold level for biodiversity benefits. Both independent audits were conducted by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), an internationally recognized firm in auditing, testing, and standards development.
VCLF envisions a coalition of government, Flora and Fauna International (FFI), and other interested parties to have a public-private partnership bringing together the expertise and resources needed to move Belize into the forefront, as its track record merits, in environmental conservation and innovative funding for development.
Atmospheric CO2 Removal
Worldwide forest coverage (estimated at 3.6 trillion trees) still absorbs an estimated half of the world's annual CO2 emissions. Imagine the impact of forestry, if we trended back to the 5.1 trillion trees estimated to exist, prior to human civilization. Forest restoration is the only low-cost, proven, globally deployable solution to counterbalance the consequences of excess atmospheric CO2.
Incorporating Compliant Fuels in state utility rates and state implementation plans under the EPA's Clean Power Plan establishes U.S. leadership in globally deploying forest restoration as a primary solution to atmospheric CO2. To make a dramatic shift in market fundamentals, VCLF has purchased an underground coal mine (4 million tons annually) which will sell Compliant Fuels ranging up to 100 percent carbon neutral. Tree planting at scale is the most readily (and scientifically) available means of removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Urgency is all around us and VCLF is driven to be impactful.
The Earth Restoration Project is headquartered at the future Natural Bridge State Park which is expected to attract 200,00 visitors annually. It is an ideal setting to engage in discussing a plan of action to help restore our world.
Our existence on planet Earth is a delicate balance between human, animal, plant, land, water, and atmospheric domains. Small disruptions in this balance, over time, have the potential to impact human existence on planet Earth.
Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, Inc. (VCLF) is a nonprofit organization seeking to create sustainable approaches and generate public awareness about natural resource use. VCLF and its affiliates/partners are primarily focused on reducing the rate of growth of excess atmospheric carbon dioxide. Our investment in the Metals and Mining Sector serves as a catalyst for restoring ecosystems and deploying forest restoration, as a means of mitigating the release of carbon dioxide, caused by the combustion of fossil fuels.
The present situation (Excess Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide) is only solvable when everyone is working together for a common purpose. VCLF seeks to bring parties of interest together, to plan and execute real solutions, which will bring about radical change.
VCLF works closely with the coal industry to promote best management practices in land reclamation, reforestation, and water quality improvement.